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Sponsored by:

  • Bank of Ireland
  • Invest Northern Ireland



Innovation and Export – Growing our World Class Food and Drink Industry.


The fourth annual "Appetite for Growth” Conference is the must-attend event for forward-thinking food and drink manufacturers and producers keen to grow their businesses at home and abroad.

Presented by the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association and sponsored by Bank of Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland, the conference will present a strong line-up of influential industry speakers who will share valuable insights on how local companies can grow their businesses through innovation, collaboration and exporting. It will also identify emerging trends in the retail sector and explore opportunities for growth within these.

Hosted by renowned agricultural journalist and commentator Richard Wright, the conference is free-to-attend and will offer delegates the opportunity to participate in an interactive forum discussion with speakers. Topics to be explored on the day include: How to Improve our Competitiveness through Innovation and Research; Attracting Skills to the Food Industry; and Food Exporting – the Dos and Don’ts. The focus will be on sharing best practice and learnings that can be applied directly to local food and drink businesses – both big and small.

With ambitious targets to grow industry turnover to £7 billion by 2020, as laid out in the ‘Going for Growth’ strategy, now is the time for Northern Ireland Food and Drink businesses to mobilise and capitalise on these significant growth opportunities.