Success is coming naturally to the Walkers from Letterkenny as they bring their organic juices to stores across Donegal.
Derek and Anna Walker are the founders of NatNoot- The Natural Nutrition Co. – an empowering healthfood company that grows certified organic wheatgrass and produces totally natural cold pressed juices.
Their newest juices are called ‘Believe’ and ‘Achieve’ – and these principles are a core part of Derek’s inspirational story. The well-known local food ambassador has overcome adversity and blindness to follow his passion for natural living.
Derek tells Donegal Daily: “My whole life I’ve always been fascinated by nature and I always had an understanding and respect for how powerful nature is.
“At the age of twelve, I was diagnosed with a very rare degenerative eye condition called Stargardt Disease. This condition means that I am progressively losing my eyesight. By the age of 16, I was registered blind.
School became very difficult as I found the persistent sight loss difficult to adjust to. In my early 20’s I found it hard to get a job due to my sight. This is when NatNoot was started.”
Derek was taking wheatgrass juice to help ease inflammation on his knee when he was struck with the idea of making it easier for people to take wheatgrass juice by producing ready made wheatgrass juice shots. He set up his own company in 2014 and his products were on the shelves of Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top within six months.
“Kelly’s Centra store owner Mairtin Kelly was a huge support and this outlet generated revenue for me to expand more,” Derek said.
“Our list of outlets grew and grew. We were receiving amazing feedback from people who took our products and this gave us real motivation to continue what we were doing.”
Derek and Anna joined the Supervalu Food Academy in September 2018, which gave them the opportunity to be listed by Musgraves.
Through this, they created two new products – ‘Believe’ and ‘Achieve’ – which are cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juice drinks that come in 250 ml bottles.
In January of this year, NatNoot was successful in their bid to get listed with Musgraves and stocked in many local Supervalu stores.
Derek added: “We are both so excited about this journey and we are really grateful to each and everyone who has helped us along the way, this is a massive step for us and our wee family. I could not have done any of this without my wife Anna who is a huge support to me in every way.
“Together we have become a small family business doing what we are passionate about and we hope that you and your family enjoy our products.
“I named the products Believe and Achieve because I know for a fact, that if you truly Believe in yourself, you can Achieve great things. Thank you, Derek and Anna.”
NatNoot is stocked in the following Supervalu Stores:
- Kavanagh’s Supervalu in Ballybofey
- Kavanagh’s Supervalu Dungloe
- Rooney’s Supervalu Killybegs
- Cosgrove’s Supervalu Bundoran
- Kavanagh’s Supervalu Donegal Town
- Kavanagh’s Supervalu Buncrana
- Supervalu Carndonagh
Other stockists include:
Simple Simons Healthfood Store, The Counter Deli, Dry Arch Complex Letterkenny, Sweeneys Spar Express, Kernans, Glencar Spar, Maples Milford, Maples Castlefin, Whoriskeys Ramelton, Simpsons Letterkenny, Sonder Cafe, Number 6 Café, Dalys Circle K Lifford, McGranaghans Raphoe.
If you are interested in stocking NatNoot give Derek a call on 0860675274
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