A survey of over 2,000 Irish food producers has found that the the majority are experiencing substantial growth, although issues with cash flow, distribution and access to financial advice are still seen as major challenges.
The ‘Producer Power Survey’ revealed that over 90% of producers across Ireland have seen their operations grow in the past year, while 95% feel confident that their businesses will continue to flourish throughout 2015.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney announced the survey results at the launch of the 8th annual Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards, which this year will see more than 2,000 Irish products blind tasted and scored by more than 350 judges.
The vast majority of producers also said that government and State agency supports, such as Local Enterprise Offices and Bord Bia, have helped their business development.
“It is extremely encouraging to see such high levels of optimism amongst Irish food producers,” commented Minister Coveney.
“I am very pleased to see that producers are experiencing the levels of support that they need from government-funded agencies throughout the country, and it is impressive that 48% of those responding to the survey were considering exporting.”
He added, “Winning at The Irish Food Awards has proven to be of huge business benefit to companies, and has put the finest produce from these counties on the map.”
The award winners, including Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer, will be announced at the 'Irish Food Oscars' in Dingle on 3 October 2015.
© 2015 - Checkout Magazine by Jenny Whelan.