Franck Brétéché, chef/owner of Mange Tout Café, Deli & Patisserie

Franck Brétéché, chef/owner of Mange Tout Café, Deli & Patisserie

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR BACKGROUND I lived in Nantes, France until I was 19, where I trained as an apprentice in Patissier, Chocolatier, Glacier, Confiseur (pastry chef, chocolate maker, ice cream maker and sugar work). I moved to Ireland with my parents and brother in 1989. During this time, I have... View Article

Helen Porter, Co-owner of Ann’s Pantry in Larne

Helen Porter, Co-owner of Ann’s Pantry in Larne

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? Partner and owner of Ann’s Pantry, running the business in collaboration with my brother, John Agnew. BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY TO DATE I moved to London in the 1980s and worked for Harrods. I started out as a retail assistant and was promoted to... View Article

Alan Dorman,Trading Director, Savage & Whitten Wholesale (Today’s Group NI)

Alan Dorman,Trading Director, Savage & Whitten Wholesale (Today’s Group NI)

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY I joined J&J Haslett (Mace & Holmes) within the buying department in the early 1980s, and worked within Haslett’s wholesale, retail and foodservice divisions as trading manager through all the various product categories over the years. In 2005, with the integration of Musgrave Group buying... View Article

Marie-Claire Caldwell, Marketing and Communications Executive for the Henderson Group

Marie-Claire Caldwell, Marketing and Communications Executive for the Henderson Group

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Prior to joining the Henderson Group, I was part of the marketing team in Texthelp, which is a global software firm that specialises in creating assistive technology solutions to help users overcome a wide range of literacy issues and, before that, I held the position... View Article

Alastair Bell, owner/manager of The Irish Black Butter Company

Alastair Bell, owner/manager of The Irish Black Butter Company

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am the owner manager of The Irish Black Butter Company, a new business specialising in savoury/sweet spread for retail and foodservice. The product is made from Armagh bramley apples, treacle, spices and a touch of brandy. BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY TO DATE Since... View Article

Johnny McDowell, owner, Indie Fude Deli, Comber

Johnny McDowell, owner, Indie Fude Deli, Comber

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I own and run Indie Fude in Comber, a deli business specialising in artisan food and drink, especially from Northern Ireland. I also have a select number of suppliers from the Republic and Great Britain. As well as the shop in Comber, Indie Fude has... View Article

Caroline McCusker, Event Manager for IFEX with Fresh Montgomery

Caroline McCusker, Event Manager for IFEX with Fresh Montgomery

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am the events manager for IFEX and ScotHot, which is owned by Fresh Montgomery. At Fresh Montgomery, we specialise in trade shows for the food, drink and hospitality industries in Belfast and across the UK as well as Asia and South Africa. Our portfolio... View Article

Alastair Crown, Founder and Managing Director of Corndale Farm Charcuterie

Alastair Crown, Founder and Managing Director of Corndale Farm Charcuterie

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY TO DATE  Background in electronics. Worked in sales for seven years and then moved into renewables sector in 2014. Always had a passion for food and high welfare meat, and those are the main principles on which Corndale Farm was established.  WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE... View Article

Charlie Kerlin, corporate finance director at Grant Thornton NI

Charlie Kerlin, corporate finance director at Grant Thornton NI

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am currently corporate finance director at Grant Thornton NI, a role which also involves being head of the firm’s Food and Beverage team, working with a host of Northern Ireland’s leading agri-food and drinks companies including producers and processers as well as distributors, bars... View Article

Riki Neill, director of RNN Communications

Riki Neill, director of RNN Communications

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? Director and founder of RNN Communications – an all-Island PR consultancy that delivers solutions for clients via communications. We work across many sectors, and have a wealth of experience in representing FMCG brands. Current clients include IFEX, Gala Retail, Valeo Foods Ireland, Fisherman’s Friend, Eat... View Article