Kildare Chilling Company showing two of the buyers their goods
This week as part of Bord Bia’s Marketplace International, over 50 international food buyers visited Kildare to meet with leading businesses in the county.
Meat processors, Kildare Chilling Company, hosted 21 buyers from Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South East Asia, Germany and North America. From there, they visited the ICBF Progeny Test Centre in Tully which holds information on all the animals in the national herd. In Naas, 24 Chinese dairy buyers visited the Kerry PLC Innovation Centre while Lily O’Brien’s in Newbridge hosted 13 grocery buyers from the Middle East.
The sector-focused itineraries will allow buyers to see Irish farms, factories, retail stores and manufacturing facilities all around the country to showcase the very best of the Irish food and drink industry.
The buyers include representatives from Australia, Algeria, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, UAE, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa. Interest from UK buyers has remained strong, with close to 50 in attendance. The registered buyers represent every sector of the industry including for dairy, beef, lamb, pigmeat, alcohol, seafood, prepared foods, grocery, bakery, confectionary & snacks and specialty foods.
In total, almost 550 food buyers, from 50 countries around the world, will participate in the week-long trade development event, the largest of its kind ever to take place in Ireland. Bord Bia is targeting €40 million worth of new business as a direct result of this year’s event.
Today (Thursday) all international visitors will reconvene in the RDS Dublin, for meetings with 185 Irish food companies.