Michael Hassetts’ passion for baking developed during his time working across Europe, as a trained chef in the early 80s. On returning to Ireland, Michael started his own bakery based in Douglas, Cork in 1984. This was a small wholesale bakery producing confectionery with a strong continental influence for the retail sector. Encouraged by the market uptake, he went on to open his first shop in 1988 producing quality products using only the best of fine local ingredients. In 1995, Michael expanded into the nearby town of Carrigaline.
34 years later, Hassetts now offer a wide range of products including artisan breads and confectionery: cakes, desserts, biscuits, crackers, granolas, chocolates & ice creams. Continuing to grow and develop, Hassetts now have shops in the English Market, Douglas Court and Blackpool Shopping Centre. They hold many awards, including Blas na hEireann, Great Taste Award, Artisan Business of the Year and Best Cork Export Business.
Currently Hassetts are the leading supplier of high-end bread and confectionery products to the restaurants in Cork. Their products can now be found in several retail outlets including select SuperValu stores and Cork Airport Duty Free Shop. Distribution across the nation is now well underway along with exporting to the UK, Canada, France, Germany and the US.
Hassetts manufacturing capacity has evolved at an impressive rate in recent years with staff numbers growing to 60.
“ I believe good quality food produced locally is the secret to our success so far. We’ve proven that our passion and respect for the art of artisan baking and confectionery can stand the test of time. We are now committed to delivering our craft far and wide”