FOOD businesses in the Ballyhoura region of South East Limerick are meeting the challenge of keeping supplies to customers going by embracing the digital world.
And they are boosting their brand awareness through online cooking and baking demonstrations followed by contactless take-away or home delivery service of freshly cooked or frozen meals.
Independent local and organic food producers such as Ballyhoura Apple Juice or Artisan Bluebell Goats Cheese keeping their stocks in the local supermarkets.
Others are keeping their produce on the virtual shelves through the NeighbourFood Ireland network which has set up collection points in Limerick and North Cork.
Ballinwillin House Farm in Mitchelstown has teamed up with an award-winning Chef Norma Kelly of Praline Café.
They offer deliveries of meal packs containing venison, wild boar, a bottle of Chateau Mulcahy wine and homemade ‘Praline’ chocolate brownies.
Available online are organic Purple Squirell or Kilbrack Farm salads and vegetables, jams by Simple Pleasures Preserves, authentic Thai sauces by Shalong Thai Food or bottles of Eight Degrees Brewery craft beer.
Ballyhoura Development is continuing to support all of the communities, businesses, food and tourism providers in the region. The staff is available by phone, email and through the digital platforms to anyone who needs information, support or advice.