2016 Speakers

    • Michael Creed- TD, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

      Michael Creed- TD, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine 

      Michael Creed TD was appointed Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine on 6 May 2016.  Michael was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1989. He has held several positions on the Fine Gael front-bench including; Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 2007 - 2010, Health 1989 - 1993, Youth & Sport in 1993-1994 and Education; Arts, Culture & the Gaeltacht in 1994. He was first co-opted to Cork County Council in 1987.  He was the Chairperson of Cork County Council for the period 2005/06. Michael, a Macroom native is married to Sinead and has three children.  Michael is currently a member o...

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    • John F. Whelan, BSc. MBA. - Chairman

      John F. Whelan, BSc. MBA. – Chairman 

      John is an independent consultant specialising in international trade. He was appointed export industry adviser to the AIB group in January 2014. He is the former chief executive of the Irish Exporters Association   and chairman of the Institute of International Trade. He is chairman of the EU funded Access 6 project to assist the development of   small food and drink businesses on international markets with support from Scottish Enterprise , Invest Ni and Bord Bia On a day to day basis he has been advising Irish exporters large and small on their international trade financing, their ...

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    • Michael Bell- CEO, Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association

      Michael Bell- CEO, Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association 

      Michael has over twenty-nine years experience in the food industry. He worked in the bakery trade in Northern Ireland and Malta for fourteen years. During this period he worked closely with major retailers and obtained a place on the senior management board of Ormeau Bakery. Originally he obtained a Food Science (Hons) degree from The Queen''s University of Belfast. He holds several other food related qualifications, a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.  He has been involved in developing NIFDA since its foundation in 1996.  For ten years he wa...

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    • Dr Pamela Byrne- CEO, Food Safety Authority of Ireland

      Dr Pamela Byrne- CEO, Food Safety Authority of Ireland 

      Speaker Bio: Dr Byrne holds a PhD in Environmental Toxicology from University College, Cork (UCC); an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management from Kings College, University of London; a BSc in Zoology from UCC and a Higher Diploma in Environmental Law from the University of Aberystwyth in Wales. Prior to taking up the position of CEO at the FSAI in March 2015, Dr Byrne held the role of Director of Regulatory Policy and Intelligence with Abbott Nutrition. Having previously held senior positions in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, she has extensive experience o...

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    • James Withers- Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink

      James Withers- Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink 

      Scotland Food & Drink (SF&D) is the industry leadership body, established in 2007, to spearhead the industry's growth from £10 billion in 2007 to £16.5 billion by 2017. As a membership organisation, it seeks to support food and drink businesses of all sizes and scale to achieve their ambitions. The organisation has 350 companies in its membership of all shapes and sizes. James has been CEO since 2011.

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    • Eamon Howell - Trading Director, Musgrave Group

      Eamon Howell – Trading Director, Musgrave Group 

      Presentation Title: Food Academy Speaker Bio: Eamon Howell joined the Musgrave business in February 2002 from Kerry Ingredients and was appointed to the position of Trading Director for Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland in December 2008, with responsibility for developing the trading strategy for the SuperValu and Centra brands. Since his appointment Eamon has developed a robust trading platform that has played a significant role in the growth of the SuperValu and Centra...

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    • Alison Cowzer- Co Founder and Marketing & Innovation Director  ‘East Coast Bakehouse’   RTE Dragons’ Den Investor- Co Founder and Managing Director - ‘The Company of Food’

      Alison Cowzer- Co Founder and Marketing & Innovation Director ‘East Coast Bakehouse’ RTE Dragons’ Den Investor- Co Founder and Managing Director – ‘The Company of Food’ 

      Speaker Bio: Alison is co-founder and Marketing/Innovation Director of East Coast Bakehouse, Ireland’s only large scale biscuit manufacturing business based in Drogheda. The new €15m investment backed by Enterprise Ireland is ready for launch Autumn 2016. As a new Dragon investor in the 2016 series of RTE ‘s Dragons’ Den, Alison has invested in a number of new Irish businesses, and is working closely with these entrepreneures to drive growth in their new enterprises.

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    • Eamonn Quinn- Chairman, Kelsius, Director, yReceipts

      Eamonn Quinn- Chairman, Kelsius, Director, yReceipts 

      3 years investment analyst, 25 years food retail experience. 3 years professional investor. Operations, marketing , Human Resources, industrial relations, Pr & Customer commmunications.Strategy and new format development. Served on irish industry retail groups, represented industry at political level to influence/guide legislation.

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    • Larry Murrin- CEO, Dawn Farm Foods

      Larry Murrin- CEO, Dawn Farm Foods 

      Speaker Bio: Larry Murrin is Chief Executive of Dawn Farms. Established in 1985 the company now employs over 900 people across its three production plants in Ireland and the UK. Dawn Farms is the preferred cooked meat ingredient partner to many of the world’s leading grocery and High Street Foodservice brands in over 40 countries worldwide.  A former President of IBEC, Larry is passionate about the potential of the food industry in Ireland and serves on the Consumer Foods Board of Bord Bia and was a member of the Governments Food Harvest 2025 strategy group.

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    • Joe Barrett- CEO, Applegreen

      Joe Barrett- CEO, Applegreen 

      Joe Barrett joined Applegreen in its second year of operation with a strong background in retail and fast moving consumer goods having worked for Tesco and John West Foods. Joe has over 20 years’ experience in the retail industry and has a key responsibility for management and developing the Group’s retail and food offerings. He has been instrumental in developing the Group’s partnerships with its international food brand partners. He has a B. Comm and MBA from UCD.

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    • Una Fitzgibbon- Marketing Director, Bord Bia

      Una Fitzgibbon- Marketing Director, Bord Bia 

      Presentation Title: Business Growth for Uncertain Times Speaker Bio: Una FitzGibbon is Bord Bia’s Marketing Director, responsible for effective marketing communications to consumer and business audiences at home and abroad. Una leads the strategy & communications for Origin Green – an initiative that galvanises Ireland’s food and drink sectors to become real and credible world leaders in sustainability. A member of the Bord Bia senior leadership team for over 10 years, Una is also an appointed member of the Food Safety Consultative Council of the...

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    • Kitty Smyth- Founder & CEO, Jingpinou

      Kitty Smyth- Founder & CEO, Jingpinou 

      Speaker Bio: Kitty Smyth is Founder & CEO of Jingpinou, a cross-border b2b marketplace which is revolutionising the way in which Chinese buyers and European sellers in food and drink meet and transact. Jingpinou is integrating with Chinese institutional investors, food service groups, retail buyers and service providers to provide a one-stop shop that solves multiple problems on the export and import side, and automates the sales cycle from first meeting to payment and delivery.

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    • Philip O Sullivan- Chief Economist, Investec

      Philip O Sullivan- Chief Economist, Investec 

      Presentation Title: Opportunities and Threats: What Brexit means for Ireland” Presentation Synopsis: Following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union we look at: (i) the market reaction to the ‘Brexit’ decision; (ii) the difficulties the UK will face in extricating itself from the 28 member bloc; and the implications of all of this for the wider Irish economy and the agri-food sector in particular Speaker Bio: Philip is responsible for the provision of detailed analysis on the Irish and global economies. He also helps to prov...

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    • Tara McCarthy- CEO, Bord Iascaigh Mhara

      Tara McCarthy- CEO, Bord Iascaigh Mhara 

      Presentation Title: A Vision for the Irish Seafood Industry Speaker Bio: Tara McCarthy is the Chief Executive Officer of Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Ireland’s seafood development agency. Tara joined the agency in September 2015 bringing with her over 20 years’ experience in the wider food industry. Tara has operated in overseas markets for 10 years in Germany, France and Belgium and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with an MBS in Marketing from Smurfit Business School. An affiliate of Harvard Business School and IMD Business School, Switzerland; Tara has ...

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    • Paul Kelly – Director, Food and Drink Industry Ireland, IBEC

      Paul Kelly – Director, Food and Drink Industry Ireland, IBEC 

      Paul Kelly is director of Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII) a business sector within Ibec. He started his career in risk management with the Insurance Corporation of Ireland before joining Ibec in 1992. Since then he has worked in the Ibec health and safety unit and as director of the Building Materials Federation and the Irish Engineering Enterprises Federation before taking up his current role in 2005. He holds a B Eng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick and a Masters Degree in Applied Science from UCD.

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    • Andrew Bradley – Director, Bradley Brand & Design

      Andrew Bradley – Director, Bradley Brand & Design 

      Speaker Bio: Andrew Bradley has been at the forefront of brand and design thinking in Ireland for over 20 years, proud to have created some household brands such as Applegreen, Keelings, . He is at his creative best when working with SMEs who want to disrupt or differentiate themselves. Not afraid to ask awkward questions, or roll his sleeves up, Andrew’s objective is always to do what is best for the brand, in order for it to realise its potential. Presentation Title: How to create standout brands Presentation Synopsis: For man...

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    • Fabio Sansovini- Project manager, Frilli srl

      Fabio Sansovini- Project manager, Frilli srl 

      Speaker Bio: Fabio Sansovini is consultant with Frilli srl, where hold the position of Project Manager. Graduated in Chemical Engineering in Rome University in 1978, worked for CTIP, as process engineer for petrochemical plant design. Since 1986 is working in the ethanol plant design, for company involved in such field . He has collaborated with  Frilli Costruzioni Industriali, Frilli Engineering, Green Engineering and Frilli srl  covering successively  the positions of Process Manager and Project Manager. Presentation Title: The Hot Water Di...

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    • Dr. Paul Davis - Founder, Nephin Whiskey Distillery

      Dr. Paul Davis – Founder, Nephin Whiskey Distillery 

      Presentation Title: Sustainable Development in an Micro Enterprise - a study in whisky distillation Presentation Synopsis: The talk will focus on how you build sustainable models of both production and consumption into a distillery and village setting. Speaker Bio: Dr. Paul Davis is founder and CEO of the Nephin Whiskey Company. Nephin Whiskey is creating authentically made, peated single malts made in a small village in the West of Ireland using locally grow...

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    • Dr. Sabine Harrison - Food Science & Nutrition Technologist, UCD Institute of Food & Health

      Dr. Sabine Harrison – Food Science & Nutrition Technologist, UCD Institute of Food & Health 

      Speaker Bio: Sabine is a Food Science & Nutrition Technologist at the UCD Institute of Food & Health. She previously received her MSc. in analytical chemistry from the University of Vienna in her native Austria. She then obtained her PhD. from UCD for her research on food authentication and diet reconstruction in lamb and cattle. Following the completion of her PhD, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry where she re-discovered her passion for developing analytical methods. In her current role, Sabine’s main interest now lies in the development and validation of ...

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    • Amelia Boothman – Director of Brand Strategy and Innovation Insight, 1HQ Brand Agency

      Amelia Boothman – Director of Brand Strategy and Innovation Insight, 1HQ Brand Agency 

      Presentation Title: Spotting (and tasting) the True Food & Drinks Trends that Matter Presentation Synopsis: There is a plethora of ‘top ten trends’ lists published every year.  But sometimes it feels like you are reading the same list! And what if the so-called trends you read about, turn out just to be a fad?…..We explore how to identify the deeper trends that really matter. You can also taste the latest ones; including alternative proteins (including insects) and Amazonian superfoods and what does 0% proof really mean for drinks… Spea...

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    • Colm O'Brien - Founder, Colm O'Brien Motivation

      Colm O’Brien – Founder, Colm O’Brien Motivation 

      Speaker Bio: Colm O’Brien’s first business failed! He is a Dub who moved to Limerick in 1998 to operate the Bewley’s Café Franchise on Cruises St, the ultimate failure of which in 2005 led to his founding Carambola – School Lunches Sorted that now supplies packed lunches to 23,000 children daily all over Ireland from Letterkenny to Tralee, Dundalk to Wexford. Carambola has a turnover in excess of €6.5m annually and employs over 100 people. His best-selling book, ‘Feeding Johnny – How to Build a Business despite the Roadblocks’, is a popular favourite amongst those lookin...

