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Thursday, April 5, 2012

5 Cork companies feature in Bord Bia/Tesco programme

A press release from Bord Bia
Bord Bia and Tesco Assist Companies to Grow at Retail Level
~ Five Cork companies to take part in retail programme for Irish food and drink companies ~
Pictured at the launch in Bord Bia’s Dublin headquarters were Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. and Maxine Hyde, Ballymaloe Country Relish.

4th April 2012 Bord Bia and Tesco have developed a programme, to help food and drink companies to develop the required skills to achieve sustainable growth at multiple retail level. At the launch today, in Bord Bia’s Dublin headquarters, the participating companies were joined by Bord Bia and Tesco representatives.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD who was in attendance, added, ‘I am pleased to be launching this programme, this form of cooperation is something which will drive this sector forward both at home and abroad. Tesco plays a large part in the current retail environment and so it is essential to work together.’

Pictured at the launch in Bord Bia’s Dublin headquarters were Sergio Furno, Cashel Blue, Co. Tipperary, Gillian Swaine, Bord Bia, Carmel-Anne Brennan, Tesco and Cullen Allen, Cully & Sully in Shanagarry.

This comprehensive retail programme will equip participants with the necessary skills required to securegrow and maintain a listing with Tesco. The programme will involve three different levels Local, National and Export to assist small, medium and large sized companies in growing to the next level of business with Tesco. This programme will be supported by Enterprise Ireland.

Pictured at the launch in Bord Bia’s Dublin headquarters were Scott Baigent, Eight Degrees Brewing based in Mitchelstown, Jacqueline O’Neill, Tesco, Gillian Swaine, Bord Bia, and Tadhg O’Donovan from Glenilen in Drimoleague.

Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia stated at the launch, ‘The Irish food industry is experiencing strong growth in export markets yet the domestic market remains challenging, with spending under pressure and consumers searching for value.  Based on Eurostat data, food prices in Ireland today are just 3 to 4 per cent above their level of seven years ago.  By comparison, in the euro area as a whole they have grown by 15%, and in the UK by as much as 35%, a period moreover of strong commodity price inflation.   It is vital in this environment that Irish food and drink companies work with the retail sector to build their competitiveness on the domestic and export markets alike. This programme with Tesco is designed to arm the participating companies with the insight required to have success at home and the opportunity to expand abroad.’

Sixteen companies covering the dairy, seafood, ready meals, beverage, frozen and ambient sectors have been selected to participate on the programme. Amongst those partaking are five Cork companies; Ballymaloe Country Relish, Cully & Sully, Glenilen, Green Saffron and Eight Degrees Brewing. Clear objectives and targets will be set for each company partaking to help them achieve key opportunities identified for their business with Tesco. The programme will consist of workshops, bespoke mentoring and access to relevant Tesco consumer data and consumer insights.

Tony Keohane, CEO, Tesco Ireland said, ‘At Tesco, we are long and committed supporters of the Irish food industry. Today’s initiative continues our desire to source local products, particularly fresh foods, which have always been a key part of our strategy and a cornerstone of our business. We hope that as many as possible of the programme participants will grow with us to become Ireland’s next generation of food entrepreneurs and exporters.’

The Irish Retail Market
The Irish grocery market is valued at €8.8 billion. The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 18th March 2012, show the grocery market has slid back into decline following four months of modest sales growth. The latest data show that the sector has fallen in value by 0.5% when compared with the same period last year. Shoppers, according to Kantar, are continuing to look for ways to control their spending.  This is reflected in growing pressure on branded items, which have seen a drop in market share from 54.1% to 52.9% in the past year. The Irish retail market is increasingly competitive with new format development, technological advances, such as contactless payments and private label all impacting on its development.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Food and Drink Spotting Digest

My Food and Drink Spotting Digest

Getting great use here from Gimme the Recipe, the newly published book by Cork food blogger Sheila Kiely. The latest success was her Chicken Provencal (right) and that proved a treat at a dinner over the weekend. The book, a very practical one, especially for the busy mum (Sheila has six kids), is available at Eason’s and Waterstone’s.

Two great coffees going in the house at the moment. Badger and Dodo have come up trumps with their Tanzania Ngorongoro Blue. I got my pack at Bradley’s in North Main Street but I understand supplies are running out so you’ll have to hurry to get this well balanced coffee from the small farms under Mount Kilimanjaro.

Don’t believe I ever tasted a coffee from Thailand until the Thai Doit Chaang came in the post via the Connoisseur Coffee club of Robert Roberts. Another cracking cupful, smooth with excellent flavour.

While I was in Bradley’s for the coffee, I noticed another breakfast cereal: Superior Spelt Muesli from Tipperary’s Ballybrado Farm. I’m hooked, a terrific balance of tastes and flavours and organic to boot. Now to try their other products.

Many of us foodies are often inclined to run down supermarkets but not all of us, Gimme the Recipe author Sheila Kiely had praise galore for her local Supervalu (Ballincollig) at last week’s book launch.

And I have seen, at first hand, some very good local inputs at various Supervalu’s, the latest at Scally’s in Blackrock. Been sampling some of their in-house products recently and was delighted with the excellence. Two that really impressed were their sea-food chowder and the Shepherd’s Pie, really tasty and at a very good price.

Called in to see Paul Kieran at Bubble Brothers, just back from his packed Australia trip. Of course he sold me, a willing accomplice, a bottle of wine from Oz, a smashing Chardonnay from the Irish founded Xanadu winery in the Margaret River.

But I also ended up with a Japanese plum liqueur in a 5ml jar. It was 15% but I didn’t really become aware of the alcohol until I bit into the whole plum that had been in the jar for years. Like brandy! Phew. Think he’s still got some of them if you’d like to experiment!


Pot Roast with a difference:

Recipe for Provencal Tomato Sauce:

On a light note, thanks to Eoin Lettice ‏ @blogscience