Gran Grans Foods was established in 2014 by husband and wife team Nigel & Magaly Murray, their love for good food comes from a long way back. They met whilst working on cruise ships around the world and have being inseparable since.
Nigel spent his first 12 years growing up in Coventry. His parents, both Irish, used to bring him to Ireland regularly to spend summers here. What he remembers the most; were the great smells coming from his granny Murray’s kitchen or GranGran as he used to call her. From her treacle bread to her roast pork with which she would make a fresh apple sauce, there was a never-ending beautiful aroma coming from her kitchen. It was around then, that he realized, that a career in the kitchen was definitively for him.
Magaly and Nigel met in Venice, Italy, in 1995 while both working in the hospitality industry on cruise ships. They began their journey together traveling to different countries and experiencing their food and culture. In 1996, they got married in Peru, A country rich in history which cuisine is a seamlessly blend of different cultures and ancient Peruvian food creating something utterly unique.
Soon after, they decided to open Peru’s first Irish Pub “Murphy’s” in the capital Lima, serving Irish traditional dishes with an international twist – offered the locals and expats community the best of Irish food and entertainment. “Murphy’s Irish Pub” turned out to be a great success and it gave them the opportunity to open a second Irish pub, other restaurants and even venture in the music industry. Nigel loves telling that story!!
After 10 years in business, they made the decision to come home to Ireland with their 3 young kids; Sean, Brendan, and Nicole. they fell in love with a small farmhouse in the countryside of Loughrea; Kilchreest, in front of the beautiful Slieve Aughty mountains and decided to raise their children there. Nigel worked as a head chef at the Ardilaun Hotel as well as The Glenlo Abbey Hotel, whilst still keeping the dream of having their own business again.
The opportunity came in 2014 in an industry that was relatively new to them. They decided to give it a go and create a range of sauces that not only capture the essence of their summer holidays in Ireland but also reflect the different flavours they learned through travelling and experiences in other countries.They built a customised kitchen at the back of their home in Kilchreest, where Nigel cooks GranGran products using herbs, Vegetables and other ingredients from Magalys own vegetable garden and greenhouse as well as some fruits and vegetables from other local producers, whilst Magaly does her magic with the packaging and labeling and PR.
It is never easy to start a new business. Passion will only bring you so far and no one has the recipe for instant success, you have to be prepared for the ups and downs but mainly to learn and to adapt. After 4 years in the retail business and 12 years living in Ireland, they can proudly say GranGrans Foods has found a place in the heart of the Irish consumer.
GranGrans has grown organically and now deliver to small artisan shops and garden centres but also to speciality shops and some Supervalu’s throughout the country. They have had great support from family and friends and still do. Their kids, now young adults are an important part of the growth of the business with an active involvement throughout production and packaging.
They feel lucky and blessed everyday to have found a “Jar” where to pour their own experiences and passion for food and can’t wait to hear customer comments and advise to keep improving and learning!