Artisan producers get to flaunt their wares at event

South and East Cork Area Development is to host a free training event for food producers in the region from 9.30am to 12.30pm tomorrow at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork.

The event will be the largest training event for artisan producers in Cork so far this year, and will be attended by local producers, speciality retailers, and food service professionals.

Artisan producers will show off their wares to local buyers, including local hotels, restaurants, retail outlets, and distributors.

SECAD chief executive, Ryan Howard, said: “Food and drink is a very significant growth sector which is creating viable and sustainable jobs in the region, and we are keen to support those interested in establishing a food business, as well as those who are already embarking on food production.

“The main objectives of this event is to provide information to help food producers to develop their enterprises in the areas of distribution, market research and trends, branding, and packaging design. The event will also provide an opportunity for producers to meet with potential partners in the region in order to develop a network of short-chain commercial activities that will deliver sustainable business over time,” he added.

Speakers at the event will include Fergal O’Gara of Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland, who will talk about the SuperValu Food Academy Start Programme.

There will also be successful food business case studies from Denise O’Callaghan of Delicious Gluten Free Bakery and Michael Meaney of Nutcase Food Company.

For more information or to register for the training event, email ofarrell.ronan@gmail.com

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