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    • Emma Ellis - Director of Sales & Marketing, Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone

      Emma Ellis – Director of Sales & Marketing, Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone 

      Speaker Bio: Emma has been working within the hospitality industry since beginning her career with the Thomas Reed Group in 2000, where she held the role of Restaurant Manager at the 40 Foot Bar and Restaurant. Emma’s career flourished from there, bringing her to both Geneva and Singapore where she opened restaurants for an Australian restaurateur. Returning to Ireland in 2007, Emma was appointed General Manager in Frangos, Dundrum Town Centre until 2009, when she moved into a Sales and Marketing role within D4 Berkeley and was later appointed the Business Development Ma...

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    • Drazen Toic - Entrepreneur and Project Manager, Founder, Surf'n'Fries Ireland

      Drazen Toic – Entrepreneur and Project Manager, Founder, Surf’n’Fries Ireland 

      Speaker Bio: Project Management, Start-Ups, Business Development Specialties: Multilingual abilities in negotiations, business development, sales and marketing Presentation Title: Introduction of a new street food brand to the Irish Market place Presentation Synopsis: Challenges and Rewards: ....Although Ireland holds the greatest  potato consumption pro capita in Europe, the introduction of a street food brand that serves gourmet french fries (or chips) on the market requested unexpected challenges in relation to the researc...

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    • Gilmar Uyema - National Account Manager ROI & NI, SCA - Hygiene and Forest Products Company

      Gilmar Uyema – National Account Manager ROI & NI, SCA – Hygiene and Forest Products Company 

      Speaker Bio: Gilmar Uyema has over 10 years FMCG experience in Ireland working for companies including SCA Hygiene Products, Birds Eye, and Kerry Foods across functions from category management to sales. Gilmar has also worked overseas in distinct markets in retailing and manufacturing his vast and complex experience has given him the capability to generate strategic insights to fuel businesses and deliver sustainable growth. Gilmar Uyema has a BA in Business Management. Presentation Title: Turning insights into sales Presentation Synopsis:...

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    • Dr Emily Crofton - Manager of Sensory Food Network Ireland, Teagasc

      Dr Emily Crofton – Manager of Sensory Food Network Ireland, Teagasc 

      Speaker Bio: Dr Emily Crofton joined Teagasc in 2014 where she is managing the development of a national sensory science network called Sensory Food Network Ireland. The network brings together the sensory expertise and facilities of 10 institutions throughout Ireland, and is committed to addressing the documented needs of the food industry in relation to sensory food science. Emily completed a BSc in Food Science at University College Dublin followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at NUI Maynooth. Following a brief period teaching at secondary level, her interes...

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    • Julie Gruenfeldova - Food Safety Consultant, Irish Food Safety Training & Consultancy

      Julie Gruenfeldova – Food Safety Consultant, Irish Food Safety Training & Consultancy 

      Speaker Bio: Julie has worked with leaders in the industry in Ireland, USA, Australia, New Zealand and has also spent many years at sea working on Cunard Ocean Liners, Queen Mary 2 & Queen Elizabeth. Returning home to Ireland, she established Irish Food Safety Training & Consultancy and is also completing MSc Food Safety Management. Given her experience, she understands that no Food Business is the same and will adapt her training style to meet your business requirements, ensuring you achieve the highest standards in food safety. Julie is a member of the Internat...

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    • Alex Chasko - Chief Technical Officer, Teeling Whiskey Company

      Alex Chasko – Chief Technical Officer, Teeling Whiskey Company 

      Speaker Bio: Alex is the master distiller and blender behind the Teeling Whiskey Company.  As the first employee of Teeling, Alex has been involved in the development of a craft distillery located in the heart of the Liberties from day one.  Previously he was the Innovations Manager at the Cooley distillery and revived distilling at the historic Kilbeggan distillery in Westmeath. Presentation Title: Urban Craft Distilling Presentation Synopsis: There are many challenges associated with setting up a craft distillery in the city c...

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    • Ed O Flaherty - CEO, Dublin Spirits Ltd

      Ed O Flaherty – CEO, Dublin Spirits Ltd 

      Speaker Bio: Ed O Flaherty is co-owner of the Seapoint Clinic, Ireland`s largest Cosmetic & Dental Implant Clinic established in 2007. He set up Dublin Whiskey Company in 2012 with plans for a whiskey distillery in the heart of Dublin looking for a more exciting industry! Got planning permission for the distillery and sold the company to UK based Quintessential Brands in March 2016. Presentation Title: ...

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    • Nicole Maher - Bakery Scientist, Campden BRI

      Nicole Maher – Bakery Scientist, Campden BRI 

      Speaker Bio: Nicole Maher is Senior Bakery Scientist in the Bakery & Cereals Processing Department at Campden BRI and joined in 2011. Nicole studied Food Science at University College Cork (UCC). In her role at Campden BRI Nicole is involved in many areas of the department. She has experience of test baking, new product development and working on research projects.  Her main areas of interest include gluten free, high fibre baking, dough fermentations, and the use of interfacial techniques to characterise bakery systems. Presentation title: The...

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    • David McKernan - Founder & CEO, Java Republic

      David McKernan – Founder & CEO, Java Republic 

      Speaker Bio: David McKernan is a persistent, passionate and high-spirited entrepreneur, who has inspired and irritated in equal measure throughout a successful career in coffee. He emerged from the cocoon of Bewley’s to found Java Republic Roasting Company in 1999: This innovative company quickly became one of Ireland’s most successful brands, and one of Europe’s leading coffee companies. Java Republic is notable for a distinctive vision: Premium, fresh handroasted coffee – with a conscience. From day one, David’s aim was to raise awareness of real coffee quality, and...

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    • Dave Fitzgerald - Head of Sustainability and Business Continuity, Dairygold Co-Operative Society Ltd

      Dave Fitzgerald – Head of Sustainability and Business Continuity, Dairygold Co-Operative Society Ltd 

      Speaker Bio: Currently Group Head of Sustainability for Dairygold, Dave Fitzgerald has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 16 years.  He has led sustainability programs across Europe and Africa and is experienced in developing business sustainability strategy and delivering and embedding sustainable business improvements. Presentation Title: Sustainable Dairying – Challenges and Opportunities Presentation Synopsis: With the abolition of milk quotas in 2015, there is an opportunity for the dairy industry in Ireland ...

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    • Martin Brett  - Deputy General Manager, Gleneagle Hotel

      Martin Brett – Deputy General Manager, Gleneagle Hotel 

      Speaker Bio: I have been Deputy General Manager in the Gleneagle Hotel for the past 14 years. In that time I have pioneered and designed the Glen Way programme which has been rolled out across all our properties. I have was involved in the training and delivery of the Ireland’s Best Programme, and in the Optimus Programme. Prior to working for the Gleneagle Hotel Group I was Manager of the Quality Hotel Clarinbridge and Deputy Manager of the Quality Hotel Galway for a number of years. From 1994 – 2000 I worked in the Brandon Hotel Tralee and was responsible for the Be...

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    • Lee Tebbatt - New Business Director, ERIKS UK

      Lee Tebbatt – New Business Director, ERIKS UK 

      Speaker Bio: Responsible for shaping supply chains for a number of the UK’s best known manufacturers, Lee’s wealth of experience across a variety of projects ranging from simple single sourcing to total indirect supply chain outsourcing has de-risked operations whilst generating six-figure savings from both technical and commercial improvements. Backed up by the ERIKS implementation and management team, these projects have lasted the test of time driven by ongoing Continuous Improvement programmes. Educated at Loughborough University & Aalto University (Finland) foll...

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    • Andi Jarvis- Senior Account Manager, The Tomorrow Lab

      Andi Jarvis- Senior Account Manager, The Tomorrow Lab 

      Speaker Bio: Andi is the Senior Account Manager at The Tomorrow Lab, a Belfast-based digital marketing agency. Andi started his career working in professional sport, as Marketing Manager for Durham County Cricket Club marketing domestic and international sports events alongside concerts for major artists like Elton John and UB40. Moving to Belfast in 2009, Andi worked in media with UTV, helping to raise the profile on the channel and launching new programmes. After moving to work in agencies in 2011, Andi has worked heavily in marketing of the drinks industry, working wi...

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    • Gerry Hughes - Coffee Quality Trainer, Java Republic

      Gerry Hughes – Coffee Quality Trainer, Java Republic 

      Speaker Bio: Having worked in the service industry for over 20 years I bring much to the coffee table. Knowledge is one thing, art is another… but knowing how, when and why to train a person in the skills needed to create great coffee… now that’s a different story. I have worked in the Irish coffee industry with Java Republic for the past 14 years and created the first independent Irish national Barista finals. Since then I have been heavily involved in the SCAE Irish chapter. Judging in the Barista and Latte Art championship finals for a number of years. I have also been ...

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    • James Hogan - Programme Manager, Green Business Programme

      James Hogan – Programme Manager, Green Business Programme 

      Speaker Bio: James Hogan, Green Business Programme Manager, Clean Technology Centre, CIT, Cork. James Hogan is an Environmental Consultant and Project Manager at the Clean Technology Centre, based at CIT since 1995. In that time he has managed a wide range of resource efficiency projects both Irish based and International. Since 2011, James has been Programme Manager of the Green Business Programme which is funded by the National Waste Prevention Programme. The Green Business Programme is a free resource efficiency service for business which assists business to ident...

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    • Aoibheann O'Brien - Co-founder, FoodCloud

      Aoibheann O’Brien – Co-founder, FoodCloud 

      Speaker Bio: Aoibheann O’Brien, is co-founder of FoodCloud which provides innovative solutions for surplus food for the food industry. Before becoming a successful and recognised social entrepreneur, Aoibheann worked as an investment banker in London. Aoibheann has been recognised for her efforts with awards, including the SEI Impact Award, Ben and Jerry's Join Our Core Winner and the 2016 Green Awards. Aoibheann has a BA in Law and Accounting and an MSc in Environmental Science. Presentation Title: FoodCloud - A solution for surplus food providing th...

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    • Malorie Knoester - Food Manager, Coeliac Society

      Malorie Knoester – Food Manager, Coeliac Society 

      Speaker Bio: Originally from Canada, Malorie Knoester is a Registered Nutritionist and current Food Manager at the Coeliac Society of Ireland. Her interests lie strongly in nutrition and health education, foods and cooking. Malorie has years of experience in the nutrition industry working with allergies and intolerances and specialist health and food products in both Canada and Ireland. She is delighted to be working to support Coeliac Society members and various free from food producers and distributors throughout Ireland. Presentation Title: The Bus...

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    • Ross Campbell - Business Director, CyberColloids Ltd

      Ross Campbell – Business Director, CyberColloids Ltd 

      Speaker Bio: Ross Campbell – has a joint honours degree in Chemistry and Management Science from Stirling University. Ross has worked for a number of different companies in various roles, including Dow Corning, 3M, Courtaulds all involving polymers for many industrial applications.  He then joined Unilever’s Quest food ingredient division to head up their hydrocolloids business unit which is now part of Kerry. Ross left Quest in 2001 and started up CyberColloids which has become a well recognized ‘business led contract research’ company specializing in poly...

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    • Gerard Tannam - Owner, Islandbridge Brand Development

      Gerard Tannam – Owner, Islandbridge Brand Development 

      Speaker Bio: Gerard, a serial entrepreneur, brand-builder, and Kickstart Your Business expert on Newstalk, has a soft spot for the all-important but often ignored customer. Gerard has built brands with Topaz Energy, Maldron Hotels, Marathon Sports Travel, The Louis Fitzgerald Group, AIB Private Banking and Age & Opportunity. Presentation Title: A Face In The Crowd Presentation Synopsis: In this interactive session, Gerard draws on his experiences from both sides of the shop-counter to offer a practical and hands-on heads-up ...

