Tuesday June 2, 2020

The great food fightback against Covid-19

Ireland’s food producers are having to rapidly adjust to a changing world. Three of them tell Gillian Nelis how they are adapting their business models to cope with the new reality

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor

29th March, 2020
Dervla James of Pudding Row bakery and cafe in Sligo went from running a café one day to a new business model the next day.

Dervla James, Pudding Row bakery and cafe, Easkey, Co Sligo

I opened Pudding Row in July 2015 with my husband Johny. I had opened the Pepper Pot Cafe in the Powerscourt Townhouse in Dublin with my friend Marian Kilcoyne straight after college.

We started very small and built up a really solid business, but I always felt the urge to move back to Easkey where I grew up. When my first daughter Edith was...

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