Monday, December 13, 2010

Broadway Bagels Shortlisted For SFA National Small Business Awards 2011

"These awards acknowledge the important role small businesses have to play in leading our return to economic growth and job creation", Awards Patron, An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, TD.

The short-list of finalists in the "SFA National Small Business Awards 2011", has been officially announced by Ian Martin, SFA Chairman and Chair of the Awards Judging Panel. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry.

"With the greatest number of applications to date in the seven years of this awards programme it is heartening to see that the small business sector has a strong sense of optimism and so many companies are positively focused on the growth of their business proving that successful small businesses will be vital to our economic recovery", commented Ian Martin, SFA Chairman and Chair of the Awards Judging Panel. "As well as our six categories of awards this year we also feature five of the best Emerging New Businesses (less than 2 years established) and I must say that given the quantity and quality of the businesses represented in this section this year, entrepreneurship is alive and well in Ireland", stated Mr. Martin.

Broadway Bagels are shortlisted in the Manufacturing Award Catagory (up to 50 employees).

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fast-Growing Irish Firms Expand Abroad

A Waterford bagel baker run by a husband and wife team and a Dublin architecture and design practice were both today celebrating big contract wins abroad.

Waterford Food Company, Rosie's Broadway Bagels today announced that it has expanded its exports into Europe and is now serving customers across four European countries.

Earlier this year, the Company announced its first shipment of 10,000 Bagels into Spain through American Food importer, 'Taste of America' and supermarket distributor 'Frico-dan' which supplies the 'Dinosol' chain. Following this initial success, Rosie's Broadway Bagels is now distributing an additional 23,000 Bagels through French distributor 'Forezia' and directly to food outlets 'Cristalli de Zucchero' in Italy and 'Blakemore' in the United Kingdom.

Based in Dungarvan, Waterford, Rosie's Broadway Bagels was established in 2002 by husband and wife entrepreneurs Des and Rosie Sheehan.

"We are delighted that our Bagel products are the subject of continued interest amongst distributors and food outlets in Europe. Domestically it's a considerable challenge to secure competitive shelf space amongst Irish retailers so the continued interest from the European mainland comes as a welcome boost," said Rosie Sheehan.

Meanwhile, Dublin-based HKR Architects said that it has recently won a number of international contracts.

This is the result of a successful strategy of geographic diversification and refocusing HKR's business on large-scale international architecture and design projects. HKR has been awarded contracts to design a new airport in the Middle East and a large resort in Slovenia.

HKR is re-structuring its UK business, expanding its London office but will close its regional office in Manchester.

"We are pleased to announce a number of new international project wins which reflect our focus on increased geographic diversity. These project wins also reflect the unique design skill-set we have developed across our practice over many years. Consistent with our focus on large-scale international projects, we are expanding our London office to support the needs of our growing international client base. We have, however, also taken the decision to close our regional office in Manchester and will serve our UK and international client base from our expanded London office," said Jerry Ryan, HKR Architects CEO.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Broadway Bagels Expands Horizons Southward To Spain

Sunday Business Post
By James Enright

Last week the company announced it was expanding by exporting to Spain. "There was a big market in the States for frozen, pre-sliced bagels. We figured we could transfer that to Ireland and supply major retail chains," said Sheehan. After months of tweaking and wasting "skips of dough", the Sheehans finally concocted a satisfactory recipe. They rely on the healthiest of ingredients sourced in Ireland, and omit preservatives and additives.

"We try to increase consumer awareness of healthy eating. A frozen bagel is so much healthier than a 21 day shelf life bagel loaded with preservatives. It is an ongoing education process," said Sheehan.

With a target market of discerning foodies and health conscious parents, the company has 14 employees, including a full time quality assurance officer. Working at full capacity, the plant can produce 25,000 bagels a day.

The last year has proved challenging as the company lost its distributor, which forced its bagels off the shelves of major supermarkets. "In that period, we had hundreds of e-mails asking where our bagels had gone and demanding that they return," Sheehan said. She had to renegotiate a deal with retailers to get her product back onto the shelf. Broadway Bagels' stock has risen considerably since then. The first shipment of 10,000 bagels will be distributed in Spain through American food importer, Taste of America and supermarket distributor Fricodan, which supplies the Dinosol chain.

"We are very grateful to An Bórd Bia for seeking new opportunities and clients for us. The export market has huge potential. We wish to develop our product further and break into new markets," said Sheehan.

