Irish Food Trade Connect Forum tickets available now

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Taking place on March 21, 2024 at the Killashee Hotel in Kildare, the event aims to explore growth opportunities and tackle industry challenges



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11 March 2024

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Ireland’s value of food, drink and horticulture exports reached €16.3 billion in 2023 which is a decline of 4% on 2022.

In 2024, persistent challenges remain in labour, input expenses, and meeting sustainability accreditation standards, amid anticipated market deflation pressures from customers.

Food industry professionals seeking to expand their businesses have an opportunity to gain insights, seek solutions to economic, social, and environmental challenges and connect with industry experts at the Irish Food Trade Connect Forum. 

This inaugural event will be held on Thursday, 21 March 2024, at the Killashee Hotel in Kildare.

The Irish Food Trade Connect Forum is designed to provide food producers with the knowledge and strategies they need to navigate the complexities of commercial trade and achieve global success. 

Expert speakers will address a range of topics, including:

  • Product development and branding for export markets
  • Identifying ideal target markets abroad
  • Optimising supply chain routes
  • Risk management for business continuity
  • Legal and regulatory considerations 
  • Business ethics, communications, and negotiations in international trade.

Vincent Cleary, managing director with Glenisk, is this year’s keynote speaker at the Irish Food Trade Connect Forum. Glenisk has been a family business for over 35 years and has grown from strength to strength both at home and abroad. Cleary’s wealth of knowledge and experience will undoubtedly provide valuable insights for all those attending the event.

The speaker lineup also includes:

  • Barry Cullen, Head of Sales at Silver Hill Duck
  • Jason Kidd, Founder of Outcast Brands
  • Ian O’Rourke – Former Co-Founder & CEO of Vithit drinks
  • Simon McKeever – CEO of The Irish Exporters Association
  • Annie Dunne – Founder of the Art of Grate Food
  • Margaret Dineen – Founder of Blue Sky Food Consulting
  •  Wendy Hederman – Partner & Food , Agriculture & Beverage lead at Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Sharon Noonan, food consultant and presenter of the “Best Possible Taste” podcast, will be Master of Ceremonies for the event .

In addition to expert presentations, the forum will feature a networking opportunity for food industry professionals to connect with each other, exchange ideas, and foster valuable partnerships. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in case studies and workshops to gain practical experience in key areas of domestic and international trade.

Margaret Dineen, organiser of the event and founder of Blue Sky Food Consulting, said: “The Irish Food Trade Connect Forum is an invaluable resource for food industry professionals who are ready to take their businesses to the next level.. We are committed to providing attendees with the knowledge, tools, and connections they need to succeed in the domestic and global marketplace.”

Tickets for the Irish Food Trade Connect Forum are available now.

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