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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Wexford companies attend Paris showcase

Brendan Keane

Two Wexford companies have attended an international food showcase event in Paris.

Slaney Foods, from Bunclody, and Irish Country Meats, from Camolin, were among 35 exporters that attended SIAL International Food Fair in Paris last weekend.

The event is the biggest business-to-business (B2B) trade seminar in the world and this year there was added significance as European exporters prepare for fall-out of Britain leaving the EU.

While Brexit impacts on all food and drink sectors, exporters from the Prepared Consumer Foods (PCF) category are particularly exposed and this sector accounted for 30 per cent of the Irish companies at SIAL.

Minister Andrew Doyle TD accompanied the Irish delegates to the event and in advance of the trip highlighted the importance of the SIAL and also the confidence companies here have that they will be able to meet the challenges of Brexit.

He said the fact that a third of those [attending] were first time exhibitors highlighted a shift away from reliance on one market.

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