“My company Harvest Moon Foods was established two years ago from my home base in Westport. Two years on, with the support of local enterprise agencies I supply to supermarkets and gourmet stores all over Ireland and intend to relocate to larger production premises this year”
Angela Carney, Harvest Moon Foods
As a clean, green environment with a strong agricultural and agribusiness tradition, Mayo is well placed to capitalise on changing consumer trends in relation to food. The growth in interest in provenance, health and wellness, sustainable farming and production processes, as well as a growing interest in artisanal produce, are trends the county stands to benefit greatly from.
It is home to well-known producers in a variety of sectors, from craft butchers to artisanal cheesemakers and fresh fish processors.
The links between food and tourism are strengthening in the county, with innovative food tourism initiatives such as the Gourmet Greenway Food Trail and the development of businesses such as Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours, in Killala Bay, Co. Mayo, which takes visitors on wild food foraging trips in the county.
Ireland is already home to some of the world’s most iconic food and drink brands. It has been chosen as a location for investment by major food, drink and infant nutrition companies. The government's Food Harvest 2020 initiative aims to increase the value of output from the agriculture and fisheries sectors by 33% over the next few years.
Significant opportunities therefore exist for innovation in production, transport and delivery of foodstuff internationally, and Mayo has all the ingredients for success on that front.
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