The Louth Economic Forum has revealed its recipe for success to have Louth and the North East’s potential recognised as a premier producer of fresh, natural, safe, quality food products for home and export markets.
The Forum’s Agriculture Food and Fisheries Action Plan was launched by Kevin Lane, CEO of the Irish Dairy Board at a function in An Grianan, Termonfeckin, at which the Oriel Food Group, made up of award winning expert individuals and businesses from the north-east of Ireland who share a drive to produce the finest foods using only the best ingredients, techniques and processes, was also officially launched.
The need to pursue new product and service opportunities along with looking at new marketing initiatives is featured strongly in the Action Plan, with the Oriel Food Group held up as the example to follow in these areas.
Louth has a centuries old strong history in this sector and the Economic Forum’s Agriculture Food & Fisheries Forum, chaired by Jim Mulcahy, former Consumer Foods Manager, Enterprise Ireland, have concentrated on five strategic areas which could make the county and its region a leading competitor in the domestic and export market.
These are: Increasing competitiveness, company expansions and new business start-ups. Attracting new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the region. Enhancing leadership and management skills in the existing industry base. Pursuing new product and service opportunities through interaction with educational, development, marketing and research establishments. Employing new marketing initiatives. , in particular highlighting the sustainability, provenance and traceability of food and seafood products from Louth and its neighbouring counties in the North-East Region. ”