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Silver Darlings story

Silver Darlings, a seafood company specialising in marinating and pickling wild Irish Atlantic herring to the highest standards. It is a new take on an old classic with exciting flavours with the freshest ingredients and made entirely by hand, The herring are landed at Killibegs, Co. Donegal and produced and packaged at source to ensure the freshest ingredients and highest standards for production. Silver Darlings products are sold mainly for the food service and restaurant sectors through distribution partners. Our products are also sold in selected shops and farmers markets directly to consumers. See more details in ‘PARTNERS’ page.

The producer: Kirsti O Kelly is the creator of Silver Darlings she grew up in Finland where marinated herring is a staple item in everyone’s fridge. At home she learned about herring from her mother and grandmother as they used to prepare herring dishes with recipes that were best kept secrets of the family. Kirsti has a chef diploma and a degree in food science, catering management and marketing from Finland. She worked for over 20 years in restaurant and hotel management and moved to Ireland during this period. After marrying a Limerick man and having their two daughters, she followed her dream and started her own food production company in 2012.

Kirsti has been working closely with BIM / Seafood Development Centre Ireland on the initial product testing and development. She has also been supported by Local Enterprise Office in Limerick, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia.

She started Silver Darlings production in Ballyhoura Food Centre and for over 3 first years produced all products by herself with part time help. She soon learned food producer’s reality and how she is required to be an expert in every aspect of running a business and how time is most valuable. To streamline her business model and to create more time she approached her herring supplier with an suggestion to move production entirely to Killybegs.

Production partner Island Seafoods in Killybegs has been Silver Darlings herring supplier from the very start. Their support, care and genuine interest for Silver Darlings has been vital throughout the

The process: Silver Darlings herring products are a boneless, uncooked delicacy using the finest wild Irish Atlantic herring. The meaty, generous bite size herring chunks are salt cured, then pickled and marinated with fine wine vinegars, crunchy vegetables, fresh herbs and aromatic, exotic spices bursting with deep flavours. The curing process not only preserves the fish it also completely dissolves the famous herring bones. This naturally occurring reaction is one of the reasons why herring is ideal for pickling, the nasty bones are gone but the flesh of the fish is still plump and rich in omega oils, vitamin D and calcium. Unlike some other marinated herring products in the European market, Silver Darlings products are purposely produced with lower salt and sugar content.

Why is herring good for me? Herring is delicious and when marinated correctly it also is boneless – the bones naturally soften and dissolve in the marinating process. The calcium from the bones stays in the flesh and the fish is ready to eat with no worry of nasty bones. Herring is one of the very best food sources of vitamin D. Our bodies make this vitamin in sunlight, but in our climate, it's easy not to get enough. There seems to be more to vitamin D than strong teeth and bones. It's now thought that vitamin D deficiency might be a factor in many diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes. Atlantic herring is very high in the long chain OMEGA-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fatty acids help prevent heart disease and keep the brain functioning properly.

Sustainability: The Irish herring stocks are broadly defined as 'North West Herring’, 'Irish Sea Herring' and 'Celtic Sea Herring' - scientific advice is that they are all sustainable and are both carefully managed with a total allowable catch (TAC) decided on an annual basis. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has also certified these stocks as sustainable. The herring fishing season is normally from September to January with all landings to designated fishing ports.

Silver Darlings products are produced with renewable energy. The production partner Island Seafoods Ltd was the overall winner at Bord Bia’s Origin Green Awards 2015. Their production facility in Killybegs co. Donegal has its own Hydropower station to supply electricity to its own consumption and to export to the national grid. Hydropower is one of the most reliable, predictable and least environmentally intrusive of all renewable energies.

Producer: Kirsti O Kelly

products

Products

Silver Darlings herring products are a boneless, uncooked delicacy using the finest wild Irish Atlantic herring. The meaty bite size herring pieces are salt cured, then pickled and marinated with fine wine vinegars, crunchy vegetables, fresh herbs and aromatic, exotic spices bursting with deep flavours.
The curing process not only preserves the fish feature it also completely dissolves the
famous herring bones.

Dill Herring
Mustard herring
Star of the Sea Herring
Pimento Herring
Fennel & Tarragon Herring
Balsamic Herring
partners

Partners

Silver Darlings own stall in Limerick Milk Market and various food festivals.

Nationwide sales and distribution partner:

La Rousse Foods

web: www.laroussefoods.ie
email: sales@laroussefoods.ie
Dublin tel. 01 6234111
fax. 01 6234042
Belfast tel. 028 90432522
fax. 028 90950055

Dublin food markets & retail partner:

Lilliput Trading Co.

Web: www.lilliputtradingco.ie
email: admin@lilliputtradingco.ie
Tel. 01 6725822
Mob. 086 01709342

West Cork food markets & retail partner:

West Cork Olives

Gerald Kelleher 087 7376682

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