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20/11/19 Donegal firms to attend Major Food Trade Event in Dublin

Food eirEEN


Four Donegal firms will be taking part in a major trade event in Greater Dublin this Thursday (21 November).


P. Mulrine & Sons, Shines Irish Tuna, Algaran Teo and McDaid’s Football Special Ltd will be taking part in the Food eirEEN Meet the Buyer & Matchmaking Event, which is being held at the City North Hotel on the outskirts of Dublin, where over 170 food businesses will engage in pre-arranged meetings, allowing producers to pitch their products and secure orders from key food buyers.

Over 25 buyers will be attending the event, including Savage and Whitten, Hendersons and NISA from Northern Ireland, and Aldi, BWG, Musgrave, Clayton/Maldron Hotels and Pallas Foods from the Republic of Ireland.


The event is being organised by Enterprise Europe Network through the Local Enterprise Offices in Ireland and Invest NI in Northern Ireland; producers at the event are drawn from a cross section of sectors including bakery, chilled, dairy, seafood, beverages and fresh produce.


Speaking about the event, EEN co-ordinator Eileen Kelly said:  “We’re delighted at the response to Food eirEEN, as the event provides an unrivalled opportunity for our food producers to go face-to-face and do business with a wide range of key food retail and food service brands.”


“The event itself will see the scheduling of over 500 pre-arranged meetings between buyers and suppliers.  This proven approach allows our smaller companies, many of which will be meeting corporate buyers for the first time, the opportunity to go face to face and very quickly get down to the business of doing business.”


Speaking of the importance of the event, Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Donegal commented: “The Local  Enterprise Offices have been actively driving the growth and  development of the indigenous food sector over the past ten years though local food strategies, strategic national alliances and programmes and  through active engagement with local food businesses. Through this event we hope to create opportunities for our food producers to engage with other food businesses, to discuss the potential for strategic partnerships and alliances, and to identify new sales opportunities – but primarily generate new sales.  Whatever the ultimate outcome of Brexit is, it has shown us how dependent we are on our nearest export market and it has highlighted the need for all our businesses to be more competitive and more ambitious in other export markets.”


Find further information on Food eirEEN here.  For further queries, please contact [email protected]  

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