Stitch and Bear

A long-running Irish blog with reviews of the best restaurants in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Some wine and cocktails thrown in for good measure!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Moment's Silence for the Spice Burger

Do you remember spice burgers? Just like red lemonade, they're a truly Irish phenomenon. They've been available to the Irish market since the 1950s and were the first product manufactured by Irish firm Walsh Family Foods. Described as a "delicious blend of Irish beef, onions, cereals, herbs and spices coated with traditional outer crumb” they represent a taste of my childhood, though I'd say that I haven't had one in 15+ years.
Well, it was with surprise that I read in today's Irish Times that Walsh Family Foods are to cease trading with the loss of 50 jobs. The reason for the company failing is attributed mainly to the weakness of sterling against the euro and strong competition from UK rivals.
Hopefully another manufacturer can take over the production of the Spice Burger, whose recipe is patented.

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