The first talk in the newly established FoodTech@TheMill programme took place on October 29th. Ten SMEs including representatives from FitzScientific, AgriNet, Kingswood Computing and Ezy Technology heard Kevin Tuck, Managing Director of Alltech give a detailed presentation on AllTech’s growth to a €1 billion company and how its relentless focus on innovation and R&D has enabled it to continue growing.
Michael Carey, Chairman of Bord Bia and founder of The Company of Food, a specialist food investment business, will be the second speaker at the FoodTech@TheMill programme on November 5th.
Michael Carey established Jacob Fruitfield, one of Ireland’s leading, privately owned food businesses which included some of Ireland’s best known consumer food products. Prior to acquiring these businesses, Michael worked in a number of multinational food companies in Ireland and the UK including Kellogg’s, Fox’s Biscuits, Evian/Volvic and Cantrell & Cochrane. In 2011 Valeo Foods acquired Jacob Fruitfield and the combined business of Valeo and Jacob Fruitfield has an annual turnover of approximately €300 million and a combined workforce of over 400.
The format of FoodTech is based on six in-depth presentations & case-studies from some of the leading Agri-Food companies in Ireland including:
- Country Crest
- Nature’s Best
Topics covered include:
- Technology Applications in Food Service
- Supply chain for scaling SMEs
- Accessing International Markets/Major Customers in the Food Sector
- New Product Development Process
- Product Portfolio Management
- Scaling a Food/Agri Manufacturing Process
Ireland, and the Boyne Region in particular, has a proud agricultural tradition and has developed a strong cluster of Agri-Food companies in the region. Globally, there’s unprecedented competition for food due to population growth and changing diets. Technology in the Agri-Food Sector can be used to optimise traditional solutions, by helping to streamline and better manage operations, more efficiently utilise resources and improve communications.
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