Exciting event puts Dublin’s food production scene on a plate for buyers

Over 35 Dublin based food producers met 50 trade buyers from some of Ireland’s largest retailers and foodservice operators today as part of an initiative from the Dublin Food Chain. The Dublin Food Chain is facilitated through a partnership between the four Dublin Local Enterprise Offices, Bord Bia and The Irish Exporters Association. This event is led by Local Enterprise Office Dublin City. The trade event facilitated buyers to sample product and engage with the producers. Over €1 million worth of new business was generated at the event.
The producer showcase in DIT Augnier Street today was a response to the rapidly growing numbers of new producers and the event was designed to introduce these new producers and some of their more established colleagues to new trade buyers.
Commenting on the event, Eibhlin Curley, Assistant Head of Enterprise in Local Enterprise Office Dublin City said “the growth in new artisan food production in Dublin city and county is unprecedented and Dublin is now one of the fastest growing food regions in Ireland”.
Food producer Cliona Hegarty, who produces a range of energy snacks targeted at the health conscious consumer, is delighted with the event and said “to get an opportunity like this at an early stage in my business, through my Local Enterprise Office is invaluable. I started at farmers markets and am already getting queries from shops and cafes looking to stock my product”.
Photos: Fennell Photography, Chris Bellew
For further information contact:
Eibhlin Curley, Local Enterprise Office Dublin City Council 087 212 3698, E eibhlin.curley@dublincity.ie www.localenterprise.ie/dublincity