Dublin Food Chain

Date:  Wednesday, 2nd October, 2013

Time: 5.00pm-8.30pm

Location: Castleknock Hotel and Country Club, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Fee: €10


Access 6 First Workshop

Access 6 will launch its first export workshop on Thursday September 12th 2013 in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan, Ireland as part of the overall cluster workshop series.

Protecting Your Brand

Irish Exporters Association are pleased to announce details of a special seminar which is open to Food and Drink companies on August 29th  2013 in Mason Hayes & Curran offices, Dublin:

What’s in a name? Creating and Protecting your Brands

A complimentary seminar for businesses operating in the food and beverage sector on Thursday, 29 August 2013.


Sysco Event


Sysco, a member of the IEA, are running another Food & Drink Dynamics event on June 12th with one of their NAV customers, Dawn Foods, part of the Queally Group speaking about the benefits they’ve reaped from Microsoft software.

Grant Thornton will also be speaking on their research paper, Food 4.0.

More details are at www.the-food-people.com.

For the flyer please click here

For the Dawn Farm Foods case study please click here


UK-Ireland Business Summit

Date: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

Location: Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority and the Institute of Food Research (IFR), UK are delighted to invite you to the first UK-Ireland Food Business Innovation Summit and Exhibition, which will be held on 29th May 2013 in the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. The Irish Exporters Association will be exhibiting at this event to promote their product development programme Food Chains for Competitive Advantage. We invite all food and drink SMEs who may have an interest in Food Chains for Competitive Advantage programme to come along and find out more on how the programme can benefit your company.

The Economy & Entrepreneurhsip

Date: April 11th & 12th

Location: Institute of Technology, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Register at www.richardcantillon.com

One Day ticket: €55

Two Day ticket: €100

For further information tel: +353 86 8524222 or email; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

National Business Expo 2013

Date: 8th - 9th March

Location: Industries Hall 4, RDS, Dublin 4.

The National Business Expo is a new FREE event designed to help start-ups and SMEs who need advice, information, products or services to help grow their business.  Visitors can avail of a range of workshops over the two days, for more information see http://www.businessexpo.ie for a full schedule of Workshops and Seminars.

FoodIEs Expo 2013

Location: The Limerick Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Co. Limerick.

Date: Wednesday 27th February 3pm-6pm

This year FoodIEs Expo will take place at the Limerick Strand Hotel on 27th February 2013 and the Team at Cater Care Ltd are busy planning an exciting event. With many companies from the last event already signed up with a whole pile of new and exciting exhibitors and speakers yet to announce, its heating up to be a cracker!

If you are interested in finding out more about exhibiting, sponsoring or attending the 2013 event please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or click here

Gourmet Food & Wine Selection

When - 23-24 September 2013

Where - Paris, Porte De Versailles, Pavillon 5.2

The number one trade exhibition for gourmet products, wines & gifts will take place ini Paris this September.

Catex 2013

CATEX 2013 Opening Times:

Tuesday the 19th: 10:00-18:00
Wednesday the 20th:  10:00-20:00
Thursday the 21st: 10:00-17:00

CATEX has evolved as an event to showcase not just catering equipment but to showcase innovation within every sector of the Foodservice sector.

In 2011 CATEX partnered with both the VFI and also the LVA to highlight how the on trade was starting to embrace food and the various options available to publicans from a very simple entry level right up to becoming a Gastro Pub.

This will be further developed at CATEX 2013 as well as highlighting the importance and commercial advantages to sourcing local produce and the importance of quality and value for every successful operator.

Free to Attend Exhibition Industry Training Day

Irish Services Montgomery, Organisers of Furniture & Interiors Fair / Shop / Better Building Conference  are members of the Irish Exhibition Organisers Association (IEOA).
On behalf of the IEOA, we would like to invite you to a FREE to attend Exhibition Industry Training day at the Minerva Suite, Main Hall Complex, RDS, Dublin on 30th January 2013.

