Welcome to Food and Drink Export Ireland, a division of the Irish Exporters Association - the representative body for exporters in Ireland.
Food and Drink Export Ireland aims to assist food and drink companies to grow, develop and gain new export markets and also provides an excellent base for networking among food and drink companies.
Our mission is to help Irish food companies access international markets through seeking:
- Maximum Government support to help businesses find new markets and develop existing ones.
- The removal of barriers that impede Irish companies when attempting to access overseas markets.
- The elimination of risk in transacting international business.
- The provision of training programmes under such projects as Food Chains for Competitive Advantage.
- Networking opportunity events
The Food and Drink Export Ireland website is full of hundreds of news stories and information that's relevant to food and drink exporters, including latest news and links to up-to-date press articles, information on our training programmes and seminars and the IEA's Food and Drink Council.
Food and Drink Export Ireland is currently running two programmes:
The Food Chains for Competitive Advantage* programme will be run over three years (2012-2014). The project aims to assist small to medium size food and drink companies in addressing key market opportunities through innovation in branding and new product development (NPD). Click here to find out more.
*The Food Chains for Competitive Advantage(FCCA) Project is an Ireland Wales European Regional Development project made possible through a financial contribution from the European Regional Development Fund Ireland Wales (INTERREG 4A) Programme 2007-2013. This article reflects the views of the author only and not those of the Programme Authorities.
The second programme has been named Access 6**. Access 6 is a food and drink channel partner development programme. The main aims of the programme are to establish 6 Overseas Cluster Groups with 15 Food and Drink SMEs on each cluster. The markets we will be focusing on for exports are the UK, France, Scandinavia, Benelux, Germany and North America.
**Access 6: The Food & Drink Channel Partners Development project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme managed by the Special European Union Programmes Body