The latest phase of export scheme ‘Access 6’ has been launched in the German market. Four NI-based food & drink companies and three from Ireland have been selected based on their suitability to the German food retail and foodservice sectors.
Access 6 is a collaboration programme between Northern Ireland Food & Drink (NIFDA), Irish Exporter's Association and Scotland Food & Drink, aimed at boosting the export potential for small producers.
Following the launch event in Berlin, the chosen companies will begin training modules, study tours, audits and a series of networking meetings to further their chances of exceeding in the market.
Harry Hamilton, the Northern Ireland project manager for Access 6 said: "This marks the start of an exciting new phase for the companies involved in Access 6. The team's expertise and know-how will ensure each of the companies is equipped with the knowledge, tools and confidence to capitalise on this diverse and expanding market.
“As Europe's largest, with 82m consumers and growth of 3% in 2012 alone, the opportunities for exporting great food and drink products are exceptional.”
The programme aims to increase export sales by £19 million across 90 regional food and drink businesses over the next three years, creating 90 additional jobs.
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