A Transition Year student has capitalised on school closures and the lockdown to launch a new food company, Fastnet Foods.

With baking products in demand during the Covid-19 crisis, 16-year-old Tim O’Driscoll seized the opportunity to launch his baking mix business.

Based in Skibbereen, West Cork, the concept for Fastnet Foods grew originally from a school Home Economics project, in which O’Driscoll saw the cost and potential waste when buying ingredients for baking recipes.

He began working on the business during school holidays and in his free time, conducting market research, testing recipes and engaging with the authorities in relation to health and safety regarding food produce.


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