Food Academy is a joint initiative between SuperValu, Bord Bia, the network of Local Enterprise Offices and was established to support early-stage Irish food businesses.
To celebrate five years of Food Academy, Hector travelled the country to visit producers involved with the initiative.
The next stop on his route was Ballymount, Co. Dublin and a visit to Darren at The Little Pharma. Big on natural goodness, The Little Pharma are known for their “mighty shots”, which are made from 100% pure ingredients.
Describing the products available at The Little Pharma, Darren said: “We produce barley and wheatgrass. The barley is a huge antioxidant and the wheatgrass is a huge all-rounder. It gives you more than your five a day.”
Barley grass is packed with antioxidants and aids the prevention of cancer, lowering cholesterol and detoxification. Wheat grass on the other hand is “nature’s finest medicine” and contains vitamins, minerals, protein and aids in detoxification and the production of red blood cells.
Speaking about the opportunities afforded to them as a result of taking part in Food Academy: “The Food Academy programme has helped us in so many ways and not just by putting our products on the shelves of SuperValu Stores.”
He added: “There were so many elements in getting to that stage that we weren’t aware of and we had so much support and knowledge throughout every step of the process. The different modules of the programme were so relevant to us and our business. I would highly recommend anyone in the first stages of starting a food business to take this programme.”
For more information about SuperValu Food Academy click here.