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    • Donal Kelly- Partner and European Patent Attorney, FR Kelly

      Donal Kelly- Partner and European Patent Attorney, FR Kelly 

      Presentation Title:   Managing intellectual property in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries     Presentation Synopsis:   Intellectual property is an important asset of any company, but plays a particularly important role in the strategic growth of a business in a competitive marketplace, and the food and beverage industry is one of the most competitive and fast-moving markets of any industry sector. Donal will be delivering a workshop on “Managing intellectual property in the food, beverage a...

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    • Leo Molloy - Head of Product Ireland, ARYZTA

      Leo Molloy – Head of Product Ireland, ARYZTA 

      Presentation Title: Evolution of Innovation at ARYZTA Presentation Synopsis: The presentation will give the insights into the methods used to spark innovation the considerations taken to engage from the point of view of a global player and will clearly demonstrate the steps used to track and control the process to end up with a successful measurable proposition.

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    • Sinéad O’ Halloran - Food Safety and Auditing Professional and Trainer, Cater Care

      Sinéad O’ Halloran – Food Safety and Auditing Professional and Trainer, Cater Care 

      Speaker Bio: Graduate of GMIT, Sinéad has worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years, with first-hand management experience in a kitchen and catering operation. Sinéad has extensive experience implementing and managing the safe operation of food operators, manufacturers and catering providers in Ireland.

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    • Dr. Maurice O'Sullivan Ph.D - Sensory and Consumer Scientist, University College Cork

      Dr. Maurice O’Sullivan Ph.D – Sensory and Consumer Scientist, University College Cork 

      Speaker Bio: Dr. Maurice O'Sullivan is the author of the recently published book “A Handbook for Sensory and Consumer Driven New Product Development: Innovative Technologies for the Food and Beverage Industry” published by Woodhead .He has worked in the food industry as a sensory scientist and flavour chemist for Diageo Baileys and Guinness as well as holding the position of Global Regulatory Affairs Manager for Diageo Baileys. He has also worked as a food technologist and process/product development scientist for the processed foods sector as well as a product development ...

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    • Katie Byrne - Manager of Local Business Outreach - UK & Ireland Yelp

      Katie Byrne – Manager of Local Business Outreach – UK & Ireland Yelp 

      Speaker Bio: Katie Byrne is the Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp, one of the world’s largest consumer review sites. Katie works directly with business owners across the UK & Ireland to share best practice strategies in building their online presence and navigating the world of online reviews. She works with Yelp's Small Business Advisory Council as a liaison between Yelp and the small business community. Presentation Title: How To Handle Online Reviews About Your Food Business Presentation Synopsis: ...

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    • Niall Rooney-	Partner, FP Logue

      Niall Rooney- Partner, FP Logue 

      Presentation Title: Legal update on advertising and labelling issues for food businesses. Speaker Bio: Niall Rooney is a lawyer specialising in intellectual property, branding and marketing law with a focus on clients in consumer and retail sectors. Niall is a partner with FP Logue Solicitors in Dublin, a specialist commercial law firm that works with Irish businesses and exporters in technology and brand based industries.

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    • Tommy Doyle- General Manager, The Kinsale Bay Food

      Tommy Doyle- General Manager, The Kinsale Bay Food 

      Former Kerry football “legend” with vast experience in the food and drinks industry, Tommy Doyle joined The Kinsale Bay Food Company 7 years ago. As General Manager he has developed it from a small artisan food company to the modern gluten free food manufacturing facility it is today. He is dedicated to developing the Kinsale Bay Food Company brand and the range of Gluten Free products, whilst maintaining the high standard of quality and fresh homemade taste.  

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    • Noreen O'Connell- Global Food Business Specialist, Optime-ize

      Noreen O’Connell- Global Food Business Specialist, Optime-ize 

      Presentation Title: A Framework for Innovation Presentation Synopsis: Food and beverage businesses who are scaling their operations and brands internationally need an innovation framework that streamlines cross functional execution and drives success in the market. Speaker Bio: Noreen is a Global Food Businesses Specialist & owner of Optime- ize Foods Limited. Noreen works with Food & Beverage Businesses who are scaling their operations & products/brands for International markets. This is done through workshops, int...

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    • Gary O’Meara- Manager/CEO, Meath Enterprise Centre

      Gary O’Meara- Manager/CEO, Meath Enterprise Centre 

      Gary joined the company as Manager in June 2012. Gary has over 20 years’ experience managing and developing businesses across multiple sectors from manufacturing, supply chain logistics, HR / recruitment, media advertising, marketing, digital media, web development and community & social enterprise. He also has experience managing a wide variety of projects for commercial and non-profit organizations in Ireland, UK and the USA. Gary holds and HONS Degree in Business Management from ITT Dublin along with other qualifications in Business Administration, Financial Services, T...

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    • Arun Kapil - Founder & MD, Green Saffron Spices

      Arun Kapil – Founder & MD, Green Saffron Spices 

      Speaker Bio: Spice expert, Arun Kapil is the founder of award-winning spice company Green Saffron and the author of the cookbook, Fresh Spice. Arun is from Midleton in County Cork by way of Lincolnshire and Uttar Pradesh. Born to a Yorkshire mother and Hindustani father, Arun grew up under a fusion of flavours with classic British dishes from his mother and exciting, exotic spices from his father. Growing up, it was all about food and the appreciation of good simple ingredients. Arun went on to hone his cooking skills in London kitchens and Darina Allen’s presti...

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    • Breda Quigley - Managing Director, The Q Café Company Ltd. 

      Breda Quigley – Managing Director, The Q Café Company Ltd.  

      Speaker Bio: The Q Café Company Limited is a privately owned niche Irish catering company, which was established in 1999 by Breda Quigley with the objective of bringing a fresh approach to food service offering an innovative approach to food services in contract catering. Breda possesses an ardent and passionate interest in good food constantly seeking new food experiences and trends within Irish Artisan suppliers. She seeks to incorporate the best product range and emerging trends into everyday catering services. Presentation Title: ...

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    • Michael Murphy- Managing Director, ProU

      Michael Murphy- Managing Director, ProU 

      Presentation Title: ProU - Getting a Health & Wellness Food Brand off the Ground Presentation Synopsis: ProU Product Development and Launch 2016 ProU is a new functional yogurt product, being the first of its kind on the Irish and UK market to offer consumers high levels of calcium, vitamin D and protein in combination. It has successfully come through stages 4 & 5 of the Food Works programme. It is planned to launch a spoonable yogurt (natural and fruited) on the Irish market in May/June of 2016. This yogurt is the brain child of Michae...

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    • Joe Greaney - Director, WESTBIC

      Joe Greaney – Director, WESTBIC 

      Speaker Bio:  Joe Greaney is the Director of WESTBIC, the EU Business Innovation Centre for Irelands BMW Region.  Joe is a regular policy contributor at both EU and National level on many aspects of applied Innovation Support Services in the SME market.  He has extensive experience in the Agri and Agri Food sector in the areas of strategy, marketing, innovation, finance and business development and plays a lead animation role in the development of new and established food producer clusters in the region.  His other areas of expertise includ...

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    • Pádraig Cronin-Vice Chairman and Partner - Tax, Deloitte

      Pádraig Cronin-Vice Chairman and Partner – Tax, Deloitte 

      Speaker Bio: Pádraig is a partner with Deloitte and vice-chairman of the Irish firm. Pádraic has over 25 years experience in advising Irish companies (both listed and private) and their shareholders/Management teams from a tax strategy perspective. In particular Pádriag has worked with a number of Food / Beverage clients who have successfully executed a growth strategy that leverages their Irish domestic base while successfully managing substantial expansions abroad. Presentation Title: What food and beverage companies need to focus on from a finan...

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    • John Harney-	Marketing, Sales & Product Launch France, Uexport

      John Harney- Marketing, Sales & Product Launch France, Uexport 

      Speaker Bio: John’s technical career was in Civil Engineering, a degree from UCC in 1981, then a first job for 3 years with a French Marine Civil Works Contractor, followed by a successful career in productivity implementation with US Consultants IMPAC; assignments across Europe from the mid-80s to 1999, with a break of 5 years from 1989 to 1994 in industrial services with Harsco based out of London. Then he set up www.businesscoaching.ie in 2000 and more recently started an initiative to bring Irish products to France under the banner www.uexport.ie.

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    • Michael Cowan - Head Boy (CEO), Manor Brewing Company

      Michael Cowan – Head Boy (CEO), Manor Brewing Company 

      Speaker Bio: Michael has created and managed internationally recognized food and beverage brands across the globe, over a 25-year brand marketing career. He has worked with some of the biggest and most successful consumer goods marketing organizations, including Procter & Gamble, Diageo, PepsiCo, and GE, and has won several marketing industry awards.

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    • Ingrid De Doncker - MD, IDD Consult and e-Quiddity

      Ingrid De Doncker – MD, IDD Consult and e-Quiddity 

      Speaker Bio: “Open your Mind, Improve your Skills, Maximise your Tools”. Ingrid, originally from Belgium, is founder of IDD Consult, a company that focuses on increasing your business’s profitability by reducing cost upfront and by designing “value beyond cost savings" procurement programs. IDD Consult assesses, trains and up-skills professionals to impact positively on the procurement life cycle outcomes. Ingrid is lecturing the new Level 8 Certificate in Procurement Management for UCC and has judged for the National Procurement awards. She and her award winning tea...

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    • James Doherty Founder, Managing Director at Sliabh Liag Distillery

      James Doherty Founder, Managing Director at Sliabh Liag Distillery 

      Presentation Title: Talking Heads Presentation Synopsis: I’m a big fan of talking heads and to steal a line from “once in a life time” - What am I doing here From corporates and big brands in HK to a distillery in Donegal, working with smaller companies now I have a slightly contrary view on the world of growth To paraphrase talking heads I want to help you ask yourself a couple of questions that may help you with the future of your business specifically to avoid you ever being in the situat...

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    • Brendan Stamp - Managing Director, Guardian Fire & Security

      Brendan Stamp – Managing Director, Guardian Fire & Security 

      Speaker Bio: An acknowledged expert in the field of fire protection and at the fore of Industry thinking, Brendan Stamp has almost 20 year’s direct experience with a wide variety of clients and sectors, including some of the largest manufacturing sites in the country. Founder of Guardian Fire & Security in 2004, Brendan is passionate about helping businesses meet their obligations under fire & life safety law.

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    • Carla Mckenzie- Managing Director, Mya consulting ltd

      Carla Mckenzie- Managing Director, Mya consulting ltd 

      Presentation Title: Kitchen design and a sustainable future. Presentation Synopsis: Why is the creation of an energy efficient kitchen so important in the 21st Century? How gre...

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    • Judy McCullagh - Trade Mark Attorney, Tomkins & Co.

      Judy McCullagh – Trade Mark Attorney, Tomkins & Co. 

      Speaker Bio: Judy McCullagh is an experienced Trade Mark Attorney, and deals with all Trade Mark matters including pre-filing clearance searches, the prosecution of trade mark applications and contentious matters including oppositions, revocations and invalidations. She also advises on Trade Mark infringement and passing off matters.

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    • Richard Coen- ‎Business and Digital Marketing Strategist, Emarkable

      Richard Coen- ‎Business and Digital Marketing Strategist, Emarkable 

      Speaker Bio: Richard's Company Emarkable generates revenue opportunities for companies using Digital Marketing. Richard's Strategic approach assists companies achieve balance in their approach to five key areas affected by the growth in digital marketing. Strategy – the assumptions, objectives and plans that guide marketing are especially essential in periods of rapid change Budgeting – how money is allocated is a key factor in whether strategy becomes reality, using metrics wisely Retention – the goal of keeping customers has grown i...

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    • Denise Murphy- Sector Manager Drinks, Bord Bia

      Denise Murphy- Sector Manager Drinks, Bord Bia 

      Speaker Bio: Denise has been working with Bord Bia for 19 years. Initially working as a Marketing Finance Executive with responsibility for grant programmes supporting the exports efforts of Irish food and drinks suppliers. She is now category manager for Irish drinks suppliers across all categories. Presentation Title: The Contribution Of The Craft Beer Category To The Irish Economy Presentation Synopsis: The Irish Craft beer category is enjoying a sustained period of growth both at home and overseas. Bord Bia, in part...

