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Royal Treatment Served Up By Channel Clusters Participants PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 20th May 2011 (Source: Next Step International) 

 "Ummera Smoked Products and Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, participants on the Irish Exporters Association's Channel Clusters Programme were both honoured by having their products served to Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Ireland.

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State Banquet: Family Business Offers the Regal Taste of Premium Irish Seafood PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 20th May 2011 (Source: Bullseye Food Marketing)

 

An acclaimed family-run County Clare food business has proven that its premium smoked seafood is genuinely ‘fit for royalty’.

 

Award-winning artisan food producer, The Burren Smokehouse, is relishing the prestige of being selected to provide a platter of fine smoked Irish salmon delicacies, for the state dinner held to honour Queen Elizabeth II at Dublin Castle.

 

The banquet, which took place at the castle’s St Patrick’s Hall on Wednesday evening (18th May), was one of the key events in the itinerary of the Queen’s historic state visit to Ireland.

 

Exclusively hand-smoked by Birgitta Curtin at her traditional smokehouse near Lisdoonvarna, and prepared for Her Majesty and state guests by distinguished Michelin-star chef, Ross Lewis, the platter included both Burren Smoked Irish Salmon and Clare Island Organic Irish salmon.

 

Owner-manager of The Burren Smokehouse, Birgitta Curtin, says it was an enormous thrill to hear that her smoked fish had been chosen for inclusion in the menu for this momentous state occasion.

 

For the full press release click here.

 

 
Bord Bia's Noreen Lanigan Gives Progress Report on European Logistics Study to May Council Meeting PDF Print E-mail

 Thursday, 19th May 2011 (Source: IEA)

Noreen Lanigan of Bord Bia's Paris Office gave the IEA's Food and Drink Council an update on the European Logistics Optimization study at the quarterly meeting in Teagasc Ashtown on Wednesday May 11th.  The study's main focus, she said, is applying best practice to Logistics and looking at economies of scale for Irish exporters to make us more competitive in the European context. She believes that their research indicates that at least €400 million per annum is spent on logistics by Irish food exporters and this amounts to 7% of export value. She said that in a best case scenario, 30% could be taken out of the costs of logistics through a mix of improving use of best practice and coopetition. In the more modest scenario, the saving would be 10%. 

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Coveney to Reiterate 'Continuing Concern at Pressure on Irish and European Pigmeat Producers’ at EU Agriculture Ministers Meeting PDF Print E-mail

Monday, 16th May 2011 (Source: The Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Press Office)

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD will tomorrow attend a meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers in Brussels, at which Ministers will discuss a range of issues, including the conclusions of an EU Advisory Group on Pigmeat, the protection of animals during transport and the production of food to meet the world’s expanding population.

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Food Companies’ Continued Success with Horgan’s, state Irish Exporters Association, is Key to Helping Local Producers into Export Markets. PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 13th May 2011 (Source: IEA)

Today (13th May), the IEA announced that the latest group of food producers on its Channel Clusters Programme win valuable new sales agreements with Horgan’s Deli Supplies.

To read the full Press Release click here.

 
Food Companies Achieve Growth in Sales and Win New Business With La Rousse Foods. PDF Print E-mail

Monday 9th May 2011 (Source IEA )

Participants on the Irish Exporters Association’s (IEA) Channel Clusters Development Programme are now on the road to success. The IEA have worked in partnership with La Rousse Foods to create a cluster to assist five Irish food processing companies to reach the necessary marketing standards to achieve product listing in the sector. To read the full Press Release, click here

 
The Agri-Food Sector Can Be a Flagship For Growth and Economic Recovery – Minister Simon Coveney PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, 5th May 2011 (Source: Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

Minister optimistic and confident of growth in Agri-Food sector as he publishes the Annual Outlook for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 2010/2011

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD today said that 2010 was a very positive year for the Irish agri-food sector, following two very difficult years for all concerned. “Export figures show that the sector exported produce worth €7.8bn, an increase of about 11% on 2009. The cereals sector had a particularly good year with output value of over €200m, an increase of over 88% on the previous year, while the dairy sector increased its exports by 17%. Aggregate farm income also increased, by 31.5%. This is all good news for the agri-food sector but also for the Irish economy as a whole”.

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Minister Coveney Addresses Bord Bia Marketing Fellows PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 3rd May 2011 (Source: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

Addressing Bord Bia Marketing Fellows yesterday at the UCD Michael Smurfit Business School, Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine said that the Fellowship Programme had been an outstanding success and the work of the Fellows was greatly appreciated by the food industry. At company level, graduates in the first Fellowship Programme had already generated almost €3m in actual sales. Read more….

