Upcoming event aims to equip food businesses with skills and tools to succeed in global market.
An inaugural Irish Food Trade Connect Forum on 21 March will focus on helping Irish food businesses to capitalise on the industry’s export success.
According to the recent Bord Bia Export Performance Prospects report for 2024, the value of Ireland’s food, drink and horticulture exports reached €16.3bn in 2023.
“The Irish Food Trade Connect Forum is the ideal platform for food industry professionals to expand their knowledge, develop strategic partnerships, and unlock the boundless possibilities that await in the global market”
However, according to the event’s organisers, 2024 continues to face challenges with labour, input costs and sustainability accreditation requirements in the face of expected market deflation from customers .
You can almost taste the opportunities
The Irish Food Trade Connect Forum is designed to provide food producers with the knowledge and strategies they need to navigate the complexities of international trade and achieve global success.
Expert speakers will address a range of topics from product development and branding, supply chain routes and legal to business ethics and negotiations in international trade.
Speakers include: Barry Cullen, head of Sales at Silver Hill Duck; Jason Kidd, founder of Outcast Brands; Ian O’Rourke, co-founder and former CEO of Vithit drinks; Simon McKeever, CEO of the Irish Exporters Association; Annie Dunne, founder of the Art of Grate Food; Margaret Dineen, founder of Blue Sky Food Consulting; and Helen Johnson, a barrister specialising in Intellectual Property
Sharon Noonan, Food Consultant and Presenter of the “Best Possible Taste” podcast, will MC the event and facilitate a fireside chat, with four guests, focusing on the provincial challenges impacting food producers across Ireland.
In addition to expert presentations, the forum will feature a networking opportunity for food industry professionals to connect with each other, exchange ideas, and foster valuable partnerships. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in case studies and workshops to gain practical experience in key areas of international trade.
“The Irish Food Trade Connect Forum is an invaluable resource for food industry professionals who are ready to take their businesses to the next level,” said Margaret Dineen, organiser of the event and founder of Blue Sky Food Consulting.
“We are committed to providing attendees with the knowledge, tools, and connections they need to succeed in the global marketplace.
“The Irish Food Trade Connect Forum is the ideal platform for food industry professionals to expand their knowledge, develop strategic partnerships, and unlock the boundless possibilities that await in the global market.”