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    • Callum Poole	- Business Development Manager, Herbst Software

      Callum Poole – Business Development Manager, Herbst Software 

      Speaker Bio: Callum Poole is a National Business Development Manager at Herbst Software, based in the Dublin. He has a BA. Hons International Business and German degree from Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a fluent German speaker and spent one year studying in Aachen, Germany. Having completed his four year degree he joined the McAfee graduate program where he held a role in Lead Generation. Upon joining Herbst Software, Callum assisted in the management of strategic accounts and development of the Herbst Software business in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom wi...

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    • Evelyn Cafferty - Food Safety Training Consultant, About Hygiene Ltd – Food Safety Training Consultants

      Evelyn Cafferty – Food Safety Training Consultant, About Hygiene Ltd – Food Safety Training Consultants 

      Speaker Bio: Managing Director/ Food Safety Training Consultant, Evelyn Cafferty is a UCC Food Science & Technology graduate, member of IFSTI. She is a mentor with the 'The Future is Food' project developed by the TASTE Council of Ireland and Bord Bia and a judge at this year’s Irish Food and Drink Awards.

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    • Fred Logue - Partner, FP Logue Solicitors

      Fred Logue – Partner, FP Logue Solicitors 

      Speaker Bio: Fred Logue is a solicitor specialising in all aspects Intellectual Property Law. He mainly advises technology and digital businesses on matters such as patents, copyright, trade secrets, data protection, science, R&D and technology transfer. What sets Fred apart from other lawyers is that he has a science doctorate.

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    • Tim Yeomans - Centre Manager, Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, Limerick Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology, Tralee

      Tim Yeomans – Centre Manager, Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, Limerick Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology, Tralee 

      Speaker Bio: Dr Tim Yeomans is the Centre Manager for Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, a collaboration between the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Limerick Institute of Technology. Tim holds a PhD in Microbiology and postgraduate qualifications in Technology Commercialisation and Innovation Management.

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    • Julianne Forrestal- Executive Craft Chef, Sodexo

      Julianne Forrestal- Executive Craft Chef, Sodexo 

      Presentation Title: Professional Cookery – a passion for food Presentation Synopsis:  How we can mitigate the challenges and I would like to actively demonst...

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    • Cait Coyle - Lecturer in Earth Science, Institute of Technology, Sligo (IT Sligo)

      Cait Coyle – Lecturer in Earth Science, Institute of Technology, Sligo (IT Sligo) 

      Speaker Bio: Cait Coyle is a Lecturer in Earth Science in the Department of Environmental Science at IT Sligo. She is the current Programme Chair for the BSc. in Agri-Food Science at IT Sligo. Cait is an affiliated member of the Centre for Environmental Research, Innovation and Sustainability (CERIS) at IT Sligo.

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    • Colum Gibson - Environmental Consultant, Clean Technology Centre, CIT

      Colum Gibson – Environmental Consultant, Clean Technology Centre, CIT 

      Speaker Bio: Dr. Colum Gibson is an environmental consultant and researcher with the Clean Technology Centre (CTC) at Cork Institute of Technology. CTC has been a leading organisation in the field of prevention since being established in 1992. Colum is currently involved in a number of different national programmes funded under the EPA’s National Waste Prevention Programme including Stop Food Waste, Local Authority Prevention Network, Green Healthcare and Green Business.

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    • John Kearns - Chief Executive, Partas

      John Kearns – Chief Executive, Partas 

      Speaker Bio: John Kearns is Chief Executive of Partas, a social enterprise with over 60 staff, working to foster entrepreneurship, business training and social economy since 1984. Partas also operates four Enterprise Centres and a micro-loan fund and conducts research on a national and EU level into many areas of social policy, particularly innovation, entrepreneurship and social policy.

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    • Kay McCarthy - Founder and Managing Director, MCCP the Authentic Brand People

      Kay McCarthy – Founder and Managing Director, MCCP the Authentic Brand People 

      Speaker Bio: Kay McCarthy, Founder and Managing Director of MCCP – The Authentic Brand People has over 25 years in the global brand building experience. Kay founded MCCP in 2008 to help clients find new ways to unlock the potential of authentic brands and importantly to create brand shaped organisations that can leverage this potential to create competitive advantage. MCCP’s rigorous approach to understanding consumer behaviour coupled with their experience of developing actionable strategies means that the results are sustainable. MCCP The Authentic Brand People’s...

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    • Jim Fitzsimons – MD, Riverwest Management

      Jim Fitzsimons – MD, Riverwest Management 

      Speaker Bio: Jim Fitzsimons is Immediate Past President of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors, the representative body for the consultancy sector in Ireland. Jim set up and is Lead Partner in Riverwest Management, a company focussed entirely on funding for Innovation and growth. He has also worked as a Consultant for Intertrade Ireland’s Innovation programmes for 12 years.

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    • Sarah Teacher - Consultant, Sancroft

      Sarah Teacher – Consultant, Sancroft 

      Speaker Bio: Sarah specialises in working with food producers and retailers, and in particular, supporting improved environmental, social and ethical performance in animal protein supply chain and food business’s response to global obesity. Her client work includes projects for Tesco, Greggs, Associated British Foods and Marston’s.

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    • Fiona Uyema - Founder and Owner, FUSED by Fiona Uyema

      Fiona Uyema – Founder and Owner, FUSED by Fiona Uyema 

      Speaker Bio: Inspired by her time in Japan, Fiona Uyema created FUSED a range of flavoured soy sauces for your everyday cooking. Fiona is an award winning cook, food writer and author of cookbook "Japanese Food Made Easy". Her recipes are regularly featured on newspapers and magazines and her food story has been broadcast on Irish TV and TV screens across the world.

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    • Odile Le Bolloch - Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency

      Odile Le Bolloch – Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency 

      Speaker Bio: Odile Le Bolloch is a scientist at the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, with over 20 years’ experience working on sustainability and environmental issues. She specialises in developing and delivering initiatives to promote waste prevention and encourage behaviour change in homes, communities and businesses across Ireland, and currently manages the successful Stop Food Waste programme.

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    • Orlagh Deegan – Training Consultant, Choice Training & Consultancy

      Orlagh Deegan – Training Consultant, Choice Training & Consultancy 

      Speaker Bio: Orlagh Deegan is dedicated to providing a high quality and professional training service. Her qualifications include ProfDip Education, MSc Business & Entrepreneurship, BSc Hospitality. She is a Food Safety Trainer & Consultant who also trains in the area’s of Manual Handling, Fire Safety, First Aid & VDU.

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    • Cian O'Mahony- Chief Science Officer, Creme Global

      Cian O’Mahony- Chief Science Officer, Creme Global 

      Presentation Title: Food and Drink in the Data Age Speaker Bio: Cian O’Mahony is Chief Science Officer at Creme Global, a data science company specialising in predictive modelling and software. His background is in pure and applied mathematics, holding a first class honors degree from University College Cork followed by postgraduate studies in applied mathematics and pharmacy. He currently leads a team of analysts developing exposure, intake and risk assessment models in a number of areas including pesticides, food safety, predictive microbiology, nut...

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    • Gene Leonard- Managing Director and Principal Consultant, LBS Partners

      Gene Leonard- Managing Director and Principal Consultant, LBS Partners 

      Speaker Bio: Gene Leonard is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of LBSPartners (formerly Lean Business Systems). He specialises in Lean Policy Deployment, Leadership Development and Lean Programme Design. As a thought-leader in the Lean sector, Gene develops professional services and training programmes for national and international clients and supports continuous professional education of consultants and trainers. Gene also manages all LBSPartners’ strategic alliances with like-minded companies interested in the propagation of operational excellence in Ireland.

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    • Dr James Kennedy- R&D Manager – Taxation, Mazars

      Dr James Kennedy- R&D Manager – Taxation, Mazars 

      Presentation Title: An overview of the Agri-food Sector and the benefits of R&D tax credits for Irish based companies Speaker Bio: James has been a R&D Manager of Mazars since January 2016 with and works in the Taxation Advisory Services Department. James previously worked at Allergan Pharmaceutical and Boston Scientific in operational and technical roles. Prior to joining Mazars, he was a staff member of Athlone Institute of Technology, where he lectured for over 13 years in Polymer Engineering and Mathematics in the school of Engineering ...

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    • Darragh Reynolds- Marketing Executive, Codico Distributors

      Darragh Reynolds- Marketing Executive, Codico Distributors 

      Presentation Title: The Changing Face of Food Traceability Speaker Bio: Darragh has a long standing career as a sales and marketing professional with B2B companies. He holds a Bachelors Marketing Degree and a Master’s in Business & Management. His special interests include Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing and Fitness.

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    • Tony Clutten- Process Sales Manager, Huber Technology

      Tony Clutten- Process Sales Manager, Huber Technology 

      Speaker Bio: Tony has been involved in liquid / solid filtration for many years filtering mixtures as diverse as raw sewage and Gold dissolved in acid, and phosphoric acid at pH 0.1 to Caustic at pH 11. Tony previously worked as Chief Project Engineer for Hawker Siddeley Bracket and Special Project Manager for Delkor Ltd. These jobs took him behind the Iron curtain filtering radioactive Yellow cake, Thailand filtering Phosphoric acid at 95 degrees C and Saudi Arabia filtering Titanium Dioxide amongst other challenges

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    • Michael Ciesco - Product Sales Manager, Black Swan Data

      Michael Ciesco – Product Sales Manager, Black Swan Data 

      Speaker Bio:  With over four years industry experience working with Blue Chip companies within the FMCG, Retail & Financial sector I have a passion in disruptive brands and questioning the norm. Specialising in attention and the processing of visual information I work closely with multinational brands to analyse and optimise marketing assets across multiple channels. ...

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    • Fergal Murphy- Commercial Director (Ireland), Kingspan Insulated Panels

      Fergal Murphy- Commercial Director (Ireland), Kingspan Insulated Panels 

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    • Fiona Dillon - CEO, Tumbledown Media Ltd

      Fiona Dillon – CEO, Tumbledown Media Ltd 

      Speaker Bio: Mother of four Fiona Dillon is CEO of Tumbledown Media, a marketing company dedicated to promoting healthier eating for children.  She is the creator of the children’s character Freddy Buttons, has published seven books and is currently working on a Freddy Buttons app and TV series to help engage children with healthier food and where it comes from. As a seasoned broadcaster, certified trainer and speaker, Fiona is more than qualified to show even the busiest families how small changes to their lifestyle can change their approach to food.  She regularly appe...

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    • Paddy Stamp- Sales Director, MSO

      Paddy Stamp- Sales Director, MSO 

      Presentation Title: MSO Cleland manufacture folding cartons, self-adhesive labels and shaped tubes. Presentation Synopsis: MSO has two sister companies and is part of the larger Cartoncare Group, with a carton manufacturing site in Newry and a presentation box manufacturing site in Malvern, England. The major element of my presentation would be about materials fit for purpose in the carton manufacturing sector and how value engineering may be applied to take cost out of the supply chain. Speaker Bio: I am currently the Sales ...

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    • Andrew Langford- Sales Manager, LineView Solutions

      Andrew Langford- Sales Manager, LineView Solutions 

      Presentation Title: Reducing Downtime with XL800 Presentation Synopsis: If you’re currently asking your operators and supervisors to capture production counts and down times with pen and paper or an Excel spreadsheet, then you will absolutely benefit from this 10-15min presentation, because we can help! Our XL800 system is a bolt-on monitoring system that’s installed on over 15,000 processes worldwide helping manufacturers to: Capture production information automatically directly from the machine Displ...

