New buyer event showcases Mayo food producers

Posted in Connect on May 16, 2019.

Mary Corrigan of Noo Chocolates in Ballina

FOOD producers from Mayo such as Wildwood Balsamics, Noo Chocolates and Cuinneog Butter will be representing the county at the new LEO ‘Meet the Buyer’ event which will take place on ‘The Street’ at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) on Thursday, May 23. Featuring 80 producers from all over the country, buyers from Ireland, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, representing the key supermarket groups and food service sectors, are expected to attend on the day.

This will provide SME’s with a great opportunity to gain new distribution for their products and to get expert advice on how to succeed. Mayo is putting its best foot forward with top quality products created locally; Wildwood Balsamics from Ballina makes a variety of artisan vinegars using rather unexpected flavours such as blackberries and mountain thyme; Noo, also from Ballina, creates a range of top quality chocolates with tastes that represent the Wild Atlantic Way coastline, and Cuinneog produces natural farmhouse butter and buttermilk in Balla.


Pictured above, Brenda Butler of Cuinneog Butte in Balla and Fionntan Gogarty of Wildwood Vinegars, Lacken, Ballina

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 Irish produce from up to 90 producers and meet the passionate, talented artisans behind it.

Spearheaded by Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Limerick and The Irish Quality Food Awards and hosted by the Limerick Institute of Technology, this event is set to be a key annual business event for the Irish food industry.

John Magee, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Mayo said:

“Food producers in Mayo are producing a range of quality food products and with the support of the Local Enterprise Office through financial assistance, training and development and networking opportunities are achieving fantastic success in developing their markets. The meet the buyer event will assist these producers to 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) added:

“We are delighted to partner with LEOs around the country for this event. It is particularly exciting to showcase the brightest talent and newest produce coming out of the country. In the seven 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.”

Source: The Mayo News May 14th 2019

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