Seven Irish food start-ups prepare to attend major retail trade event

Leo Crawford, CEO of the BWG group, with this year's finalists
Leo Crawford, CEO of the BWG group, with this year's finalists

BWG Foods is giving commercial assistance to Irish food start-ups as part of new programme developed in conjunction with Dublin Food Chain, and taking place as part of the annual BWG Trade Show at Citywest this week.

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12 June 2018 | 0

Seven Irish start up food businesses have won the opportunity to showcase and sell their products at the BWG Trade Show, the one-day retail trade bonanza run by leading convenience operator BWG Foods. The suppliers will get exposure to over 1,000 retailers across the SPAR, EUROSPAR, MACE, Londis and XL retail brands at the event at Citywest on June 13.

To coincide with this year’s event, BWG Foods has created a brand new programme supporting Irish food innovation, in partnership with Dublin Food Chain. The seven chosen suppliers will also now become official listed suppliers of BWG.

Group Chief Executive of BWG Group, Leo Crawford said that due to Ireland’s thriving food scene, the group has seen some fantastic food innovation come through its new start-up programme. “The footprint of our business means we have a presence in villages, towns and cities all across Ireland,” Crawford said, “so we are delighted to be able to support local Irish suppliers, and to share with them our knowledge and experience of the retail food business.”

As part of the programme, which has been ongoing for several months, BWG Foods shortlisted fourteen suppliers, giving them the chance to pitch in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style competition where it was whittled down to the final seven.

The winning group will join more than 200 indigenous and multinational suppliers at this year’s event, getting exclusive access to sell to local independent retailers who have a combined annual turnover of €2 billion.

Pictured above are the finalists. L-R back row: Elizabeth O’Donoghue, Rapitalia Pizza, Alison Stroh, Dr Coys, Leo Crawford, Group Chief Executive of BWG Group, Joanne Davey, Absolute Nutrition, and Ken McHugh, Fresh From the Pier.
Front row: Mari Donelan, Dan & Monstro, Naveen Bachani, Vada Pow, and Deborah Crowley, Funky Monkey.

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