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LEO Meet the Buyer event showcases Best Emerging Food producers from Limerick

LEO Meet The Buyer – Eamon Ryan, Swamy from LubDub foods, Maxine Amodeo from Amodeo Dressing, Conan from Beeactiv, Tracey Hackett LEO Limerick & Liam Brown from L.I.T

LEO Meet the Buyer event showcases Best Emerging Food producers from Limerick

Exciting new produce from Limerick producers such as BeeActive from Adare, Lubdub from Raheen and Amodeo from Annacoty will be representing Limerick at the new LEO ‘Meet the Buyer’ event which will take place on ‘The Street’ at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) on Thursday 23 May 2019.

Featuring up and coming producers from all over the country, buyers from Ireland, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, representing the key supermarket groups and food service sectors, are expected to attend on the day. This will provide SME’s with a great opportunity to gain new distribution for their products and to get expert advice on how to succeed.



Limerick is putting its best foot forward with top quality products created locally; BeeActive makes a range of premium honey from their own apiaries, including raw ivy honey which is sold in jars; Lubdub makes a range of ‘Near to Nature’ health bars which are plant-based using 100% natural ingredients and Amodeo produces a range of Balsamic dressings using a secret Italian family recipe.

The event is trade only, so it is 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 will be 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.

Spearheaded by Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Limerick and The Irish Quality Food Awards and hosted by the Limerick Institute of Technology, this event is set to be a key annual business event for the Irish food industry.

Ryan says “Limerick food producers are producing a range of quality food products and with the support of the Local Enterprise Office through financial assistance, training and 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 this event to grow in the coming years and to become a key annual event for not only producers but also for buyers.”

Helen Lyons of the Irish Quality Food Awards (IQFAs) adds “We are delighted to partner with LEOs around the country for this event. It is particularly exciting to showcase the brightest talent and newest produce coming out of the country. In the 7 years that we have been conducting the IQFAs, we have been hugely impressed by the increasing quality of Irish produce, which is now amongst the best in the world. We all want to know where our food is coming from and to be reassured that it is made with integrity, clean, local ingredients and with care. Irish producers really understand this.”

Buyers who are interested in attending this event should register their interest by emailing [email protected]. The Local Enterprise Offices are funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland in partnership with the Local Authorities.

The Local Enterprise Offices, which are funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland, have 31 offices located in local authorities nationwide. The Local Enterprise Offices play a key role in fostering start-ups and business growth locally, offering a range of financial and mentoring supports to new businesses and existing small businesses that want to grow. In 2018, Local Enterprise Office client companies created over 3,600 new jobs across the country.

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