Meet the Makers: Harvest Moon Foods

Continuing our Meet the Maker series, we're shining the light on the many gifted producers behind some of Ireland's best food and drink brands. Today, we chat to Angela Carney of Harvest Moon Foods.

Could you tell us a bit about the history of Harvest Moon Foods?

The company was established in 2012. I trained as a nutritional therapist and wanted to create products that had great flavours but also had only natural ingredients.

 

Why is using Irish ingredients important to your company?

I believe its important to use Irish ingredients where possible as we would rather support Irish suppliers. We buy our basil for our pestos and other products from McCormacks Farm in Meath when in season. We buy our stock for our soups from another great Irish producer Dr Coys. They produce an organic stock using just a mix of organic herbs. We believe a soup can only be truly healthy depending on the stock that is used

 

What is the biggest challenge that you face as a food producer in Ireland?

There are many challenges facing food producers especially in the first few years. It is tough financially and initially everything from producing, deliveries to administration is done by yourself so it can be exhausting. For us, as we have quite a few products and we only use fresh ingredients ensuring they all come in on time is often stressful.

 

What new trends do you see that are emerging in your industry?

We are in a competitive market so raising brand awareness takes a long time but thankfully we are at a stage now where a lot of people know recognise our brand. 

 

What new trends do you see that are emerging in your industry?

I think veganism has become much more of a lifestyle choice, also the general public have become much more discerning about ingredients and pay more attention to labels on food. Covid-19 has led to a huge support from customers for small Irish food producers. I think they would prefer to pay extra for Irish products that are really invested in only using the best of ingredients.

 

Are there any major changes you would like to see in your industry?

I would love to see stricter rules and regulations regarding the use of toxic ingredients that are added to food in some of the mainstream brands.

 

What has running your own business taught you?

I have made many mistakes along the way, so many of which costing me financially. I guess not to be impulsive in my decisions and if something is not working to move faster to change direction. Getting the right staff is so important and can be trial and error but thankfully I now have the most amazing staff  possible. They are so loyal and invested in the company. We work well as a team and our work environment is a positive space and that makes everyone's job easier.

Who are some other Irish foodie brands you draw inspiration from?

Strong Roots, Fiid, White Mausu, Janets country fayre, Bowl a granola and Wildwood vinegars. 

 

What’s next for the company?

We are always thinking of new products. We have just brought out an organic tahini and are trying to get that listed in more stores. We have also just brought out two soups and are working on extending our soup range. 

 

For more about on Harvest Moon Foods on harvestmoonfoods.ie 

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