Free ‘South East Regional Food Seminar’ Calling Tipperary Food Producers

A free food seminar focussing on the growth and development of Irish food producers businesses will take place in Waterford on Thursday, September 13 at City Hall as part of the Harvest Festival which takes place in the city from September 10 to 16. The ‘South East Regional Food Seminar’ will be chaired by Michael Carey, Chairman of Bord Bia and is calling all Southeast based food producers to register for a free place now.

The Harvest festival is focussing on all things food with a variety of thought provoking events for food producers and lots of fun events for food lovers, some of the highlights include a variety of Ireland’s and the UK’s top Celebrity Chefs, the National Young Butcher

Pictured at the launch of the free South East Regional Food Seminar' are Tom Banville , CEO Wexford Enterprise Board , Cliff Bond , Codico Distributors, (Sponsor) Fiona Deegan , CEO KCEB, Brrege Cosgrove, Assistant CEO Wexford Ita Horan CEO , South Tipperary , Ciaran Cullen, CEO Waterford Front Row : Paula Prendiville, Catering By Paula, Margaret Bond , Codico Distributors, Jacqui Gaule , Assistant CEO ,Tetyana Zhemerdyey, Glorious Sushi – the seminar will take place in Waterford City on Thursday, September 13 during the Waterford Harvest Festival.

Competition, a Good Food Ireland Showcase,  Artisan Beer Festival & BBQ and a big ‘Feastival’’ – the largest open-air food market in Ireland. Commenting on the seminar, Ciaran Cullen , CEO of Waterford City Enterprise Board commented, “ We are delighted to welcome  Michael Carey to chair this year’s seminar. Michael’s track record as a food entrepreneur, having set up the Jacob Fruitfield Food Group and his current role of  investing  in specialist food companies,  will add an extra dimension to the seminar”

Key speakers represent both industry specialists  such as David Berry, Commercial Director of leading research company Kantor World Panel.  Paul Nolan, Group Development Manager Dawn Meats Group will talk about the opportunities for Irish brands today.

A number of food producers, including Kevin Hilliard, Just Food, will explain how producers can reduce costs and get more effective distribution of the brands by co-operating together. Food entrepreneurs Dee Collins, and Grainne Walsh Metal Man Brewing will describe how to build customer loyalty through social media.

Tracy Hamilton , Mash Direct  explains  how you can make money from growing vegetables on a family farm and their story of  successfully achieving  listings in all the major multiples.  Finally for food producers who  are considering export, Maria Stokes, Bord  Bia ,  shares her experience of developing  Irish Artisan brands in the UK . This is a chance for regional food producers to network, and learn how to take advantage of the opportunities that exist right now for Irish food brands locally, nationally and internationally.

Ciaran Cullen also wants to remind producers that “we are also organising two specialist workshops this year : “New Product Development “facilitated by Eddie O Neill of Teagasc and  Food Labelling Legislation “ facilitated  by Anne Marie Boland of FSAI. These will be run on Friday Sept 14th from 9.30- 11.00am and repeated from 11.15- 113.00 hours. The workshop cost €10 for each participant.

The seminar and workshops are an opportunity for regional food producers to network, and learn how to take advantage of the opportunities that exist right now for Irish food brands locally, nationally, and internationally.  The event is free, however it is essential to book in advance. You can book your place, email info@waterfordceb.com phone 051-852883. The city will be in festival mode from September 10 to 16 with events on offer for all the family. For a full programme of events see waterfordharvestfestival.ie

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