Speakers

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    • Mella Frewen- Director General, Food, Drink Europe.

      Mella Frewen- Director General, Food, Drink Europe. 

      Director General of FoodDrinkEurope since July 2007, Mella Frewen manages the organisation, its various institutions (Board, General Assembly, Liaison Committee etc.) and supervises the work of the different departments. She also represents the organisation both externally and towards its members.

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    • Simon McKeever- Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association.

      Simon McKeever- Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association. 

      As Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association, Simon leads a team of 20 people who work with companies across the Irish export industry, including SME’s who are beginning to think about exporting for the first time right through to global multinational companies who are already extensively exporting from Ireland. Presentation title and synopsis of talk: Brexit: the challenges and opportunities for Irish exports – Simon McKeever will discuss the impacts of Brexit to date, challenges that Brexit may bring to the industry specifically around customs and supply chain, contingency/mit...

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    • Vincent Carton- Managing Director, Manor Farm.

      Vincent Carton- Managing Director, Manor Farm. 

      Vincent Carton is Managing Director of Manor Farm, Irelands Largest chicken processor, processing over 970,000 birds per week, compounding 160,000 tons of chicken feed p.a., employing 850 people with 174 farmer suppliers and turning over €275m in 2016. In July 2017 it was announced that Scandi Standard was acquiring Manor Farm for circa €95m, continuing their strategy of acquiring European chicken processors who have the largest market share in smaller markets and then transferring best practice and efficiencies from their Scandinavian base.

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    • Brian Lee- Founder, Chopped.

      Brian Lee- Founder, Chopped. 

      Brian Lee has built a business empire with his passion for health and fitness, along with his partner Andy Chen, with business ventures including FIT Studios and Freshly Chopped, the healthy food company. Brian has a passion for business that can be traced back to when he was 11 and set up a gardening company. Throughout his teenage years, he ran his own stalls at Christmas markets. By age 22, Brian owned a successful property management company and a convenience store in Dublin city centre, funding both ventures with money he saved up from working as a carpenter throughout his late teens. In ...

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    • Paul Kelly – Director, Food and Drink Industry Ireland, IBEC

      Paul Kelly – Director, Food and Drink Industry Ireland, IBEC 

      Paul Kelly is director of Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII) a business sector within Ibec. He started his career in risk management with the Insurance Corporation of Ireland before joining Ibec in 1992. Since then he has worked in the Ibec health and safety unit and as director of the Building Materials Federation and the Irish Engineering Enterprises Federation before taking up his current role in 2005. He holds a B Eng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick and a Masters Degree in Applied Science from UCD

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    • Alison Cowzer- Co Founder and Marketing & Innovation Director ‘East Coast Bakehouse’ RTE Dragons’ Den Investor- Co Founder and Managing Director – ‘The Company of Food’

      Alison Cowzer- Co Founder and Marketing & Innovation Director ‘East Coast Bakehouse’ RTE Dragons’ Den Investor- Co Founder and Managing Director – ‘The Company of Food’ 

      Alison is co-founder and Marketing/Innovation Director of East Coast Bakehouse, Ireland’s only  large scale biscuit manufacturing business based in Drogheda. The new €15m investment backed by Enterprise Ireland is ready for launch Autumn 2016. As a new Dragon investor in the 2016 series of RTE ‘s Dragons’ Den, Alison has invested in a number of new Irish businesses,  and is working closely with these entrepreneures to drive growth in their new enterprises. Alison  is also  co-founder and Managing Director of ‘The Company of Food’, a specialist food investment business with shareholdings ...

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    • David Thomson -CEO, Food and Drink Federation Scotland

      David Thomson -CEO, Food and Drink Federation Scotland 

      David is responsible for the overall strategy and management of Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland.  He is part of the senior FDF management team at UK level where he leads on EU exit.David liaises with government, regulators and other external organisations to identify and act on issues that impact on food and drink manufacturers. FDF Scotland works in partnership with related bodies to help contribute to the growth of the sector and David sits on Scotland Food & Drink’s Executive Group.   David previously worked at the Scottish Government, including five years as Head of...

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    • Michael Bell -CEO, NIFDA

      Michael Bell -CEO, NIFDA 

      Michael has over thirty-two years’ experience in the food industry. Prior to joining NIFDA he worked in the bakery trade in Northern Ireland and Malta for twelve years. During this period he worked closely with major retailers and obtained a place on the senior management board of Ormeau Bakery. Michael holds a Food Science (Hons) degree from The Queen’s University of Belfast. He is also a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.  He holds a diploma in Company Director from the Institute of Direc...

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    • David Fitzsimons-CEO, Retail Excellence

      David Fitzsimons-CEO, Retail Excellence 

      David Fitzsimons is Chief Executive Officer of Retail Excellence. David was involved with the establishment of Retail Excellence in 1995, when he worked with South Dublin Chamber of Commerce. David oversees the strategic direction and operations of this not for profits organisation. Retail Excellence is Ireland’s largest retail industry body representing the interests of 1,600 leading companies who employ 110,000 people in the Irish market. David sits on a number of global retail committees including the NRF Global Retail Council. Presentation Title - How to Survive and Thrive in Retail. ...

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    • Karen Tyner -Senior Manager Prepared Food & Beverage  Division, Bord Bia.

      Karen Tyner -Senior Manager Prepared Food & Beverage Division, Bord Bia. 

      Karen’s educational background is in food science.  She has worked in the UK food ingredients industry and in global key account management before returning to Ireland to work as a category and account manager for Mars Ireland.   Karen was the Superquinn senior food buyer, the Topaz food service buyer and a senior buyer in Tesco prior to joining Bord Bia in 2015.  Karen now works with prepared food and drink companies to identify new export business opportunities. Bord Bia’s Brexit Response The UK is Ireland’s largest food and drink export market, worth over €4 billion i...

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    • Conor McCarthy-CEO, Flipdish Ireland

      Conor McCarthy-CEO, Flipdish Ireland 

      Co-founder of Flipdish, an online ordering platform designed for restaurants who want to take command of their brand presence online. Flipdish, founded in 2015, handled online ordering for 15% of Ireland’s restaurants – from standalone stores to some of Ireland’s largest chains.   Presentation Title:  Online Orders 101 - A practical guide to building online order volume   Presentation Synopsis: Conor will bring you through you getting your delivery / collection restaurant set up for taking online orders. Conor will show wh...

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    • Tim Casey-Country Manager, Innocent Drinks.

      Tim Casey-Country Manager, Innocent Drinks. 

