How new winner Clonakilty combined investing in innovation and celebrating its roots

Clonakilty Food Company, makers of the famous Blackpudding, used the pandemic as a chance to do research – and is now re-welcoming fans to its visitors’ centre

Colette Twomey, managing director, Clonakilty Food Company. Picture: Cathal Noonan

As one of Ireland’s most successful homegrown artisan food brands, Clonakilty Food Company has used the pandemic to invest time and resources in consumer research ahead of plans to add to its existing range of products, which includes its famed Clonakilty Blackpudding.

With a 55-strong workforce and export sales stretching from France and Spain in mainland Europe to Hong Kong in Asia and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Clonakilty Food Company has come a ...