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NI firms impress at top Paris food show

BY John Mulgrew

A Game of Thrones dinner has helped showcase some of Northern Ireland's top produce to Parisian tastebuds. Some of the province's biggest agri-food producers were showing off their ranges at the SIAL global food exhibition in Paris.

The world's largest food innovation exhibition, it brings together food producers, processors, buyers and journalists from across the world.

Companies taking part this year included Dunbia, Kestrel Foods and Moy Park.

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen, who attended the show, said the agri-food sector is a "cornerstone of the Northern Ireland economy, generating an estimated £4.8bn in turnover and accounting for a quarter of manufacturing exports, and it continues to receive international recognition".

"Our outstanding natural environment gives our food a unique provenance that appeals to consumers the world over, while our use of the latest traceability and processing techniques means our products and supply chain are among the most trusted and valued," she said.

She also addressed guests at a Game of Thrones-themed dinner in Paris, which featured meats from Northern Ireland producers.

"The local meat sector accounts for around half of Northern Ireland's manufacturing turnover. I have no doubt that Northern Ireland has made a strong and lasting impression at SIAL. We have representation from both the meat and non-meat sectors and from small, medium and large businesses."

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