      Tim is Country Manager for innocent drinks and has worked there since 2010. Prior to joining innocent Tim gained +20 years’ experience working within the FMCG sector, representing household brand names like KitKat, Nescafe, Kettle Crisps and San Pellegrino. In his role, with innocent drinks, Tim has played a key part in successfully developing the brand to be the number one Chilled Juice brand in the Irish marketplace*. He is proud to work with a great team, who share the same core values and who want to “leave things a little better than they find them” *Nielsen value sales Tot...

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    • Andi Jarvis-Founder,Eximo Marketing.

      Andi Jarvis-Founder,Eximo Marketing. 

      Andi is the Founder of Eximo Marketing, a Belfast-based marketing strategy agency. Andi started his career working in professional sport, as Marketing Manager for Durham County Cricket Club marketing domestic and international sports events alongside concerts for major artists like Elton John and UB40. Moving to Belfast in 2009, Andi worked in media with UTV, helping to raise the profile on the channel and launching new programmes.   After moving to work in agencies in 2011, Andi has worked heavily in marketing of the drinks industry, working...

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    • Andrea Linehan-Commercial Director-GRID Finance, Ireland

      Andrea Linehan-Commercial Director-GRID Finance, Ireland 

      Andrea is a commercial, finance and marketing professional with over 15 years of international experience across a range of products and services. She spent 10 years in the Middle East working on commercial and leisure development for the Omani Government and is now Commercial Director at GRID Finance providing finance to small and medium Irish businesses and wealth products for individuals. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Finance, is a Postgraduate of the Chartered Institute of Marketers, has an Advanced Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an MBA from Trinity College ...

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    • Joe Greaney-Director of WESTBIC

      Joe Greaney-Director of WESTBIC 

      Joe Greaney is the Director of WESTBIC, the EU Business Innovation Centre for Irelands BMW Region.  Joe is a regular policy contributor at both EU and National level on many aspects of applied Innovation Support Services in the SME market.  He has extensive experience in the Agri and Agri Food sector in the areas of strategy, marketing, innovation, finance and business development and plays a lead animation role in the development of new and established food producer clusters in the region.  His other areas of expertise include Transnational Innovation Transfer, Entrepreneursh...

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    • Lorraine Carter-Branding Maven, International Speaker, Multi-Award Winner, Mentor, Writer & Designer-Persona Branding & Design, Ireland

      Lorraine Carter-Branding Maven, International Speaker, Multi-Award Winner, Mentor, Writer & Designer-Persona Branding & Design, Ireland 

      Lorraine Carter, Adv. Dip. Des. DIT, MMII, MIDI, MICAD, is founder and principal of Persona Branding and Design, a multi-disciplinary branding and design company leading their clients to become No. 1 in their target market. A winner of numerous awards over 20 plus years, she takes no-name companies and transforms them into highly recognised brand names amongst their primary audiences. She’s worked with brands from a multitude of sectors for both the national and international markets, many of which are household names.

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    • Larry Kirwan-Lead Trainer,Guardian Fire & Safety

      Larry Kirwan-Lead Trainer,Guardian Fire & Safety 

      Larry is a qualified Fire Risk Assessor and certified in the provision and maintenance of Fire Extinguishers to IS291.  Lead trainer at Guardian Fire & Safety, Larry is responsible for the delivery of a comprehensive range of fire safety training programmes across all sectors of industry. Passionate about empowering employees and helping business owners/managers fulfil their obligations, Larry also holds a certificate in Training & Continuing Education from NUI Maynooth. Presentation Title: Right Extinguisher, Right Risk – Managing fire safety to minimise costs and downtime Prese...

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    • Fiona Uyema-Owner & Founder, Fused.

      Fiona Uyema-Owner & Founder, Fused. 

      Fiona Uyema is an award winning cook and author of cookbook "Japanese Food Made Easy". She provides consultancy to restaurants and gives talks/demos across Ireland. Inspired by her time in Japan, she created "Fused by Fiona Uyema" a healthy and tasty range of flavoured soy sauces to bring Japanese flavours to your everyday cooking.   Presentation Title: Unique Insights into Building a Successful Food Business in Ireland Presentation Synopsis: In her presentation Fiona Uyema will bring us on an unique journey telling us how...

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    • Gilmar Uyema – Channel Lead, Green Isle Foods.

      Gilmar Uyema – Channel Lead, Green Isle Foods. 

      Gilmar Uyema has over 10 years FMCG experience in Ireland working for companies including SCA Hygiene Products, Birds Eye, and Kerry Foods across functions from category management to sales. Gilmar has also worked overseas in distinct markets in retailing and manufacturing his vast and complex experience has given him the capability to generate strategic insights to fuel businesses and deliver sustainable growth. Gilmar Uyema has a BA in Business Management. Presentation Title: Market Disruptors.

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    • Ingrid De Doncker-Managing Director, iDDea.

      Ingrid De Doncker-Managing Director, iDDea. 

      I am the founder of iDDea, previously known as IDD Consult and e-Quiddity, a company that increases the ROI and impact of procurement’s contribution to the bottom line of any business. We focus on delivering value beyond cost savings and on implementing best procurement practices upfront. We do this either by upskilling the competencies of your procurement professionals, by offering an outsourced buying team who will buy on your behalf and deliver savings upfront, or by designing fit for purpose “value beyond cost savings" transformation programs. I lecture in UCC, Procurement Management an...

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    • Cormac McElhinney PhD-Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Teagasc

      Cormac McElhinney PhD-Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Teagasc 

      Cormac McElhinney Ph.D, AMRSC is a post-doctoral researcher and laboratory manager at the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre at Teagasc. Cormac specialises in the chemical analysis of food and animal feed and has extensive experience in the research of chemical contaminants in food and feed, including mycotoxins, pesticides and veterinarian drug residues. He has also conducted research on macro and micro nutrients in food and feed and is most passionate about food safety, sustainability and quality, from farm to fork. The title of my Talk is: Is Grass-fed Beef healthier f...

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    • Jim Fitzsimons-Technical Consultant Helix Innovation Partnerships.

      Jim Fitzsimons-Technical Consultant Helix Innovation Partnerships. 

      Jim Fitzsimons is a Past President of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors, the representative body for the consultancy sector in Ireland. Jim set up and is also Lead Partner in Riverwest Management, a company focussed entirely on funding for Innovation and growth. He has also worked as a Technical Consultant for Helix Innovations Partnerships and  Intertrade Ireland’s Innovation programmes for 13 years. In that time has been put together hundreds of Fusion projects across the island between SME’s and Third Level Colleges. Mostly he has worked partnering companies in Ireland wi...

