2014 Workshops

Workshops for the 15 companies on this years programme will kick start on the 4th of February. Please see here for full list of workshops and also to see which ones are open to the wider food and drink industry.

Workshop 6 - Food Law

The FCCA project had its final workshop on Thursday last, the 18th of July, in the Radisson BLU on Golden Lane, Dublin 8.

Workshop 5 - Sensory Analysis

The Workshop took place in Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1 on the 27th of June, and was delivered by Anna Cruickshank and Therese Cadden from the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology.

Sensory analysis is a scientific discipline used to evoke, measure, analyse and interpret reactions to those characteristics of food and materials as they are perceived by the senses of sight, small, taste, touch and hearing. Throughout the day we partook in many practical sessions that allowed us to use our senses in analysing samples of food and drink. Some of the results were quite surprising when trying to differentiate between brand leaders and private label products.

Workshop 4 - Finance

We had our fourth workshop on Thursday last the 20th of June in Bewleys Hotel, Newlands Cross.

The theme for the workshop was finance. We had Sean Donnelly delivering the majority of the workshop. Sean took the companies through the importance of budgets; management accounts; customer and product profitability and funding sources and how to acquire the finance.

The getting the costs right presentation can be found here and the funding sources presentation can be found here.

We also had Sasha Kerins from Grant Thornton in to talk the companies through R & D tax credits as well as various other funding available. The presentation is well worth a read if your are doing any sort of development work in your business. It can be found here.

Many thanks to both Sasha Kerins and Sean Donnelly for delivering such an insightful and informative workshop.


Workshop 3 - Project Management

The third workshop for the Food Chains for Competitive Advantage Programme took place on Tuesday, 4th June 2013 and it revolved around the subject of project management and was delivered by Ernie Philips of Hibernian Training.

The workshop was very topical for the companies, as it thought them how to plan, record and monitor their project efficiently and effectively and it will allow them to put what they learned into practical use throughout the lifetime of this poject and time and time again for other projects.

"I found it great, really helpful. All the advice given could be easily put in place be and used to manage any type of project." - Michelle Doyle, Hogan's Farm

To see the content that was discussed in the workshop please click here

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