Simon Rudd knows the traditional Irish fry better than most. He was just four when his parents, David and Prue, started their own business selling rashers, sausages, and pudding-- using pigs produced on their Co Offaly farm.
That family business, which was set up in the Eighties, developed the original recipe for the well-known Rudd brand. The business went into receivership in 2004 after a difficult trading period and O'Brien Fine Foods took over its assets and recipes.
Simon, however, brought the food expertise he'd built up to another family business, Prue & Simon's, which he set up in 2005. Prue & Simon's, which Simon and his mother Prue run, also produces sausages, rashers and black and white pudding -- which are sold in Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Spar, Eurospar and SuperValu. "We know every part of the business very well -- from boning out the pork, to butchering, to curing the rashers," said Simon.
The firm hopes to launch some sliced cooked meats, premium sausages and a range of gluten-free products soon.
Prue & Simon's has a turnover of €250,000.
Sunday Indo Business