Thomas Mc Evoy (Centre) of LEO Louth, Grainne McKeown, Food Development Officer (2nd from Right) with Dom and Lily Mc Groddy from Lily's Tea and Emma Markey (2nd from left) from Listoke Gin. Picture: Ken Finegan/Newspics.
Local artisan food producers Termonfeckin based Lily’s Tea and Listoke Gin will be among those representing County Louth at a pioneering Local Enterprise Office ‘Meet the Buyer’ event which will take place at Limerick Institute of Technology on Thursday 23 May 2019.
Key buyers from Ireland, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, representing a large selection of the major supermarket groups and food service sectors, will meet up and coming artisan producers from all over the country.
The event will provide Louth’s food producers with a great opportunity to gain new distribution for their products and get expert advice on how to succeed.
Louth is putting its best foot forward with top quality products created locally; using only the freshest local ingredients, Lily’s Tea is a leading supplier of premium loose tea leaves such as organic matcha and leaf tea pyramids which it started distributing from their eponymous tea shop in Termonfeckin and Listoke Gin makes the company’s flagship Listoke Gin 1777 from their distillery in Monasterboice.
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The event is trade only, so it is open to buyers from across the food industry such as supermarket groups, food wholesalers, retailers, independent fine food shops, food service, development chefs, restaurants and more. They will be invited to sample a huge range of the finest new Irish produce from up to 90 producers and meet the passionate, talented artisans behind it.
Spearheaded by the Local Enterprise Offices and The Irish Quality Food Awards, and hosted by Limerick Institute of Technology, the event is set to be a key annual business event for the Irish food industry.
“Food producers in Louth offer a range of the finest quality food products. With the support of the Local Enterprise Office and the Louth-Meath food producers network, Boyne Valley Flavours, many of the local producers are achieving fantastic success in the marketplace” said Thomas McEvoy of LEO Louth.
“The meet the buyer event will assist these producers develop new markets and outlets for their produce and will enable them to benchmark their products against the best from all over Ireland. I expect this event to grow in the coming years and to become a key annual event for not only producers but also for buyers.”
Helen Lyons of the Irish Quality Food Awards (IQFAs) adds “It is particularly exciting to showcase the brightest talent and newest produce coming out of the country. In the 7 years that we have been conducting the IQFAs, we have been hugely impressed by the increasing quality of Irish produce, which is now amongst the best in the world.
“We all want to know where our food is coming from and to be reassured that it is made with integrity, clean, local ingredients and with care. Irish producers really understand this.”
Buyers who are interested in attending this event should register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Local Enterprise Offices are funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland in partnership with the Local Authorities.