Food for thought on new Limerick website

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Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise at the Limerick Local Enterprise Office

A NEW food website which will offer a platform for everything to do with food in Limerick and promote local food entrepreneurs will go live within the month.

Members of Limerick City and County Council learned of the new website during a presentation from Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office on progress on the implementation of the Food Strategy and the plans for 2019.

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Mr Ryan told the monthly council meeting that the website “will be a one-stop shop for food in Limerick. The object is to create a platform for Limerick producers and businesses.

The website will go live on the Limerick.ie site and it will be open to Limerick food producers and businesses to put up content promoting their own businesses, he said.

Among the plans for the coming year, he told councillors that there have been seven units secured in Arthur’s Quay Park for local producers, at the heart of the Riverfest village.

“There is a big project to bring city street dining and food trucks but that won’t happen overnight and is tied into the way in which the city is developed.

There are also plans to develop a Limerick food brand and logo but that will have to be looked at in conjunction with the roll-out of brand Limerick, currently contracted out to UK marketing company Saatchi and Saatchi.

There are also plans for a start your own food business programme which sees ten prospective food entrepreneurs enrol at a time.

A ‘Meet the Buyer event is also organised at which producers will get a chance to pitch directly to Supervalu.