Bayin, a new Sesame and Peanut Oil company is a unique venture set up to bring a taste of Myanmar (formerly Burma) straight to your kitchen table.
Not every couple go on honeymoon and come back with a business idea, but that’s exactly what happened to Katrina and John.
They decided on Myanmar for their honeymoon destination (situated in South East Asia neighbouring India, China, Bangladesh, Laos and Thailand), a country they had wanted to travel to for years as John’s Grandmother was Burmese.
While trekking through the remote hills they encountered the delicious local Myanmar dishes cooked using sesame and peanut oil, and saw the abundance of crops all grown naturally without the use of pesticides.
Passing local schools on their trek they witnessed the lack of resources and the local children’s excitement at receiving the simple notepads and pencils that John and Katrina gave them. This was where their idea began to form: if they brought sesame and peanut oil from Myanmar to Europe, they could help the farmers sell their goods internationally whilst giving back to local schools in the form of resources. What began as a philanthropic venture became an international business that supports the local community in Myanmar while bringing their unique oils to Europe.
Bayin’s aim is to take you off the eaten track with Myanmar's naturally produced soul food. We at Newmarket Kitchen are delighted to house Bayin in our kitchen and cannot wait to see them go from strength to strength.
Check them out in this recent Irish Times article.
Starting a food business can be hard. So you have your product and you’re selling but you now soon realise that your home appliances aren’t going to cut it if you want to scale. You have now decided that you’re going to buy some commercial equipment. Enter the world of either high expense or sketchy dealers. Here at Newmarket Kitchen we always recommend buying new and the best you can afford. But like us, you’ll need to start somewhere right?
Buying new. It’s generally shinier and you’ll be convinced you need the latest digital technology even for those special cupcakes you’re making. But is it affordable? Catering equipment is expensive. The poor exchange rate with the UK makes your flexibility with buying from abroad even harder so you’re limited to the cost price with local new equipment dealers. Warranties are key and it’s best to go with a trusted brand after extensive research.
Buying second-hand. So now you’re trawling the likes of Donedeal where you’ll find most second-hand dealers advertising. Second-hand dealers can be tricky fellows. Imagine a second-hand car dealer and multiply that by 10. What do you look out for? Well let’s start with the most basic stuff like tables and other stainless steel items. This is easy, so long as it doesn’t require straightening or welding and when your only job is a good clean you’re golden. If you think it can be fixed up by your fabricator take a few pics and flick them on to him for a quote first before purchase.
Can you inspect the item? What if you’re after something specific and ask a dealer if he has it. His answer will be “Yes – but I won’t have it for a week or so”. This translates to “No – I don’t have it but I will try source it from UK or somewhere, it will take longer than a month and I may not answer the phone when you come looking for me after a week to keep you on the hook”.
They may provide warranties. Get this all nailed down in paper.
When you’re buying technical items like electric and gas you need to buy with the most important thing in mind – can my catering equipment repair guy fix this if it breaks? If its simple electric and gas the chances are he can. If your item has digital components like motherboards etc. the chances are he most certainly can’t. What all manufacturers effectively want is to maintain ownership of the repair by ensuring their affiliated trained repair specialists are the only ones who can fix it. This is all great but of course comes with a costly premium over your regular repair guy who charges by the hour/call-out.
Gas is cheaper than electric. Having your combi running all day, you’ll soon realise that you’re way better off running off gas. On the flip side, electric models generally have cheaper price tags than gas ones. It should be noted, almost all gas items need an electrical connection and you’ll need to check what size gas pipe is required to run your item.
Here’s some other points worth noting:
Cheers, Newmarket Kitchen
Food Information to Consumers (FIC) legislation Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 includes new requirements for the way in which allergen information must be displayed. This legislation applies from the 13th December 2014. You can read more about the new legislation in the legislation section. To avail of food labelling training The FSAI have produced a variety of modules in their online learning resources.
It can be an extremely daunting experience starting a food business as you juggle all the ordinary business functions. You now have to learn a lot of new information from a lot of different sources in a short space of time. This can include information on registering for tax to figuring out the food labelling laws. It can be all very confusing.
Food labelling laws are in place so that the consumer can identify the type of product, the ingredients, the use by date and allergen information.
This is only a snippet of information that must be in the field of vision of an item so the shopper can decide at the time of purchase whether or not to select the item.
In recent years people have become more aware of what is in their food, this can be down to trying to eat healthier and choosing something with less calories or having an intolerance to an ingredient.
