Co-op food outlet has unique place in Cork’s history
The Quay Co- Op was founded in 1982. Throughout the 1980s it provided a local base for the politics of the new social movements of the period, at a time when Irish Society, and its economy seemed to be going backwards, rather than forward.
In the changed environment of the 1990s and 2000s the Quay Co-op re-invented itself as a worker’s co-operative, running a successful vegetarian restaurant, wholefood and organic food store and in- house bakery. However, with a workforce of over 60 it still aims to retain the personality and values of its origins.
The Quay Co-op Restaurant aims for a healthy, international range of meat-free dishes at affordable prices. We use organic ingredients when available and provide options for vegan and special dietary needs. All our food is freshly prepared daily in our own kitchen and bakery. The restaurant is self- service with seating for 80. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus change daily and are available in house or takeaway.
“Our Organic, Health and Wholefoods Shops based in Sullivans Quay, Ballincollig and Carrigaline carry a huge product range at competitive prices,” Quay Co- op chairperson Nancy Sherlock said. “With our extensive choice of wholefoods we also cater for special dietary requirements and have a Gluten, Diary and Sugar- free department. We stock a comprehensive range of supplements and cosmetics. We also have a very wide selection of organic fruit, vegetables and salads.
“Our food production unit produces a wide range of vegetarian soups, ready meals and deserts Our bakery produces a variety of breads scones and cakes, including Sourdough Spelt Rye and of course our ever popular Carrot cake. Our Thank Goodness range of frozen meals, particular the Nutloaf range are now widely available throughout the UK and here in Ireland.
“Over recent years there has been an enormous change in Irish eating habits,” explains Nancy Sherlock.
“With a huge number of innovative quality Irish producers, greatly increased customers food awareness, and an expanding retail sector present both challenges and opportunities within we which we are confident of our role.”