It was over forty-five years ago Old Mr Brennan baked the first loaves of Brennans Bread in our one room bakery in Fumbally Lane, Dublin. We’re now one of the largest bakeries in Ireland and are still very much a family affair, with Old Mr Brennan’s family still overseeing the recipes and baking skills he perfected. Our motto is ‘Today’s Bread Today’ and that means the bread you see on the shop shelf every day will have left the bakery early that morning.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

At the bakery we wanted to share the story of how our bread is made. Brennans Bread is made fresh every day with top-quality ingredients, so it is fresh and tasty for you. It's also naturally low-fat with no added sugar and no artificial preservatives. Read the story below and learn about how The Farmer, The Miller, and The Baker all work together to bring you your fresh Brennans Bread everyday.

Are Brennans products dairy free?

The following Brennans products are Dairy Free:

  • Brennans 800g & 400g Family Pan
  • Brennans 800g & 400g Wholegrain
  • Brennans 400g 100% Wholemeal
  • Brennans Good For All Thick White
  • Brennans Good For All Medium White
  • Brennans 400g Half Pan
  • Brennans 400g Multiseed
  • Brennans 800g & 400g Wholegrain Chia
  • Brennans 800g & 400g Brown & White in one bite
  • Brennans Be Good Wholemeal
  • Brennans Be Good Wholegrain
  • Brennans Be Good White
  • Brennans 800g Batch Loaf
  • Brennans 800g Hi Fibre Batch
  • Brennans Half Batch – 6 Full Slices
  • Brennans 800g 100% Wholemeal with added Vitamin D
  • Brennans 800g Wholgrain with added Vitamin D
  • Brennans 800g Batch with added Vitamin D
  • Brennans Natural Recipes Pumpkin & Poppy Seed
  • Brennans Natural Recipes Multiseed
  • Brennans Wholegrain with Chia Seed and Vitamin D
  • Brennans Weight Watchers White
  • Brennans Weight Watchers Wholemeal
  • Brennans Weight Watchers Multiseed
  • Brennans Plain Bagels
  • Brennans Cinnamon & Raisin Bagels
  • Brennans Multigrain Bagels
  • Brennans Poppy Bagels
  • Brennans It’s Good, It’s Tasty, It’s Gluten Free
  • Brennans It’s Good, It’s Tasty, It’s Gluten Free Brown Seeded
  • Brennans Bloomer White
  • Brennans Bloomer Malted Brown

The Following Brennans products contain Dairy ingredients:

  • Brennans Natural Recipes Wholewheat
  • Brennans Natural Recipes Wheaten
  • Brennans Brioche Burger Buns

The Following Brennans products may contain traces of Dairy: Produced on a line where milk ingredients used:

  • Catering Burger Buns
  • Brennans Bun Days (6 pack)
  • Brennans Mega Bun-Days
  • Brennans Floury Baps
  • Brennans Hot Dog Rolls
  • Brennans 2 Pack Malt Rolls
  • Brennans 2 Pack Sub Rolls
  • Brennans Be Good Sesame & Linseed Sandwich Breads
  • Brennans Be Good Wholemeal Sandwich Breads

Are Brennans product suitable for vegans?

The following Brennans products are suitable for Vegans:

  • Brennans 800g & 400g Family Pan
  • Brennans 800g & 400g Wholegrain
  • Brennans 400g 100% Wholemeal
  • Brennans Good For All Thick White
  • Brennans Good For All Medium White
  • Brennans 400g Half Pan
  • Brennans 400g Multiseed
  • Brennans 800g & 400g Wholegrain Chia
  • Brennans 800g & 400g Brown & White in one bite
  • Brennans Be Good Wholemeal
  • Brennans Be Good Wholegrain
  • Brennans Be Good White
  • Brennans 800g Batch Loaf
  • Brennans 800g Hi Fibre Batch
  • Brennans Half Batch – 6 Full Slices
  • Brennans 800g 100% Wholemeal with added Vitamin D
  • Brennans 800g Wholgrain with added Vitamin D
  • Brennans 800g Batch with added Vitamin D
  • Brennans Natural Recipes Pumpkin & Poppy Seed
  • Brennans Natural Recipes Multiseed
  • Brennans Wholegrain with Chia Seed and Vitamin D
  • Brennans Weight Watchers White
  • Brennans Weight Watchers Wholemeal
  • Brennans Weight Watchers Multiseed.
  • Brennans Plain Bagels
  • Brennans Cinnamon & Raisin Bagels
  • Brennans Multigrain Bagels
  • Brennans Poppy Bagels
  • Brennans Bloomer White
  • Brennans Bloomer Malted Brown

