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19 Dec, 2022

Ifac Sustainable Produce Christmas Buying Guide

As Christmas draws closer, the ifac Food and Agribusiness team has compiled a guide of sustainable food gifts. Now more than ever, we appreciate the importance of buying Irish and supporting local wherever possible.

Small businesses are the beating heart of our local communities, not only producing special and unique gifts, they also emphasise the importance of buying locally and sustainably this Christmas.

Food & Drink

Our food producers are among the best in the world, and we are lucky to have access to a wide range of premium quality homegrown products in Ireland. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best offerings from Ireland’s artisan producers to help you buy Irish this Christmas. From protein bars to craft beer, there’s an Irish gift sure to please everyone in the family. We’ve also include some gifts for the farmer in your life.

All Real Nutrition

All Real Natural protein bars are the perfect stocking filler for the gym bunny in your life. It also has pretty lean, green credentials using only compostable packaging and all-natural ingredients. Their compostable packaging, which fully breaks down over 26 weeks, returns to the soil, leaving no adverse effects on the environment.

Hungry Crow Handmade Chocolates

Handmade by Niamh in Co. Cork, Hungry Crow Chocolates are lovingly made with 72% cacao Peruvian couverture chocolate to create mouth-watering truffles. Hungry Crow offers a gourmet alternative to your traditional box of chocolates this Christmas. Available online:

Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese

Christmas is a great time for artisan cheese, and Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese is all you need to impress your guests. Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese is an award-winning Mountain cheese made with pedigree cow’s milk in Kylemore Co. Galway. Hampers packed full of cheese and other locally sourced Irish goodies are available online and can be delivered nationwide.

Synerchi Kombucha

SynerChi is Ireland’s original Kombucha brewery. SynerChi is made using a traditional fermentation method to preserve the live cultures and naturally occurring raw enzymes. Made by fermenting organic teas with a live kombucha culture of yeast and bacteria, producing a deliciously refreshing brew. SynerChi can be sourced from health food stores and independent retailers. 

Ballykeefe Distillery

Ballykeefe Distillery is home to an award-winning range of spirits, including whiskey, gin, vodka and even poitín. They run a Distillery Tour Experience at their eco-friendly, on-farm distillery in Kilkenny, so whether it’s an experience gift, a Christmas tipple or a drink to set your Christmas pudding alight, Ballykeefe has all you need.

Killowen Farm

Killowen has been producing Irish yoghurt from the milk produced on their farm in county Wexford for many years. Check out their website for some delicious dessert recipes featuring their creamy yoghurt to mix up your Christmas desserts this year. Available in supermarkets nationwide.