Before Consumers have often found the labelling on products confusing for example Sodium is no longer to be used, now Salt should be used in its place or using several different names for sugar and stating that the product is sugar- free. By avoiding the use of scientific language makes it easier to understand what the ingredients are.
The writing on the packaging must be legible and not blurred. The font type needs to be Times New Roman, 8 font, if the packaging is small then the font type can be Times New Roman, 6 font.
If the food is prepared with peanut oil or if gluten is used in a close space it must be stated as these ingredients can be harmful to some consumers. Allergens must be highlighted in bold when listed in the ingredients section. If a gluten – free product for instance oats are used in a product, the labelling must state the gluten-free Oats* in the ingredients list. There must be a statement on how the oats were prepared. *Oats used in this product and are gluten free and have been specially produced. If there is a possibility of cross – contamination of a product with an allergen then the allergen must be written with may contain …..
Food Information for consumers (FIC) are introducing new laws concerning the nutritional content of foods. It will become mandatory from 13thDecember 2016, packaging will now have to show (a) The energy value and (b) The amounts of fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein and salt.
It can be a tricky process trying to work out the calorie content of every product when first starting out in business. It can also be a challenge to calculate each item on the menu, especially with menus that change on a regular basis. However, it is essential that consumers have the information to be able to make an informed choice on whether to have a healthier option or if they want to choose a less healthy option it is their decision as they have been given all the information to make that choice. If alcohol drinks or desserts stated the calorie content it may influence the consumer to choose a lower calorie item or have less than if they were not provided with that information.
With new legislation on food labelling coming into force in late 2016, this will benefit the public with increased information about the products we consume.
For more information on the Food labelling and allergen labelling laws in Ireland check out www.fsai.ie.
Said to be the best chicken sambo in Dublin, Poulet Bonne Femme is one of the great Irish success stories of recent years. Starting off in Sandyford food market, the husband and wife duo set the sights high. With their concession in a number of Avoca shops across Dublin and Wicklow Poulet Bonne Femme have firmly carved out a niche in the market, no pun intended.
They keep it simple and roast a bunch of meats. They also have a secret marinade that is delish! You'll usually see Lamb, Pork, chicken and beef. You get it on salad with classic sauces like mint or mustard.
We expect to see a lot more from these guys and you should too! Watch this space :)
So, you’ve decided to start your own business, what help and support is out there? Nobody intentionally wants to go on the Social Welfare, let alone stay on it for long. However, did you know there is support for Jobseekers who want to start a business? We normally talk about food businesses, however this information applies to a number of sectors.
The first step for anyone who has lost their job is to apply for the Jobseekers Benefit with the Social Welfare, have your business plan ready and apply fora Short Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) previously known as the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA). Due to the changeover there is conflicting information about how long you need to be on jobseekers to be eligible for the BTWEA. The scheme states that you must be on a jobseekers payment for twelve months.
The STEA was set up for people who have lost their job and want to start their own business. It allows you to keep some of your Jobseekers payments and benefits for two years while trying to set up the business. Some of the benefits that the applicant can keep are the medical card, back to school clothing and footwear allowance. Rent supplement will need to be assessed.
The main criteria for this scheme is to be on Jobseekers Benefit (JB) and have paid 104 PRSI contributions. The allowance replaces your JB with a weekly payment of €188. Depending on entitlements.
The scheme provides grant funding up to €2,500 over two years. To see if you are eligible for this scheme.
The next step is that you can apply for grant funding to the Local Enterprise Office. They have a number of grants available to businesses:
Microfinance Loans are another option that assist start-ups and established businesses with business advice and support.
Microfinance lending ranges from €2,000 – €25,000 with a reduced interest rate of 7.5% APR (if referred by an LEO) for a duration of between three and five years.
The criteria to apply for the loans are having less than ten employees and a turnover of under two million euro The advantage of a microfinance loan is that it is available to all businesses and not based on a specific sector.
So, you have decided to hire? What options are open to the employer? There are two main schemes Jobbridge andJobsPlus.
JobBridge is a National Internship Scheme that will provide work experience placements for interns for a 6 month or 9 month period. Interns will receive an allowance of €50 per week on top of their social welfare entitlement for the agreed duration of the internship.
Jobsplus is an incentive from the Department of Social Protection to encourage and reward employers who offer employment opportunities to the long term unemployed. Grants of €7,500 and €10,000 are available to help with the offset of the wage costs.
Other funding options include: