The Happy Pear, the family-run healthy-eating brand, is weighing up the option of taking on outside investments as it looks to accelerate its growth.
According to the Irish Independent, the Flynn family expect revenue to reach €10 million this year as a result of expansion in the UK.
"I guess we'll have to see. The cost of growth generally is expensive, so we're kind of working it out and trying to see what's most appropriate for where we're at right now,” Stephen Flynn told the Irish Independent.
The group makes its ends meat off selling pre-prepared meals, online courses, and more, and has seen a significant boost on the back of the increasing popularity of veganism and people simply wanting to eat healthier.
It has two cafes in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, with another in Clondalkin, co. Dublin. Regarding future outlets, Stephen said that they will “work it out as we go”.
"We're very fortunate in that as we first started our business in Greystones back in 2004, we never labelled our business vegetarian or even vegan because the very nature of those words is binary,” Stephen said.
"You're either a vegetarian or a vegan or you're not. And what we wanted to do was just encourage the community to eat more fruit and veg and have a laugh," he said. But recently the term vegan has become nearly fashionable. Every day of the week I meet people who are now aspiring vegans, it's become somewhat fashionable or idealistic to be eating a vegan diet."
The company is run by the four Flynn brothers, with Stephen and David acting as the public faces, using social media to drive marketing campaigns.
They share ownership of the business with their brothers Mark and Darragh.
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