Over 250 trade buyers from across Britain and Ireland availed of the opportunity to meet with more than 100 Irish food and drink companies exhibiting at this year’s Bloom Festival in Phoenix Park.
Bord Bia Trade Breakfast at Bloom is now in its sixth year and today’s gathering featured the largest number of buyers yet boasting a combined buying power of €15 million.
Bord Bia’s Bloom continues in the Phoenix Park, Dublin until Monday 3rd June 2019. The celebrated floral, food and family festival which is in its thirteenth year attracted 120,000 visitors last year.
This years event will feature 22 show gardens, 14 postcard gardens, over 100 Irish food and drink producers, 25 plant nurseries, 25 live cookery demonstrations with some of Ireland’s best-known chefs and some 100 retailers, all within a 70-acre site.
Among the Irish buyers are some of Ireland’s largest retailers such as Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Lidl, Aldi alongside specialist retailers such as Donnybrook Fair, Fallon and Byrne and Butler’s Pantry.
Addressing buyers this morning event, CEO of Bord Bia, Tara McCarthy said, "This morning’s event allows our trade visitors to get the pulse of the industry with minimum air or road miles. We put a special emphasis each year on highlighting emerging companies and those launching new products which allows trade buyers a great opportunity to network with companies they already have relationships with and to scout out those who have something fresh to offer."
She added, "We are delighted to welcome some of the best-known and most highly regarded food retailers in Britain and Ireland for what we believe will be another fruitful day for all involved."