Folláin plans €2m growth

The lovely Irish word for wholesome, ‘folláin’, is an ideal name for a West Cork company with a commitment to producing preserves made with the purest ingredients.
Folláin plans €2m growth

A family-run business, Folláin has been producing fresh fruit marmalades, jams, relishes, and chutneys with 100% natural ingredients since 1983.

Folláin prides itself on its premium award-winning products, and is centred around a philosophy of wholesomeness and a commitment to honest food made with the purest ingredients to hand.

That ethos is set to continue when Folláin Traditional Irish Preserves opens a new, energy-efficient facility in Ballyvourney, Co Cork, in August, with a doubling of staff from 20 to 40 employees over the next five years.

Total investment is over €2m and the expansion will allow the company to increase capacity by 100%, add a more specialised production line, and also branch out into new unique product offerings.

Máirín O’Lionaird, who founded the company and runs it with her husband Peadar, said that Folláin started because of a desire to preserve food traditions.

Passing on those traditions from one generation to the next is at the core of the business.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to expand our business,” said Ms O’Lionaird. “Our new facility will have two production lines as opposed to the one we currently operate from.

“This will enable us to produce premium food products made with natural ingredients at a larger scale and also enable us to bring new innovative specialist products to the market.”

The facility will be developed further to serve as a visitor destination. It will have a coffee shop, where Folláin will trial new products and serve local produce alongside a visitor centre where people can view the production process.

Folláin products are available from Tesco, SuperValu, Dunnes Stores, independent outlets, and fine food shops nationwide.

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