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    • Robert Hernan- Senior Lean Specialist, Enterprise Ireland

      Robert Hernan- Senior Lean Specialist, Enterprise Ireland 

      Presentation Title: Lean in the Food Sector Presentation Synopsis: Lean is a business improvement management system based on decreasing waste and maximizing your peoples potential. Enterprise Ireland's Lean business offer has been supporting EI companies since 2009 with significant improvements in productivity, sales and employment. 840 lean projects have been carried out across various business sectors with 202 in the food sector. These have been in different types of food companies in various parts of the company. This talk will present an outline of t...

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    • Jane Manzor - CEO, Manzor Marketing

      Jane Manzor – CEO, Manzor Marketing 

      Speaker Bio: With over 15 years’ experience in the food and beverage sector (Kepak, Unilever, Valeo Foods), Jane Manzor (CEO) brings a wealth of experience to her clients with a particular emphasis on the SME sector. Growing up in two family businesses Jane was immersed from a young age in a strong business culture. She has always had a strong interest in marketing and in particular in the food industry. A continuous learner, Jane has recently completed training courses in digital marketing (Masters DCU), event management & PR (The Fitzwilliam Institute), and tra...

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    • Paul Byrne– Head of Sales, Dublin Chamber of Commerce

      Paul Byrne– Head of Sales, Dublin Chamber of Commerce 

      Speaker Bio: Paul took up the Head of Sales role with Dublin Chamber in 2015 and his team’s goal is to help accelerate the business development and connectivity of member businesses in the Greater Dublin Region. Prior to joining Dublin Chamber, Paul was Head of Business Development Corporate at Ulster Bank Group where he worked for over 2 decades. He has also held Business Development Positions in Retail, Technology, Management Consulting and a voluntary role as Director & Council Member of the Sales Institute of Ireland for nearly 10 years. Paul’s passion is Busines...

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    • Caroline Keeling- CEO, Keelings

      Caroline Keeling- CEO, Keelings 

      Caroline Keeling is the CEO of Keelings. Keelings is a 100% Irish-owned family business which started producing fruits and salads on their farm in the 1930’s supplying produce to local Dublin markets. Keelings are focused on growing and sourcing the best fresh produce from around the world.

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    • Frank Coombes- Director, Coombes Corporate Finance Ltd(“CCF”)

      Frank Coombes- Director, Coombes Corporate Finance Ltd(“CCF”) 

        Speaker Bio: Frank Coombes (FCA) is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland. Frank has over 20 years experience in Corporate Finance, gained in both Industry and Practice, and this includes the following: Founding Director of specialist corporate finance company Coombes Corporate Finance Ltd (“CCF”). CCF specialises in advising SME and owner managed businesses in raising funds, acquisitions, disposals and financial planning. Oran Waste Ltd – Frank was Group as Strategic Director, reviewing the strategic directi...

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    • Margaret Clancy - Head of Global Sales, TransferMate Global Payments

      Margaret Clancy – Head of Global Sales, TransferMate Global Payments 

      Speaker Bio: Margaret is Head of Global Sales for one of Ireland’s most innovative FinTech companies specialising in international payments. An Irish company, with offices worldwide, TransferMate allows clients to secure better exchange rates, eradicate bank fees and secure todays rates on future transfers when send and receiving international payments.  Margaret has been instrumental in the growth of TransferMate, which has processed $6 billion in transfers to date. Presentation Title: Brexit and the implications for Irish exporters Presen...

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    • James Kavanagh - Co-founder, Currabinny

      James Kavanagh – Co-founder, Currabinny 

      Speaker Bio: James Kavanagh has been hurtled into the public eye over the past six months due to his over-active, humorous Snapchat account (JamesKava). The 26 year-old keeps his viewers entertained with consistent scare Snaps of his boyfriend William, cooking demos, appearances from his alter-ego Veronica Sachs and the general trials and tribulations of his whirlwind life. While his audience comes for the humour, they also stick around for the other, less trivial stories James likes to tell. Recently, he has been raising awareness around mental health and often shares his ...

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    • Lorcan Allen - Agribusiness, commodities & markets journalist, Irish Farmers Journal

      Lorcan Allen – Agribusiness, commodities & markets journalist, Irish Farmers Journal 

      Speaker Bio: Lorcan Allen is a journalist with the Irish Farmers Journal and specialises in coverage of national and international agribusiness. He also specialises in coverage of global commodity and financial markets, with particular emphasis on dairy, grain and currency markets. He joined the Irish Farmers Journal after leaving university in 2013 having studied politics and journalism and has since completed a degree in capital markets and investments. Presentation Title: Weakening sterling and UK food price inflation Presentation Synops...

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    • Anthony Beale - Founder & Principal, Anthony Beale & Associates

      Anthony Beale – Founder & Principal, Anthony Beale & Associates 

      Presentation Title: The 3 keys to  Fill you Venue , Attract more customers and Increase Profitability. Presentation Synopsis: Anthony will show a number of tips on how to get more customers and how to ensure more profits come to the bottom line by doing a few key things differently. Speaker Bio: Anthony is a lifer in the hospitality industry. From his start collecting glasses in 1990 to working Internationally with the Hilton Group and everything in between. As the founder and principal of Anthony Beale & Associates, he ...

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    • Alex Lloyd - PhD student, DIT focus Research Institute

      Alex Lloyd – PhD student, DIT focus Research Institute 

      Speaker Bio: Recent bio-molecular graduate which has led me to undertaking a project in epigenetics. Have four years retail experience in the food industry. Presentation Title: Rewiring metabolism using broccoli to improve health. Presentation Synopsis: Recently there has been research into the protective effects of cruciferous vegetables against Cardiovascular diseases (CVD). This project aims to carry out a novel dietary intervention study using a broccoli food based preparation (may be juice/tablet/powder format) rich in the ...

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    • Keith Mahon - Founder and Managing Director, TheTaste.ie

      Keith Mahon – Founder and Managing Director, TheTaste.ie 

      Speaker Bio: Highly experienced Hospitality Marketeer and Online Managing Director with a passion for food, clever marketing and generating online revenue. For the past 8 years, I have concentrated on the Food & Hospitality market. Previously I the managing director of Ireland.com for The Irish Times. Presentation Title: Promoting your food business online Presentation Synopsis: Will discuss on the day how existing and upcoming food/hospitality brands can engage with people o...

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    • Joanne Sweeney-Burke- Ceo, Digital Training Institute

      Joanne Sweeney-Burke- Ceo, Digital Training Institute 

      Presentation Title: Digital Marketing Bites - Expert Tips for the Food, Retail & Hospitality Industry Presentation Synopsis: Joanne Sweeney-Burke will share winning digital marketing tactics for the food, retail and hospitality industry. Her 20-minute presentation will focus on specific social media, content & video marketing as well as web strategies that businesses should implement into their digital marketing right now.   Topics covered: How to boost engagement on social media Content marketing tactics to...

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    • John O'Callaghan - Head of Credit, GRID Finance

      John O’Callaghan – Head of Credit, GRID Finance 

      Speaker Bio: John has 25 years’ experience in banking and financial services having worked for Bank of Ireland, EBS and Postbank. He led the set-up and development of Postbank’s credit department. He has an MBA from University College Cork, an Advanced Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is a Personal Insolvency Practioner. Presentation Title: Finance your Food & Beverage Business

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    • Graham O’Reilly- Strategic Development Director: Agri-food & Drinks, Kuehne + Nagel Ireland Limited

      Graham O’Reilly- Strategic Development Director: Agri-food & Drinks, Kuehne + Nagel Ireland Limited 

      Presentation Title: SOLAS and VGM requirements for Seafreight Exporters Speaker Bio: Graham has over 20 years experience in the Logisitcs Industry across administration, operations, management and sales roles. Having started his career with a local Irish company, Graham progressed through two Multi-national freight companies, joining Kuehne + Nagel in 2011. He has held senior positions in Ireland, the UK and Belgium, is a Graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and holds a Diploma in Transport Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology....

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    • Conor Kilduff- Sales & Marketing Manager, Keelings

      Conor Kilduff- Sales & Marketing Manager, Keelings 

      Presentation Title: Keeling's brand development

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    • Alistan Munroe - Founder & Creative Director, Munroes

      Alistan Munroe – Founder & Creative Director, Munroes 

      Speaker Bio: With a modern sensibility Munroes create maximum flavour in a minimal package. Tradition, exploration and innovation are at the heart of what we do, inspiring us to discover new ways of expressing the Jamaican culinary tradition.  Collaborating with fellow innovators we create new and exciting taste experiences and add to the possibilities of Jamaican cuisine. A constant adventure, the focus is always on the flavor and with responsibility to our heritage we confidently add our interpretation to the story of Jamaican flavour, collaborating with Teeling Whi...

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    • Dr. Mary A. T. Flynn - Chief Specialist Public Health Nutrition, Food Safety Authority of Ireland

      Dr. Mary A. T. Flynn – Chief Specialist Public Health Nutrition, Food Safety Authority of Ireland 

      Speaker Bio: Mary, a Dietitian, is Chief Specialist in Public Health Nutrition at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. She has extensive experience in the development and management of nutrition programmes in Ireland, Canada and the Middle East. Mary’s work on childhood obesity has been highlighted by the World Health Organisation. She led the research teams that established the evidence-base for healthy eating and infant feeding guidelines in Ireland. She leads the calories-on-menus initiative - in...

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    • James Kelly - MRIA, Cregan Professor of History, Dublin City University

      James Kelly – MRIA, Cregan Professor of History, Dublin City University 

      Speaker Bio: James Kelly is co-editor of Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, section C, a peer-reviewed journal which publishes original research papers primarily in the fields of archaeology, history, Celtic studies, linguistics and literature. James Kelly’s main research interests lie in the areas of Irish political and social history in the period 1660-1820. His publications include That damn’d thing called honour: duelling in Ireland, 1750-1860 (1995);  Clubs and Societies in eighteenth-century Ireland (edited with Martyn Powell) (2010);  ...

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    • Douglas Gordon- Managing Director, Quest Utility Services Ltd

      Douglas Gordon- Managing Director, Quest Utility Services Ltd 

      Speaker Bio: Douglas Gordon, Managing Director, Quest Utility Services Ltd., specialists in Energy and Water Efficiency technologies. After graduating from TCD, Dublin, with a natural science degree ( Geology & hydrology), Douglas joined Atlas Copco Ireland Ltd. and managed their rock drilling division, which dealt with quarrying, mining, exploration, construction and well drilling projects. His work lead to the formation of the annual conference 'The International Association of Hydrogeologists- Irish Group' which is still thriving nearly forty years later. In 1983 ...

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    • Elmer Kerr - Sales & Marketing Director, PMM Group

      Elmer Kerr – Sales & Marketing Director, PMM Group 

      Speaker Bio: Retail Specialist, Business Consultant, Event Speaker, Sales & Marketing Director of one of Ireland’s leading retail marketing & merchandising companies, and Owner/Director of Wild Atlantic Good Food Company incorporating Lemon Leaf Café and Lemon Leaf Deli/Bakery in Kinsale, West Cork Presentation Title: It’s not all about food & drink, It’s about marketing too Presentation Synopsis: “It’s not all about food & drink” In today’s world of food and drink, it is a given that many of...

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    • Teresa Daly - Account Manager, Kerry US

      Teresa Daly – Account Manager, Kerry US 

      Speaker Bio: Teresa Daly is an Account Manager at Kerry, based in the United States. She has a BSc. Hons Food Science degree from University College Cork. In her final year at UCC, Teresa was part of a team who were awarded UCC ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and also Enterprise Ireland's ‘Dynamic and Emerging Company of the Year’ that developed a unique and novel fat free, high protein vegetable snack called ‘Rooties Crisps’. Having completed her four year degree she joined the Kerry EMEA graduate program in conjunction with the Irish Management Institute where she held the rol...

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    • Wendy Hederman - Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran

      Wendy Hederman – Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran 

      Speaker Bio: Wendy is a partner in MHC’s Commercial law team, and leads the firm’s Food, Beverage and Agricultural Law team.   www.mhc.ie/expertise/food-agriculture-beverage Wendy advises Irish and international companies across the food and drinks sector on distribution, agency, supply chain contracts, outsourcing, food labelling and product regulatory matters. Wendy also has expertise in consumer law, ecommerce, competition law, sponsorship and advertising. She rejoined Mason Hayes & Curran in 2011, after a d...

