A COUNTY-WIDE food strategy for Cork was launched at County Hall.
Taste Cork is a unique initiative which aims to create a thriving food network for the region by linking and promoting producers, retailers, foodservice operators, and distributors.
The launch of the strategy marks the beginning of a five-year working plan to guide all food-related projects throughout Cork.
The visionary food strategy is the result of the largest collaboration of its kind by the Local Enterprise Offices in Cork, Cork City Council and Cork County Council, and sets out to preserve and secure the future of the county’s unique and rich food heritage. The strategy was developed to support Cork’s hugely successful food industry which has placed the region on the map as being the gourmet capital of Ireland.
Since 2014, Local Enterprise Offices in Cork have financially assisted more than 50 food businesses and have approved over €1m in funding to both start-up and established local food companies.
In addition, hundreds of food clients have been provided with mentoring and training and over 200 new jobs have been created.
Within the next three years Cork’s Local Enterprise Offices aim to fund up to 100 additional food businesses.