Wex­ford com­pa­nies at Pari­sev­ent

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TWO Wex­ford com­pa­nies have at­tended a food show­case event in Paris.

Slaney Foods, in Bun­clody, and Ir­ish Coun­try Meats, from Camolin, were among 35 ex­porters that at­tended SIAL In­ter­na­tional Food Fair in Paris last week­end.

The event is the big­gest busi­ness-to-busi­ness (B2B) trade event in the world and this year there was added sig­nif­i­cance to it as the fo­cus of at­ten­tion was firmly placed on Euro­pean ex­porters pre­par­ing for the fall-out of Bri­tain leav­ing the EU and how it will af­fect them.

While Brexit is likely to im­pact on all food and drink sec­tors, ex­porters from the Pre­pared Con­sumer Foods (PCF) cat­e­gory could be par­tic­u­larly ex­posed and this cat­e­gory ac­counted for 30 per cent of the Ir­ish com­pa­nies rep­re­sented at SIAL.

Min­is­ter An­drew Doyle TD ac­com­pa­nied the Ir­ish del­e­gates to the event and in ad­vance of the trip he high­lighted the im­por­tance of the event and also the con­fi­dence com­pa­nies here have that they will be able to meet the chal­lenges pre­sented to them by Brexit.

‘ The fact that a third of those [at­tend­ing] are first time ex­hibitors at SIAL demon­strates clearly the strat­egy to shift away from reliance on one mar­ket [and] open­ing up to op­por­tu­ni­ties in Europe and fur­ther afield to re­duce their risk to trad­ing volatil­i­ties,’ he said.

Bord Bia Chair­man Dan Mac Sweeney paid trib­ute to the Ir­ish farm­ers and food pro­ces­sors whose con­tin­u­ous drive for ex­cel­lence un­der the Sus­tain­able As­sur­ance Schemes and the Ori­gin Green Char­ter set Ire­land apart from com­peti­tors at SIAL in pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions to in­ter­na­tional buy­ers.

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