Free food seminar seeking Kilkenny producers

A FREE food seminar focussing on the growth and development of Irish food producers businesses will take place in Waterford’s City Hall on September 13 as part of the Harvest Festival.

A FREE food seminar focussing on the growth and development of Irish food producers businesses will take place in Waterford’s City Hall on September 13 as part of the Harvest Festival.

The South East Regional Food Seminar will be chaired by Bord Bia chairman Michael Carey and is calling all food producers based in the South East to register for a free place now.

Key speakers will include industry specialists such as David Berry, commercial director of research company Kantor World Panel; and Paul Nolan, Dawn Meats group development manager, who will talk about the opportunities for Irish brands today.

Food producers, including Kevin Hilliard of Just Food, will explain how producers can reduce costs and get more effective distribution of the brands by cooperating. Food entrepreneurs Dee Collins and Grainne Walsh of Metal Man Brewing will describe how to build customer loyalty through social media.

Tracy Hamilton of Mash Direct will explain how to make money from growing vegetables on a family farm and their story of achieving listings in all of the major multiples. For food producers who are considering export, Maria Stokes of Bord Bia will share her experience of developing Irish artisan brands in the UK.

Two specialist workshops will include “New Product Development” facilitated by Eddie O’Neill of Teagasc and “Food Labelling Legislation” facilitated by Anne Marie Boland of FSAI. These will be run on September 14 from 9.30- 11am and repeated from 11.15am to 1pm. The workshops cost €10 for each participant.

The seminar is free, but advance booking is required. Places can be booked by emailing info@waterfordceb.com or calling 051 852883. For a full programme of events, see waterfordharvestfestival.ie.