Supports Agencies / Useful Links

Teagasc. The national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to agriculture and the food industry

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Healt Service Executive

Athlone Institute of Technology

Enterprise Ireland (New Frontiers Programme, Grants)

Bord Bia (Food Events, Markets etc)

Failte Ireland (Business tools, Costings tool kit, Sales tool kit)

Department of Agriculture Food and Marine

LEO (Offaly Local Enterprise Office) grant funding and mentoring support

ODLC (Offaly Local Development Company)

Offaly Tourism

Guidance & Direction

Here at Ferbane Food Campus we help our tenants through the development process, making them aware of what they need at the different stages.

1. Concept / Idea

(Brainstorming, In-store Observation)


2. Market Research

(Will product sell and satisfy?)


3. Product Design

(Ingredients, Formulations, Packaging)


4. Feasability

(Technical and Financial considerations)


5. Develop Kitchen Samples

(Source Ingredients, Recipe Development,

Processing Time/Temperatures)


6. Product Testing

(Sensory Analysis, Shelf-life, Consumer/Retail Feedback)


7. Factory Trials

(Where? How? Any changes to processing/packaging?)


8. Further Product Testing and Quality Control

(Ensure product is performing as expected and is cost effective)


9. First Production Run

(Ready to Launch!)


10. Promotion/Launch

(Unique selling point? Cost competitive?

Promotional plan? Distribution Channels?)


11. Performance and Monitoring

(How is product doing and can we improve or extend product lines?)