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 sustainable?

At Brennans Bakeries our aim is to apply the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle to the management of our products and their packaging. We are members of REPAK and Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme, the world’s first sustainability programme for a country’s entire food and drink industry.

The paper used in our packaging is sustainably and responsibly sourced from European paper mills and is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, (https://fsc.org/). The wax used in our paper packaging originates from natural sources.

Currently though, this paper-based packing with wax which is commonly used for bread products in both Ireland and the UK is not being recycled by the waste operators here and they advise that it should be placed in the black bin. We are aware that some waste operators segregate this packaging for Solid Fuel Recovery (SFR). SRF is a high-yield source of energy which can be used in cement kilns and for producing heat and electricity.

The soft plastic packaging which is used for several of our bread products is low density polyethylene (LDPE) and is 100% recyclable. Currently though, this is not being accepted by the waste operators in Ireland as there is very limited infrastructure to recycle soft plastics.

The importance to Brennans Bakeries of being as sustainable as possible, means that we continually challenge ourselves and our suppliers to find new and innovative packaging alternatives to reduce our environmental impact. We will be trialling new sustainable packaging in early 2020 which will contribute to the circular economy.

Is the palm oil used in our products from a sustainable source?

The palm oil used by Brennans Bakeries in our products is from a sustainable source, not all of our products contain palm oil.

The palm oil originates from South and Central America, Asia and the Middle East. Our supplier is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and is in full compliance with the requirements of RSPO Supply Chain Certification system and we only use 100% fully segregated sustainably sourced palm oil. This guarantees that the criteria for growing and processing sustainable palm oil have been met and that sustainable palm oil is physically separated from conventional palm oil in the supply chain.

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.