Thanks Plants

Founder Aisling Cullen is no stranger to the food industry, having previously operated a coffee house & restaurant before shifting to manufacturing. “I set up Thanks Plants in 2020 but really I have been passionate about the food industry all my life. I opened a coffee house when I was living in Malaysia in 2015 and I really enjoyed coming up with the menu and daily specials”

“When I moved back to Ireland in 2017, I was excited to continue my food journey here. I’m passionate about plant-based cooking, and I wanted to come up with a product that was wholesome and flavourful. Once I started making my own meatless meats out of whole food ingredients, I never looked back”.

“I’m very much vegan for the animals and for our environment and we can all do our bit to help these causes by reducing or eliminating meat from our diet with really simple changes to our favourite dishes”

If you want to get in touch with Aisling, email hello@thanksplants.co

SiSú

The story of SiSú

Brian McGann was so inspired by what his wife Fiona was doing at home that he thought – why can’t these drinks be available everywhere and to everyone, and so started the incredible successful journey of how this Limerick family has brought their multiple award winning plant based healthy drinks to all corners of Ireland.

Fiona McGann is a mum of 6, and has had a deep passion for understanding the link between our food and our health for over 20 years. She has researched, tested, tasted and embraced organic & nutritious wholefoods over the years. Fiona was somewhat of a pioneer –  juicing when juicers were not readily available  in Ireland, growing wheatgrass in the kitchen (raising an eyebrow or two from her children’s friends!), and making her own shots and kombuchas, well before it was fashionable! Even today, explaining what a scoby is, is no easy task!

Fiona immersed herself with her incredible energy – reading books, blogs & newsletters, attending conferences & seminars to become more informed, and even working with her local health-food stores, to encourage them to source new “superfoods” where possible.

 

Taste Matters

While health was a huge motivator for Fiona, one thing she always made important in the creation of her drinks and snacks was taste. The need to please the tastebuds of 6 kids certainly enhanced her skills in this area! Her children still remember how their friends would be envious of their lunches, and always loved coming to their house for Fiona’s delicious creations.

 

From the Kitchen table to your fridge

Over the years friends, family, schools and local sports clubs would ask Fiona to share her knowledge, and also to make, and even sell, her products. So it was a natural evolution to make these delicious, healthy drinks available to a much wider audience.

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Our Story

We’ve all been there. Mealtimes roll around and there’s so much going on that you just grab whatever is quick. Except, what’s quick isn’t always the best for us right? There always seems to be a compromise. Why Compromise? I was convinced that there doesn’t need to be a trade-off. Food that’s quick and easy can be delicious. It can be created naturally with real food that we know and love instead of artificial flavours. And most of all, real authentically healthy and convenient food should be accessible by all.

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