Coveney Outlines Main Features of 2012 Estimates for His Department PDF Print E-mail

Monday, 5th December 2011 (Source:  Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Press Office)

Announcing his expenditure estimates for 2012 today the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD said that despite the on-going serious difficulties in the public finances, today’s expenditure announcement was a strong statement of support for the agri-food sector and a recognition of the contribution which the sector can make to economic recovery and future growth in the Irish economy.

Annual Survey Shows Irish Exporters Remain Upbeat about Prospects for 2012– but they have Major Concerns PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 23rd November 2011 (Source: Irish Exporters Association Press Release)

• Business cost base rising - Three out of four reporting increases over the past 12months.
• Access to finance- Four out of five reporting no improvement since last year.
• Bad debts have risen –with 52% of exporters affected.
• Export Credit insurance still a problem- 87% of exporters believe there should be a government supported export credit insurance scheme.
• High degrees of dissatisfaction with Government agencies grant application process.
• Over 75% say that government red tape as having adverse impact on their business.
• Nine out of ten exporters believe that there would be no benefit to the Irish economy from leaving the Eurozone.

Bord Bia Export Award goes to Flagship Irish Brand - Jameson a key contributor to €1 billion export expansion ~ ~ Special Award recognises Kerrygold and Cashel Blue Collaboration PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 23rd November 2011 (Source: Bord Bia Press Release)

As Irish food and drink exports approach a record €9 billion in 2011, the key contribution of Jameson Irish whiskey was recognised when it won the Bord Bia Food and Drink Export Award at a ceremony in Trinity College Dublin tonight (Tuesday 22nd). In 2010 the iconic brand passed a key milestone selling 3 million cases of whiskey globally and is set to reach 4 million cases by 2012. Meanwhile, Irish Distillers and Pernod Ricard are investing over €100 million in Ireland over the coming 3 years to sustain its rapid expansion.

Exporting Review and Opportunity for Exporters to Promote their Business PDF Print E-mail

Monday, 21st November 2011 (Source: IEA) 

The next in the Exporting Review series will be published by Whitespace and distributed with The Irish Independent on December 8th 2011. Reaching over 550,000 readers in print and published online on and on our own website, the series aims to raise the profile of export led businesses all over Ireland.

Food Safety the Foundation on which the Irish Food Industry is Built PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, 17th November 2011 (Source:  Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Press Office)

Shane McEntee TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine today addressed the Product Shelf life and Microbiological Criteria seminar in Dublin. The Minister pointed out that the agri-food sector is the largest indigenous industry in Ireland and is playing a key role in the recovery of the Irish economy.

Exporter of the Year Award goes to ABC Nutrition PDF Print E-mail

Monday, 14th November 2011 (Source IEA)

ABC Nutrition, Shannon, Co. Clare, won the Irish Exporters Association’s overall Exporter of the Year Award 2011 at a dinner at the Convention Centre in Dublin last Friday.

Irish Exporters Feeling Chill Wind of Global Trade Downturn –Third Quarter Results Lead to Downward Revision for Full Year PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 4th November 2011  Source: (IEA Press Release)

Sovereign debt issues across the Eurozone during the third quarter of this year have led to further business uncertainty and weakened consumer confidence globally. Irish exporters have been hard it in this global trade downturn and the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has issued its Third Quarter Review of exports today (4.11.2011) in which it shows that total export sales growth grew by only 1.7% in the third quarter when compared to the same period last year.

Dee’s Eat Well, Be Happy ‘Real Meals’ to Launch in SuperValu and Centra PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 1st November 2011 (Source: Bullseye Food Marketing on behalf of Dee's Wholefoods)

Lucrative New Sales Agreement Leads to Jobs Growth and Ambitious 2012 Expansion Plan: One of Ireland’s most innovative food SMEs is set to launch its new range of wholesome ‘Real Meals’ at SuperValu and Centra outlets throughout the country.

Truly Irish Country Foods Beats the French PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 28th October 2011 (Source: Truly Irish Country Foods Press Release)

It may not be the world cup, but Ireland have beaten the French in the European Championships (Fins Goustiers du Duché d'Alençon) this year. Entering for the first time, Truly Irish came home with awards for all three categories; White Pudding, Pork Sausage and Personalised Sausage. Grand Award of Excellence (Diploma/Cup) for Truly Irish Traditional White Pudding Grand Award of Honour (Diploma/Cup) for Truly Irish Hot Chilli Sausage Grand Award of Honour (Diploma/Cup) for Truly Irish Jumbo Sausage.

Minister Coveney Congratulates Kilree Cheese Win in Great Taste Awards PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 28th September 2011 (Source: The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Press Office)

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today extended his warmest congratulations to Helen Finnegan of Knockdrinna Farm House Cheese on winning the “Supreme Champion” award at the British Cheese Awards for its Kilree Goats cheese.

Coveney to Lead Trade Mission to Algeria. 'Significant Potential for Irish Agri-Food'. PDF Print E-mail

Monday, 26th September 2011 (Source: The Department of Agriculture,Food and the Marine Press Office)

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, will travel to Algiers this weekend to meet his counterpart, Mr. Rachid Benaissa, the Algerian Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development and to promote sales of Irish dairy and meat products.

Ireland’s Food and Drink Exports set to approach €9 billion in 2011, Bord Bia. Exporters Confident About Future Prospects PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 20th September 2011.  (Source: Bord Bia Press Office)

Food and drink exports in 2011 are expected to reach a new all time high of €8.9 billion, an increase of more than 12%, or almost €1 billion, on 2010 levels. This follows growth of €700 million in 2010 leaving Ireland’s food exports in 2011 some 25% ahead of 2009 levels.

Meanwhile, against a backdrop of strong global demand and high prices, eight out of ten exporters surveyed by Bord Bia rate their prospects as improved or very improved compared with this time last year. The forecast and survey findings were issued today by Bord Bia on the opening day of the 80th National Ploughing Championships taking place in Athy, Co. Kildare.

The Brand Bursary is Back and Entries now being Accepted PDF Print E-mail

The Brand Bursary is back once again for 2011 and will give Irish Food and Drink companies the opportunity to win €10,000 in packaging design.

With the increasing importance of the food and drink sector to the economy, and exports in particular, the panel are particularly interested in hearing from companies with their sights set on overseas markets.

As last year, the Brand Bursary is open to Irish brands both large and small and entries are now being accepted.

Last year’s winner, Deirdre Hilliard of Just Food has had a great year since relaunch. Working with The Vard Partnership, the Brand Bursary refocused Just Food with great results. Sales will double in 2011 with national listings and distribution in over 700 stores, along with exciting export opportunities.

The search is now on for our next winner.

For more information on the Brand Bursary, please click here. The closing date for entries is 7th October 2011.

Export Ireland Survey 2011 - Get Your Voice Heard! PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 7th September 2011

The Irish Exporters Association is carrying out its annual Export Ireland Survey 2011, to research the performance, and measure the opinions and expectations of companies in Ireland in relation to export activities.

You can complete the survey online at:

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes of your time to complete and is the principal method of collecting the information. The closing date to submit your input will be Friday September 30th 2011.

Agri-food Exports to Russia Breakfast Briefing - Wednesday 21st September 2011 PDF Print E-mail

This IRBA Breakfast Briefing, sponsored by Investec, on the subject of 'Agri-food Exports to Russia' took place on the morning of Wednesday, 21st September 2011 at Investec's head office in The Harcourt Building, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.  Speakers included James O'Donnell of Bord Bia; Pat Ward of the Irish Dairy Board and Joe Keeling of Keelings. 

FoodCentral Targets Co-Location Synergies in New Dublin Food Park PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 12th August 2011 (Source: FoodCentral Press Release)

FoodCentral provides a catalyst for consolidation, collaboration and co-opetition to enhance competitive advantage for domestic and export markets.

A master plan for the development of FoodCentral, a 113 hectare food park located beside Dublin Airport has been prepared in consultation with Fingal County Council, following on from the zoning of the site as approved for food park development in the Fingal Co Council, County Development Plan 2011 – 2017. To read more click here.

To view brochure, please click here.

IEA Submission to Minister for Transport, re proposed New Transport Strategy for 2011-2014 PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 10th August 2011 (Source: IEA)

The IEA has been requested by the Minister for Transport to make a submission regarding what the export industry would like to see in the Dept of Transport proposed Strategy 2011 –2014. To view full document of the IEA Submission, please click here to link to IEA website.

Irish Exporters Association and Investec Launch 250 Top Exporters Report PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 27th July 2011

Multinational Companies Account for Bulk of Irish Exports - Irish-owned Companies Showing Well in Agri-food Sector

The Irish Exporters Association today (27th July) launched its annual report of the Top 250 Exporting Companies in Ireland, supported by Investec, one of Ireland’s leading specialist banking and asset managers. The report for 2011 graphically illustrates the significant role foreign direct investment (FDI) is playing in the Irish economy and shows that multinational companies which have invested heavily in Ireland to service the EU27 and other international markets now account for over 75% of total Irish exports.

Coveney Maps the Path for Agri-Food PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 26th July 2011 (Source: The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Press Office)

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today launched ‘Food Harvest 2020 Milestones for Growth’ his view of the journey and milestones which need to be reached to attain the eventual targets set out in the Food Harvest 2020 report. He emphasised his “wholehearted commitment to building on this good start and to making sure that the ambitious smart green growth vision in Food Harvest 2020 is realised”. 

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