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    • Dr. Sabine Harrison- Food Science & Nutrition Technologist, UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science

      Dr. Sabine Harrison- Food Science & Nutrition Technologist, UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science 

      Sabine is a Food Science & Nutrition Technologist and lab manager at the UCD Institute of Food & Health. She previously received her MSc. in analytical chemistry from the University of Vienna, Austria before obtaining her PhD. from UCD for her research on food authentication and diet reconstruction in lamb and cattle. Following the completion of her PhD, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry where she further developed her skills in the development and validation of analytical methods. She then brought this knowledge as well as her understanding of regulatory requirements back t...

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    • Anthony Beale- CEO, Anthony Beale & Associates Hospitality Specialists.

      Anthony Beale- CEO, Anthony Beale & Associates Hospitality Specialists. 

      Anthony is a consultant business coach and trainer that is a veteran of the hospitality industry having been in it since 1990. Since 2009 he has brought his experience systems tools and tactics to restaurant, hotel & gastro pub owners. Helping them : Attract Customers, Enhancing Service, Increasing Turnover,  Maximising Profit, Developing Teams. Topic- Fill your Venue. 3 part strategy to grow customers without spending a fortune on advertising.

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    • Robert Hernan- Senior Lean Specialist, Enterprise Ireland.

      Robert Hernan- Senior Lean Specialist, Enterprise Ireland. 

      Senior lean specialist in Enterprise Ireland's Lean team. Currently supporting Enterprise Ireland's food companies in implementing Lean transforms. Previously managed Lean Start and Plus business offers. 2015 managed the successful Lean for Micro (LEOs) pilot and supported the roll out of the IDA lean initiative. Previously was the technical manager in accredited ecotoxicity laboratory. Talk Title- ‘Lean in Food’ Lean is a business improvement management system based on decreasing waste and maximizing y...

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    • Pauline Fitzgerald-Director, Woof Stuff LTD, Ireland.

      Pauline Fitzgerald-Director, Woof Stuff LTD, Ireland. 

      Pauline Fitzgerald, a director of Woof Stuff has a First-Class Honours Business in Entrepreneurship Degree and a Master’s in Public Cultures and Society. Woof Stuffcreates low fat dog treats, made in Ireland with fruit and vegetables. Food Academy participants and awarded FinalistAgri Business of the Year-Emerging 2016. Title "How to start a business with a bag of porridge and a couple of carrots". Brief Synopsis "Woof Stuff started when we rescued Zuomo from the side of a busy road, when he was eight weeks old. He is our inspiration for startin...

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    • Erica Sheehan- Founder, Homespun Foods.

      Erica Sheehan- Founder, Homespun Foods. 

      Erica Sheehan is founder of healthy food brand Homespun. Homespun makes Quinoa Crunch, a multi award-winning range of quinoa-based breakfast products, which are gluten, wheat and refined sugar free. Erica launched Homespun in 2016 after a career in television, journalism and public relations, latterly at Coca-Cola Ireland where she led the corporate communications team. She received a degree in Economics and Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Erica has participated in the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers program for Emerging Entrepreneurs and in the Supervalu  Food Academy Advance b...

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    • Dr. Paul Cummins- Managing Director SeaChange Ltd.

      Dr. Paul Cummins- Managing Director SeaChange Ltd. 

      SeaChange is an Organisational Development company that designs and implements Risk Management solutions to improve Safety Culture. Paul has a BA and MSc in psychology, an MBA, and a PhD in Organisational Leadership. Paul has extensive experience leading Organisational Safety Culture through lean and practical means that tap into ‘human-factors’. Presentation title- LEADING SUSTAINABLE SAFETY CULTURE CHANGE Presentation Synopsis- Paul will be looking at the core human beliefs and attitudes that lead to unsafe behaviours in the work...

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    • James Doyle-Managing Director, Synergy Network Ltd.

      James Doyle-Managing Director, Synergy Network Ltd. 

      James Doyle qualified as an accountant in the 1980s and established Synergy Network Ltd over 20 years ago to implement accounting and stock control systems in SMEs; James is now heavily involved in implementing a cloud manufacturing solution, ExactOnline, for SMEs. Presentation Title     ExactOnline - Cloud Manufacturing system for small food & drink companies   Synopsis   Imagine a system where you can record all your customer interactions, new business opportunities, service requests so that all your ...

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    • Mary McCarthy - Professor of Marketing, CUBS, University College Cork.

      Mary McCarthy – Professor of Marketing, CUBS, University College Cork. 

      Mary McCarthy (BSc, MBA, PhD) is a Professor of Marketing at CUBS, UCC and is a PI in the HRB Centre for Diet and Health Research.  Mary’s research interests lie in the field of consumer behaviour with particular reference to food. She explores the social, cognitive and economic factors that influence consumer decision processes and behaviours. Presentation Title- A new media landscape: Implications for managing food supply chain crises

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    • Eimear O'Connor-Business Development Manager, TransferMate Global Payments.

      Eimear O’Connor-Business Development Manager, TransferMate Global Payments. 

      Eimear O’Connor has 15 years in B2B account management and building strong strategic partnerships to open up new processes and revenue streams gained through her FMCG background at Kerry Group and Nielsen Market Research. Today Eimear is using this experience to work with companies to provide a more streamlined FX payment solution. TransferMate offer speed and significant savings in terms of the FX rates provided but we also want to stay ahead of the curb tailoring our customer experience based on our client’s requirements whether this is phone, online or integrated to your existing accountanc...

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    • Jane Manzor-CEO, Manzor Marketing.

      Jane Manzor-CEO, Manzor Marketing. 

      With over 15 years’ experience in the food and beverage sector (Kepak, Unilever, Valeo Foods), Jane Manzor (CEO) brings a wealth of experience to her clients with a focus on the SME sector. Growing up in two family businesses Jane was immersed from a young age in a strong business culture. She has always had a strong interest in marketing and in particular in the food industry. A continuous learner, Jane has recently completed training courses in digital marketing (Masters DCU), event management & PR (The Fitzwilliam Institute) and train the trainer (Professional Development). She is...

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    • Drazen Toic -CEO, Surf’n’Fries, Ireland.

      Drazen Toic -CEO, Surf’n’Fries, Ireland. 

