Grandma’s jam a recipe for suc­cess

De­cem­ber 1998

Bray People - - NEWS -

A Bray-based business which has been built on the cor­ner­stone of a great-grand­mother’s age-old recipes has hit the jack­pot for two en­ter­pris­ing lo­cal sis­ters.

And some of the finest food halls in Ire­land, Europe and the US and have queu­ing up to stock the win­ning lo­cal jams of Kelly and Jackie Spil­lane.

Amongst the first ten­ants to move into the new Sun­ny­bank Cen­tre on Up­per Dar­gle Road in the spring of this year, the lo­cal sib­lings have used the Bray premises as the base of op­er­a­tions for their win­ning ‘Mor­ley’s Fine Ir­ish Foods’ since then.

Pro­duc­ing a range of spe­cial­ist jams, mar­malades and dessert sauces, the Bray business is sup­ply­ing to no less than 85 Ir­ish su­per­mar­kets, in­clud­ing Su­perquinn and Tesco, and are cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing a deal which will put them in to Su­per­Valu out­lets in the spring.

Op­er­at­ing ini­tially from a base of op­er­a­tions at Jackie Spil­lane’s home in nearby Shankill, Mor­ley’s Fine Ir­ish Foods has been de­vel­oped around a range of pre­serve recipes handed down from the sis­ters’ great-grand­mother, who lived at Mor­ley’s Bridge in County Kerry.

The lo­cal business has been es­tab­lished with the support of An Bord Bia, while the company is cur­rently in dis­cus­sions with the Wick­low County En­ter­prise Board about plans to ex­pand their business.

Christ­mas has wit­nessed a mas­sive rush for the fledg­ling Bray-based en­ter­prise too, as shop sales of their lux­ury range have in­creased, valu­able deals to have their prod­ucts in­cluded in fes­tive ham­pers have been landed, while the business has come un­der par­tic­u­lar pres­sure to meet the de­mand for their plum and red cur­rant pre­serve – an ex­cel­lent al­ter­na­tive to the tra­di­tional cran­berry sauce with Christ­mas din­ner, says Kelly.

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