For flawless food and drink provisioning every time!
I recently met with Ruth Kirwan, owner of EYP and it was a great opportunity to find out more about her very successful yacht provisioning company. Ruth is certainly no newbie to the yacht provisioning world as EYP has been operating since 2001 and has gained a great reputation both in Mallorca and around the Balearics. With her roots hailing back to the wonderful City of Edinburgh where she earned qualifications in both Catering and Dietetics, Ruth worked as a cook on yachts in the Med and Caribbean before deciding to settle on the magical island of Mallorca and start EYP.
Using her previous experience of the yachting world, Ruth gradually grew the business by providing a first-rate service which in turn merited the fantastic client retention that EYP enjoys today. Even though there are many yacht provisioning companies around these days with the significant growth of the yachting industry, EYP has definitely earned its stripes when it comes to fantastic service and provision of the very best quality produce available – with nothing overlooked.
From prime cuts of succulent meats such as locally reared lamb, corn fed chicken, French duck breast and confit, Irish beef, Australian Wagyu, and Iberian pork and game, to the freshest fish and seafood that is sourced directly from their favourite fishmonger in Palma’s wholesale fish market, the quality of all produce is second to none. Both meat and fish can be jointed or filleted to order and will arrive vacuum-packed exactly to specification or frozen if required. EYP also provide seasonal and exotic fruits and vegetables along with some of the best breads and pastries you will ever taste, all sourced from suppliers in the Santa Catalina market. One thing for sure with EYP’s years of experience is that it has nailed down the very best suppliers to ensure that everything is first-class, making quality the number one priority. The team can also supply interior provisioning including ecological cleaning and laundry products.
A real boon for EYP was its acquisition of a franchise for VSF (Vins Sans Frontiers) whose head office is based in Cöte d’Azur. This offers direct access to some of the finest wines of which EYP hold a selected range in stock available for immediate delivery. Caroline Floyd, who has been a much-valued part of the EYP team for 15 years, earned a distinction in the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSEP) Intermediate course giving her a comprehensive understanding of the subtleties and tones of the many varieties of wine, so you can rest assured that they provide some pretty special stuff!
On speaking with Ruth, I asked if she had ever thought of diversifying to include concierge services or other different aspects, but she was in no doubt that her passion lies in providing the very best in food & wine and would not be happy diluting the quality of the service that they already excel at. I believe this is an indication of the true dedication and commitment it takes to be the very best at what you do, as diversification can often result in taking one’s eye off the ball, and in this game, that simply cannot happen.
With the popularity that EYP has gained, mostly through personal recommendations, it means that their feet really do not touch the ground during peak season as they put their very souls into making sure that everything is perfect for their clients. We can only hope that after the global issues of the past couple of years, the latest sanctions on Russia won’t have too much of an effect on hardworking and exemplary businesses in this sector such as EYP, although I suspect with a track record and reputation such as theirs, they will still be going strong no matter what!
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