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NIFDA partnership secures sustainability funding for food & drink SMEs

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Members of the AHFES group.

Members of the AHFES group.

Members of the AHFES group.

Funding has been secured to support sustainability initiatives by Northern Ireland food and drink sector SMEs, through the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association (NIFDA).

Totalling more than €235,000, the funding is focused on providing training and support services for SMEs to analyse their manufacturing processes and ultimately incorporate better sustainability practices.

Represented locally by NIFDA, the funding is coming from the EU AHFES food and drink programme for SMEs, which has to date provided extensive training and mentoring to food and drink SMEs across the Atlantic Area regions of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, France, Spain, and Portugal.

“We hope that this additional funding will encourage other SMEs to consider implications and possible opportunities from sustainability for their companies,” said Michael Bell, executive director, NIFDA.

“The project adopts a practical approach and highlights both the benefits and challenges that need to be considered. We hope that it will be the first point of reference for SMEs who are looking at building their business to reflect the new eco-friendly and sustainable approach.”

The AHFES project is primarily aimed at food and drink stakeholders including researchers and manufacturers from across eight regions. Currently they are benefiting from a pioneering €1.2m EU INTERREG funded programme which has been helping boost the sector by creating an ecosystem for growth in this crucial area.

Further information on the project can be found at https://www.ahfesproject.com/

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