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    • Aidan Duffy - Client Development Manager, HIM! International

      Aidan Duffy – Client Development Manager, HIM! International 

      Speaker Bio: Aidan has an extensive experience in the Irish and UK markets having previously worked within fresh produce and export food trade with both Keelings & Bord Bia under their Marketing fellowship programme.  A graduate in Food business and International Marketing practice in food from University College Dublin (UCD).  Aidan leads Irish operations for HIM International, a leading research agency on shopper insight in the convenience retail channel. Presentation Title: Understanding the Convenience shopper in Ireland Presentatio...

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    • Tom Cumberlege- Senior Consultant Business Advice, The Carbon Trust

      Tom Cumberlege- Senior Consultant Business Advice, The Carbon Trust 

      Presentation Title: Enabling sustainability in the food and drink value chain SpeakerBio: Tom is an experienced consultant helping businesses to tackle diverse sustainability issues across a range of sectors such as agriculture, FMCG, financial services and luxury goods. His advice enables clients to realise low carbon investment opportunities across their value chains, conduct product footprinting projects and supply chain engagement and financing solutions. He has also developed guidance for the GHG Protocol’s Scope 3 Standard on behalf of the World...

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    • Kieran O'Toole- Head of Sales, DNA IT Solutions

      Kieran O’Toole- Head of Sales, DNA IT Solutions 

      Speaker Bio: Kieran O’Toole – Head of Sales.  Kieran has over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry in Ireland, UK and USA. Kieran has worked with Digital Equipment Corp., Data General Corp., Eurologic, Palm Corp. and PSI Mobile in engineering, sales and management roles, supporting customers in the technology, consumer electronics, commercial and international NGO sectors. Kieran works on a daily basis with organisations whose day to day business is totally dependent on the availability and reliability of their IT infrastructure. His principal focus is assisting these or...

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    • Eamonn Merriman - Inspector, Ozone Depleting Substances and Fluorinated, Gases Team	Environmental Protection Agency

      Eamonn Merriman – Inspector, Ozone Depleting Substances and Fluorinated, Gases Team Environmental Protection Agency 

      Speaker Bio: Eamonn has worked with the EPA since 1998, primarily in the licensing and enforcement of large industrial and waste facilities. Following a recent spell as a Research Officer in the EPA Research Programme, he currently works within the Office of Environmental Sustainability whwere he is the EPA’s primary contact for Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (F-Gases) and Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). Presentation Title: F-Gas and ODS Regulation - Requirements for Operators of Refrigerators, Chillers and Air-Conditioning Systems Presenta...

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    • Ciaran Hurley - Senior VAT Partner, CKH Fiscal Services

      Ciaran Hurley – Senior VAT Partner, CKH Fiscal Services 

      Speaker Bio: Ciaran Hurley is a Senior VAT Partner in CKH Fiscal Services, with a previous Revenue background at senior level in VAT policy and tariff classification of goods. Over the past 25 years, Ciaran has worked closely with the Irish food and drinks industry in establishing the correct rates of VAT that should apply to specialty and borderline products. Current clients include Boots and Largo Foods (Tayto). Presentation Title: To VAT or Not to VAT? Presentation Synopsis: In Ireland, there are four different rates of VAT t...

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    • Stuart Nelson - Lean Coach, Stuart Nelson Consulting

      Stuart Nelson – Lean Coach, Stuart Nelson Consulting 

      Speaker Bio: Have you ever thought there has to be a better way?  Stuart operates an independent consultancy which solves problems, moreover, he works with organisations to build in a Lean mindset.  Stuart spent over 12 years in active management at the demand end of the supply chain, gaining vast experiences with end users and leading over 70 people.  It is this wealth of experience that Stuart brings to the analysis and improvement work he carries out.  Using tools from Lean, Six Sigma and techniques such as coaching, mentoring and training, he is in a unique pos...

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    • Pat Rigney - The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney

      Pat Rigney – The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney 

      Patrick J. Rigney is a serial entrepreneur with a strong track record in the food & drinks sector and more recently in pharmaceuticals, tourism and equestrian. He has been at the forefront of the branded drinks sector for over thirty years, working with Gilbey’s, C&C and holding pioneering roles in Baileys covering the important Americas and Australasia territories during its formative years in the ‘90’s.   As Executive Director of Baileys, Pat created the Sheridan’s liqueur brand that sells more than 300,000 cases annually. Pat has invented over 20 international drinks brands in...

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    • Paul O'Byrne - Head of Strategy, TinderPoint

      Paul O’Byrne – Head of Strategy, TinderPoint 

      Speaker Bio: Paul is Head of Digital Strategy for Tinderpoint, a full service digital marketing agency since 2002. With extensive experience across multi-national organisations, Paul creates innovative strategies through various digital platforms that provide measurable results for clients Presentation Title: 7 Key Takeaways To Strengthen Your Content Strategy Presentation Synopsis: Paul will dispel some of the myths and misnomers of Content Marketing while providing 7 tips that you can walk away with to strengthen your own stra...

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    • Elaine Lavery - Co-Founder, Improper Food Limited

      Elaine Lavery – Co-Founder, Improper Food Limited 

      Speaker Bio: Elaine Lavery is co-founder of Improper Food.  Elaine graduated from University College Dublin with a 1.1. in Business & Law (BBLs) in Sept 2012. Together with her business partner Hannah, Elaine became a graduate entrepreneur in 2013. Trading at farmers’ markets initially, the young businesswomen spotted a gap in the Irish and international market for a modern Irish butter brand. Improper Butter is a new way of formulating, branding, packaging and promoting grass-fed Irish butter in response to many of today’s food trends. The company currently supplies it...

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    • Olaf Fitzsimmons - Head of SME Banking – East, Ulster Bank

      Olaf Fitzsimmons – Head of SME Banking – East, Ulster Bank 

      Speaker Bio: Olaf Fitzsimmons became the Head of SME Banking – East with Ulster Bank in September 2015, where he is responsible for leading a team of SME Bankers that meet the banking needs and support the growth ambitions of Irish SME's. Olaf previously held senior positions with the Bank's Corporate & Institutional Banking arm where he led teams that supported clients across a range of sectors, including most recently retail, distribution, leisure, energy and TMT. Olaf graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from University College Dublin in 1996, qualified as ...

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    • Mark Regan- Partner, Regan Solicitors

      Mark Regan- Partner, Regan Solicitors 

      Speaker Bio: Mark is the managing partner at Regan Solicitors. He has practised as a commercial lawyer for the past 21 years and was the senior partner in the Commercial and Litigation Department of another commercial law firm for 15 of those years. He has since established his own firm and brand as Regan Solicitors with a view to providing and expanding his existing client base with a more bespoke and efficient service. He is highly regarded in the area of Company and Corporate Law and has a particular niche in advising Manufacturing Companies on Compliance, EU directives,...

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    • Martin Lewis - Microbiological Technical Services Manager, SAL

      Martin Lewis – Microbiological Technical Services Manager, SAL 

      Speaker Bio: Martin Lewis has worked in the Food Testing Industry for 18 years providing microbiological technical support and consultancy services to wide range of food manufacturers, producers throughout the UK and Ireland. In addition to the technical support and training, his role at SAL includes the the validation and development of new technologies to provide the industry with fast, reliable and cost affective test methods. Presentation Title: Rapid Next Day Testing of Bacterial Pathogens for The Food Industry Presentation Synopsis:...

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    • Colin Ross - MD, iASC Atlantic Seafood Company of Ireland

      Colin Ross – MD, iASC Atlantic Seafood Company of Ireland 

      Speaker Bio: Colin is Managing Director of the  iASC ATLANTIC SEAFOOD COMPANY of Ireland, which is focussed on producing, marketing and commercialising value-added, innovative and sustainable Irish seafood products to a premium, global, gourmet audience. James Grimes fulfils the role of Production Director. To date, the company has won several awards for innovation, including 2016 & 2015 World Food Innovation Awards and is one of the IFE Top 100 best new products 2015. iASC was also shortlisted for “Britain’s Next Top Supplier” and was the first Irish winner of the P...

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    • Simon Cliff  - Business Development Manager, Scientific Analysis Laboratories Ltd

      Simon Cliff – Business Development Manager, Scientific Analysis Laboratories Ltd 

      Speaker Bio: Simon has working in the food testing market of over 22 years and recently joined Scientific Analysis Laboratories Ltd. His knowledge has been gained firstly from working as a bench chemist and microbiologist however over the last 16 years he has been in a commercial and key account roles supporting customers, gaining a wealth of knowledge in the raw materials, manufacturing and retail sector. Presentation Title: Allergen awareness and methods of analysis. Presentation Synopsis: Simon will deliver a talk covering  g...

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    • Peter Davison - Business Development Manager UK & Ireland, Bureau Veritas

      Peter Davison – Business Development Manager UK & Ireland, Bureau Veritas 

      Speaker Bio: Peter Davison, is the food and beverage lead for Bureau Veritas, the Worlds leading Testing, inspection and Certification business, it having a 4.6Billion Euro Turnover in 2015. Peter has worked in the food sector for coming up to 29 years having had roles with; Cadbury Schweppes, Arla, Robert Wiseman Dairies and in Consultancy worked with the United Nations, and leading Retailers. In BV Peter is responsible for developing the food, packaging, food service and hospitality sectors. Presentation Title: Developing a strategy that recognises ...

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    • Brendan McBride - Executive Performance Coach, Inside Out ®

      Brendan McBride – Executive Performance Coach, Inside Out ® 

      Speaker Bio: Brendan Mc Bride helps business leaders, managers  and executive  teams create their future success now enabling them to achieve peak performance and maximize their earning potential.   He works with global and S.M.E organizations throughout Europe, USA and Asia. Prior to coaching, he has worked in corporate commercial roles for over 20 years within the Food & Drink industry. He is a competitive ultra endurance sporting athlete, motivational speaker and father to four teenage children. Presentation Title: Insights to Inspire yourself ...

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    • PJ Moloney- CEO, EireChrom/EireBio

      PJ Moloney- CEO, EireChrom/EireBio 

      Speaker Bio: Since being established in February 2013, EireChrom has gone about growing the business with considerable success. Year-on-year increases in both turnover and profit have marked its progress over the past two years. Further expansion into the UK and new markets such as the Nordics is on the cards in 2016. EireChrom will compete on March 3rd in the SFA Awards for “Outstanding Small Business of the Year” in Ireland. Earlier in 2016, where shortlisted for the Cork Emerging Company of the Year and winners of the “Little Island – R&D/Innovation Award...

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    • Grainne Walsh - Founder & Managing Director, Metalman Brewing Company

      Grainne Walsh – Founder & Managing Director, Metalman Brewing Company 

      Speaker Bio: Gráinne Walsh is founder and managing director of Metalman Brewing, a microbrewery based in Waterford city. Gráinne left behind a career in IT to jump headlong into the beverage industry in 2011, contract brewing the first Metalman products at a microbrewery in Tipperary while building the brewery in Waterford city. The brewery has undertaken several expansion projects since its inception, including a brewhouse upgrade and the installation of the first canning line at a microbrewery in Ireland. When she's not working she likes to hang out with her husband and ...

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    • Ken Lynch - Business Development Manager, BUNZL CATERING DESIGN SOLUTIONS

      Ken Lynch – Business Development Manager, BUNZL CATERING DESIGN SOLUTIONS 

      Speaker Bio: Ken Lynch is Business Development Manager for Bunzl Catering Design Solutions one of the largest consultation, design and fitout companies for commercial kitchens in Ireland. A keen proponent of energy efficiency, waste management and future trends, Ken has built a reputation as one of the best consultants in the market. Presentation Title: Commercial Kitchens: A low cost future? Presentation Synopsis: An outline of technology implementation in commercial kitchens and the impact for operators.

