GFI Press Release - Wexford business Killowen Yogurts wins highly valued prize


Wed 20th Jun 2012

Independent Irish yogurt company, Killowen Yogurts, has been selected as the Good Food Ireland winner to receive a year of free consultation, strategy and support from business advisory firm, Grant Thornton following a recent survey carried out by Grant Thornton and Good Food Ireland.
As one of the Good Food Ireland Approved Providers who participated in the Good Food Ireland and Grant Thornton Survey: ‘Food: the secret ingredient to Irish tourism and export growth,’ Killowen Yogurts were chosen to receive free expert business support by Grant Thornton’s dedicated Food and Beverage team.  Over the course of the 12 month partnership, Grant Thornton will provide the Wexford-based company with expert business strategy, tax advice and other support to help small food producers such as Killowen to maximise efficiency and profitability.
Ciara Jackson, Head of Food and Beverage with Grant Thornton Ireland, said: “We are delighted with our partnership with Good Food Ireland and to announce this prize  for Killowen Yogurts. They have an exciting indigenous product that we feel can grow their business if it is harnessed correctly. This is what we hope to achieve over the course of our service and we are all excited by their prospects.”
Grant Thornton is an ideal partner for Good Food Ireland and is perfectly placed to deliver a broad range of services and to assist in unlocking potential growth for our 500+ businesses. I am confident that Killowen Yogurts will greatly benefit from this expert advice and assistance over the next 12 months and we will work closely with them to ensure it is maximised” says Margaret Jeffares, Managing Director, Good Food Ireland.
Paula Dunne of Killowen Yogurts said: “It’s a real boost for us to receive this prize form  Grant Thornton and Good Food Ireland. While we have grown our brand in recent times to bring it in line with the quality of the product itself, we are still very much in growth phase. We are certain that aligning ourselves with some of the country’s best business advisers in Grant Thornton will ensure the business goes from strength to strength over the coming years. We look forward to the future with real optimism.”
For further information:
Patrick Donohoe – Hume Brophy on behalf of Grant Thornton – 086 029 3726
Margaret Jeffares – Managing Director Good Food Ireland, 087 6674654,

Note to the Editor:
Key findings from the Good Food Ireland and Grant Thornton Survey: ‘Food: the secret ingredient to Irish tourism and export growth were:
•    Good Ireland Approved Providers directly employ over 5,900 people , generating combined turnover in the region of €390m in 2011 and contribute in the region of €50m to the Irish economy through their purchases of Irish produce;
•    since the foundation of Good Food Ireland just 5 years ago over it has increased Providers business profile and heightened their awareness around the sourcing of local food which has directly led to 92% of providers increasing their purchasing of Irish food over the last three years.

About Grant Thornton Ireland:
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About Good Food Ireland:
Good Food Ireland is a non-governmental, industry group founded by Margaret Jeffares in November 2006, based on her farm in Co. Wexford. She identified a major gap in the market linking food with tourism so that food could be marketed as an economic driver for visitors to Ireland, delivering authentic food experiences and thus increasing the market opportunity for Irish food. Margaret set about developing a consumer brand Good Food Ireland with criteria based around a core commitment to using locally produced food, high product quality and service standards.
Today Good Food Ireland markets over 500 Approved Providers comprising of B&B’s to 5-star hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes, cookery schools, food shops, food producers and farmers markets. It has also firmly established a strong domestic and international customer base by connecting its Approved Providers with growing consumer demand. In its on-going goal to promote Ireland as a food tourism destination, Good Food Ireland delivers value added service as a food destination resource putting ingredient led Irish cuisine at every point from farm to table on the map. Good Food Ireland is the leading community “for everyone who simply loves good food”. For more information visit


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