O’Hara’s of Foxford are based in County Mayo, where the company produces over 100 confectionery and 40 bread products to the highest quality standards.
Founded in 1951, the company is still owned and run by the O’Hara family, who pride themselves on the motto: ‘Care in the Making, Care in the Baking.’
The company, which employs a staff of over 180, is the holder of several national hygiene and quality awards and a previous overall winner of the National Hygiene and Food Safety Award at the prestigious EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) Quality and Excellence Awards.
The Story behind O’Haras
It was September, 1951 and a day to celebrate. Michael and Maureen O’Hara just learned of their big win in the sweepstakes. A ticket, that Michael had bought for his wife, was about to change the lives of many forever. Although baking was not an initial passion for Michael, he decided to spend his winnings on a bread oven and started baking bread for the locals. The sweepstakes allowed them to establish their small Family bakery in Foxford, Co. Mayo. So small, in fact, that they knew each and every customer by name. Michael and Maureen wanted the winnings to secure a future for their families and that it did. 60 plus years later, there are 22 O’Hara’s involved in the business. Little did they know was that it would secure a future for the town. With almost 180 employees, it is the largest employer in the area and one of the biggest employers in Mayo.
Success has helped the company grow into one of the biggest bakeries in the west of Ireland and one of the country’s major cake suppliers. In the old days when customers asked Mrs O’Hara why her cakes tasted so good, she would simply answer “care in the making, and care in the baking.” And that simple philosophy is still the bedrock of O’Hara’s thriving business.
Through the years, the factory has grown, products have developed, packaging has changed… but one thing has remained the same…Quality. Despite hard economic times and tough competition, O’Hara’s have never compromised on the quality of their products. They continue to ensure that their products are made with the finest of ingredients and the greatest of care. The products are made by their family to be enjoyed by yours.
Producing over 140 Bread and Cake products and distributing nationwide to all the major retailers and independent stores, O’Hara’s has come a long way since that 1951 sweepstakes win.