 
Coveney Welcomes Seafoods Exports Boost PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 3rd May 2011 (Source: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

Coveney Welcomes Seafoods Exports Boost on his Visit to the European Seafood Expo in Brussels.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD visited the 18 Irish seafood exporters exhibiting at the European Seafood Expo (ESE) in Brussels today. ESE is the world’s largest seafood fair, attracting buyers and sellers from over 140 countries, with over 1600 exhibitors in attendance….. read more

 
Minister Coveney Awards Farmers Market good Practice Standard 2011-2012 to 30 Farmers Markets and Invites Further Applications by 24th May 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday 3rd May 2011 (Source: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD announced this week the award of the Farmers’ Market Good Practice Standard 2011-2012 to 30 farmers markets.

To read the press release click here..

 
Channel Clusters Participant Appears on “Dragons’ Den on Tour” PDF Print E-mail

Thursday 21st April 2011 (Source: RTE)

Channel Clusters Participant Appears on “Dragons’ Den on Tour” 

Deirdre Collins who created the Dee’s Eat Well, Be Happy range of wholefood burgers is set to feature in the upcoming ‘Dragons’ Den on Tour’ series. Deirdre was a successful participant on the IEA’s Export Food and Drink Channel Clusters programme mentored by Conor Hyde of Bullseye. Deirdre also attended the IFE exhibition in London Docklands in March of this year with other Channel Cluster companies brought over by the IEA. 

To view the press release please click here... 

 
Cost Effective Logistics Solution for the UK. PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 20th April 2011 (Source: Food Partners)

“ Food Partners is a family owned Irish Food Solutions business founded by Tom and Edward Brennan from West Cork. Food Partners specialises in the sourcing and supply of short shelf life quality chilled and ambient foods to the Irish market. As a result of our highly developed supply chain network and infrastructure along with our passion for ‘service excellence’ we can now offer Value Add service to indigenous Irish food producers seeking an assured pathway to export”

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Minister of State McEntee Highlights Importance of Agriculture and Forestry Sectors in Meeting Renewable Energy Targets PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 20th April 2011 (Source: The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Press Office)

Speaking at the Teagasc National Bioenergy Conference in Tullamore today, Shane McEntee TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Food, Food Safety and Horticulture emphasised the important contribution that the agriculture and forestry sectors have to play in meeting future renewable energy targets in Ireland.

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Coveney Confirms “Personal Commitment to Agri-Food and Fishing Sectors” PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 20th April 2011 (Source: The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Press Office)

Industry Shares Minister’s “positive outlook for Ireland’s most important indigenous sector” - The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has chaired his first meeting of the High Level Implementation Committee on Food Harvest 2020 and restated his personal commitment to “driving forward the implementation phase to ensure that the targets are fully achieved and the potential of the agri-food and fishing sector is fully realised.”

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Channel Clusters Participant Features on TV3's Midweek Programme PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 19th May 2011 (Source: IEA)

"Mag Kirwan of Goatsbridge Premium Irish Trout featured on last Wednesday's Midweek on TV3.

To see the programme in full click here:

http://www.tv3.ie/shows.php?request=midweek&tv3_preview=&video=34705

Goatsbridge is one of the participants on the Irish Exporters Association's Channel Clusters Programme and is mentored by Ronan Gillespie of Next Step International."

 
Major UK Foodservice Operator Shows Keen Interest in 5 Irish Exhibitors at IFE PDF Print E-mail

Monday, 18th April 2011 (Source: IEA)

The foodservice operator, 3663, has shown interest and wants to hear more from 5 of the companies that exhibited at the IEA stand at IFE in London in March. 

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Increased Global Demand For Food To Drive Growth - Coveney PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, 14th April 2011 (Source: The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Press Office)

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today said that “the Irish agri-food industry is well placed to meet the growing global demand for food, provided that it retains and improves its competitiveness.”

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Export Competitiveness Is Under Threat As Currency Exchange Rate and Fuel Price Increments Increase Cost Base For Irish Businesses, stated the Irish Exporters Association PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 13th April 2011 (Source: IEA Press Release)

John Whelan, CEO of the Irish Exporters Association, responding to the release of information from the IMF of the downward revision in Irish GDP growth for this year stated; ''Export businesses are also facing significant difficulties on international markets and are unlikely to contribute as strongly to Irish economic growth as originally forecast.

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McEntee Calls for Positive Approach to Beef - “Huge Opportunities for Development, but Collaborative Effort Needed to Address Challenges” PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 5th April 2011 (Source: The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Press Office)

The Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety, Shane McEntee TD, today highlighted the tremendous potential of the beef sector and called for a positive approach to its development.

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