As a co-founder of the Dungarvan Junior Special Olympics committee, the movement holds a special place in Sheehan's heart. The company donated 30,000 bagels to the athletes, coaches and volunteers taking part in this year's Special Olympic Games held in Limerick. The company is now turning its attentions to building up a strong brand and diversifying its products.

"We hope to produce brown, multiseed and gluten-free bagels in the future. We are constantly looking to expand our retail listing," Sheehan said.

"Our advantage is the taste. European bagels are more lumpy and doughy, ours are lighter. We are keen to continue developing and exporting our products."

Friday, May 21, 2010

30,000 Bagels Donated To The Special Olympics Ireland Summer Games!

Waterford Food Company donates 30,000 bagels to the Games

Waterford Food Company, Rosie's Broadway Bagels today announced that as a proud supporter of the Special Olympic Ireland Summer Games it will be donating a whopping 30,000 bagels to the athletes, coaches and volunteers taking part in this year's Games.

The 2010 Special Olympics Ireland Games will take place in Limerick from 9-13th June. This will be one of the biggest and most exciting sporting events of the summer with 1,900 athletes competing in 13 sports in venues throughout Limerick and Clare. They will be accompanied by a team of 650 coaches and official delegates, 4,000 family members and supported by a team of 3,000 volunteers.

Based in Dungarvan, Waterford, Rosie's Broadway Bagels which was established in 2002 by husband and wife entrepreneurs Des and Rosie Sheehan have a long association with Special Olympics Ireland and play a leading role in the development of the Games in Waterford.

Commenting on the donation, Rosie Sheehan, Broadway Bagels said, 'We are honored to support the Special Olympics Ireland Summer Games. In our own small way we hope to bring a little extra joy and nourishment to the thousands of people who will be having fun and taking part in the Games this June.'

Ciara Tallon, Fundraising and Sponsorship Manager for Special Olympics Ireland added, 'We are delighted that Rosie's Broadway Bagels have come on board to support us for the 2010 Special Olympics Ireland Games. We are looking forward to working with Rosie and her team to make sure these games in Limerick is the best ever.'

Rosie's Broadway Bagels are made with all natural ingredients and are available in supermarket freezers across Superquinn, Tesco, SuperValu and Spar stores as well as other independent outlets.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Rosie's Clinches Bagel Deal With Pat

Ireland's only dedicated kosher bagel bakery, Rosie's Broadway Bagels, has teamed up with the country's third-largest plant baker, Pat the Baker, to dual-brand three existing varieties.

Rosie's founders, Rosie and Des Sheenan said they had been looking to formulate a deal with a plant bakery in order to extend the distribution of their products as a fresh rather than frozen option. There are also plans to introduce a third daily production shift at the bagel factory.

The three dual-branded varieties on offer are: plain, poppy seed and The Works – a bagel topped with poppy, sesame, toasted garlic and fresh minced onions.

'We're aiming at mums and dads who want to give their family healthy options; young urban professionals; people who've travelled to the US and want real bagels; and consumers who support Irish brands,' said Rosie.

The bakery was established in Dungarvan, Co Waterford in 2001.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Broadway Bagels Teams Up With Pat the Baker

Dungarvan Observer

ROSIE'S Broadway Bagels,Ireland's only dedicated, kosher bagel bakery has teamed up with Ireland's premier award-winning bread company, Pat the Baker to launch a dual-branded range of authentic, New York-style fresh bagels.

Since starting in 2001, Rosie, who hails from NY, and her Dublin-born husband Des have produced an astonishing 20 million of their delicious, all natural, preservative-free bagels in Dungarvan, Co.Waterford.

Already available as a "jumbo bagel" offering under the "Rosie's" brand in supermarket freezer cabinets all over Ireland, Rosie's Broadway Bagels is excited about this innovative expansion. Says Rosie, 2008's WMB Entrepreneur of the Year, "We are delighted to be associated with Pat the Baker, who have a reputation for the freshness of their quality products. We worked for several months on the development of this fresh range, in striving to preserve the integrity of both of our brands. We are delighted that we have been able to maintain the quality of our bagels, naturally and without compromise." Added Des, "With so many food products being imported from overseas, contributing to the loss of jobs in the food manufacturing sector in Ireland, it is commendable that Pat the Baker has partnered with an Irish-owned and managed family bakery...supporting Irish jobs and Irish industry. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Pat the Baker." The new range of Pat and Rosie's fresh bagels are listed nationally, and consists of 3 flavours; Poppy Seed, Rosie's famous - The Works and Plain. Rosie's Broadway Bagels has just been named Best in Ireland by Bridgestone for the third year running, and is the recipient of 2 Great Taste Awards.