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This ‘Food Starter' programme is a short two-day programme designed to help those with a food idea or those at a very early stage of starting up a food business (typically the first 24 months). 
The objective of the 2 days is to provide the participants with a base knowledge of what is involved in setting up a food business. The content is designed to provide you with information which will allow you to avoid the pitfalls normally associated with this journey. (The programme content assumes you have the required business knowledge to run your enterprise e.g. you must already understand the basics of setting up a business, tax compliance rules, creating a business plan etc.)
 
For those considering applying for the Food Academy Programme in the future, this programme will provide an excellent opportunity to boost your chances of securing a place.

Day One – 8th May 2019
Day one will focus on providing participants with an overview of the dynamics of the food sector in Ireland and getting objectives for your project clear in your mind. The content will include:
  • Individual participant introductions
  • Feedback and discussions based on your product idea
  • Understanding the Irish food sector
  • Understanding what is artisan food production
  • Identifying what are the pitfalls associated with starting your own food business
  • Minimum requirements e.g. food safety, labelling requirements, insurance, etc.
  • How much money might a food startup business cost
  • Understanding the critical role of packaging and branding
  • Researching your idea
 
Day Two – 22nd May 2019
This workshop will focus on the more practical aspects of setting up a food business. The content will include:
  • How to build your pricing model
  • Distribution options
  • Understanding the role of the various agencies e.g. Bord Bia, LEO etc.
  • How to manage the brand design process
  • Deciding on your route to market
  • Direct selling e.g. online, farmers market, etc.
  • Retail channels
  • Foodservice channels
  • Succeeding with store managers and trade buyers
  • Attending consumer shows and trade fairs
  • Packaging review
  • Identifying next steps you are looking to Start Your Own Food Business but are unsure of how and where to begin?
 
The Trainers
This programme is run by James Burke & Associates who have a wealth of industry experience in both the retail and foodservice sectors.

Workshop Material
Over 15 different hand-outs, best practice sheets and templates will be provided to you as part of the programme to help back up the verbal information.
 

The programme is not suitable for those planning to open a cafe, restaurant or foodservice operation.

For further information on the programme, click Here


 
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