• The largest gathering of food industry professionals on the island of Ireland. Everyone to the table.

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    Event Update: Due to the recent UK referendum on Britain leaving the EU, we have added a stream at the event on Brexit – What does it mean for the Irish Food Industry?
    This dedicated Stream will help food manufacturers, food service operators and retailers to get a better understanding of the key issues facing the future of our sector including currency fluctuations, regulations, trade agreements, legislation and supply chain management.

    The theme of the 3rd National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition is Collaborating For An Innovative Food Island. The must attend event for food professionals will be held at the Citywest Convention Centre on Wednesday 14th of September. Over 2,000 key decision makers from Irelands leading food processing, retail and food service industries will gather to participate in a range of seminars and panel discussions highlighting the key issues facing our industry.

    Ireland’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging, ingredients and logistics industries. This event is a one day one-stop shop for manufacturing professionals across the full industry spectrum. The show will shine a light on top trends across the food manufacturing sectors: from improving traceability and consumer trust, transforming productivity and highlighting the latest new ingredients and super foods to make an impression on the industry.

    Sectors:

    Dairy, Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Bakery, Confectionery, Convenience Foods, Fresh Produce, Snacks, Brewing, Distilling, Soft Drinks, Bottled Water,

    Exhibitors will showcase

    Ingredients, Process Engineering, Packaging Equipment & Materials, Information Technology, Logistics, Materials Handling, Food Safety, Sustainability, Training & Education, Energy, Water, Waste Management, Sustainable Technology

    The agri-food sector in Ireland grew faster than any other industry segment during the first three months of the year, according to a new survey.

    InterTradeIreland’s latest business monitor of more than 750 small and medium-sized businesses shows 53 per cent of companies in the agri-food sector reported growth during the first quarter, versus 39 per cent of firms from across all other industries.

    In addition, 18 per cent of agri-food firms reported an increase in staff numbers with a further 27 per cent planning to take on more employees in the coming year.

    The survey reveals 52 per cent of agri-food firms are currently exporting, almost double the national average.

    Of those that are active in other markets, 16 per cent reported having experienced difficulties in setting a competitive price for goods and services. A further 13 per cent cited regulation compliance issues in opening in operating in other jurisdictions, with 11 per cent noting resourcing challenges.

    “The results show that agri-food firms are more innovative than most with 77 per cent of business implementing innovative new processes, new product development and new branding or design in the past three years,” said Aidan Gough, chief executive, IntertradeIreland.

    “Many agri-food businesses seem to be in a positive place but they are not ignoring the future. Almost two-thirds are scanning the horizon to see what areas of opportunity might be out there; from developing new premium products to taking advantage of the health and wellness agenda,” he added

     

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    Key statistics

    -230,000 jobs linked to the agri-food sector
    -€25bn turnover in the sector
    -Almost €10bn worth of exports in 2013 to 120 countries
    -2/3 of exports by indigenous Irish companies
    -Destinations – UK 42%, rest of Europe 32%, third countries 26%
    -Total payroll in the sector is €1.7bn – more than any other manufacturing sector
    -€8.8bn worth of materials purchased – 76% are sourced in Ireland
    -€3.1bn worth of services purchased – 53% are sourced in Ireland

    Key facts
    -Supplies the majority of produce to Ireland’s €14bn domestic grocery and food service sector
    -Ireland is the largest net exporter of dairy ingredients, beef and lamb in Europe
    -Ireland is the largest exporter in Europe of powdered infant formula
    -Ireland exports over 80% of its dairy and beef production
    -Ireland is the UK’s largest supplier of food and drink
    -Irish beef is stocked by more than 70 retail chains across Europe
    -Ireland exports over half the pigmeat it produces – to over 60 countries around the world

     

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