BWG Foods Trade Show gives start-ups access to over 1,000 retailers

The BWG Foods Trade Show included a Health Zone with a focus on wellbeing. Pictured are Leo Crawford, group CEO, BWG, Willie O’Byrne, managing Director, BWG Foods and Clion Hegarty BNoost Bites

BWG Trade Show features new supplier start-up zone through partnership with SPADE Enterprise Centre

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31 May 2016 | 0

Leo Crawford, Group CEO, BWG with Clion Hegarty of BNoost Bites

Leo Crawford, Group CEO, BWG with Clion Hegarty of BNoost Bites

More than 1,000 independent retailers from the across the country attended Ireland’s largest retail trade event hosted by BWG Foods yesterday (Wednesday, 1 June) in the Citywest Hotel Dublin.

Over 150 indigenous and multinational suppliers, spanning categories including health & wellness, fresh food, pre-prepared meals, chilled produce, beverages and confectionery,  received exclusive access to the largest grouping of retailers in Ireland representing over 1,000 retail stores across the Spar, Eurospar, Mace, Londis and XL retail brands, who together have combined annual retail sales of approximately €1.75 billion.

Industry-leading showcase

Leo Crawford, Group CEO, BWG with Clion Hegarty of BNoost Bites and Willie O'Byrne, managing director, BWG Foods

Leo Crawford, Group CEO, BWG with Clion Hegarty of BNoost Bites and Willie O’Byrne, managing director, BWG Foods

Speaking in advance of the trade show, Leo Crawford, group chief executive, BWG Group, said: “This week’s event has firmly established itself as a key feature in the retail calendar and is now the industry’s leading retailer-supplier showcase and trading event. The trade show is a great opportunity for suppliers to showcase their latest product offerings and promotions directly to retailers.”

For the first time the event also featured a supplier start-up zone, hosting 10 of Ireland’s most exciting emerging food businesses including the Delicious Food Company, Boost Bites and the Cupcake Bloke who will be aiming to secure lucrative supply contracts through BWG Foods. The initiative follows a new link-up between BWG Foods and the SPADE Enterprise Centre, an organisation which aims to facilitate and improve business development amongst Irish start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Supporting next generation of start-ups

Commenting on this new initiative, Leo Crawford added: “We’re especially excited to be welcoming the next generation of food start-ups to the event. Over 90% of our retailers are small and medium sized family businesses. As such we have a strong commitment to supporting entrepreneurialism and we look forward to encouraging the next generation of great Irish success stories.”

The BWG Foods Trade Show has been moved to the Citywest Hotel Dublin this year to accommodate additional retailers and suppliers, and to facilitate a 125% increase in exhibition space to 74,131 sq. ft.

 

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