Food Business Development & Consulting

We work with food & drink clients on a consultancy basis for a range of services including business set-up, product development, routes to market, marketing and branding, carrying out technical and commercial feasibility studies, technical consultancy, media liaison and so on. We have many years experience working with both artisan and larger producers who wish to develop a profitable business venture. Oonagh is a mentor to food & drink producers who wish to start up or expand their business, working with the client to agree the objective, work out an action plan, and facilitating the client in the execution of the steps to build their business. She is the technical Consultant to the Irish Bread Bakers' Association and has made many media appearances in this capacity.

Areas of expertise include:

  • New Product Development – Concept Development and Idea Generation;
  • Food Safety Management – HACCP and Food Hygiene;
  • Food premises layout and design;
  • Technical Feasibility;
  • Labeling Legislation;
  • Packaging Technology development;
  • Shelf life determination;
  • Business Case Analysis;
  • Routes to Market;
  • Funding supports;

We can also facilitate links to specialist laboratory and analytical services for microbiological analysis, nutritional analysis and sensory analysis as well as pilot plant facilities.

Oonagh has worked with over 300 individual food and drink producers over 10 years.

Do You Need a Speaker for Your Next Event?


Oonagh is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker, and is available to talk about Food Business startup & growth, SME business development, female entrepreneurship, and Innovation & Creativity. Oonagh also encourages others to write and talks about how she commercialised her knowledge by capturing it in a book.

The Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Small Food Business

Now available to order online! 

Have you ever thought about trying to earn some money from producing food? Are you the person everyone goes to for their lemon meringue pies, apple tarts and other desserts for family occasions or other events? Do you have a garden of rhubarb or other fruit? Do you make jam every year and give it away when you could be selling it? Do you fancy the idea of making cheese or yogurt or ice cream but don’t know where to start?

If so, then this is the book for you! Learn more ...

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