New business in Republic for Brambleberry Jams

Brambleberry Jams, an award winning producer of home-made luxury jams, sauces and relishes in Northern Ireland, has won business in the Republic of Ireland.

The small company, which is based at Lisburn in county Antrim and is a Food NI member, is supplying its multi-award winning sea salted caramel sauce to outlets on Achill Island in county Mayo.

Alice McIlhagger, owner of Brambleberry Jams, explains: “The business in Achill is the result of a longstanding relationship with the island’s sea salt company. It harvests and processes the pure salt I use in my sea salted caramel sauce. It means that the sauce is now available in the shop on the island as well as from the salt company.”

Brambleberry has won a string of major awards from UK Great Taste and Blas na hEireann, the Irish National Food Awards, for its products including sea slated caramel.

It has also recently secured business from Dugard and Daughters in London for its raspberry jam.

Mrs Mcilhagger established the small business in 2013 to pursue her passion for gourmet food and has enjoyed considerable success. She recently featured on BBC TV’s popular ‘Top of the Shop’ series with chef Tom Kerridge.

She develops the original recipes herself and uses quality produce, mostly from her own garden, in her successful range of products now widely sold throughout Northern Ireland.

The sauces are used by other artisan producers, especially Glastry Farm Ice Cream in Kircubbin, county Down, for its sea salted caramel and lemon meringue ice creams.

The unique lemon meringue ice cream won gold at this year’s Blas na hEireann Awards.

Brambleberry’s range includes raspberry and prosecco, rhubarb and orange, and summer mixed berry jams, as well as savoury bramble jelly, roast tomato relish, red onion jam with organic balsamic vinegar, sea salted sweet chilli sauce with lime.