05 Dec 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.