      Drazen Toic is an entrepreneur by heart. His lifetime experience in lunching and executing his own businesses brought him across the globe. He had travelled through his business life from his homelands in Croatia to the sunny Italy, South America and eventually - 6 years ago - to Ireland where he has become successful executive in one of the most progressive telecommunication corporation. That was when Drazen and his wife Ana learned about the massive potato consumption in Ireland.It didn't take long to make the decision that Ireland needs to be introduced to the re...

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    • Elmer Kerr-Managing Director, National Shopping Grid

      Elmer Kerr-Managing Director, National Shopping Grid 

      Elmer’s reputation as one of Ireland’s top retail specialists and experienced business development consultant has matured in his role as Senior Consultant to Cork County Council rolling out and delivering the successful Beacon Initiative Program. He has worked with 160+ businesses across nine major towns in Cork County in addition to engaging with key operators in the Food, Electrical, Hardware and Insurance sectors specialising in finance as a qualified accountant, sales & marketing with great emphasis on digital online marketing across all major social media platforms. In addition, Elmer...

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    • Ruth Robertson-Management Systems Consultant, Bambus Solutions.

      Ruth Robertson-Management Systems Consultant, Bambus Solutions. 

      Management Systems Consultant providing sustainable, value add solutions for quality, environmental and safety performance. Ruth has over 25 years’ experience implementing and operating ISO management systems in companies involved in manufacturing, logistics, waste management and service industries. She understands the need for a practical approach to ensure safety, quality and environmental systems and processes that work for the company in a positive way. Ruth provides services and support in Safety Management ISO Management systems ISO 9001, 14001...

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    • Barry Connellan-Managing Director,Franchise Development Solutions International, Ireland

      Barry Connellan-Managing Director,Franchise Development Solutions International, Ireland 

      Founder of Franchise Development Solutions International – a Wholly Irish owned Franchise Consultancy, Strategy & Media company. Working with some of the biggest brands in the world, FDSI offers advice and solutions to franchise investors and to the most credible, ethical and future focused franchise brands across the globe.

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    • Stefano Messori-Design Strategist & Founder, Strategic Design Hub.

      Stefano Messori-Design Strategist & Founder, Strategic Design Hub. 

      Stefano’s aim is to facilitate a design thinking agenda in organisations pursuing a strategic innovation approach. Stefano collaborates with the management of medium sized and large organisations (on ad hoc projects) but also with start-ups, through online learning and group facilitation sessions.   In addition to promoting and facilitating the adoption of a design agenda within organisations, Stefano encourages managers to challenge their current understanding of their work and the mental models they have created to explain reality. Presentation title:   ...

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    • Dr Tim Yeomans- Centre Manager, Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, Limerick Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland.

      Dr Tim Yeomans- Centre Manager, Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, Limerick Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland. 

      Dr. Tim Yeomans is the Centre Manager for Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, a collaboration between the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Limerick Institute of Technology. Tim holds a PhD in Microbiology and postgraduate qualifications in Technology Commercialisation and Innovation Management. Tim has worked in research and development for 20 years, both in industry and academia, and has worked closely with many food companies in Ireland. In his role in Shannon ABC, Tim is responsible for the scientific direction of the Centre, intellectual property management and business and technology...

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    • Rosy Temple-Sales Manager Ireland,Rebel Kitchen.

      Rosy Temple-Sales Manager Ireland,Rebel Kitchen. 

      For two years, Rosy worked with the pioneering UK organic food brand, Rebel Kitchen. Rosy developed sales in London. Having gained experience in managing wholesale and retail sectors and running a field sales team, Rosy made the move to return home to Ireland. Rosy is now establishing Rebel Kitchen in the Irish market. Talk title: Breaking the mould: innovation in the free-from category   Synopsis Introduction (2 slides) – brief over-view of the growth of the free-from market (globally – Mintel report stats) and in Ireland (Board Bia report stats) Product innovation (3 s...

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    • Feargal Brady-Co-founder, Blue Face.

      Feargal Brady-Co-founder, Blue Face. 

      Feargal Brady is co-founder of Blueface, the Cloud Communications company, which recently raised €10M to drive their global expansion. Blueface service a global customer base with their proprietary platform, providing cloud telephony and related services to businesses, government bodies, enterprises and carriers. Feargal holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from DIT, a BSc Eng from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from H.E.C. Paris. He is also an experienced keynote speaker, regularly contributing to events all over Europe including UCExpo, FutureScope, InnovActionLab, DLR Summi...

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    • Andy Buchan-Divisional Managing Director, ACO Building Drainage.

      Andy Buchan-Divisional Managing Director, ACO Building Drainage. 

      Having worked in ‘drainage’ for over 20 years Andy has a wealth of experience across a number of different material options including clay, plastics and concrete. Predominantly associated with manufacturing companies (Hepworth and Saint-Gobain) prior to ACO, Andy specialised in the development of new products, particularly within plastic pressure systems.  He launched the famous Hep3O Water Pressure System and following market-leading research on the ‘failure mechanism of road ironwork’ (partnered by the Highways Agency & Nottingham University) the UK’s biggest selling manhole c...

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    • Dr Maeve O’Riordan- Programme Manager, Irish Research Council.

      NO REPRO FEE. Maeve O Riordan, University College Cork. Photo by Tomas Tyner, UCC.

      Dr Maeve O’Riordan- Programme Manager, Irish Research Council. 

      Dr Maeve O’Riordan is Programme Manager at the Irish Research Council with responsibility for the enterprise programmes (Employment-Based Programme and the Enterprise Partnership Scheme). These programmes provide excellent value-for-money opportunities for collaboration between early-stage researchers, companies, and academia. Past award holders have conducted targeted research within the food industry in Ireland; from farming to consumer behaviour. The...

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    • Melody Chadamoyo-Relationship Coach, Heart Passion Institute.

      Melody Chadamoyo-Relationship Coach, Heart Passion Institute. 

      Melody Chadamoyo is a personal and professional coach who works with individuals and business people to understand their key strengths and motivators and helps her clients channel these resources to deliver their maximum potential. A student of relationships, Melody is a certified life coach, and manages a blog at http://heartpassioninstitute.com/. Presentation Title: Evolving relationships with customers to increase profits. Synopsis: How can you get loyalty from customers? Connect-learn about them & build...

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    • Brendan Sheppard- CEO, SmartFactory.

      Brendan Sheppard- CEO, SmartFactory. 

