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.

This summit will bring together, for one day, leading UK and Irish food company executives and retailers, along with policy makers, research managers and educationalists to:

  • Debate key challenges in research, skills and knowledge and opportunities for innovation that exist across both islands for suppliers, manufacturers and retailers.
  • Identify opportunities for developing a more entrepreneurial workforce through greater collaboration in development and training.
  • Understand how R&D and knowledge exchange within a broader European context can create a strong platform for innovation to enhance the competitiveness of the food sector.

The theme of this important Summit is ‘Exploiting synergies for growth through innovation, research, skills and knowledge.’ This event is a positive step towards building closer cooperation between the two islands in the agri-food sector, reflecting the comments made by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Prime Minister, David Cameron in March 2012. It takes place at a time of great opportunity, but ever growing challenges, for the UK and Irish food industries.

The Summit will be jointly opened and addressed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Mr Simon Coveney, TD and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt. Hon. Owen Paterson, MP. The Directors of both Teagasc and IFR will then present key note addresses on models to foster innovation and strengthen synergies across the Irish Sea.

This will be followed by a series of perspective presentations by leading UK and Irish food company CEOs and senior managers, focusing on a number of strategic issues for their companies and how these can be addressed through greater collaboration. Issues to be addressed will include food security, shortening the food chain, reducing waste, growing world population, emerging markets, consumer trends, entrepreneurship, role of research and innovation and the trend towards public-private partnerships. An expert panel will then discuss some of the key messages.

In the afternoon, three parallel workshops will focus on how the UK and Irish food industries, in partnership with their innovation support agencies, could respond to new challenges and opportunities. The workshops will focus specifically on:

People, Entrepreneurship and Skills for a Growing Food Industry (including mobility, sharing of best practice and education/research/business staff exchange)

Requirements for a Global Food Innovation Platform (including food & health, innovative food ingredients)

Research, Innovation and Business Opportunities to Shorten the Food Chain (including food security, new value chains based on waste and by-products)

Following the workshops, a plenary session will identify the key actions and take home messages from the Summit.

Throughout the day representatives from the UK and Irish food innovation support ecosystems (research institutes, universities, government agencies and food industry membership organisations) will exhibit their capabilities and will be available for one-to-one discussions.

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