Small Business Open-Day

Small Business Open-Day
‘Resilience and Progress in 2013’

23rd January 2013
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown
8.45am - 2.15pm

Bord Bia’s Annual Small Business Open-Day will take place on Wednesday 23rd January 2013 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 from 8.45am to 2.15pm.

Fingal CEB - Start your own Business Programme

When: Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Where: 31st of Jan & 1st of Feb

 Join Fingal County Enterprise Board for a Two Day Intensive Bootcamp with expert trainers from QED Training.

For more information please click here.

Seoul Food & Hotel 2013

Seoul Food & Hotel 2013

14-17 May 2013

With multiple free trade agreements now in place, Seoul Food & Hotel 2012 (SFH), Korea’s premier international exhibition for the food and hospitality industry, this year proved an even greater attraction to all of the world’s leading exporters.

In a show more than a third larger than the previous event, 420 exhibitors from 43 countries, including 27 official national pavilions, displayed products for the entire food and hospitality industry.

Food & Hotel Vietnam 2013

24-26 of April 2013, Hoi Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This is the one and only truly international food and hospitality trade event serving Vietnam and beyond. So, if you are looking to increase sales, find a distributor or simply take your first step into this exciting market then Food & Hotel Vietnam 2013 is a great place to start.

For more information click here

Feeding the World 2050

Time: January 15th-16th, 9.00am - 5.30pm

Location: O'Reilly Hall, University College Dublin, Belfield


About one billion citizens go to bed hungry each night with one child dying every 8 seconds directly from malnutrition. This failure to provide the basic right to food to one sixth of the world’s citizens is going to get worse. Firstly, the global population will rise by 50% by the year 2050 with an additional 3 billion new mouths to feed. Most of this growth in global population will take place in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia where already we have the highest concentration of hunger. Moreover, by 2050, it is predicted that climate change will cause agricultural output to fall by as much as 25% in these regions which will be exacerbated by a serious shortage of water for agricultural output. Finally, with the growth of disposable income in countries such as China and India, the cost of basic commodities will rise dramatically, the effect of which has already started leading to reduced food security in many parts of the world. Allied to this, the rising demand for biofuels will divert arable land away from human food production. 

Food Innovation Gateways

Location: Teagasc Food Research Park, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork.

Date: Wednesday 12th, 8am

R&D Supports for the Expanding Food Industry. This event provides an opportunity for Food Companies to explore:

  • Tax Incentives & Supports for R&D
  • Technology Offerings from the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork.
  • Demonstrations of Technology in Action at Teagasc Moorepark and MTL.
  • Teagasc/UCC Food InnovationAlliance Capabilities

For more information please click here 

GFI Experience at the National Craft Fair

Location: RDS

Dates & Times: 5th-07th(10am-10pm), 08th-09th(10am-7pm) Dec 2012

This year GFI will be returning to the spectacular Christmas Food Emporium at the RDS which will feature over 25 approved providers showcasing the best of the season’s produce. You will be able to experience and sample some of Ireland’s finest foods as well as meet the people behind the food.

To see the 25 showcasers please click here.

Food & Wine Magazine Xmas Show

The FOOD & WINE Magazine Christmas show 2012 is back from the 30th November to the 2nd December 2012. A three-day food and drink extravaganza, that will show you how to recreate world class dishes in the comfort of your own home! The RDS Main Hall in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the weekend.

The Chef’s Kitchen which will be the heart of the show featuring Ireland’s top chef’s.  Learn from the masters and recreate some of their favourite Christmas dishes at home with fabulous produce available in our Artisan Village.  The Wine Experience Theatre is also ideal for wine enthusiasts and experts who want to learn more about wine matches, tasting, grape varietals and even how to pull a cork with flair!

Between demos on the chef’s stage, there are a host of fantastic free masterclasses to enjoy.  Inspired by Ireland’s top FOOD&WINE Magazine experts in our FREE Master classes, which will cover topics such as Wine & Champagne tasting, Cocktail-making, Cheeses and Chocolates and much more!

For more information please click here.