      With over 20 years industry experience, Brendan Sheppard is the driving force behind SmartFactory. Throughout his Engineering career, Brendan has worked with leading multi-nationals such as P&G, Accantia, Tambrands & Boeing. His commitment to continuous process improvements, lean manufacturing environments, data capturing and reporting was the foundation for the vision behind SmartFactory.   Title of the talk – “The Smart Factory”   Abstract – In this presentation, Brendan will demonstrate the real possibilities of the Internet of...

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    • Brian Downes-CEO, Performance Consultant.

      Brian Downes-CEO, Performance Consultant. 

      Brian Downes is the founder of performance consultancy, Performance Cubed. He is a specialist on people centred performance for business growth, a sought after public speaker and the creator of the Performance Cubed approach, the Performance Equation and the Business Design methodology. Brian’s performance through people approach to business growth and change is founded on 20+ years of business experience around the globe, a successful career in sport and an academic background in business, accounting and behavioural science. Brian works with organisations and leaders in a variety of industrie...

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    • Tim Daniels- Marketing Manager, Autoscribe Informatics UK

      Tim Daniels- Marketing Manager, Autoscribe Informatics UK 

      Tim has over 30+ years of experience working in national and international markets across a range of software/high-technology products. He is currently the Marketing Manager at Autoscribe Informatics, based near Reading in the UK. Autoscribe Informatics provides database management solutions such as Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) that, uniquely, are graphically configurable requiring no scripting or custom coding to configure solutions. Tim‘s broad background provides a unique blend of practical knowledge and insight to drive all aspects of product and corporate marketing wit...

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    • Alejandro Rosales- Science and Technology Manager, Visum Ltd.

      Alejandro Rosales- Science and Technology Manager, Visum Ltd. 

      lejandro Rosales (M.Sc. in Physics) is Science & Technology Manager at IRIS, a Barcelona-based advanced engineering company, the parent company of Visum Ltd. (Dublin). Alejandro manages the company’s Innovation Portfolio from a scientific and technological perspective and facilitates strategic alliances with providers of both knowledge and technology. His expertise comprises both theoretical and hands-on skills in several scientific and technological areas, in particular, spectroscopy, chemometrics and design of measurement instruments and their integration in industrial lines as well as m...

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    • Lorraine McCann- Senior Manager and Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY Ireland

      Lorraine McCann- Senior Manager and Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY Ireland 

      Lorraine McCann is a Senior Manager and Leader of EY Ireland’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice.  Lorraine has extensive global cross-sectoral experience in helping companies comply with ever increasing regulatory and voluntary sustainability performance measurement and reporting requirements, to improve efficiencies, lower costs and optimise performance. Presentation title: Sustainability in the Food & Beverage industry – what does it really mean?   Presentation synopsis: Whether you’re...

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    • Julie Sittlington- Scientific Assistant (Human Intervention Studies Unit), Ulster University.

      Julie Sittlington- Scientific Assistant (Human Intervention Studies Unit), Ulster University. 

      Julie Sittlington PhD SENr is a Scientific Assistant within the Human Interventions Studies Unit in Ulster University, Coleraine.  The unit, dedicated to carrying out human intervention trials,provides a range of services including body composition, bone health testing,biomarker analysis, and both dietary and food composition analysis.She has actively been involved in food industry, nutrition, and health research for 17 years.She is a Sports and Exercise Nutrition registrant. Presentation title:Food Industry and ResearchDevelopment: What can Ulster University offer? ...

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    • Ken Halpin-Founder & Managing Director, Celtrino Ltd.

      Ken Halpin-Founder & Managing Director, Celtrino Ltd. 

      Ken leads the Celtrino team and is instrumental in developing its vision, products and technical operations. He founded Celtrino almost 30 years ago, carving out a niche building electronic trading systems for leading supply chain organisations in the Retail Grocery and Food and Drink Sectors. He has overseen Celtrino’s growth into an international brand, helping companies transact business across complex supply chains with total confidence.   Topic: Digital Transformation In Retail Grocery Symbol Groups   Synopsis: 2017 is an...

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    • Blathnaid Bergin- Director, The Business of Food.

      Blathnaid Bergin- Director, The Business of Food. 

      A graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management, Blathnaid Bergin has been setting up and streamlining food service businesses for decades. Her unique Business of Food Courses are designed specifically to give entrants to the industry the tools, skills and knowledge to do it right first time and keep it right. Title of Talk: ‘Why Restaurants Close and what to do to avoid it’   Synopsis Death by a thousand cuts Systems Facts versus Fiction How to fix it.  

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    • Michael Clancy-Director,	FDT Consulting Engineers & Project Managers Ltd

      Michael Clancy-Director, FDT Consulting Engineers & Project Managers Ltd 

      An Agricultural and Food Engineer, Michael joined FDT in 1998 and has been Project Engineer, Manager and Consultant to Beverage, Food and Pharma companies in Ireland and Internationally.  Michael is experienced in Sustainable Production, with experience of projects for The EPA, SEAI and recently led an EU Eco-Innovation project (PUReOPE). Presentation title: Water, Water: An Opportunity or a Challenge? PRESENTATION SYNOPSIS: Good Management of Water is one of the principal means that Food and Drink organisations can reduce thei...

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    • Donal O'Donovan-Business Development Manager, Protel Associates Ltd

      Donal O’Donovan-Business Development Manager, Protel Associates Ltd 

      Donal is responsible for capex project research for the Irish market for Protel Associates – Europe’s leading supplier of project intelligence covering the food & beverage industry and wider process manufacturing sectors. Having worked in technical sales and procurement roles for 25, Donal has developed unmatched insight into the capex landscape across Ireland.   Talk Title- "Capital Expenditure - Pharma, food & Drink - Ireland - year on year review" will be the topic focusing on the numbers for 2016-2017 and any threats perceived from Brexit in the sectors I cover.

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    • Carol Griffin- Food Industry Development,Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown.

      Carol Griffin- Food Industry Development,Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown. 

      Carol Griffin works in New Product Development and Sensory Analysis at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown.  She manages the sensory analysis facility which provides services ranging from trained descriptive panel profiling to focus group and consumer testing of a wide range of food types.  She is an experienced trainer and provides a wide range of bespoke training programmes in sensory analysis and descriptive panel training. Presentation Title: What can Sensory Science do for you?   Synopsis: Food sensory science is a multidisciplinary field which investigates how human...

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    • Andrew Bradley-Director, Bradley Brand & Design.

      Andrew Bradley-Director, Bradley Brand & Design. 

