Irish flexitarian sauce company Porter & Nash has announced a new partnership with distribution group Allegro which will see it hit shop shelves in flagship Dunnes Stores outlets nationwide.
This latest deal means that both their original gravy and caramelised onion and balsamic sauces will be available to consumers in over 112 stores (including SuperValu and independent retail outlets) across Ireland.
Porter & Nash was founded by chefs Gavin Cassidy and Eoin Lennon in 2018, and produces fat free, low-calorie sauces that can be used for cooking and pouring over home cooked meals. It can also be used as a base to create additional condiments. Their products focus on Irish ingredients, including Kombu Kelp seaweed from the Irish west coast.
Business partners Gavin Cassidy and Eoin Lennon boast over 50 years’ experience working in restaurants and catering establishments across Ireland, including training in 1 and 2 star Michelin kitchens. The pair met as mature students while studying Culinary Arts in and developed Porter & Nash while brainstorming over a pint of Guinness. It was their final college project and numerous tastings of gravies that led them researching and developing the sauce range that would appeal to people on various diets.
According to new research from Queen’s University Belfast and National University of Ireland Galway, the numbers of Irish people cooking with fresh ingredients have soared during lockdown. In addition to this, recent findings from Bord Bia have revealed 16% of Irish people follow a flexitarian diet with 8% adopting vegetarianism and 2% veganism.
Porter & Nash Co-Founder Gavin Cassidy said: “We are delighted to announce that our sauces, which can be used for cooking, pouring or used as a base for creating other sauces, will now be on sale in Dunnes Stores outlets nationwide. Our gravy and sauce range aims to provide a tasty edge to homecooked meals everywhere, whether they be meat-based, vegetarian or vegan. Since COVID-19 swept Ireland, with increasing numbers of Irish people cooking from home, we have seen demand for our gourmet sauces grow as consumers experiment more in the kitchen and test their taste buds.”
Porter & Nash is based in Tallaght, Co. Dublin, and currently employs two full-time staff members and indirectly employs eight people across all operations. For more information please visit www.porterandnash.com.