Belfast Telegraph

Food and drink firms target international exhibitions for growth

By Clare Weir

Food and drink companies from Northern Ireland are hoping to boost exports by exhibiting at two international shows.

Eight companies will be on the Invest NI stand at CATEX, a major catering equipment and supplies exhibition which takes place in Dublin next month.

At Gulfood in Dubai, seven companies will be showing their products in early March.

Dale Farm, supplier of butter, milk powder and cheese from its plants in Ballymena and Cookstown, is the only firm taking part in both exhibitions.

Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI trade director, said that the industry contributes over £3bn annually to the Northern Ireland economy and has scope for even faster growth.

"We would like to see more food and drink companies taking part in our trade mission programme which includes expanding markets in Europe and South America, as well as India, China, the Arabian Gulf and South Africa," she said.

"Food companies such as Dale Farm, Greenfields and White's used our mission programme last year and secured worthwhile business particularly in China, the Gulf and Brazil."