G’s Jam is a family run jam-making business operating out of Abbeyleix. It is a multi-award winning business which is now expanding into the supermarket sector. The extraordinary thing about Helen Gee’s jams is the fact that they are all made in the good old-fashioned way – an open pot, a big wooden spoon and plenty of elbow grease. Only the very best quality fruit and natural ingredients are used with no artificial colouring or preservatives. This, of course, is what gives the products their very distinctive taste – real homemade jam.
Fruit is locally grown and the range includes blackberry and apple, strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, gooseberry, rhubarb and ginger and plum. There’s also a range of chutneys and relishes that includes cranberry and port, lemon mint jelly, red currant jelly, hot red pepper relish, autumn chutney, lemon curd and brandy butter.
The business has received a long list of awards including the following: Bridgestone Awards each year since 2002 – Great Taste Awards for a number of the individual products – Good Food Ireland Producer Of The Year Award 2009 – Laois Business Person Of The Year Award 2008 – National Food Award 2009. The company was also short listed to the final 3 for the Producer of the Year for Supervalu in 2010.
Helen Gee established G’s Gourmet Jam in 1999 with start up support from Laois Partnership (then Laois LEADER). More recently the successful business received additional funding from Laois Partnership to fund the purchase of specialized packaging equipment which facilitated the expansion into the supermarket sector.