There are a number of invaluable supports and resources available to food and beverage producers in Ireland, be they ambitious startups or established multinationals. We’ve compiled a list of some of those we find most helpful and informative. We have a wealth of experience in working with Irish producers under many of these programmes, including the Bord Bia Marketing Assistance Programme, helping companies to establish a foothold in new and emerging niche markets.

If you have a project in mind, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Leonard on 086 0201040 or at leonard@designformarket.ie


The Marketing Assistance Programme (MAP) is aimed at companies with a turnover between €100,000 and €3.5m. Opportunities exist for producers to gain funding to help improve their marketing techniques and capabilities and to support activities including trade fair attendance, NPD, packaging design and website development.

More recently, The Bord Bia Step Change Programme was established to assist progressive food, drink and horticulture companies to fund a significant project that will positively impact their growth. Eligible projects include product launches on a new export market, establishing a new route to market,the launch of a new brand or a new product range. Similarly to the Marketing Assistance Programme, grants may be awarded to support activities including design of packaging and POS material, design of a website and new product development.

Origin Green is the only sustainability programme in the world that operates on a national scale, uniting government, the private sector and food producers through Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. Independently verified, it enables Ireland’s farmers and producers to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets – reducing environmental impact, serving local communities more effectively and protecting the extraordinarily rich natural resources that our country enjoys. Participants in the scheme are also eligible for increased funding under the Marketing Assistance Programme.

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. In this way, they support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment. There are over 30 international locations facilitating access to more than 60 countries worldwide and all of their services are geared toward helping Irish companies build an international business. Read more a at EnterpriseIreland.ie


is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. Its mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bioeconomy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. For more visit Teagasc.ie

Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc also work together to find and foster a new group of entrepreneurs.  They’ve’ve pooled resources to make sure to support you and your vision in the most efficient way possible. To access this combined service, visit FoodworksIreland.

There are over 80 different Government supports for Irish start-ups and small businesses. The Irish Government’s Supporting SMEs Online Tool has been developed to help Irish start-ups and small businesses navigate the range of Government supports available.

Bord Bia Vantage
Online resource centre for small food businesses.
Origin Green
Full details on the Origin Green Charter of sustainability.
Enterprise Ireland Packaging Directory
A good starting point for sourcing suppliers of print for packaging.
Enterprise Ireland Market Access Guides
Excellent online resource covering international markets for Irish exporters.
Lovely Package
Blog style review, curating the very best package design inspiration.
The best of package design and branding design inspiration from around the globe.
Latest beverage industry news, with blog style packaging design review.
Irish packaging recovery and recycling compliance scheme.