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Dissemination of Channel Clusters Programme

The Channel Clusters entire programme can be accessed here:

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Channel Clusters Dissemination Seminar - Wednesday 2nd November

The third in the series of Channel Clusters dissemination seminars took place on Wednesday 2nd November 2011 in Teagasc Ashtown, Dublin 15. This follows the 2 previous seminars that were held recently - on in Dublin on 23rd September and the other in Cork on 19th October.

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Channel Clusters Dissemination Seminar Takes Place in Cork

The second in the series of Channnel Clusters dissemination seminars took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cork Airport on Wednesday 19th October. There were 5 speakers at the seminar.

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Channel Clusters Dissemination Seminar - Friday 23rd September 2011

The first in a series of 3 Channel Clusters Dissemination seminars took place on Friday 23rd September 2011 in Teagasc Ashtown, Dublin 15.

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Channel Cluster Dissemination Seminar on 23rd September

Wednesday, 7th September 2011

The first Channel Clusters Dissemination seminar will take place on the morning of Friday, 23rd September 2011. The venue is Teagasc Ashtown in Dublin 15. The meeting will start at 9.15am and finish at 12.45pm with a light lunch served afterwards. Please see agenda below:

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Channel Clusters Dissemination Seminar - Friday 23rd September 2011

The first Channel Clusters Dissemination seminar took place on the morning of Friday, 23rd September 2011. The venue was Teagasc Ashtown in Dublin 15. The meeting commenced at 9.15am and finished at 1pm with a light lunch served afterwards. 

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PRM's Business Development Manager Gives Sound Advice to SMEs on How to be Successful

Friday, 3rd June 2011 (Source: IEA)

The Channel Clusters* Meeting with PRM took place on the morning of Tuesday, 31st May 2011 in the Maldron Hotel in Portlaoise. The PRM Business Development Manager, David Connolly, gave a presentation to the 10 companies that attended.  He also met them on a one to one basis over lunch. Godfrey Lydon of the IEA and Conor Hyde of Bullseye Food Marketing also presented at the meeting.

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Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese to Feature on RTE1's Nationwide

Friday, 1st April 2011 (Source: IEA)

Watch out for Helen Finnegan and her team at Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, who are featured on RTE 1’s Nationwide on Friday, 1st April 2011 at 7.00pm.

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IEA Takes 9 Food and Drink Companies to IFE

Tuesday, 15th March 2011 (Source: IEA)

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA), brought 9 Irish food producers to exhibit at IFE, in the ExCeL exhibition centre, in London, which ran from Sunday 13th until Wednesday 16th March 2011. This event forms parts of their participation on the Channel Clusters programme*.

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Channel Clusters Participants Receive Media Exposure

Wednesday, 9th March 2011 (Source: IEA)

The IEA's Channel Clusters Programme participants Helen Finnegan of Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, Don Walshe of Dromoland Game and Janet Drew of Janet's Country Fayre have been prominently featured in national media articles in recent weeks.

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BWG Cluster Focusses on Branding for Retail Products

Tuesday, 1st March 2011 (Source IEA)

The BWG cluster is part of the IEA's Channel Clusters Programme*. The cluster has focussed on the development of new brands and packaging. As part of this process, product positioning has also been clearly defined for each brand.

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Craft Butchers Meeting to Discuss Group Strategy Takes Place

Friday, 18th February 2011 (Source: IEA)

The Meet the Buyer Day for the Craft Butchers Cluster took place on Wednesday 16th February in Citywest Hotel in Saggart, Co Dublin. Godfrey Lydon of the IEA gave the attendees an overview of the IEA and the Channel Clusters Programme*. He told them about the other 5 clusters and the successes to date.

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Successful New Irish Food Brand Launches in UK

Tuesday, February 15th 2011 (Source: Press Release: Dee’s Wholefoods):

Health-conscious consumers in the UK will be pleased to learn that an award-winning range of Irish wholefood burgers will soon be available in their local food halls and health food stores. Deirdre Collins is delighted to announce that Dee’s Wholefood Burgers are about to be launched in the UK after a lucrative distribution deal was agreed with Marigold Health Foods.

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Dee's Goes from Strength to Strength on Channel Clusters Programme

28th January 2011 (Source: IEA)

Dee's is owned by Deirdre Collins, and is based in Ballincollig in Cork.  Deirdre participated on the Channel Clusters Programme* in 2010 and was a member of the Horgan's Deli Supplies cluster.  Dee's are the first company in Ireland to create an innovative range of fresh, organic, wholefood burgers. Indeed, Dee's are the first company to create a Wholefood burger anywhere. 

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Start Up Sea Salt Company Gets Expert Assistance with Branding and Packaging

December 3rd 2010 (Source: IEA)

Irish Atlantic Salt Ltd was formed in 2009 by Michael O’Neill, to develop and produce the first Irish Atlantic Organic Gourmet Sea Salt range of products which will be branded as “Irish Atlantic Sea Salt”. Michael O’Neill, is also managing director of Tower Aqua Products Ltd, an Aquaculture company, which produces Abalone, a highly prized shellfish. 

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Channel Clusters Companies Get Sales Training Tips from Russell Ferguson

Thursday 4th November 2010

The IEA held a very successful sales training seminar for food and drink companies in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cork Airport on Thursday November 4th. The title of the event was called Sales Training and Market Information Seminar. In total, 20 food companies sent representatives and the overwhelming response was very positive.

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IEA Brings Delegation to London for Speciality Stores Tour

On Tuesday 7th of September, the IEA brought a delegation of food companies on the Channel Clusters programme to London to visit 6 speciality food stores.

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BWG Buyer Meets 5 SMEs in Citywest Hotel

The BWG Meet the Buyer Day took place on June 8th 2010.

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Horgan's Team Meet 5 SMEs in Mitchelstown

Friday, 18th September 2009

The Horgan's Meet the Buyer Day took place in their head office in Mitchelstown on Friday 18th September 2009.  The 5 companies who will take part in the cluster were given an detailed overview of Horgan's business by the owner, Michael Horgan. They were also given a full tour of the site in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork.

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