Small food producers should aim to take a "bigger slice" of the growing export market for Irish-made food and drink, according to the organiser of The Dublin Food Chain event. Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise at the Fingal Local Enterprise Office, said “Exports of Irish-made food and drink grew by 9% in 2013 and could reach €12 billion by 2020, according to Bord Bia. Irish food and drink brands are benefiting from this growth and there are substantial new market and sales opportunities for smaller food producers and new start-ups as well”.
The Dublin Food Chain event, which will take place on October 7 as part of Fingal Enterprise Week, will enable small food producers and start-ups to connect with buyers across retail, food service and wholesale both domestically and internationally.
Food and beverage buyers from Ryanair, Bewley’s Coffee and Topaz will share their insights with producers. There will also be representatives from Britvic and Fingal-based brands Keelings and Country Crest. Ten up and coming Irish food manufacturers will also have the opportunity to host tastings at the event, which will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Dublin Airport.
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