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Conference Report: Food & Drink Business Europe 3rd February 2014
Top food industry executives, banking strategists, and farming interests gathered in Dublin recently for the AgriFood Business Partners conference to explore sustainable investment options for the future growth and development of Ireland’s Agrifood industry. The AgriFood Business Partners Conference is designed to frame a medium term approach to sustainable investment in the Irish agrifood sector up to 2020. 400 delegates attended the event.
Conference Report: Farmers Journal 31st January 2014
Some of the biggest companies and figures in the Irish agri-food sector were all represented at the morning session of the 2014 Agri Food conference.
Secretary general of the Department of Agriculture Tom Moran opened proceedings by outlining the role the agri-food sector is playing the economy. He said agriculture as a “driver of economic growth has increasingly been recognised by the Government, especially since the crash”.
Moran also pointed to population growth and how food production will have to “grow by 60% to 70% in the coming decades” and how Ireland will be central to that growth.
Moran concluded by talking about trade and multilateral trade deals. He said in 2012 the Irish food industry focused on developing markets in the Gulf, China and Japan which “had success” and now the emphasis will shift to market access in “Russia, Africa and the US”.
CEO of the Irish Dairy Board Kevin Lane said while all signs are positive for expansion in the dairy herd, there are a number of hurdles for the sector to deal with.
“There are challenges,” Lane said. “Investment in the sector will remain difficult,” he said.
He went on to say that the Irish dairy sector must continue to adapt and diversify its offering. “It’s not just what we want but what the market wants too,” he said.
Conference Report: Richard Halleron Agriland 31st January 2014
Top food industry executives, banking strategists, and farming interests are gathered in Dublin today to explore sustainable investment options for the future growth and development of Ireland’s Agrifood industry.
The AgriFood Business Partners Conference is designed to frame a medium-term approach to sustainable investment in the Irish agri-food sector up to 2020. More than 400 delegates attended the event.
Speaking at the event, Cathal Fitzgerald, finance director of AgriFood Business Partners, said: “The growth potential forecast in various commentaries can have an extremely beneficial effect on Ireland’s economic growth, rural development, employment levels and national balance of payments, if managed correctly. However, if mismanaged it could lead to unrealistic expectations at market, primary producer and financial institution levels with Ireland not fully exploiting this wonderful opportunity.”
Conference Report: Caroline Baldwin Accreate 31st January 2014
Today’s Agrifood Conference was not your run of the mill industry conference. An eclectic mix of producers (Dairy Farmers), Food Processers and Financiers gathered together to share their views on the challenges and opportunities facing Ireland’s Agrifood industry. A colourful mix of accents and attire from all over the country listened to thought leaders on sustainability and growth in the sector. CEO’s from some of Ireland’s (and indeed the world’s) largest food ingredients companies rubbed shoulders with dairy farmers large and small from across the island.
Press Clipping: Irish Examiner Farming 16th January 2014
A national conference later this month will explore sustainable investment options for the agrifood industry for the future. It is well timed after last week’s announcement that the growth in Irish food and drink export value has reached 40% since 2009.
The AgriFood 2014 Conference in Dublin on Friday, Jan 31 will bring together top food industry executives, banking strategists, and farming interests in a unique gathering of minds. Delegates from all sectors of the agrifood industry will attend.