New businesses making their mark
Additive and preservative-free granola bars from Karma
The one area that has bucked the trend over the last few years is the food and agri sector. While virtually all other sectors of the Irish economy were on a downward spiral, food and agri-related businesses were experiancing growth.
Declan Gannon has had an interest in this sector for some time and initially though about developing a healthy and tasty seafood option.
While undertaking his research, he decided to deviate slightly and with the help of Bord Bia developed a range of healthy granola bars.
He needed office space, Internet access and relevant training courses in order to pursue his business idea and found all of this and more at the GMIT Innovation Centre in Castlebar.
As part of his involvement with the innovation centre, he developed his business idea, built a business plan and applied for funding support from a number of agencies including Leader, Mayo County Enterprise Board and Enterprise Ireland. Through Enterprise Ireland he was granted an Innovation Voucher, which he used to access the expertise from St. Angela’s Food Technology centre in Sligo.
They assited Declan in developing the product(s) in line with the recipe specifications and were mindful of his pursuit of quality and his requirement for an additive-free preservative-free product.
Declan has launched three granola products under the Karma range and further details can be found on his website, www.shanvalley.ie