Breakfast Briefing: "Agri-Food Exports to Russia"

Date: Tuesday, 20th November 2012

Time: 8am to 11am (Registration from 7.30am)
Venue: Mason Hayes & Curran, South Bank House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/QnV92 

Speakers: Representatives from the Irish Exporters Association, Ireland Russia Business Association, Mason Hayes & Curran, Bord Bia, Lakeland Dairies and The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association will present on the day with additional speakers to be confirmed

Cost: No charge for IRBA members; €50 for non-members
To RSVP: Please reserve your place no later than 12pm midday on Monday, 19th November 2012 by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone: 01 6424178.

Focus on France

The IEA in association with UEXPORT are holding a free clinic for members called "Focus on France - Growing Sales in the French Market".

It is taking place on the 7th of November and will include such subjects as:

  • How to open up sales channels in France
  • How to approach market research
  • How to explore distribution opportunities and select the best channel partner to reach new customers in France.

For more information or to book a place please click here.

SIAL 2012, The International Food Exhibition

Date: 21-25 October 2012

Venue: Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris, France

SIAL 2012 is THE world's number one food food trade exhibition, welcoming 140,000 visitors, 6,000 exhibitors and 1,500 journalists from over 200 countries.

National Organic Week 2012

September 10th - 16th 2012

National Organic Week, organised by Bord Bia and funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine takes place from 10th – 16th September 2012. 
National Organic Week celebrates the work being done by thousands of food producers all over Ireland who are committed to farming organically.

2012 Export Awards

The Export Awards 2012

The Export Industry Awards are organised by the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) to recognise the tremendous achievements of companies working in the industry who have helped the export-led recovery by boosting Ireland's total exports of goods and services to an all-time high of €171 billion in the past year.

The various categories where food and drink companies could be awarded are:

·         Manufacturing Exporter of the year

·         Seafood Exporter of the year

·         Irish Food & Drink Exporter of the year

·         Innovation Exporter of the year etc…

If you would like to nominate a company please click here or simply want more information on the awards please click here



The Awards are being sponsored by BORD BIA

World Travel Catering & Onboard Services

Expo 9-11 April 2013

The World's largest business event dedicated to catering, passenger comfort and sale-onboard operations during travel. In 2012 over 190 exhibitors showcased their latest products and innovations to an international audience of senior airline buyers and rail operators.

To find out more on the event please click here.

FSAI & EFSA Conference

Stepping up to the plate - is your food any safer?

Time: October 4th, 08:45-16:15

Location: Gibson Hotel, Point Village, Dublin 1.

On EFSA's tenth anniversary the FSAI are holding a joint conference with EFSA to look back over the last ten years on the evolution of food safety in the EU.

To find out more and to register click here

Insight NACS - Future of Convenience

Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th of September, 2012.

Insight NACS’ Future of Convenience 2012 event has been designed by retailers, for retailers; and will focus on four key themes. In a break from previous event formats, the two conference days will be introduced by retailers. Frank Gleeson, Retail Director at Topaz, and Noel Dunne, Centra store owner, will introduce each conference day and set delegates with challenges and goals surrounding the key themes.

They will be ably assisted by Insight MD Dan Munford and NACS president Hank Armour, who will interview key speakers and link the top themes. Event research partner, Nielsen, meanwhile, will make regular punch contributions to nail the themes with key facts and figures, relating these to consumer needs.

The four key themes across both days are:

  • Convenience and Petroleum Stores of the Future
  • Technology and Design to Drive Future Convenience Developments
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Coffee, Bakery, Hot Food-to-Go, Food for Later, Fresh
  • Convenience is the New Community Hub

For more information click here

Pack Expo

Packaging & Processing: One Powerful Show

October 28-31 2012, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

With an expanded focus on processing and integrated processing-packaging systems, PACK EXPO International 2012 is a great place to find the total solutions to help your business stay ahead of the curve. To find out more information on this click here.

Experience Good Food Ireland Village at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival

29 June - 1st July 2012

This is a rare opportunity to meet the people behind the food from the cheese maker to the chef, to the sausage maker and ice cream farmer and hear their stories while enjoying at the same time the best of Irish Racing. Dine out with friends before the races start or graze throughout the day. To promote the much awaited Good Food Ireland Online Shop which will be launched this September Good Food Ireland will have a whole range of your favourite foods to taste or buy from their Approved Food Producers.

