Investment support for a juniper syrup-producing business
Female entrepreneurs used RDP investment support to increase the production capacity of their juniper syrup-producing business.
In the home kitchen of Orbu farm, in the village of Leedri in Saaremaa, a group of female entrepreneurs make juniper syrup, which is an Estonian relative of the world's most common syrup: maple. The women wanted to develop their business by creating new products from juniper and thus investment support was needed to increase their production capacity.
Support from the Estonian Rural Development Programme helped convert an old barn into a workshop for producing juniper syrup products. High performance boilers and other necessary equipment were purchased to produce different syrups, peanut delights, sauces and marmalade.
The old home farm kitchen produces 1 000–1 500 litres of syrup, while the new kitchen can produce 7 000 litres of syrup as well as 10 000 litres of juniper extract per year.
The products can be purchased all year round at the farm or online. They are also available in various shops and markets throughout Estonia and can be ordered from abroad.
The products have received approval for special food quality and provenance marks – Saaremaa Ehte Toode (Genuine Product of Saaremaa Island) and Ehtne Talutoit (Genuine Farm Food).