Maintaining growth and achieving our ambitions in uncertain times

May 18, AVIVA Stadium, Dublin

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Speakers Include

Minister Michael Creed

Minister Michael Creed

TD, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Hilliard Lombard

Hilliard Lombard

Managing Director, Valeo Foods Ireland

Louise Ryan

Louise Ryan

Managing Director, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

Caroline Keeling

Caroline Keeling

CEO, Keelings

Colin Gordon

Colin Gordon

CEO, Glanbia Consumer Foods

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Broadcaster and former Politician

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About the summit

About The Food Industry Summit 2017

Ireland has a deserved reputation for producing the highest quality food in the EU and no one doubts the critical role Ireland’s food and drinks industry has on our nation’s growth and prosperity. The agri-food strategy, Food Wise 2025, has set out the ambitions of the sector for the decade, and predicts that Ireland can increase the value of exports by 85% to €19bn, push the value added to the sector by 70% to €13bn, and grow the value of primary production by 65% to €10bn. The achievement of such targets however will undoubtedly be determined by the successful management of any fallout caused by one of the largest disruptions ever to face the sector, namely, BREXIT.

BREXIT demands new efficiencies from the Irish food sector. Now more than ever, in order to guarantee continued growth for our most important export sector, we need to expand market reach, innovate, collaborate, maximise funding and maintain political support and involvement . The Irish Food and Agribusiness sector will need to continue to drive down costs and increase yields, to deliver quality produce at a price-point that will increase exports and sustain the sector in the long-term.

It is against the background of the above that the theme for this year’s Sunday Business Post’s Food Industry Summit is maintaining growth and success in an era of disruption.


Who will attend?

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

Topics we’ll be exploring include: 

  • Brexit and beyond – the challenge for the food and drink sector
  • State aid and support for our future post-Brexit
  • Business growth in uncertain times
  • Innovations in supply chain and distribution systems
  • Food value chains
  • Sugar tax – all cost and no benefit?
  • Access to funding
  • Consolidation
  • The rise of Irish Whiskey
  • Food industry success stories

Event History


Past attendees included delegates from the following companies:
Barclays Bank, IBEC, ACC Bank, UCD, Glanbia, Musgrave Group, Moy Park Ltd, Rabobank, NSAI, Arthur Cox, FRS Network, Enterprise Ireland, Glanbia, Carroll’s Cuisine, Fonterra Europe, Bord Bia, FoodCentral, Meade Potato Company, Wexford Creamery, Comex, Mazars, 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…

Jackie Bryan

Jackie Bryan

Conference Facilitator

If you have any questions or requests please feel free to contact me.

Tel: 087 055 7913

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Head of Sponsorship Sales/ Conferences and Events

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We have a host of testimonials from past attendees of our conferences. See below for a selection.

We are so confident you will find value in our conferences that if, at the end of the event, you feel dissatisfied with your experience we will give you a voucher to attend any future conference absolutely free of charge!

All elements very beneficial. As new to this sector, it provided great overview of key themes. Enjoyed business forum in particular.

Gemma Lynch

Ulster Bank

Varied Speakers. Good agenda.

Joe Ryan

South Western

Very professionally organised conference. Facilities and venue were both excellent.

Anthony Farrell


Good useful figures and percentages on Irish agriculture given by a number of speakers.

Michael Mescal

Mescal & Assoc

The Venue

Aviva Stadium

Location: The Summit takes place in the Atrium/Presidents Area of the AVIVA Stadium.

You will register in the Atrium and this is on Level 3 on the west side of the Stadium.

Pedestrian access to the Atrium is via Stairwell 42 on Lansdowne Road. We will have signage directing you.

Parking: Parking is available in the main Aviva car park on Lansdowne Road. The rate is €2 per hour or €10 per day.

Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4 GPS coordinates 53.337141, -6.243663

Tel: + 353 1 238 2388 Email: Eircode: D04 K5F9

The AVIVA Stadium