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Tue, 30/04/2019 - 15:58
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29th April, 2019: Pictured are Danny O’Regan, Schull & Crossbones, Schull, Joan Kelleher, Cork County Council Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West, Clotilde Fitzgibbon, Clotilde’s Fruit Compote, Glanworth, Cathal deBaróid, Senior Enterprise Development Officer, Cork County Council Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West and Tom Dinneen, Bo Rua Farm, Fermoy. Danny, Clotilde and Tom will be representing Cork County Council Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West at the “Meet the Buyers” event tak
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Exciting, new producers from Cork such as Schull & Crossbones, Bó Rua Farm and Clotilde’s Fruit Compote will be representing the county at the new LEO ‘Meet the Buyer’ event which will take place on ‘The Street’ at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) on Thursday 23 May 2019.

Featuring up and coming producers from all over the country, buyers from Ireland, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, representing the key supermarket groups and food service sectors, are expected to attend on the day. This will provide SME’s with a great opportunity to gain new distribution for their products and to get expert advice on how to succeed.

North Cork and West Cork is putting its best foot forward with top quality products created locally; Schull & Crossbones is the only Irish producer of dairy and lactose free alternatives to yoghurt, and their delicious range, which is called Coconut Treasure, is vegan friendly; Bo Rua Farm, Ballynoe, is home to the Dineen family and their herd of Montbeliarde cows. The exceptional milk from this breed is used to make a range of outstanding natural cheddar cheeses. Clotilde’s Fruit Compote, located in Glanworth, hand-makes compotes with 100% fruit with no added sugar, preservatives or additives for a very healthy dessert option.

The event is trade only, so it is open to buyers from across the food industry such as supermarket groups, food wholesalers, retailers, independent fine food shops, food service, development chefs, restaurants and more.  They will be invited to sample a huge range of the finest new Irish produce from up to 90 producers and meet the passionate, talented artisans behind it.

Spearheaded by Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Limerick and The Irish Quality Food Awards and hosted by the Limerick Institute of Technology, this event is set to be a key annual business event for the Irish food industry.

Says Deirdre O’Mahony LEO Cork North and West

“Food producers in our region are making a range of quality food products and with the support of the Local Enterprise Office through financial assistance, training and development and networking opportunities are achieving fantastic success in developing their markets. The Meet The Buyer event will assist these producers to develop new markets and outlets for their produce and will enable them to benchmark their products against the best from all over Ireland. I expect this event to grow in the coming years and to become a key annual event for not only producers but also for buyers.”

Helen Lyons of the Irish Quality Food Awards (IQFAs) adds

“We are delighted to partner with LEOs around the country for this event.  It is particularly exciting to showcase the brightest talent and newest produce coming out of the country.  In the 7 years that we have been conducting the IQFAs, we have been hugely impressed by the increasing quality of Irish produce, which is now amongst the best in the world. We all want to know where our food is coming from and to be reassured that it is made with integrity, clean, local ingredients and with care.  Irish producers really understand this.”

Buyers who are interested in attending this event should register their interest by emailing helen.lyons@emap.com. The Local Enterprise Offices are funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland in partnership with the Local Authorities.