Entrepreneur Fights Cancer Diagnosis With New Business

Spear & Arrow points the way in making Bone Broth.

Spear & Arrow points the way in making Bone Broth.

A cancer diagnosis can turn anyone’s life upside down, but for entrepreneur, Lynette McHendry, such a diagnosis has spurred her into starting a new business.

In reality, you are unlikely to have just one reason for starting a business. It is likely to be a combination of several of them. Sometimes it just takes a spark to get your imagination moving to get on the road to creating a new business, especially in the food trade.

Deciding on a business idea and starting a business can seem overwhelming and complicated at times. There are so many things you have to consider.

A Spear & Arrow product: Bone Broth.

But, with the help and support of Invest NI and Meat Technologist Hayley O’Neill based at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise’s (CAFRE’s) Loughry Campus, Spear & Arrow was launched.

Back in November 2019, Lynette decided that she needed a new focus in life. Lynette’s motivation was to help others make healthier choices and for them to consider incorporating delicious bone broths into their daily regimes.

Hayley O’Neill.

Spear & Arrow broths are produced using bones from local, Northern Irish, grass fed cattle and products are free from additives, preservatives, salt and sugar.

Broths are low in fat and high in protein. The bone broth can be heated and consumed as a warm beverage, or it can be added as an ingredient to a wide range of cooked meals.

Spear & Arrow came to Loughry Campus in February 2020 with an Innovation Voucher funded by Invest NI and met Meat Technologist, Hayley O’Neill.

Hayley said: “This project involved reviewing recipes and conducting pilot scale trials using the specialist equipment in the Food Technology Centre.

“In developing prototype products we were able to support the company in establishing processing and packaging methods.

Bone Broth by Spear and Arrow.
Lynette McHendry.

“Other elements of the project included validation of product shelf life, determining nutritional information and establishing ingredients declarations.”

Lynette said:The support I have received from Hayley at Loughry Campus has undoubtedly helped me take my idea and make it a reality.

“Hayley’s knowledge, expertise and very approachable nature has made the whole process much less overwhelming. The Invest NI funded Innovation Voucher supported my trials at Loughry which has contributed to a successful launch.”

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