Business Achievers; Foods of Athenry

Business Achievers finalist The Foods of Athenry is a family-owned, farm-based bakery that bakes additive-free premium products that are sold nationwide in major retailers, fine food stores and health food shops .

Established in 2004 by the Lawless family as a reaction to difficult farming conditions, the company now has two separate bakery units, one for wheat and spelt products, the other for certified  gluten-free products.

In June 2011, just after the completion of the gluten free bakery, the entire operation was destroyed in a fire.

The bakery closed and began a rebuild, reopening in 2012 with the launch of its gluten free range into 500 stores with a national listing in Tesco Ireland, BWG, Dunnes Stores & 250 Tesco UK stores. The company received a further boost when it began to supply Superquinn and Supervalu stores nationwide from March 2013 as well as  Dean & Deluca in New York and  Selfridges in the UK. The company currently employs 12 people.




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