Happy Pear gets fund­ing of €1.5m for ex­pan­sion

Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOGARTY

THE HAPPY PEAR has re­ceived fund­ing of €1.5 mil­lion to ex­pand in Dublin and else­where in Ire­land.

On­wers of the health food shop and cafe busi­ness David and Stephen Flynn, founded the busi­ness in 2004. The Happy Pear has a turnover of €4 mil­lion and a work­force of 100.

The fund­ing was gained via a Davy and BDO-man­aged Em­ploy­ment In­vest­ment In­cen­tive Scheme.

The twins, who ad­vo­cate plant-based and whole­food eat­ing, started off as a fruit and veg­etable shop be­fore grow­ing The Happy Pear into a café and restau­rant busi­ness.

Last year, the brothers opened Pearville HQ, a 14,000 square foot space in Kil­coole which houses a TV stu­dio, cof­fee roast­ery, fer­men­ta­tion kitchen and two acres of veg­etable grow­ing land.

Cur­rently the busi­ness has a fam­ily-run nat­u­ral food store, two cafés, a sprout farm, a Happy Pear brand food man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion busi­ness that makes pesto, hum­mus, gra­nola, snack bars and smooth­ies that are sold in Su­per­valu and Cen­tra stores.

The twins have also pub­lished two best sell­ing cook­books and are de­vel­op­ing a TV project that they hope to com­plete this year.

A spokesper­son for the com­pany said: ‘ This fund­ing is a re­ally ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment in our on­go­ing busi­ness story.

‘We’re de­lighted to now have an op­por­tu­nity to bring The Happy Pear to new lo­ca­tions where we hope it’ll have a re­ally pos­i­tive im­pact on the lo­cal com­mu­nity and pro­vide ex­cit­ing new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘We hope to es­tab­lish new Happy Pear lo­ca­tions in the Dublin area in 2017, with plans for fur­ther ex­pan­sion over the com­ing years.’

The Happy Pear’s Stephen and David Flynn do­ing a cook­ing demon­stra­tion in En­nis­cor­thy, Co. Wex­ford, re­cently.

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