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Irish food producers get a taste of the UK

Redditch, Worcestershire, UK: Oakland International and Bord Bia hosted a group of Irish food producers looking to capitalise on current growth in Irish food exports.

The day-long event for Irish Food suppliers, part of the Bord Bia UK Retail Programme, was organised to provide visiting companies with a broad overview of the UK retail market, along with supply chain information needed to enable effective product delivery into the UK market.

Dean Attwell, Oakland International’s managing director with Vinesh Patel, Spar UK Supply Chain Controller

Dean Attwell, managing director, Oakland International says: “With a growing number of complex factors involved when working with UK retailers, these events continue to prove highly popular with producers in Ireland who are looking to export to the UK, as we both discuss and examine specific issues and needs of the producer, as well as focus on the operational experience required to successfully deliver their products into retailer depots.”

Following presentations by Bord Bia, the Institute of Grocery Distribution,  and Spar UK, Oakland International and Oakland Distribution, the visitors toured ook a site tour to provide first hand information on how the supply chain works and then a fact finding retail tour to a variety of supermarkets in the area.

Aimed at potential export producers, the day provided a detailed overview of UK’s supply chain market and management facilities, as well as the functionality played by agents, to capitalise and explore the many opportunities available for Irish food exporters in the UK.

According to recent figures released by the Irish Food Board, Bord Bia, the value of Irish food and drink exports increased by 12%, or €1bn in 2011 to reach an all-time high of €8.85bn, and as a result the sector accounted for 25% of the rise in total export revenue. The value of Irish food and drink exports over the last two years has increased by €1.8bn or 25%.