      Andrew Bradley has been at the forefront of brand and design thinking in Ireland for over 20 years, proud to have created some household brands such as Applegreen, Keelings and  MAO. He specialises in working with owner managed companies to assist them realised the commercial potential of a strong brand in delivering a competitive advantage and customer loyalty. He believes that a business’s reputation is build on customer experience. Brand defines it. Design creates it. Throughout his career, Andrew has been an active member of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and was President from 2...

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    • Mark O'Donovan-Engineering Manager, NeoDyne Limited

      Mark O’Donovan-Engineering Manager, NeoDyne Limited 

      Mark O’Donovan has been providing engineering solutions to the Food and Beverage sector for the past 15 years. Mark has focused on delivering to process control and reporting solutions to aid companies in meeting increasing demand for traceability from customer and regulatory bodies. Presentation Title: Increasing performance through Overall Equipment Effectiveness Measurement The presentation will focus on how the real-time measurement and reporting of Equipment Availability, Throughput and Quality to calculate the Overall Equipment Effectiveness to drive changes to increase efficien...

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    • Marek Pokorny-Director, Shamrock Escargots.

      Marek Pokorny-Director, Shamrock Escargots. 

      Marek Pokorny is originally from the Czech Republic but living in Ireland almost 13 years. He is a qualified Civil and Environmental Engineer.  He is the founder of Shamrock Escargots which is a snail farm in Co. Kildare. He is the pioneer in snail food processing in Ireland . Synopsis of presentation: Commercial Snail Farming in Ireland:   Topics: Setting up a Snail Farm Snail Food Processing Overview of Irish Snail Farming Future for Shamrock Escargots...

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    • Dermott Reilly- CEO, NanoLandGlobal Ltd UK.

      Dermott Reilly- CEO, NanoLandGlobal Ltd UK. 

      Dermott graduated in economics & history, moved to London and ran his own food packaging and distribution business for 16 years. Frustrated by wastage and inefficiency in the food supply chain, Dermott was attracted to RFID and nanotechnology and has unique solutions for the food sector. Talk Title- Health and wellbeing for all and the planet. My talk will be brief but will cover novel eco-friendly methods to address issues in the food sector such as: Making assets last longer, removing metal stress, vibration and noise Eco-hygiene, how new technology is r...

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    • Gavyn Pedley- C.E.O. Moodley Manor Ltd.

      Gavyn Pedley- C.E.O. Moodley Manor Ltd. 

      BIO Gavyn Pedley, Bsc in Entrepreneurship founded Moodley Manor Ltd. in 2014 and has innovated in the sustainable food sector with his ever-developing range of meat-free meat alternatives. Since beginning in 2014, Moodley Manor now supplies across Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK with launch in mainland Europe planned later this year.   PRESENTATION TITLE Normalising the niche in emerging markets in line with ethical eating trends   Brief Synopsis Gavyn is an expert in making niche products mainstream within developing and emerging markets. This talk will out...

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    • Gene Leonard-Managing Director, LBSPartners.

      Gene Leonard-Managing Director, LBSPartners. 

      Gene  co-founded  LBS in 2002. Gene has practiced Lean for 22 years.  He has implemented Lean at Dell, and many other FDI and large indigenous enterprises. He specialises in Lean Strategy Deployment and works closely with Senior Management Teams.   Gene was Engineering Director at Dell EMEA with responsibility for European Manufacturing Strategy & Operations. Education Advanced Lean, Cardiff University ME, University of Limerick, BE, University of Limerick Experience Dell, Director of Engineering EMEA, Sanmina SCI Test Engineering Manager...

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    • Kate Downer-Research Director,Breaking Blue UK

      Kate Downer-Research Director,Breaking Blue UK 

      Kate specialises in qualitative food and beverage research, and has helped clients including Tesco, Lidl, Wal-Mart and many private label manufacturers to understand and optimise the consumer experience, from the shelf-edge to the washing up!  A trained ethnographer, Kate employs a wide range of consumer closeness and observational research techniques. Presentation Title:Recipes for success: doing consumer insight ‘right’ in NPD Presentation Synopsis:  Involving the consumer in the NPD process is a no-brainer – but what’s the best way to do it? How ca...

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    • Rhiannon Jones, Research Manager Breaking Blue, UK

      Rhiannon Jones, Research Manager Breaking Blue, UK 

      An experienced qualitative researcher, Rhiannon has spent much of her career to date working with clients in the food and drink sector. Her particular focus is on innovation and development, at both brand and product level. Rhiannon has supported Tesco, Soreen, Samworth Brothers and AB Inbev in NPD. Presentation Title: Recipes for success: doing consumer insight ‘right’ in NPD Presentation Synopsis: Involving the consumer in the NPD process is a no-brainer – but what’s the best way to do it? How can you avoid the gremlins, make the process agile, and maximise value for money while genera...

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    • Katie Beckett - Enforcement Team Leader (Access and Benefit Sharing)  The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Government  UK

      Katie Beckett – Enforcement Team Leader (Access and Benefit Sharing) The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Government UK 

      Katie Beckett joined the Access and Benefit Sharing team at Regulatory Delivery at the start of 2016 after spending almost eight years working in the natural product sector focussed on the development of ingredients from southern African plant biodiversity.  Having closely followed the development of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing and its implementation, Katie's current role as ABS Enforcement Team Leader is to support compliance among UK businesses and organisations by raising awareness of the legislation and providing guidance on meeting associated obligations. Katie gradu...

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    • Eddie Stableford- Innovation Director ,Wonderstruck Brand Innovators Cambridge UK

      Eddie Stableford- Innovation Director ,Wonderstruck Brand Innovators Cambridge UK 

      Eddie is Innovation Director at Wonderstruck Brand Design. During his 37 year career he has worked on a vast array of different businesses from automotive, consumer, retail and food brands and uses his knowledge and expertise to create compelling brand propositions for a diverse client list across the globe. Presentation Title:  ‘New Food’ vs ‘Old Food’ - the demand for increasing quality, cleaner ingredients and better nutrition. Presentation Synopsis:  Eddie will present his view on how changing consumer needs and wants are creating a demand for ...

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    • Tammy Butterworth-Global R&D Manager, PepsiCo

      Tammy Butterworth-Global R&D Manager, PepsiCo 

      Tammy lives in the Midlands with her Husband and two children- where as well as developing her own start up food business she is also Global R&D Manager for PepsiCo. She is hugely passionate about the food and drink industry having spent over 10 years in product development of large blue-chip business’s, holding roles spanning technical development, marketing, and disruptive innovation. Tammy has worked for Mars, PepsiCo, Britvic Soft Drinks and Twinings. Presentation Title: Innovating to Balance Nutrition, Taste and Function.