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    • Dermot Brett - MD, Pharmafoods

      Dermot Brett – MD, Pharmafoods 

      Presentation Title: Revolutionary Trave Tray Sealing and Platformer Technology

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    • Howard Knott – M.A., FCILT., Logistics Consultant, Irish Exporters Association

      Howard Knott – M.A., FCILT., Logistics Consultant, Irish Exporters Association 

      Speaker Bio: Thirty years  experience in the shipping and Forwarding Industry followed by ten years with the Irish Exporters Association developing the organisation’s Trade Facilitation and Supply Chain capability. Has represented the organisation in a number of EU backed Logistics projects and at a number of Oireachtas Transport Committee hearings. Has spoken at a number of international  Conferences on intermodal transport. Columnist with “Fleet Transport”, compiles “Fleet Maritime” and has contributed to a number of other leading publications. Passionate Sailor....

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    • Juan Valverde Ph.D - R&D Programme Manager, Monaghan Mushrooms Group

      Juan Valverde Ph.D – R&D Programme Manager, Monaghan Mushrooms Group 

      Speaker Bio: Juan Valverde has over 10 years’ experience working in the food and drink industry, in the public and private sectors, in policy and innovation roles. Dr. Valverde has worked with diverse stakeholders such as department policy makers, academia, marketing, private enterprise, retails and the media. As R&D Food Science and Technology Programme Manager at Monaghan Mushrooms, Dr. Valverde has implemented key strategic R&D programmes to service new industry trends and shoppers needs, in particular in the area of taste and nutritional development. Over ...

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    • Paul Fagan - Managing Director, ActionCOACH Business Coaching Ireland

      Paul Fagan – Managing Director, ActionCOACH Business Coaching Ireland 

      Speaker Bio: Award winning Business Coach and accomplished speaker, Paul Fagan is Managing Director of the largest business coaching and training company in Ireland, ActionCOACH Business Coaching - the world’s number one Business Coaching organisation. As a successful business owner himself, Paul knows what’s needed to grow successful companies. In simple...

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    • Darren Greenan - Hands on Operational and Business Process Improvement, Lean Consultant, VFECTO

      Darren Greenan – Hands on Operational and Business Process Improvement, Lean Consultant, VFECTO 

      Speaker Bio: Having spent over 20 years in Operations roles in various manufacturing industries, Darren Greenan currently designs and delivers business improvement programs to the SME sector in Ireland and the UK. Vfecto are currently a listed provider of the Enterprise Ireland Lean Offer. Having implemented ISO9001 and other Management systems, Darren can offer a unique opportunity to optimise the integration of certified Management Systems and Lean. Darren is qualified as a Manufacturing Engineer, and also holds an MBA. Pres...

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    • Róise NicGhráinne - Solicitor, A&L Goodbody

      Róise NicGhráinne – Solicitor, A&L Goodbody 

      Speaker Bio: Róise NicGhráinne is a Solicitor within the Food & Beverage Unit of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group at A&L Goodbody. Róise advises on a broad range of issues effecting predominantly Irish and international food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants and hotel chains on product labelling, marketing and other regulatory compliance matters. She also advises on purchasing and selling food businesses, regulatory inspections, enforcement, prosecutions and sanctions.

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    • Myles Doyle - Strategic Partner Manager, Nuapay

      Myles Doyle – Strategic Partner Manager, Nuapay 

      Speaker Bio: Myles has developed and marketed business applications to European banks and corporates over the last 15 years. He is a specialist in helping ERP suppliers, accelerate their passive revenues through integrating high value business applications. Presentation Title: New Approaches to payment collections in the food industry. Presentation Synopsis: Payment collection methods within the food industry are uniquely advanced within the payments sector. This review includes “finger print payment” at the till to “no ad...

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    • Michael Clancy - Director, FDT Consulting Engineers & Project Managers

      Michael Clancy – Director, FDT Consulting Engineers & Project Managers 

      Presentation Title: Free Advice from a Consultant -Do’s and Don’ts for Start-up & Expanding Brewers and Distillers.

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    • David Waldron - Senior Business Consultant, CloudStrong

      David Waldron – Senior Business Consultant, CloudStrong 

      Speaker Bio: David Waldron is co-founder and Senior Business Consultant of CloudStrong Ltd. As a company founder 6 years ago, David has overseen the company transform from a solely Cloud based company, to a full ICT Provider and IT Managed Services Provider. With a background in IT and various other roles in the ICT Industry, David has a vast amount of experience built up over the last 16 years with SME’s and IT. David was presented with the prestigious Microsoft Ireland Hosting Partner of the Year award by Cathriona Hallahan the MD of Microsoft Ireland, on behalf of the Cl...

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    • exhibitor - Paul Bowman - General manger (northern Europe), Konica Minolta Sensing B.V.

      Paul Bowman – General manger (northern Europe), Konica Minolta Sensing B.V. 

      Speaker Bio: Paul has more than 30 years’ experience of supplying colour measurement solutions to a broad range of industries. For the past 11 years as general manager of Konica Minolta sensing his team has supplied instrumentation to a broad range of suppliers and retailers in the food industry installing solutions for measuring products, packaging and marketing material. Presentation Title: The importance of colour consistency in food production and retail. Presentation Synopsis: The presentation will outline the factors which...

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    • Conor Lynch - CEO, Connector

      Conor Lynch – CEO, Connector 

      Speaker Bio: Conor is an award-winning digital marketing expert with vast experience with local and global markets. Conor advises brands on innovation and business strategy and has worked in online marketing for almost 20 years. As well as working for technology brands like Sony, Huawei and Microsoft, he also works with food brands like Benecol, BWG Foods, Nature’s Best, Natural Born Feeder and Bord Bia. Operating from the Connector Open Innovation Studio in Temple Bar, Conor and his team manage Connector.ie, DigitalFood.ie, SocialMedia.ie and The Snapys. Pres...

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    • John Sheils - Senior Relationship Manager - Treasury Business Development, AIB

      John Sheils – Senior Relationship Manager – Treasury Business Development, AIB 

      Speaker Bio: John Sheils is a CIMA qualified Senior Treasury Relationship Manager with 17 years experience in the dealing rooms of Ireland’s two largest banks. During this time has specialised in the BTB (business to business) delivery of Foreign Exchange, Interest Rate & Cash Management solutions to a broad range of customers, including Semi State, Multinational and Corporate and Commercial companies. Presentation Title: Post Brexit: FX hedging for uncertainty

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    • Richard Siberry - Founder, Brewer & Lead Adventurer, Black Donkey Brewing Ltd.

      Richard Siberry – Founder, Brewer & Lead Adventurer, Black Donkey Brewing Ltd. 

      Speaker Bio: A native of Drogheda, and a career adventurer, Richard’s path has taken him through a dizzying array of occupations, from lumberjack to Wall Street banker, to documentary filmmaker. Returning to Ireland from a 20-year stop over in New York, Richard and his wife Michaela founded Black Donkey Brewing in Ballinlough, in Roscommon in the summer of 2014. “Sheep Stealer”, Ireland’s first Saison crashed onto the nascent Irish craft brewing scene in August 2014, cementing Black Donkey’s reputation for “brewing without boundaries”, and arguably giving birth to the Irish...

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    • John Wilson - Wine Critic, The Irish Times

      John Wilson – Wine Critic, The Irish Times 

      Speaker Bio: John Wilson left college with a degree in History, and very little idea of what to do next. After a few years travelling the world, he joined the wine business, where he spent the next fifteen years. He has worked buying and selling wine at all levels of the trade in both the U.K. and Ireland. In 2001 he escaped, and embarked on a career in journalism. He is author of ‘101 Great Wines Under €10’ and edited four editions of ‘The Wine Guide’,Ireland’s best-selling wine book. He has contributed to various magazines, appeared on television, and has worked on local ...

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    • Julie Dupouy - Champagne Brand Ambassador, Edward Dillon ltd.

      Julie Dupouy – Champagne Brand Ambassador, Edward Dillon ltd. 

      Speaker Bio: I was born in the South West of France, in the city of Agen. I come from a background were cooking and sharing family meals is really common place. I think my passion for good food comes from my grandmother (my dad's mum) who was a primary school teacher and a very good cook. She would never (or very rarely) cook the same recipe twice.  Her kitchen wallpaper, graph paper in style, was covered in handwritten recipes that she liked. From a very young age I was also passionate about perfumes and one of the best presents I ever got from my parents was a perfu...

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    • Liam Hanlon - Co-Founder, St. Mel's Brewing Company

      Liam Hanlon – Co-Founder, St. Mel’s Brewing Company 

      Speaker Bio: Liam began his brewing career as an intern at Dublin Brewing Company in 2003 after graduating from NUI Maynooth with a degree in Biotechnology. He went on to study a Masters in Brewing and Distilling Science at Heriot Watt university in Edinburgh before joining Carlow Brewing Company as head brewer in 2006. He co-founded St. Mel's Brewing Company in 2013 which he runs with his business partner Eoin Tynan. Presentation Title: Innovation in Developing a Craft Beer Business

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    • Eugene Curry - Owner, Gene Curry Shop

      Eugene Curry – Owner, Gene Curry Shop 

      Presentation Title: Gene Curry Shop and Bar Equipment

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    • Eoin Bara - Creative Director, Mór Irish Gin

      Eoin Bara – Creative Director, Mór Irish Gin 

      Speaker Bio: In 2015, Eoin was a successful entrepreneur, having worked with the likes of Aer Lingus, 123.ie & Vodafone, it was all going well. Until he was asked, are you doing what you love. To which he answered. "I love gin" with a glint in his eye and a Gin & Tonic in hand. Over the last 18 months he has opened his distillery in Tullamore, and is launching his first product this week, Mór Irish Gin. Presentation Title: Design In The Drinks Industry

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    • Derek O' Herlihy - Managing Director, Phare Tech Services Ltd

      Derek O’ Herlihy – Managing Director, Phare Tech Services Ltd 

      Speaker Bio:                                                        Derek is the owner and Managing Director of Phare Tech Services Ltd. During his career, Derek has been delivering classroom training all over the world allowing him to bring a level of insight and expertise when he decided to form his elearning business. His experience in the classroom enabled Derek ensure that the creation of his elearning modules are engaging and interactive for learners to assist in the retention of the learning. Since 2010, Derek has worked with blue-chip multinational companies to hel...

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    • Dr. Emma Feeney - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCD Institute of Food and Health

      Dr. Emma Feeney – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCD Institute of Food and Health 

      Speaker Bio: Dr. Emma Feeney is a postdoctoral research fellow in UCD’s Institute of Food and Health.  She has conducted research in children examining the role of taste perception on fruit and vegetable consumption, with a focus on bitter and sweet taste, and spent time as a postdoctoral researcher in the Penn State University studying the role of genetics in individual differences in chemethesis and food choice. Emma also has experience in the area of functional foods development in Food for Health Ireland (FHI). She studied the metabolic effects of different protein h...

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    • John Lynch - Sales Manager, Down2Earth Materials

      John Lynch – Sales Manager, Down2Earth Materials 

      Speaker Bio: As sales manager of Down2Earth Materials - Ireland's award-winning compostable packaging specialists - John Lynch knows that there is still a lot of confusion in the food and hospitality industry with regards to the terms 'Biodegradable' and 'Compostable.' With his presentation John aims to explain and show how vastly different they actually are, and why the two terms should no longer be interlinked. Presentation Title: ...

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    • Marie Curtin - Managing Director, Temple Dairy

      Marie Curtin – Managing Director, Temple Dairy 

      Speaker Bio: Marie Curtin, former Irish womens International soccer player from County Limerick embarked on a career in the food & beverage industry in 2013. Through a partnership with her father, a dairy farmer, together they created Temple Dairy Chocolate Milk using their family's holstein freisian dairy herd milk supply. Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Hofstra University, New York in 2008 while studying on a 4 year full soccer scholarship. Since then, Marie has come through the Limerick Enterprise Acceleration Programme and the New Fro...

