www.olivepork.ie goes live.
Colin also receives an expression of interest from a large South Korean food retailer following a visit earlier in the year.
‘OlivePork’ is listed in the high end Dublin food outlet Donnybrook Fair.
Testing the market with a trial run with butchers in Louth, Meath and Dublin and feedback is exceptional; with the highlight coming from a tasting with a Michelin Star chef in Chapter One, Dublin.
Pigs finish feeding trial with enhanced diet of olives, flax and rapeseed, and meat is tasted… one week late ‘OlivePork’ is born.
Louth County Council grant planning approval for farm re-development project.
Olives also arrive from Sparta, Greece for a feeding trial…
‘The Bacon Tour’ wins Louth Young Entrepreneur’s Best Idea in Louth.
Colin presents future vision to Louth County Council to re-develop the site into an international food tourism experience (‘The Bacon Tour’) where visitors can come to learn about the history, the present and future (Colin’s vision) of meat, particularly pork.
Following EIIS approval Colin raises funding to invest in a feed manufacturing facility to make the feed for his pig on the farm.
Parents Estate finalised following years of work by the family as well as extended family and family friends.
Family farm at Littlegrange now fully stocked. Colin also completes Msc in Agricultural Economics from University of London’s external program.
The difficult years get more difficult as Colin’s mother Rosemary passes following a long battle with cancer.
Colin takes over running of family business with his brothers following passing of his late father, Jack, a well known farmer of his generation. Decision to begin re-stocking family’s pig farm at Littlegrange which had been out of business due to the impact of the recession.