31 May 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Micro businesses; Rucksnacks and Old Carrick Mill confidently represented County Monaghan at an inaugural LEO ‘Meet the Buyer’ food event which took place on ‘The Street’ at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) on Thursday 23 May 2019. The event featured up and coming producers from all over the country, buyers from Ireland and a significant number of buyers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

The majority supermarket groups including Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Musgrave group, Barlett Mitchell, Barry Group, Co-Op, Cotswold Fayre, Simply Fresh and Thornton Budgens, attended. This event ran by the Local Enterprise Office network provided SME’s with a great opportunity to gain new distribution for their products and to get expert advice on how to succeed. County Monaghan put its best foot forward with top quality products created locally; Rucksnacks are a range of beef jerky snacks made from grass fed Irish beef by the Connolly family in Clones; based in Carrickmacross, Old Carrick Mill, distils gin and whiskey using the finest local ingredients. The event which was trade only, was open to buyers from across the food industry such as supermarket groups, food wholesalers, retailers, independent fine food shops, food service, development chefs, restaurants and more.

They were invited to sample a huge range of the finest new Irish produce from up to 90 producers and meet the passionate, talented artisans behind it. Says Eilín Connolly of LEO Monaghan “Food producers in Monaghan are producing a range of quality food products and with the support of the Local Enterprise Office through financial assistance, training, development and networking opportunities are achieving fantastic success in developing their markets.

The meet the buyer event will assist these producers to develop new markets and outlets for their produce and will enable them to benchmark their products against the best from all over Ireland. I expect….

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