The Food 360 vision is to work with local producers and consumers developing a fair and sustainable food community where everyone has access to high quality, fresh local food and drink products.
We believe local food and drink producers and consumers should be elevated to the most important stakeholders in the food community.
Our food and drink systems have changed dramatically in the past few decades. Worldwide we have moved from a localised food system to complete globalisation of food and drink where quality and traceability are second to profit margin. Driven by a short term focus the current food system is designed for one goal only “increase the shareholder value of the middle men”.
Food-360 was created by food producers to combat this global trend in the current food system by providing the platform for consumers to connect with food and drink producers.
We believe by harnessing the power of our food and drink community, providing our local producers with the latest technology, the future for our food community is bright.
Our first set of members got together in a garage to plan community food sustainability awareness and how to improve the current food system.
We officially organized into a limited. This was a big step for us since it finally enabled us to fully focus on evolving our business model working with several local producers.
We successfully launched Larder360 our home delivery service in April. Our team of local producers has grown from 6 to 25 with over 200+ fresh local products available now.
This year we are expanding our routes to market partnering with a number of like minded companies to increase our national and international customers.
New €3.2m plan to expand Mountbellew Agricultural College
A new €3.2m Strategic Development Plan has recently been launched for Mountbellew Agricultural College in Co. Galway.
Currently the college has just over 900 students enrolled in a number of degree programmes, as well as a mixture of part-time and online courses, Principal of the College, Tom Burke, said.
The plan, which was developed by Brendan Allen of Food 360 and was supported financially by Teagasc, was recently unveiled by the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan.
GMIT Food Entrepreneur Project
Dr Lisa Ryan, Head of Department of Natural Sciences (GMIT), says: “GMIT is very excited to be leading such a unique European project. With the Agri-food sector being the largest indigenous industry in Ireland, we are very well equipped with high calibre academic and industry expertise in this country to lead a project of this nature. It is a privilege for Ireland and in particular GMIT to have the opportunity to actively contribute to the development of Europe’s rural economies and to Europe2020’ growth strategy.”
GMIT will work with three European partners and local food entrepreneurs including Brendan Allen Food-360 and Ronan Byrne (‘The Friendly Farmer’) who will be involved in all aspects of the project.