People with a sophisticated palate will be excited to hear news that plans for creating an ‘Artisan Food Hub’ in Donaghmore, are well underway.
Dungannon Council recently heard details about the project during a recent sub-committee meeting, which was addressed by representatives of Torrent Valley Initiative.
The group’s spokespeople explained the project was part of the Donaghmore Village Plan and that land had already been purchased and planning permission sought for the proposal.
It is hoped that those behind the project hope to work with the Council to bring the plans to fruition, as well as rural development and tourism organisations such as Good Food Circle and Flavour of Tyrone.
A minute from the reading details how the Food Hub would be created: “In response to Members’ questions Mr O’Neill (Torrent Valley Initiative) advised that although there are major employers in the food industry within the Borough that this innovative project would add value to it emphasising that the aim was to provide premises for small volume producers giving the example of Abernethy Butter now supplying outlets such as Fortnum & Masons and Harrods.
“He also drew on the example of The Food Hub established in Drumshanbo in County Leitrim highlighting its success throughout the recession thus demonstrating the strength of the creative food industry as a rapid growth area. Mr O’Neill also referred to the history of farming in the area stating that farmers could produce high quality beef and milk but only ever got a minimum price for it whereas the beauty of the artisan food industry was the producers dictated the price of what was high quality.”
Councillors also heard the project had “progressed beyond a paper exercise” and that it was hoped that substantial conversation would flow from the presentation delivered to the meeting. Councillors were told they will receive more details about the plan.