A Harvest of Irish Food

Tradition, Technology, Trends and Tastes.

Tuesday 10th, July, 2012

The Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is Europe's largest, general science meeting and is held in a leading European city every two years. Thsi year Dublin has been declared the City of Science 2012 and will host ESOF 2012 from July 11th-15th. To celebrate this prestigious international event, Teagasc, in partnership with Universtiy College Dublin, Bord Bia and Dublin Institute of Technology, will host a Harvest of Irish Food, to showcase the unique combination of Irish food culture and tradition with the best of food science and technology in Ireland.

To read more and learn to register for a place click the here.


Growing Your Food Business - New Product Development

Event:                   ‘Growing Your Food Business - New Product Development’

Date:                     Tuesday, 3rd July, 2012

Time:                     6.30pm to 8.30pm

Location:              Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley Complex, Co. Dublin.

Cost:                     €10

Register   here  

Exploring Exporting

(Source: www.enterpriseireland.com)

Exploring Exporting is a series of two one-day workshops, focused on helping first-time exporting companies become export-ready. The Waterford workshops will take place on 13 June & 26 June, and topics include conducting market research, defining your export value-proposition, processes for exporting and the exportable offer. Business mentors are available to work with you to identify the issues you need to address to become export-ready.

Export Awareness Event, Limerick

(source: Enterprise Ireland Website)

This awareness event is designed to support companies thinking of exporting for the first time or those that are in the early stages of exporting. A range of supports will be outlined to help companies prepare to export and to win new business overseas. Attendees will be offered an opportunity to discuss export opportunities and plans with executives from Enterprise Ireland.

Bloom 2012

31st May - 4th of June 2012

This June Bank Holiday sees the return of the hugely popular Bord Bia Bloom festival, which will take place in the Phoenix Park. Bloom is a festival with a range of gardening, food and family entertainment. the event is now in its sixth year and is hugely popular. According to Bord Bia this year's show will incorporate 27 show-gardens, over 100 Irish food and drink producers, 40 nurseries within the Floral Marquee, 25 cookery demonstrations and over 160 retailers.

For more information visit: http://bloominthepark.com/


IEA Presidents Lunch & Gold Medal Award 2012

The Irish Exporters Association is delighted to announce details of its Annual President's Lunch and Gold Medal Award to take place:

Date & Time:                     Friday, 22nd June, 12 noon.

Venue:                              The Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1.

Seminar 'Extending Your Shelf Life - The Smart Ingredients for Success' - 2nd Dec 2011

This Food and Beverage seminar, is being organised by Grant Thornton and takes place on Friday 2nd December 2011 in the Hogan Stand in Croke Park, Dublin.  Registration takes place at 8.45am and the seminar runs from 9.30am to 1.00pm. A lunch and food fair will run from 1 to 2pm. If you are interested in attending this event, please reply to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  For more information, please see below: 

Ireland Russia Business Assoc Christmas Lunch - 7th December

The IRBA will be hosting their Christmas Lunch at 12.30pm on Wednesday the 7th of December in Fire Restaurant at the Mansion House in Dublin 2.
Date: Wednesday, the 7th of December 2011
Time: 12.30pm (until 2.30pm)
Venue: Fire Restaurant, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Launch of Trade and Transport Analysis 2011 - 13th December, Cork

The launch of the ‘Trade and Transport Analysis 2011’ will take place in the Custom House in the Port of Cork, on Tuesday 13th December 2011 at 12 noon. An overview of the key findings of the report will be given at the launch.

Customs and Trade Seminar - January 18th 2012, Cork

Please note that the next Customs and Trade Seminar will be held on 18th January 2012, in the Radisson Hotel in Cork. Invitations will be sent out shortly. Please find attached the IEA's November 2011 Customs and Trade Newsletter and a note from our CEO, John Whelan.