Smokehouse Scale-Up

The Burren Smokehouse in Co. Clare is ready to scale up following a €171,000 investment in new equipment and energy efficiencies, supported by BIM.

Established by Swedish-born Birgitta Curtin and her Irish husband Peter in 1989, the business produces a variety of products including cold and hot smoked organic and wild salmon. They also sell smoked mackerel and smoked eel products.

The investment was supported with grant aid of €76,900 under the Brexit Processing Capital Support Scheme, recommended by the Seafood Taskforce established by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue. Implemented by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the scheme is funded by the European Union under the Brexit Adjustment Reserve.

The recent investment in machinery and solar panels has enhanced the Burren Smokehouse's efficiency and digital capability and has reduced its environmental impact.

Birgitta visited Ireland as a young 18-year-old in 1981. Born and raised in Nyköping on Sweden’s Baltic Sea coast, and the daughter of a Swedish MP,  she was inspired to visit Ireland by her two older sisters who had travelled here and loved the country.