August Council Meeting will Focus on Cost Competitiveness PDF Print E-mail

The quarterly IEA Food and Drink Council meeting will take place in Teagasc Ashtown on Wednesday August 10th. Click here to see agenda. We will be returning to the theme of cost competitiveness and how Ireland is performing.  Dr Constantin Gurdgiev gave his views on this at the February meeting and it will be interesting to see if Grant Thornton share his views. We will also get an overview of Enterprise Ireland's Lean Business Offer which is very popular in the current climate with companies seeking a competitive advantage in every thing they do.   Finally, we will hear from Investec about how companies can manage risk in the currency markets.   

IEA Press for Urgent Measures at Meeting with Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar T.D. PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, 14th July 2011 (Source: IEA)

An Irish Exporters delegation met with Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar T.D. last week, to urge him to immediately address a number of transport issues affecting the cost and efficiency of exporting goods to overseas markets.

Please click here to access a copy of the memo sent to the Minister following the meeting on July 7th.

If you have any queries on the matters arising, please contact John Whelan, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association on tel: 01 661 2182 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Top 250 Exporters Publication Launch Event - Wednesday 27th July 2011 PDF Print E-mail

The Irish Exporters Association is delighted to invite you to the “ The Irish Exporters Association -Top 250 Exporters Publication” launch event.

Five Irish Craft Butchers Achieve ‘Taste of Success’ on Channel Clusters Programme PDF Print E-mail

Today (27th June 2011), the IEA announced that the successful development of a Craft Butcher export cluster , as part of it’s Channel Clusters programme with the global distribution partner, Scobie and Junor.

The successful food businesses in the cluster are ; Lawlors Butchers Ltd, Martin Carey Meats Ltd, Orielglen Trading Ltd, Hugh Maguire Ltd and Tuite’s Butchers Ltd. All are members of the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI), which, in total, comprises over 500 members in Ireland.

“Irish Food Industry Needs Strong, Recognisable, National Food Brand" Coveney PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, 16th June 2011 (Source: Dept. Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today emphasised the “need for the development of a strong, recognisable, national brand for Irish food and food products.” Minister Coveney was opening the inaugural National Food and Agribusiness Summit at Croke Park, where he addressed the conference on a range of issues. The Minister presented a positive assessment of the prospects for the Irish food and agribusiness sector and referred to “Ireland’s competitive advantage, based on the country’s pre-existing global image of a ‘green’ island, as well as a sustainable, grass-based, year-round production system with its associated low-carbon footprint.”

To read the full press release click here.

IEA Runs Free Market Entry Clinic for Russia, the Baltics and the Nordic Countries PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 14th June 2011 (Source: IEA)

On Thursday 9th June the Irish Exporters Association offered members a free 60 minute one-to-one market entry clinic with our new strategic partner, Gateway Baltic.

Further Success for SMEs on Food and Drink Development Programme with Pallas foods PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 10th June 2011(Source:IEA)

Today (10th June) the IEA announced that the latest cluster of five SME food companies on the Channel Clusters Development Programme, have achieved strong sales growth and listings with Ireland’s leading foodservice supplier, Pallas Foods.

To read the full press release click here

Blooming record for Bord Bia as 90,000 people visit Bloom PDF Print E-mail

Monday, 6th June 2011(Source: Bord Bia)

Bloom, Bord Bia’s gardening, food and family festival finishes today and the fifth year of the event has been its most successful yet. Bloom attracted almost 90,000 visitors to the 70 acre site at the visitors centre in the Phoenix Park Dublin over the June Bank holiday weekend.

For the full press release click here

Coveney Announces 158 New Jobs in Irish Seafood Processing Companies PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 3rd June 2011. (Source:Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine )

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today (Friday 3rd June 2011) announced the creation of 158 new jobs in the Seafood Processing Sector. The Processing Scheme provides state investment aimed at generating efficiencies in the processing sector. 18 companies have been approved for grant aid of €1.7 million representing a total investment of €7.4 million in the sector. The jobs will be created over a three year period.

To read the full Press Release click here

Five Irish Food SMEs Achieve ‘Taste of Success’ on Channel Clusters Programme with PRM Group PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 31st May 2011 (Source:IEA)

 Today (31st May 2011), the IEA announced that the latest five food entrepreneurs, who recently completed an Irish Exporters Association (IEA) specialist food business training programme, have secured valuable new sales listings with the PRM Group – one of Ireland’s largest retail distributors. The successful food businesses were: Natasha’s Living Food, Coolattin Cheddar, Clinton Foods, Safa Food and Kush Shellfish.

