Starting a Food Business

A number of resources are available for anyone looking to open a food business in Ireland:

For basic information on starting a business see here

For information from An Bord Bia about setting up a food business, including on finance and marketing, click here

For help on how to create and run a successful export food business (from the FoodWorks Programme), see here

For information on Food Industry regulation, click here

Good food safety and hygiene practices are an essential component of any food business in order to protect consumers’ health. Primary responsibility for food safety rests with the food business operator. Please click here for further information from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

For information on possible funding opportunities, click here for Local Enterprise Boards and here for the Borderwise Cross Border Advice and Information Project.

Detailed information on possible supports for business generally is available here.

Sample business plans are available from a number of organisations. Two sample business plans are available here and here.

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