Twenty seafood buyers from China are visiting five different seafood businesses in Donegal as part of Bord Bia’s Marketplace International.
In total, almost 550 food buyers, from 50 countries around the world, will participate in the week-long trade development event, the largest of its kind ever to take place in Ireland. Bord Bia is targeting €40 million worth of new business as a direct result of this year’s event.
In Donegal, Chinese buyers took part in a tailored seafood itinerary visiting Errigal Bay Seafoods, Meenaneary, Live Irish Shellfish in Burtonport and Irish Premium Oysters in Dungloe.
Tomorrow (Wednesday), they will travel to Killybegs for a tour of Island Seafoods before visiting Ireland’s only fish cannery – Irish Fish Canner in Dungloe.
This is just one of 28 different three-day group itineraries organised and hosted by Bord Bia for Marketplace International this week.
The sector-focused itineraries will allow buyers to see Irish farms, factories, retail stores and manufacturing facilities all around the country to showcase the very best of the Irish food and drink industry.
The buyers include representatives from Australia, Algeria, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, UAE, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa. Interest from British buyers has remained strong, with close to 50 in attendance. As well as seafood, the registered buyers represent every sector of the industry including dairy, beef, lamb, pigmeat, alcohol, prepared foods, grocery, bakery, confectionary & snacks and specialty foods.
On Thursday, all international visitors will reconvene in the RDS Dublin, for 5,000 pre-arranged one to one meetings with 185 Irish food companies.
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