It Started On The Beach

It Started On The Beach !

The Irish Black Butter Company opened for business in October 2017.  Alastair Bell  who had a family background in farming took time out from his events and  farm model customisation business  to explore the potential for an exciting new business.

“During the successful 2016  Year Of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland  I was inspired by the enthusiasm and drive of local producers  taking  great local produce  to home  and overseas markets. That inspiration has motivated me to launch   ‘a new taste of Ireland’ which is Irish Black Butter.” It was a combination of bygone days spent  in the serenity of the Garry Bog near Ballymoney  cutting turf  and enjoying homemade scones or pancakes with apple jelly  and time spent  picking apples on the family farm which  were the seeds of inspiration for  Alastair’s new venture – Irish Black Butter. Based at Portrush in County Antrim,  Alastair teamed up with experienced chef Paul Clarke,  the managing director of the award winning En Place Foods at Cookstown in County Tyrone to create the perfect recipe for the very first Irish Black Butter product.

When the first delivery of Irish Black Butter arrived a photo shoot was arranged on the beach at The Whiterocks near Portrush. “It certainly created a stir  as people were coming over and asking what the product was and where could they get it.  I sold the first  jars on the beach !”  Now Irish Black Butter is becoming more widely available and the business website has a current list of stockists  and the facility for online purchases.