Ballymaloe Foods celebrates three decades in business

Ballymaloe Foods celebrates three decades in business

L-R. Rosaleen Hyde, Corinne Hyde, Elizabeth Clernon, Yasmin Hyde and Maxine Hyde. Picture: Clare Keogh

RENOWNED Cork business, Ballymaloe Foods, is celebrating three decades in business this month. 

The company is planning a month of celebrations to thank their customers, staff and suppliers for their support over the past 30 years.

Ballymaloe Foods was established by Yasmin Hyde, the daughter of Myrtle Allen 30 years this year. 

Myrtle established a country house hotel and restaurant at Ballymaloe in the 1960s and it was here she developed her now famous, Original Relish recipe. 

In 1990, Yasmin decided to start Ballymaloe Foods from her kitchen.

Commenting on 30 years in business, Yasmin said the company is delighted to celebrate such a milestone.

"Nothing happened overnight for us but we worked hard and gradually grew the business into what it is today. 

"Times may have changed but our approach never did. 

"We produce good quality foods, using traditional methods in small batches," she said.

"We have had fantastic support over the years. 

Cork Summer Show in 1993 - three years after Yasmin Hyde started Ballymaloe Foods. L-R: Rosaleen Hyde, Corinne Hyde, Elizabeth Clernon, Yasmin Hyde and Maxine Hyde.
Cork Summer Show in 1993 - three years after Yasmin Hyde started Ballymaloe Foods. L-R: Rosaleen Hyde, Corinne Hyde, Elizabeth Clernon, Yasmin Hyde and Maxine Hyde.

"We first started selling to local stores and then one of our first big customers was the old Roches Stores in Cork who allowed me to display the relish on their shelf free of charge," she continued.

The General Manager of Ballymaloe Foods today is Yasmin’s daughter, Maxine. 

At four years old, Maxine was told she was the first person to taste this new relish product and loved it.

"I have an abiding memory of being fascinated at watching people taste the product for the first time," she said.

"We have worked hard over the years to grow our business and as we celebrate 30 years we wanted to say thank you to our staff, customers and suppliers. 

"The business grew organically over the years and it is steadily increasing," she continued.

Today the company has 33 staff and 18 products, including relishes, mayonnaise, pasta sauces and dressings.

Ballymaloe Foods has garnered local, national and international attention since launching 30 years ago and now exports to the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and the US. 

As part of the celebrations, Ballymaloe Foods commissioned artist Fatti Burke to design special labels for their 30th anniversary jars. 

The company is also planning a gift for its customers for the 30th anniversary by adding 30% more to jars of Ballymaloe Foods Country Relish. 

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