Cork County Council move close to opening Incubation Kitchens for startups

17 December 2015
By Bryan Smyth
bryan@TheCork.ie

Cork County Council has awarded the contract for new state of the art Incubation Kitchens to leading food safety consultant.

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Mary Daly of the Food Safety Company has been awarded the contract to manage Cork Counties newest food incubation facility in Carrigaline. The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. John Paul O’Shea, The Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Mr. Tim Lucey and Mary Daly signed the contract at County Hall on Monday the 14th of December.

The state of the art facility in Carrigaline Co. Cork was developed by Cork County Council and includes the most modern and up to date kitchen equipment. The facility is geared towards assisting emerging and existing food ventures to start, grow and develop their business in a space that meets the highest food safety requirements. The kitchens will be available to rent on an hourly rate eliminating the usual significant financial commitment needed to rent a kitchen space.

Cork Incubation Kitchens location in Carrigaline makes it easily accessible to Cork city and the Munster region. Mary Daly says, “We are truly excited to be part of this new business venture on behalf of Cork County Council. We look forward to supporting food businesses in order that they can test their strength and validate their business operation before they commit to a major investment. It is the perfect place to manufacture and test food products in a safe and compliant manner.”
Mayor of County Cork, John Paul O’Shea said, “I am delighted to welcome this venture by Cork County Council and Mary Daly of the Food Safety Company. These food incubation units will provide food businesses and start-ups with a modern and safe facility in which to prepare food. The renting system will also eliminate the overheads often attached to establishing a food grade kitchen.”

Tim Lucey, Chief Executive, confirmed that Cork County Council had committed very significant funding for the provision of two fully equipped food grade commercial kitchens to facilitate a wide range of food producers, with flexible and affordable letting arrangements. Mr Lucey was delighted to confirm the appointment of Mary Daly of the Food Safety Company, as the facilities operator, following a competitive procurement process and predicted that this would be a very successful venture.

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