In the face of mounting challenges and uncertainty – what does the future hold for the industry?

June 12 2018, Croke Park, Dublin

The National Food & Drink Industry Summit

June 12th 2018, Croke Park Conference Centre
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Ireland has a deserved reputation for producing the highest quality food in the EU with no one doubting the critical role the food and drink industry has on our nation’s growth and prosperity. Indeed, the manufacture of food and drink products is Ireland’s most important indigenous industry with turnover approaching €26 billion annually. It is also deeply integrated into the wider economy with spending of €18 billion per year on intermediate consumption in other sectors and a further €2.1 billion on employee compensation.

Whilst our food and drink industry is an undoubted success story, new challenges and indeed opportunities lie ahead. For example, as the industry continues to grapple with the issues raised by Brexit, The European Commission is planning to ensure all plastic packaging in the union is recyclable by 2030. Packaging plays a critical role in establishing a truly circular economy with The World Economic Forum estimating that adopting a circular business model could save businesses $1trillion (€898bn). This presents a unique and previously untapped source of profit margin growth for the food and drink sector. But, will Ireland’s producers and manufacturers manage to close the loop on the circular economy and if so, how will the they manage to fight plastic waste?

Post sugar tax, the food and drink sector is also continuing to face a bashing from health lobbyists. For almost a quarter of a century, the Food Pyramid has been sold as the illustrative benchmark for healthy eating in Ireland. Recent revisions however, have left some consumers wondering who decides which foods go on what shelf and whether the Pyramid is susceptible to lobbying from special interests? This year’s summit will include expert opinions on both sides of the fence to discuss who exactly has the authority to decide what we put on our plates?

In a nutshell, the summit is about the future of the industry and is a ‘must-attend’ event for all key stakeholders in the food and beverage eco-system.

Who should attend?

  • Producers
  • Food & Drink Companies
  • Retail Multiples
  • Co-ops
  • Regulatory and Government Agencies
  • Trade Associations
  • Banks, Finance & Investment
  • Law Firms
  • Academia
  • Service Suppliers


  • The circular economy: What changes will it require for the packaging sector?
  • The National 8.8 million Food Innovation Hub
  • Who has the authority to tell us what to consume?
  • Is ‘bad’ science damaging food producers?
  • Innovation, Research and Development
  • Regulation
  • Health Lobbyists vs the food industry

Companies who have attended our previous construction events:

Barclays Bank, IBEC, ACC Bank, UCD, Glanbia, Musgrave Group, Moy park Ltd, Rabo Bank, NSAI, Arthur Cox, FRS Network, Enterprise Ireland, Glanbia, Carroll Cuisine, Fonterra Europe, Bord Bia, FoodCentral, Meade Potato Company, Wexford Creamery, Comex, Mazers, Irish Farmers Association, Irish Exporters Association, Rosderra Meats, Meat Industry Ireland, G’s Gourmet Jams, Grant Thornton, The National Dairy Council, BDO, Teagasc, Bandon Co-op, IFAC, Kennedys, Love Irish Food, PwC, Quinns of Baltinglass, Celtrino, AW Ennis, Lakeland Dairy Group, Love Irish Food, Department of Agriculture, Kerry Group, HSE, Cork Meats, AIBP, Invest Northern Ireland, Trinity College, Rosderra Meats, BDO, Dansko Foods, Ballykeefe Distillery, VIT HIT Drinks, Gala Retail Services, FMI Ireland, Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine, Danish Brewers Assoc., Cool Food Company, Keelings, Ballymaloe Foods, Ornua, Valeo Foods, Dawn Farm, Animal Health Ireland, Arvum Group, Richmond Marketing, Aryzta, Marquette, Diageo, Rye River Brewing Co., Carlow Brewing Co,. First Ireland, Applegreen, Musgrave, Michael J Wright Hospitality, Aon, Fastnet Mussels, Food Tourism Network.


Our leading speakers include:

Pat Rigney

Founder, Gunpowder Gin

Michael Creed

T.D, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine

Tim Brett

President, Western Europe, The Coca-Cola Company

Katherine Hogan

Corporate Affairs Director, Mars Ireland

Sinéad McPhillips

Assistant Secretary General, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine

Dirk Jacobs

Deputy Director General and Director Consumer Information, Diet and Health, FoodDrinkEurope

Paula Mee

Consultant Dietitian and Nutritionist

John Curran

Head of Sustainability at Musgrave


Read below to see what some of the attendees from our previous events have to say:

Adrian Crean

McDonalds Ireland

A useful, worthwhile day. Good to meet some of the key leaders. Insightful presentations

Sarah O’Connor

Cool Food

Very informative and well facilitated.

Rhonda Bermingham


Speaker content very relevant to food and agribusiness industry.

Gemma Lynch

Ulster Bank

All elements very beneficial. As new to this sector, it provided a great overview.

Our Tickets and Pricing

Single and multi-ticket bundles available, as are discounted SME and Academic tickets

Summit Ticket

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Multi-Ticket Bundle

4 tickets for the price of 3


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Multi-Ticket Bundle

10 tickets for the price of 6


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Media from last year’s event

A selection of media from last year’s successful event, held in the Aviva Stadium.

Contact Us

This summit is organised by The Sunday Business Post and our events partner iQuest. If you have any questions, requests, or require assistance with your booking, please feel free to contact me:

Jackie Bryan Conference Facilitator Tel: (+353) 87 055 7913 Email:

The Venue

Croke Park, Dublin

Croke Park

The Food & Drink Industry Summit takes place in the Hogan Stand, Croke Park, Dublin 3 – located off Jones’ Road. Please DO NOT enter the Cusack side for this event.  The red box below has directions to this event including all bus, DART, train and Dublin Bike information.

Parking: Free car parking is available in the Davin Car Park this is located on North Circular Road and accessed via St Margaret’s Avenue. There is pedestrian access from the car park onto Jones’ Road / Russell St for the main entrance to the Hogan Stand (on Jones‘ Road, opposite the Croke Park Hotel).

GPS coordinates 53.360712, -6.2533977

Tel: + 353 1 819 2300


Eircode: D03 P6K7

Croke Park