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    • Mark Evans-Managing Director,R&D Tax Claims Limited United Kingdom

      Mark Evans-Managing Director,R&D Tax Claims Limited United Kingdom 

      R&D Tax Claims Limited helps UK SMEs to reclaim corporation tax they’ve unknowingly overpaid in their development of new products and improving processes. The company was founded in January 2012 by Managing Director Mark Evans FCA and since then has claimed back over £13million for UK SMEs with an average tax saving of over £40,000 per company, per annum.

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    • Carolyn Hudson-PR and Marketing Manager, England Marketing

      Carolyn Hudson-PR and Marketing Manager, England Marketing 

      Carolyn has a career in marketing and promotions that spans more than twenty five years – she has worked in the newspaper and radio industry, before joining England Marketing over a decade ago.  England Marketing is a market research agency which specialises in working for clients in the food and agricultural sector. Carolyn brought a new skillset to the team, having worked in advertising, promotions, sponsorship and event organisation. It seemed it was an ideal time to  extend the company’s core services and give her particular responsibility for marketing and PR. ...

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    • exhibitor - Ross H Campbell – Business Director, CyberColloids ltd, Ireland

      Ross H Campbell – Business Director, CyberColloids ltd, Ireland 

      Ross Campbell – has a joint honours degree in Chemistry and Management Science from Stirling University. Ross has worked for a number of different companies in various roles, including Dow Corning, 3M, Courtaulds all involving polymers for many industrial applications.  He then joined Unilever’s Quest food ingredient division to head up their hydrocolloids business unit which is now part of Kerry. Ross left Quest in 2001 and started up CyberColloids which has become a well recognized ‘business led contract research’ company specializing in polysaccharide chemistry for food tex...

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    • Steve Osborn-B.Sc (Hons), M.Phil, Food Technology Scout, Director, The Aurora Ceres Partnership Ltd, UK

      Steve Osborn-B.Sc (Hons), M.Phil, Food Technology Scout, Director, The Aurora Ceres Partnership Ltd, UK 

      Steve has extensive commercial and technical experience with Nestlé, Northern Foods, Ashbury Confectionery and Leatherhead Food Research. The Aurora Ceres Partnership Ltd provides Innovation management, change management and technical business support for the Food and Beverage industry.  ACP’s key focus is the ACTION food and beverage technology scouting platform.

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    • Cormac Healy- Senior Director, Meat Industry Ireland (MII).

      Cormac Healy- Senior Director, Meat Industry Ireland (MII). 

      Cormac Healy is currently the Senior Director of Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the Ibec sector organisation representing the meat industry in Ireland.  MII represents the beef, pigmeat, lamb and poultry meat processing sectors.  Prior to that, he was Director of theIrish Dairy Industries Association (IDIA), which represents the primary dairy processing sector and the infant formula manufacturers in Ireland.  Cormac has 20 years’ experience working in the food industry in Ireland, principally as a representative of industry but also spent a number of years working with a processing company. ...

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    • Simon Gray-Partner and Head of Trade Marks, Tomkins.

      Simon Gray-Partner and Head of Trade Marks, Tomkins. 

      Simon is a qualified Trade Mark Attorney and well known in the Intellectual Property field.  He has a strong sense of business and what it means to a client to be effectively represented.  Simon’s expertise in Trade Marks over 25 years has taught him that a client needs not just a cold legal appraisal of their Trade Mark rights, but what is the best business focused solution for a client to protect their rights and their reputation. He has vast experience and holds recognised knowledge in all aspects of Trade Mark law and practice in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe.  Simon is the Presid...

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    • Howard Knott – M.A., FCILT., Logistics Consultant, Irish Exporters Association

      Howard Knott – M.A., FCILT., Logistics Consultant, Irish Exporters Association 

      Thirty years experience in the shipping and Forwarding Industry followed by ten years with the Irish Exporters Association developing the organisation’s Trade Facilitation and Supply Chain capability. Has represented the organisation in a number of EU backed Logistics projects and at a number of Oireachtas Transport Committee hearings. Has spoken at a number of international  Conferences on intermodal transport. Columnist with “Fleet Transport”, compiles “Fleet Maritime” and has contributed to a number of other leading publications. Passionate Sailor. Presentation Title: Food and Drink Logi...

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    • Aileesh Carew -Director of Sales and Marketing, The Irish Emigration Museum.

      Aileesh Carew -Director of Sales and Marketing, The Irish Emigration Museum. 

      Aileesh is the Director of Sales and Marketing at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum – an award winning museum in Dublin dedicated to the story of the Irish and their extraordinary influence on the World. She is also a director of Real Experience, specialising in advising clients on customer service.   She has spent much of her career opening and managing hotels, most recently she launched the multi award winning Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois, voted Best Hotel in the World by Conde Nast Traveller.   She is a graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management, with a MBA from Co...

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    • Jack Hamilton- Marketing & New Markets Director, Mash Direct.

      Jack Hamilton- Marketing & New Markets Director, Mash Direct. 

      A sixth generation son of the soil, Jack grew up on the family farm and helped to dig and peel the first vegetables that went on to become Mash Direct products. Following a career in journalism that would take him around the world from Nigeria, to Washington DC to London and finally back home to Mash Direct again, Jack used his experience to grow the Mash Direct brand through marketing and exports. Jack won the Belfast Telegraph’s Young Business Person of the Year and has recently been shortlisted as Ulster Tatler’s Businessman of the Year Award. Presentation Title: Expo...

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    • Stan McCarthy-CEO, Kerry Group.

      Stan McCarthy-CEO, Kerry Group. 

      Stan joined Kerry’s graduate recruitment programme in Ireland in 1976. He has worked in a number of finance roles including Financial Controller in the USA on the establishment of Kerry’s operations in Chicago in 1984. Following the Group’s acquisition of Beatreme Foods Inc. in 1988 he was appointed Vice President of Materials Management and Purchasing. In 1991, he was appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing and became President of Kerry North America in 1996. Stan has served as Director for 18 years.

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    • Orla Battersby- Divisional Manager, Food Division, Enterprise Ireland

      Orla Battersby- Divisional Manager, Food Division, Enterprise Ireland 

      Orla Battersby is Divisional Manager for Food with responsibility for supporting both established and start up Food companies as well as the mandate for Foreign Direct Investment in the Food sector.  Previously, Orla held a number of senior positions in Enterprise Ireland, most recently as Divisional Manager, High Potential Start Ups and prior to that was Enterprise Ireland’s Territory Director for North America, based in New York.   She has also led Enterprise Ireland’s Client Management Development Department which runs Leadership and Management Programmes for Enterprise ...

