The sweet spread of success for Ballymaloe

The company’s famous relish is 30 years in business, but the family behind it believes it has more successful years ahead

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Joe McNamee

5th December, 2020
The sweet spread of success for Ballymaloe
Yasmin Hyde is the founder and chairman of the board of Ballymaloe Foods company while her daughter, Maxine, is general manager and runs the business

Thirty years ago, the arrival of Ballymaloe Relish onto Irish retail shelves was near revolutionary in its impact. In an era when puréed ketchups and salad creams reigned supreme, it was possible to discern actual constituent ingredients: diced onion, mustard seeds, whole sultanas.

As for the latter, the notion of fruit in a savoury condiment when tomato was still most definitely a vegetable was culinary radicalism of the highest order, and its sweetness...

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