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    • Clio O’Gara - Head of Hospitality Solutions, Tierney’s

      Clio O’Gara – Head of Hospitality Solutions, Tierney’s 

      Speaker Bio: Clio O’Gara, formerly Chief Marketing Officer of The Gleneagle Group, has recently joined Tierney’s as Head of Hospitality Solutions. Clio is responsible for driving both the Aloha POS Restaurant Managent Solution – the world leader in Restaurant POS Technology which is used in over 100,000 sites worldwide, and Guestline’s tailor-made property solution offering full PMS, Channel Distribution and Websuite Digital Marketing. Clio’s timing in joining Tierney’s – the Hospitality IT Experts across Ireland is optimal as the marketplace now demanss the most up to date...

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    • Jonathan McDade - Senior Executive, Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, Ibec

      Jonathan McDade – Senior Executive, Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, Ibec 

      Speaker Bio: Jonathan is Head of the Irish Brewers Association and is a Senior Executive with the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland.  Jonathan has over ten years of experience working on a variety of communications roles including four years at Murray Consultants.  Specialising in public and corporate affairs, he has worked for a wide range of clients including Sisk Group, Stobart Air, Three Ireland, the Referendum Commission and the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland .  Jonathan's political experience includes work as Senior Press Officer for the Ireland for...

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    • Mark McArdle - Group Sales Director, Intact Software

      Mark McArdle – Group Sales Director, Intact Software 

      Speaker Bio: Mark McArdle is synonymous with Intact Software. Having spent years selling Intact Business Management Software directly into more than 300 SMEs, Mark now manages a team of direct sales personnel and is responsible for finding and appointing new partners internationally. Presentation Title: eCommerce Is Growing – Can You Take Advantage?  Presentation Synopsis: Mark McArdle, Group Sales Director of Intact Software, will explore the growing range of technologies available that will allow your customer...

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    • Enda O'Donoghue - Sales Director, Catering Innovation Agency

      Enda O’Donoghue – Sales Director, Catering Innovation Agency 

      Speaker Bio: Sales director cia Ireland. 20 years in kitchen design sales and execution Large and small projects from 10k to 2m Hotel and catering management background BA in business studies 3D design experience Innovative ideas for the future of kitchens Induction cooking future of kitchens the way forward. Time management and way kitchens are designed Health and safety Presentation Title: The Power Of Induction Cooking. Costs And Savings

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    • Kevin Buckley- Manager, Europe, Food and Beverage Inward Investment, Enterprise Ireland

      Kevin Buckley- Manager, Europe, Food and Beverage Inward Investment, Enterprise Ireland 

      Business development professional with outstanding experience in developing successful market entry and sales strategies with companies from start-up to large-scale in international markets. •High level of technical skills coupled with hands-on management experience across diverse environments, regions and industries. •Accomplished problem-solver with a mix of technical, engineering, and business expertise that lends itself to developing business strategies, as well as positioning cutting-edge technologies for market introduction focussing on financial viability. •Creative innovator whose o...

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    • Tom McIntyre - Sales Director, Walsh Graphics

      Tom McIntyre – Sales Director, Walsh Graphics 

      Speaker Bio: Tom has been involved in the Print Industry for over 30 years. He has a wealth of experience in Digital Print Technologies and the many new applications areas they address. As Sales Director of Walsh Graphics, Tom works in collaboration with most of the major Print Service providers in Ireland to develop solutions specific to the needs of their Clients. Presentation Title: Retail Branding Solutions Presentation Synopsis: Get noticed, create graphics that catch the eye on vehicles, w...

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    • Anne-Marie Roddy - Business Development Manager, SDS Energy Group

      Anne-Marie Roddy – Business Development Manager, SDS Energy Group 

      Speaker Bio: I have recently joined SDS Group Ireland Ltd in their Dundalk Office. SDS is an award winning Energy Services Group with a proven track record of delivering complete solutions within the energy industry. We provide a range of services from independent energy certification right through to energy saving products and asset management. Our team of Chartered Engineers and Economists are geared towards managing our clients’ energy portfolio whilst working to maximise commercial effectiveness. I hope that you will benefit from our extended range of services and I ...

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    • Kevin O'Hara - Founder, Independent Brewing

      Kevin O’Hara – Founder, Independent Brewing 

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    • Phil Jakeman - Professor of Exercise Sciences, University of Limerick

      Phil Jakeman – Professor of Exercise Sciences, University of Limerick 

      Speaker Bio: A  Biochemistry graduate, Professor Jakeman directs a Human Science Research Group within the Centre for Centre for Intervention in Infection, Inflammation and Immunity (www.ul.ie/4i ) at the University of Limerick. Core research interests included the change in body composition following dietary and physical activity intervention (www.ul.ie/bodycompositionstudy).  Professor Jakeman acts as principal investigator of the Food for Health Ireland (FHI) programme of nutrient suppo...

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    • Nichola Beresford - Managing Director, Anchor Spirits Ireland

      Nichola Beresford – Managing Director, Anchor Spirits Ireland 

      Speaker Bio: Nichola Beresford is the Managing Director of Anchor Spirits Ireland which commenced trading in December 2013.  Anchor developed the multi award winning Irish Whiskey Liqueur Muldoon and last year's winner of 'Best Irish Gin' - Thin Gin. A third product - Spike Island Rum - is about to be released in the coming weeks. Presentation Title: How not to create a drinks brand

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    • Preeti Mokaria  - Business Development Executive, Crusts

      Preeti Mokaria – Business Development Executive, Crusts 

      Speaker Bio: Preeti holds a Masters in International Business from Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and has worked in the Irish Food & Retail Industry for over 4 years. In 2015, the opportunity to join a food start-up excited her and she joined Crusts, a Dublin based Premium Halal Frozen Pizza Manufacturer. Simply put, Preeti applies her industry knowledge and strives to make a healthy, innovative pizza range available to the European and the Middle East Market. Prior to Crusts, she has worked with leading Irish forecourt retailer , Applegreen and The Blue Haven...

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    • Vincent Jennings- CEO, CSNA

      Vincent Jennings- CEO, CSNA 

      My roots in retail can be traced back to 1966 in Limerick where my father owned a newsagency. From 1976 to 2004 I operated a number of outlets in the City in forecourt and convenience. I have served as Branch Secretary, Branch President, National Executive Member and National President and believe that I am fully aware of the problems (and at least some of the solutions!) of our members.

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    • Matthew Havlin - Sales Engineer – Compressor Technique, Atlas Copco Ireland Ltd

      Matthew Havlin – Sales Engineer – Compressor Technique, Atlas Copco Ireland Ltd 

      Presentation Title: Atlas Copco Nitrogen in the Food and Beverage Industry and ISO Standards

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    • Pauline McGrellis - Business Development Manager, Nvolve Group Ltd

      Pauline McGrellis – Business Development Manager, Nvolve Group Ltd 

      Speaker Bio: Pauline McGrellis is Business Development Manager of the Nvolve Group™ Ltd – Donegal based company which has been operational now for over 10 years. The Nvolve Group™ specialises in helping organisations reduce their Compliance Risk, reduce their Compliance Cost and reduce their Compliance Workload. The Nvolve Group work with a wide range of companies within the Global Food & Manufacturing Industries. All of their clients are faced with increasing compliance risk and a corresponding increase in the cost of managing that compliance. They help their client...

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    • John Whelan – International Trade Consultant, Former CEO,  Irish Exporters Association, Chairman

      John Whelan – International Trade Consultant, Former CEO, Irish Exporters Association, Chairman 

      John F. Whelan BSc. MBA. John is an independent consultant specialising in international trade. He was appointed export industry adviser to the AIB group in January 2014. He is the former chief executive of the Irish Exporters Association and chairman of the Institute of International Trade. He is chairman of the EU funded Access 6 project to assist the development of small food and drink businesses on international markets with support from Scottish Enterprise , Invest Ni and Bord Bia

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    • Mark Boulton - Strategic Development Director, Cold Move

      Mark Boulton – Strategic Development Director, Cold Move 

      Speaker Bio: Mark’s career has spanned over 30 years in the logistics industry and has successfully performed a number of senior leadership roles for multi-national third party supply chain organisations, most recently as a director for XPO Logistics Ireland. Having worked with global blue chip organisations across Europe in a number of industries, Mark brings a wealth of experience in supply-chain operations. Presentation Title: Outsourced IT Partnership - How Cold Move Found The Answer To Their IT Challenges

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    • Michael Gannon - Managing Director, Orbis Labsystems

      Michael Gannon – Managing Director, Orbis Labsystems 

      Speaker Bio: Michael Gannon is the Managing Director of Orbis Labsystems, a company with over 25 years of experience in delivering laboratory informatics solutions to both large and small laboratories in the food and beverage industry.  Michael and his team have a wealth of experience working with companies to achieve the ‘lean lab’, focusing on Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) to improve quality and enabling ‘farm to fork’ traceability, as well as improving automation and the integration of systems, instruments and equipment.  Orbis Labsystems has been the ...

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    • John Diviney- Director of Food Systems & Trading, Applegreen PLC

      John Diviney- Director of Food Systems & Trading, Applegreen PLC 

      John joined Petrogas Group Ltd in August 2013 as Head of corporate Finance & Treasury. In July 2015 he became Director of Food Systems & Trading at Applegreen plc

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    • Rick LeVert - Founder, Director and Head Brewer, Kinnegar Brewing

      Rick LeVert – Founder, Director and Head Brewer, Kinnegar Brewing 

      Speaker Bio: Like most in the Irish craft beer sector, Rick has no formal background as a brewer. With degrees in both Economics and Visual Communications, he has over 25 years international experience in business, design, marketing and communications. A brief dabble in home brewing evolved rapidly into the development in 2011 of a 50L pilot brewery in which he figured out the principles of brewing. To deepen and formalise his understanding of the brewing process he then attended courses in Bre...

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    • Thomas O'Reilly - Head of Sales, Linked Finance

      Thomas O’Reilly – Head of Sales, Linked Finance 

      Speaker Bio: Heading up the sales function for Linked Finance, Tom has spent all of his career working within the SME sector. Launching Groupon in Ireland as part of the original 3 man team gave him a passion to sales which has grown ever since. Following several years with the daily deal giant Tom was Country Manager for mobile payment company Sumup, followed by a consulting spell with Finnish bank Holvi before settling down with Linked Finance. He has dramatically grown sales in all of these organisations and has world domination in his sights for Linked Finance. ...

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    • Kevin O'Brien - Managing Director, Craftbeer Growlers

      Kevin O’Brien – Managing Director, Craftbeer Growlers 

      Speaker Bio: Kevin O'Brien operates 3 business in the drinks sector in both the UK and Ireland. Craftbeer Growlers Ltd which is the driving force behind the growth of the Filling of Growlers with craft beer in the UK BWS E-Tailing operates as Irelands No 1 Online Craft Beer Retailer (thebeerclub.ie) O'Brien Retail Concepts runs 2 off Licences in the Dublin 15 Area under the banner of Carry Out. Presentation Title: Alternative Finance That Will Grow Your Business

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    • Niall Phelan - Founder, Rye River Brewing

      Niall Phelan – Founder, Rye River Brewing 

      Speaker Bio: An experienced Commercial and Operations Executive at VP/Director level with a proven track record of transformational change and strong leadership results. Specialties: Transformational Change Leadership Category Selling Operations Branding Negotiation

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    • Naveen Bachani - Founder, Vada Pow Ltd

      Naveen Bachani – Founder, Vada Pow Ltd 

      Speaker Bio: Naveen is a 2005 graduate alumni of Shannon college of Hotel Management. He has been part of Tifco ltd group and worked in various department of  their hotels in 2002 and 2004. Before moving to Ireland again he was involved in beverage and plastic packaging companies at Executive level. Presently he is working on his startup of Vegetarian food company which provides vegetarian option solution for Hotels,Restaurants and Gastro bars in Ireland. The company produces spiced potato patty. He is also a part of 9 startups in National Food Works Program 2016 run by Bor...

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