From our range of products the following are not suitable for vegans as they contain milk or eggs as ingredients:

  • Brennans Natural Recipes Wholewheat Soda (Milk)
  • Brennans Natural Recipes Wheaten (Milk)
  • Brennans It’s Good, It’s Tasty, It’s Gluten Free (Egg)
  • Brennans It’s Good, It’s Tasty, It’s Gluten Free Brown Seeded (Egg)
  • Brennans Brioche Burger Buns (Milk & Egg)

The Following products may contain traces of dairy: Produced on a line where milk ingredients used.

  • Catering Burger Buns
  • Brennans Bun Days (6 pack)
  • Brennans Mega Bun-Days
  • Brennans Floury Baps
  • Brennans Hot Dog Rolls
  • Brennans 2 Pack Malt Rolls*
  • Brennans 2 Pack Sub Rolls*
  • Brennans Be Good Sesame & Linseed Sandwich Breads
  • Brennans Be Good Wholemeal Sandwich Breads

*May also contain traces of eggs.

All our breads are suitable for vegetarians. Any emulsifiers used are derived from rapeseed, palm (sustainable) and sunflower.

Yes, all Palm oil used is mass balance palm oil from a sustainable source.

Are Brennans products suitable for vegetarians?

All our breads are suitable for vegetarians. Any emulsifiers used are derived from rapeseed, palm (sustainable) and sunflower.

Is Brennans packaging recyclable?

Waxed paper, as commonly used for bread products in Ireland and the UK, is in fact recyclable and is often put into the green bin by Irish households.

Whether or not the packaging is actually recycled will be determined by a number of factors including whether the waste operator has the equipment to recycle the packaging, whether there is contamination within the collection and/or whether the recycled product has value to the waste operator as a commodity. We are aware that currently some waste operators collect such packaging and use it as Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF). SRF is a high-yield source of energy which can then be used for producing heat and electricity. Wax paper found in the black bin is generally used as SRF. Our waxed paper is very commonly reused and found in many a lunch box, keeping sandwiches fresh and tasty for school, college and the workplace. Many of our customers use our waxed paper in the fridge to keep a variety of foods fresh and wholesome.

We use LDP Polyethylene plastic bags for some of our product range. These soft plastic bags protect our product, keep it stable and fresh for delivery to shops each day. The bags we use are fully recyclable, although facilities for recycling are currently not widely available in Ireland.

Households are advised to contact their waste operator and enquire which colour of bin to use for both plastic bags and wax paper.

As a long standing member of REPAK, Brennans continue to contribute annually to the overall recycling effort within Ireland. Our sustainability programme continually challenges us to find new and innovative packaging alternatives, not just on our end products but on our raw ingredients also.

Is the Palm Oil used sustainable?

At Brennans Bakeries, we understand and are deeply concerned about the impact that palm oil cultivation is having on the environment from deforestation, destruction of habitats to worker exploitation, this is why we only use sustainably sourced palm oil. We use very small amounts of palm oil in our breads but is an essential ingredient in baking our bread. Our aim is to eliminate palm oil from our products where possible, however, we need to be careful in switching to other types of vegetable oils. To get the same amount of oil from other sources such as Soya or Coconut for example, 4 to 10 times more land would be needed thus creating new problems for wildlife and climate change. Currently, our palm oil is sourced from RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) certified suppliers and we only use 100% fully segregated palm oil.