Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D., officially opened the Irish pavilion at BIOFACH.
BIOFACH is the leading global event for organic food and is held annually in Nuremberg, Germany. The Irish stand, organised by Bord Bia, has nine Irish companies exhibiting. This year’s event is expected to bring together up to 2,500 exhibitors and up to 52,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries. Speaking at the opening Minister Doyle commented: “The importance of Biofach to food producers and the market cannot be underestimated. It offers Irish organic producers the opportunity to showcase their products to a global audience. Today’s event shows that Irish companies, with high quality organic products, are amongst the best in the world. I firmly believe that the growth of the organic sector in Ireland will be driven by market opportunities”.
Minister Doyle also highlighted the important role of the new Strategy for the Irish Organic food sector to 2025 which he launched last week: “This strategy really highlights the opportunities for the Irish organic sector to the year 2025 and beyond. A strong Irish presence at events like Biofach, are the key to realising the growth opportunities for the Irish organic sector.
Speaking at the launch, Tara McCarthy, CEO Bord Bia, stated: “As worldwide demand for healthy, sustainable and trustworthy food choices grows, Irish organic producers are ideally positioned to meet global consumer needs. Biofach 2019 allows us to showcase the high quality organic produce Ireland has to offer while providing Irish producers and processors an excellent opportunity to network with purchasing decision makers, both from Europe and further afield.
"In 2019, Bord Bia will provide increased support for Irish organic companies abroad with additional funding, including the use of EU co-funding, for the promotion of organic food. Bord Bia is also actively undertaking international research to better explore the potential for delivering Irish organic produce to target export markets”.