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The National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition 2019 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin – September 5th, 2019

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The National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition 2019 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin – September 5th, 2019

The National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition 2019 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin – September 5th, 2019
August 09
10:39 2019

The National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition 2019 – Ireland’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing, retail, food service and hospitality sectors – is being held at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin on Thursday, September 5th, 2019. The event will highlight the key trends and challenges facing the industry, while also offering practical solutions, as well as showcasing the latest innovations, developments in best practice and new technological solutions available.

Now in its seventh year, this must attend annual event for food and beverage professionals is expected to attract over 3,000 visitors from across Ireland to participate in a range of conferences, seminars and panel discussions.

With a turnover of about €28 billion, food and drink manufacturing is Ireland’s most important indigenous industry. Despite a year of unprecedented global volatility, involving political uncertainty, extreme weather events and continuing currency fluctuations impacting competitiveness, the value of Irish food, drink and horticulture exports reached €12.1 billion in 2018, down just 4% from a record high in 2017, according to Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects 2018/2019 report.

The foodservice market is also proving resilient, having grown by 6.1% to reach a value of €8.2 billion in 2018, while the tourism and hospitality sector generated earnings of over €6 billion for the Irish economy.

However, although the economic fundamentals in the long-term remain bright, a cloud of uncertainty resulting from the ‘Brexit’ Referendum in the UK poses major challenges for the entire Irish food and drink industry in the short-term, especially given its export-orientated nature.

The National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition 2019 encompasses all major sectors of the Irish food and drink industry – dairy, meat, seafood, poultry, bakery, confectionery, convenience foods, fresh produce, snacks, brewing, distilling, soft drinks and bottled water, grocery retailing, food service, craft brewing and distilling, convenience and forecourt retail, pubs and off-licences.

Conference and Exhibition

An impressive list of keynote speakers has been assembled to cover topics of interest, to assess the challenges facing the industry and to suggest practical solutions. The Conference speakers have been carefully selected from well-respected figures within the food and drink industry and its associated supply chain, and from academia and State organisations, who all have proven expertise in their respective fields.

The comprehensive Conference programme will be accompanied by an extensive exhibition of the latest equipment and technology available along with new to market food and beverage products. More than 200 exhibitors will showcase a wide variety of products and services including: Ingredients, Process Engineering, Packaging Equipment & Materials, Information Technology, Logistics, Materials Handling, Food Safety, Training & Education, Energy, Water, Waste Management, and Sustainable Technology.

Co-Located and Complementary Events

A distinctive feature of the National Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition is that it incorporates several complementary events – all under one roof – in order to cover all food and drink sectors in Ireland. The co-located events include:

* The Future Food Factory Expo;

* The Food Retail & Hospitality Expo;

* The Pub & Off Licence Expo;

* The Forecourt and Convenience Retail Expo;

* The Craft Beer & Spirits Summit;

* The Artisan Fine Foods Expo;

* The Import/Export and FDI Conference;

* The Brexit Food Summit.

Visitors are free to move between the different events.

The National Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2019 with its co-located events provides a unique forum where food and beverage processors, ingredients manufacturers, food retailers, food service operators and hospitality providers can interact with relevant State and regulatory bodies, academia, and key suppliers within the full supply chain from farm to fork.

By gathering over 3,000 delegates in the same venue, the organiser – Premier Publishing & Events – intends to create an environment that is conducive to networking and co-operation.

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