Making it Work

Builín Blasta tastes success after gold medal leads to Aldi contract

Owner Heather Connolly credits the success of her Gaeltacht-based business down to creating new revenue streams and customers ‘who love our products’

Heather Connolly, owner of Builín Blasta café and bakery in Spiddal: the firm now sells a range of condiments, including its smoked onion mayonnaise, which it is supplying to 152 Aldi stores around Ireland

Builín Blasta, a café and bakery based in a Gaeltacht area of Galway, is expanding its retail operations with a new Aldi partnership that puts it on track for a tenfold increase in revenues next year.

The business has been growing significantly in recent years under the ownership of Heather Connolly, a Canadian-born culinary expert, who took it over in 2015. As well as its café, which is located in Spiddal, Builín Blasta now sells ...