Wonder would this be viable in Ireland? Next Big Small Brand contest

Liking this a lot. Came across it via a link from Liza de Guia’s post in the Huffington Post (I was picked up via an automated twitter search box as far as I can tell).

I already follow Liza because of her brilliant Food Curated video series and she has done the clips for the second annual Next Big Small Brand content which is coming up in Brooklyn Brewery on the 12th January. I now have a 2012 goal – get to the 3rd one.

What does it do: “offers enterprising individuals who show great culinary promise a chance to win all the ingredients needed to launch their brand into food superstardom.”

It is run by the Rooster Design Group and offers brand, marketing, PR and advertising prizes for the winner. Eric Child from www.kombuchabrooklyn.com was the winner in 2009.


Slight diversion – a guide to How to Find Real Food at the Supermarket

This is not an artisan food brand. But it is funny, and more or less on topic. In any space where passions run high (and they do in the artisan/local/real food debate) you have to pull back and have a laugh every so often ๐Ÿ™‚

This is via a Huffington Post article by Darya Pino (her twitter account here) – thanks for sharing it Darya ๐Ÿ™‚


Artisan and Local Food Brands – Irish Media Watch No.1

Sunday Business Post 9th Jan – Chocolate Garden

A piece on the Carlow based Chocolate and Ice Cream brand which used the pop-up (ie temporary) shop concept successfully in two different locations before Christmas.

The above photo is one I took of their Kilkenny location for foodspotting, the second location was in Clearys in Dublin.

UPDATE: Sunday Business Post 9th Jan – Aine Hand Made Chocolate

Missed this one earlier – nestled into the Bizesize page of the Magazine was a piece on Anne Rudden’s Cavan based chocolate brand.

A timely reminder – because I enjoyed a surprisingly tasty Seville Orange bar from this range over Christmas. Surprising because I had managed to associate the brand with a sugar free range which I saw from them early on and had since then never bothered to try one. The Seville Orange is from the new range they launched Sept last year and you should absolutely try them for yourself.

Some of her chocolates are available online from her website – www.chocolates.ie

Irish Times Saturday 8th Jan – Petite Treats

A shout out in the Whats Hot listing for makers of vegan cupcakes – www.petitetreats.ie

They deliver their cupcakes – and a range of Muffins, Brownies and Wedding Cakes too. Beyond the limited vegan market in Ireland these will also appeal to anyone caring about “Dairy/lactose-free, Egg-free, Cholesterol-free, very low in saturated fat, sweetened with unrefined sugar andย  maple syrup and made with non-hydrogenated oils”

Twitter and Facebook links for them.

Irish Times Saturday 8th Jan – Gold EV Olive Oil

A product produced in such a small scale that I cannot find a photo of it. Or a website for it or the health food store which makes it! The owners of Greystones based Natures Gold hand harvest olives in Catalonia and sell the resulting oil in their shop. Has to be gorgeous.

I will work on extending this in future – I need to monitor the websites of the Irish newspspers and also bring in the Irish blogs.