“Clotilde’s Fruit Compote Ltd was established in 2011 and is located in Glanworth, Co.Cork. Clotilde was reared on a tillage and pig farm in Northern France. What was produced from the farm or the garden was consumed on a daily basis and her mother was constantly cooking and baking good and nutritious meals. One of the main produce was apples. As Clotilde likes saying, she ate apples morning noon and night but thankfully in different forms! However apples served as compote was a common dessert and one that was enjoyed by the whole family.
So when Clotilde was looking at a new business venture, it didn’t take her long to find the right idea! Indeed, compotes seem to be the perfect products to introduce to the Irish consumers as they are a tasty and healthy fruit snack or dessert. The trends show that Irish people are also looking for new healthy fruit snacks and the compotes satisfy this demand.
The compotes that Clotilde makes are a blend of apples and another fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries, pears, blackberries, lemon, orange, pineapple and mango. They are hand made with 100% fruit as there is no added sugar, no additives or preservatives. They are packed in a handy 130g pot size and also in a 420g family size pot and they must be kept refrigerated. Clotilde spends a lot of time at markets or doing tastings as the Irish palate is not accustomed yet to it and Irish people need to be educated and informed of how and when to use the product. The common question asked by shoppers “and what do you do with it?” makes Clotilde smile as she realises the challenge ahead of her! Her answer is consume it on its own as it is a great alternative to a bowl of fruit, ideal for lunch boxes but use it also with desserts, natural yogurts, porridge, scones and even add it to savoury dishes such as pork, sausages, venison etc…
We are convinced that this product is the new Smoothie! We are offering the Irish consumers a unique high quality food product, creating a new niche market within the chilled fruit snack. The health aspect of the product is the key selling point but let’s not forget that it tastes divine too! It is an artisan product made in small batches. The fruit are cooked slowly at low temperature so all the juices are preserved! It is delicious, nutritious, easy to use and fun way to use! It kills the monotony of eating fruit.