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Supplier Spotlight - Mallow Mia

Supplier Spotlight - Mallow Mia

Linda McClean is a food scientist turned gourmet marshmallow maker from beautiful Donegal. After years living and working abroad, she moved back to Ireland and grabbed the chance to fuse her passions and start her own business. Mallow Mia marshmallows are handmade which adds to their authentic taste and flavour. Not your regular marshmallows the range spreads from raspberry swirl to Madagascan vanilla, with Toasted salted caramel being Linda’s star choice. In her words her products are a “fluffy, light as a feather, bursts of flavour.” As fresh confectionery they have less sugar than regular marshmallows & are naturally gluten...

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Diarmuid Crowley

Impact of the Pandemic, food & immunity.

How is the Pandemic affecting Food Businesses? Food as Comfort & Immune System Booster Effects on the Food Industry A lot of the discussion on the effect of the pandemic on the overall economy has highlighted the existence of two economies. OK, everybody is affected equally by the restrictions but in economic terms there are essentially 2 different situations. Those whose incomes are maintaining and are stable. This will include most of those in the employment of multinationals and the public service and within the Food Industry it's those in retail (excluding convenience). Then there are those who are "parked up"....

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Diarmuid Crowley
"20 Years A Growing"

"20 Years A Growing"

I always liked the title of Maurice O'Sullivan's great book. When LinkedIn informed me last month that it's now twenty years since I founded Wild Orchard Natural Beverages it caught me a little by surprise. "Where has the time gone?" and all that sort of stuff. Then I begin to delve back into the far reaches of my memory and realised that, Yes it has been a long time since I opted out of the corporate world and that the early years of Wild Orchard are now in the distant past. Craft Food Traders is just a baby of 3 years old...

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Diarmuid Crowley
'Tis the season to be gifting

'Tis the season to be gifting

We like to send each other gifts! That is becoming very clear to us here at Craft Food Traders over the last few months. We have "pivoted" (we love the odd buzzword) our Foodservice & Hospitality wholesale supply business to online "B2C" (there we go again) and have been noticing the frequency of orders coming in for delivery somewhere else. Parents sending healthy food boxes to their student kids. Grandparents sending treats to their grandchildren. Businesses sending care-packs to their WFH (OK I'll stop now) employees. Friends sending gifts to friends. It's nice for us to be able to facilitate...

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