Han­nan en­joy­ing craic of food ven­ture

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Business Telegraph Food And Drink - BY RACHEL MARTIN

ONE of the best known names in North­ern Ire­land meat has joined forces with the re­gion’s an­swer to He­ston Blu­men­thal to form a new ven­ture called Craic Foods.

Craic Foods was formed last year by Peter Han­nan, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of multi-award win­ning Han­nan Meats, and Paul Clarke, the chef be­hind En Place UK, a spe­cial­ist in savoury prod­ucts such as rel­ishes and jams, sev­eral of which have won a se­ries of Great Taste and other awards.

The ex­per­i­men­tal food ven­ture has al­ready launched its first prod­uct — ‘bal­samic rocks’, a freeze-dried condi­ment made from vine­gar which can be used to add flavour to dishes.

The prod­uct is aimed at UK and Re­pub­lic of Ire­land cater­ers, but the pair say it also has ex­port po­ten­tial.

Other prod­ucts in the pipe­line in­clude freeze-dried fruits such as pomegranates, man­darin or­anges, co­conuts, plums and blue­ber­ries.

The new busi­ness, which is based in Moira, Co Down, is fo­cused on re­search­ing and de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive prod­ucts for the food-ser­vice mar­ket.

The pair have pre­vi­ously worked to­gether on En Place Foods and are launch­ing the busi­ness along­side two other North­ern Ire­land food in­dus­try vet­er­ans.

Peter Han­nan said: “En Place makes a lot of things, but Craic makes a lot of new things.”

“The whole pur­pose of Craic Foods is to de­velop new prod­ucts for food ser­vice.

“We’ve aimed at food ser­vice be­cause it tends to do things first, then ideas spread through the chefs and they even­tu­ally work into re­tail. “

Peter said while the prod­uct is some­thing en­tirely new for most kitchens “there are lines of chefs wait­ing for new prod­ucts to be in­vented and they want to use them”.

“Freeze dry­ing isn’t a new process but we want to use it in new ways. We are also work­ing on a range of flavoured Bram­ley Ap­ple vine­gars as well,” he said.

Peter Han­nan of Han­nan Meats is one of the men be­hind the new Craic Foods busi­ness

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