Kenmare Select Timeline
1991 – Award-winning Chef Rémy Benoit formed Kenmare Select as a small scale seasonal offering, employing local chefs to smoke the salmon for the Christmas period. The business started with 2 people, including Séan Jones who remains involved with Kenmare Select to this day as master smoker.
1992 – Following initial success the Kenmare Select team increased to four part-time staff members.
1993 –There was such a substantial demand for Kemare Smoked salmon in 1993 that the team increased to seven staff members. Rémy travelled Europe using his existing Chef contacts to make contact with distributors including Longino & Cardenal in Italy, Peck in Milan and Caviar House in Germany, many of whom are still customers to this day.
2000 – Rémy and the team won a major contract to supply one of Europe’s major supermarket chains.
2011 & 2012 – Kenmare Select awarded Great Taste Awards.
2017 – Kenmare Select was bought by Quinlan’s Fish. The Quinlan’s team integrated the whole smoking and processing operation into their local Cahersiveen plant, allowing for economies of scale, while retaining many of the existing staff, skills and traditional processes to preserve the award winning quality of Kenmare Select.
2018, 2020, 2021, 2022 – Kenmare Select win Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards.
2023- €12 Million deal collaborating with John Stone Beef Irish
We are delighted to announce a €12 million deal in collaboration with John Stone Beef to supply our Kenmare Select smoked salmon to customers throughout Europe, America, Middle East, and Asian markets.
The deal, worth €12 million over 4 years, will see Quinlan’s Multi-Award-Winning Smoked Salmon products being listed in some of the world’s most luxurious restaurants and hotels along with the finest of Irish Beef which John Stone already supplies to customers throughout the world. The announcement was made at The European Seafood Fair in Barcelona.