Bur­ren’s global rep­u­ta­tion

Irish Examiner - Supplement - - FOOD & DRINK IRELAND -

The Bur­ren Smoke­house is a fam­ily-run busi­ness that was set up in 1989 by Bir­gitta and Peter Curtin.

They re­searched the smok­ing tra­di­tions in Ire­land and in Swe­den and the idea of the Smoke­house was born. For over a cen­tury now, the Curtin fam­ily have owned the ‘ Road­side Tav­ern’ nearby which was the first place where their own smoked sal­mon was served.

Its qual­ity be­came known very soon, and pubs, ho­tels and restau­rants in the Lis­doon­va­rna area started to or­der sal­mon from the Smoke­house.

At that time, three peo­ple were work­ing in the Smoke­house; to­day there is a team of 12. Or­ders started to come in from all over Ire­land, fol­lowed by those from ho­tels and restau­rants in the UK.

Nowa­days, the Bur­ren Smoke­house sup­plies smoked sal­mon all over the world, within 48 hours.

Bur­ren Smoke­house con­tin­ues to ex­tend its rep­u­ta­tion in its orig­i­nal mar­ket ar­eas and has de­vel­oped a ma­jor busi­ness in cor­po­rate mail or­der and on­line or­ders where com­pa­nies use mod­ern dis­patch fa­cil­i­ties to send sides of smoked sal­mon to their clients world­wide. Many of these pa­trons are from Con­ti­nen­tal Europe and the US with a grow­ing num­ber from the Far East and the emerg­ing eastern Euro­pean mar­kets.

The Bur­ren Smoke­house has also ad­dressed the whole­sale and bulk cater­ing mar­kets in­clud­ing air­line cater­ing, su­per­mar­kets and spe­cial­ist gourmet food chains in con­ti­nen­tal Europe and the UK.

Over the past years it has gained ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in devel­op­ing prod­uct and pack­ag­ing re­quire­ments for spe­cific client needs and is now in the process of mar­ket­ing this ex­per­tise in the Euro­pean mar­kets.

“We care­fully source our qual­ity raw ma­te­ri­als for the Bur­ren smoked sal­mon, trout and mack­erel.

“We con­trol our own qual­ity stan­dards with back- up of reg­u­lar test­ing from in­de­pen­dent lab­o­ra­to­ries and reg­u­lar checks from or­gan­i­sa­tions who cer­tify us.

“We be­lieve in finest qual­ity food prod­ucts, good cus­tomer care and a good group of team work­ers to en­sure that we keep up our stan­dards.”

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