Burren’s global reputation
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.”