Limerick Food Companies Showcase Their Wares
The growing food production sector in Limerick was showcased at a recent event aimed at creating linkages between companies on both sides of the border.
Four local companies took part in the two-day event which took place in Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal.
Access to markets for small to medium sized food companies, particularly in crossborder and national markets, is a key challenge for food entrepreneurs.
To assist food businesses face this challenge, a number of local enterprise agencies and five county enterprise boards brought together their client companies to explore alternative routes, principally through joint distribution.
The four Limerick food businesses which participated in this initiative were Glen Aine Fine Foods, Wild Orchard Fresh Beverages Innisfree Foods Ltd and Alana Foods.
Limerick County Enterprise Board was the lead partner for the event.
Funded by MicroTrade, five county enterprise boards and five Northern Ireland local enterprise agencies, the event brought together 26 food companies from all over Ireland to look at new and innovative models of logistics and distribution.
Minister for Agriculture, Mary Coughlan, addressed the conference and encouraged companies through her enthusiastic endorsement of their efforts.
Limerick County Enterprise Board, emphasised the dynamism of the companies involved:
"Often, smaller food companies have a wonderful product but find it difficult to get that product to the marketplace on a national basis. We were delighted to assist four progressive local companies to expand their market coverage. Excellent contacts were established and valuable new markets will be realised as a result of this initiative. "