To read the full press release click here

Coveney Looks Forward To More Positive Agri-Food Trade Relations Following “Very Successful” Visit Of Chinese Agriculture Minister. PDF Print E-mail

Saturday, 28th May 2001 (Source: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

Chinese Market Offers Great Opportunities for Irish Agri-Food and Seafood Exports

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today described the visit to Ireland by the Chinese Vice-Minister as “very successful” and confirmed that, as a result of the visit, the two Ministers were today signing “an action plan on mutual co-operation between the two countries in the agri-food and fisheries sectors.”

To read the full Press Release click here.

Bruton in bid to encourage new generation of high potential Irish start-ups through mentoring PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 27th May 2011 (Source: Enterprise Ireland)

 Enterprise Ireland is working with SuperValu to help entrepreneurial local companies take the first step to retail success. The programme has delivered €16m in sales for participants to date Friday, 27th May 2011 – Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today launched the 2011 Enterprise Ireland SuperValu Supplier Development Programme. The programme will see ten young Irish food start-up companies receive customized training and one-on-one mentoring support.

To read the full Press Release click here.

Bord Bia Reports Strong Growth in Exports as Food Industry Leaders Gather Sustainability Key to Brand Agenda PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 27th May 2011 (Source: Bord Bia)

Bord Bia’s Pathways for Growth Food & Drink Summit Friday May 27th 2011 The strong growth in Irish food and drink exports, which saw values increase by 11% in 2010, is continuing in 2011 with exports for the January to May period estimated to have increased by €400 million, or 13%, to total €3.44 billion. The new figures were released today at Bord Bia’s “Pathways for Growth Food & Drink Summit”, which took place at the UCD Smurfit School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

To read the full Press Release click here.

PwC Speakers Tell Council How They Can Avail of Irish Tax Advantages PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:25

Terry O'Driscoll, Tax Partner with PwC, gave the May Council meeting a macroeconomic overview of the Tax landscape for Irish exporters. He started his presentation by covering the area of corporate tax. He stated that Ireland moved to a single Corporate tax rate for trading profits in the early 2000s, which is very attractive and gives Irish companies a lot of advantages.

Enterprise Ireland Announces €1m Competitive Fund for Locally Trading Companies to Go Global PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, 26th May 2011 (Source: Enterprise Ireland) 

Enterprise Ireland is calling on companies that are successfully trading in Ireland to apply for funding to explore the potential to export their services and internationalise their business. The competitive €1m 'Going Global Fund ' is specifically designed to support domestically-focused companies to explore and validate market opportunity in a new market or to introduce a new service or product to an existing market.

To read the full Press Release click here.

Exporters in First Quarter Show Very Strong Growth, But Risks Still Prevalent for Rest of Year PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, 26th May 2011 (Source: IEA) 

The Irish Exporters Association report a stronger that anticipated growth in exports in the first quarter of 2011, but warn of the risky international trading climate.  Export growth of 9.4% was achieved in the first three months of the year, with a strong boost coming from exporters of merchandise goods who increased sales by 10.5%.

Finalysis Ireland Tells Council They Can Help Companies Save on Banking Fees PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 25th May 2011 (Source: IEA)

Paul Murphy of Finalysis Ireland gave the May Council a presentation on this consultancy business which reviews companys' banking arrangements to find savings. Finalysis, he said, was set up 20 years ago and now has offices in London and South Africa and is staffed by former bankers, accountants and treasury specialists. It is geared to the Irish corporate market and their core market is companies with a minimum turnover of €20m. However they work with smaller companies too.   

Further Success for IEA’s Channel Clusters Programme as five SMEs Get Listings with BWG PDF Print E-mail

Monday, 23rd May 2011 (Source IEA)

Today (23rd May) the IEA announced the latest group of five food companies on the Channel Clusters Development Programme to have all achieved valuable listings with a major distributor were ; Kyles Kitchen (Wrapsu) Ltd, JM Foods Ltd; Dunhill Cuisine Ltd; McEvoy Family Foods Ltd and Stable Diet Ltd.

For the full press release click here

Minister McEntee Highlights The Importance Of The Agri-Food Sector PDF Print E-mail

Monday, 23rd May 2011 (Source: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine )

Speaking in Ballybay at Bank of Ireland Enterprise week event, the Minister of state at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Shane McEntee TD, stated that he was “encouraged by increasing recognition of the importance of agriculture and the agri-food sector”. He pointed out that the food sector is spread right throughout the country and as well as large multi national companies is comprised of hundreds of small and medium sized enterprises.

To Read the full Press Release click here

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