Based in Belfast, SculleryMade owner Caoimhe Nic An tSaoir identified an opportunity to combine the flavours of malted barley within her own black pudding recipe.
The company has been supplying restaurants across the country with its unique product since 2016 and was eager to expand its business to supply a wider retail market.
Recognising the challenges in increasing its production volume, SculleryMade successfully applied for an Innovation Voucher through Invest NI.
Using the fully equipped Food Technology Centre at CAFRE’s Loughry Campus, food technologist Dessie Brady worked with SculleryMade to explore the various processing equipment options for larger scale manufacturing of its black pudding.
Walking through each stage of the production process with CAFRE gave SculleryMade the opportunity to discuss the design and layout of the production facility, review the all-important steps of its food safety plans, and to test packaging options for the new retail range.
Following the successful completion of the Innovation Voucher project with CAFRE, SculleryMade has now introduced a more streamlined production process and is planning to further expand its production facilities to meet the demands of its growing customer base.
Caoimhe commented: “With the help of the food technologists and the food processing facilities at Loughry Campus I have been able to develop a greater understanding of the processing technologies involved in the manufacture of black puddings and this has allowed me to upscale my production.”