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    • Warren Singh-Director, Sandpiper Technology.

      Warren Singh-Director, Sandpiper Technology. 

      Warren Singh is an accountant who specialises in IT strategy and IT implementation. He works with Sandpiper Technology to help businesses find the right entry point for Salesforce CRM into their companies and the execution of that proposed strategy. Prior to joining Sandpiper Technology he worked for many years within EY's IT Advisory service. Presentation Title: How CRM technology can help your business today Synopsis of Talk: CRM stands for "Customer Relationship Management". And a CRM application, in its simplest description, is an application which m...

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    • Tara Calihman-Content Marketing Strategist, Zahra Media Group

      Tara Calihman-Content Marketing Strategist, Zahra Media Group 

      Tara Calihman recently moved to Ireland from the US, looking for a new adventure. She is the Content Strategist at Zahra Media Group, where she works with blue-chip clients, helping them develop content ideas that resonate with their audience and support their business objectives.     Presentation title:   Cooking up Tasty Content: A Recipe for Content Marketing Success     Presentation synopsis:   Some 59% of 25- to 34-year-olds head to their kitchen with either their smartpho...

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    • Greg Fry-Training Manager, SocialMedia.ie

      Greg Fry-Training Manager, SocialMedia.ie 

      Greg is an international trainer and one of Ireland’s top Social Media experts. He believes that in order to make social media work for your business you must have a clear business goal, a clearly defined strategy, great content and make sure that everything you do is measurable. Greg has worked with top companies including: Bord Bia, Carbery Group,  BWG Foods, Beannchor Group, Bord Bia, Dublin Food Chain, Coca Cola Hellenic, Enterprise Ireland, Ulster Bank, Microsoft, Vodafone,  Virgin Media, Symantec and many of Ireland’s Local Enterprise Offices. Send him a tweet @gregfrysocial or con...

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    • William Despard- Owner and Managing Director,The Bretzel Bakery.

      William Despard- Owner and Managing Director,The Bretzel Bakery. 

      17 years in the baking business as owner and managing director of one of the last inner city artisan bakeries. Presided over the expansion into a purpose-built baking facility in 2013. Fiercely determined to make good bread while preserving the Bretzel’s hundred year old heritage.  An original thinker with lots of ideas, open and honest about the management of a small to medium business.

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    • Declan J. Troy - Assistant Director of Research, Teagasc – the Irish Agriculture and Development Authority/ Director of Technology and Knowledge Transfer for Teagasc Food Programme

      Declan J. Troy – Assistant Director of Research, Teagasc – the Irish Agriculture and Development Authority/ Director of Technology and Knowledge Transfer for Teagasc Food Programme 

      Declan J. Troy is the Assistant Director of Research for Teagasc – the Irish Agriculture and Development Authority. He is also Director of Technology and Knowledge Transfer for the Teagasc Food Programme. Declan is a Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry and completed his post graduate studies at University College Dublin in 1986 investigating the biochemistry of muscle proteases as a function of pH. He later became Head of the Meat Science Department in The National Food Centre, Dublin. During this time, he has published over 100 scientific peer reviewed publications, book chapt...

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    • Eddie O'Gorman PhD-Director and owner, KBH Nutrition.

      Eddie O’Gorman PhD-Director and owner, KBH Nutrition. 

      Eddie is director and owner of KBH Nutrition which is a small Irish R&D company focusing on clean label as well as vegan friendly creatine drinks and new high protein vegan frozen deserts, with collaborators in Switzerland, Germany and Serbia. Eddie did his PhD at the ETH Zurich investigating creatine depletion as a model for mitochondrial myopathies and has maintained his interest in this field ever since. Title: A Vegan Friendly Creatine RTD After years of testing, we have successfully generated a new patent pending creatine shot, that is easy to manufacture and also provides high ...

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    • Suzanne Flood-Managing Director/Export Specialist, Open Ventures Consulting.

      Suzanne Flood-Managing Director/Export Specialist, Open Ventures Consulting. 

      Suzanne Flood has over 20 years’ experience in helping companies enter new markets globally & exporting. Amongst other projects, she launched the .mobi domain in Europe and has brought an Irish travel company into Germany.  She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and has an MBA from the Smurfit School of Business, UCD. Title of Presentation :  Diversifying Away from the UK and Looking at New Markets in the face of Brexit. (Challenges of New Market Entry). Presentation Synopsis 37% of all Irish Exports go to the UK and whilst the UK will remai...

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    • Conor Hyde-Man Director / Owner , Bullseye Food Marketing.

      Conor Hyde-Man Director / Owner , Bullseye Food Marketing. 

      Conor Hyde founded Bullseye Food Marketing in 2001 to service a growing demand for expert, best practice, business marketing support for Irish food companies. ( www.bullseye.ie ) Conor has over twenty-five years Sales, Marketing, & Food Exporting experience having held senior Marketing Manager positions with Golden Vale/Kerry & Dairygold Co-op. Conor has lectured in food marketing for UCC, BIM, Teagasc, ICOS, Food Academy, Udaras Na Gaeltachta, and various City & County Enterprise Offices around Ireland. He is also an approved food busines...

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    • Emma Lacy-Marketing Manager, Horan Automation and Consulting.

      Emma Lacy-Marketing Manager, Horan Automation and Consulting. 

      Having graduated WIT with an honours marketing degree in 2001, Emma has amassed over 16 years marketing experience in high level and varied roles.  She has worked as a marketing consultant and trainer for the past 10 years before joining the team at Horan Automation and Consulting as their marketing manager.  Title: Reasons to Automate your Production The presentation will address how automation makes production more effective.  It will address cost issues such as return on investment and staff issues.  It will also outline Horan Automation and Consulting’s unique...

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    • Jarrod Cuffe-Partner, Off The Cuffe.

      Jarrod Cuffe-Partner, Off The Cuffe. 

      As an ex-chef, Jarrod Cuffe has always believed in the importance of flavour balance. He also likes interacting with people so he left the kitchen life behind and became a bartender. Originally from Australia, Jarrod has worked in bars in Paris, London & Dublin.

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    • Sarah Martin-CEO and Founder, Mamabud

      Sarah Martin-CEO and Founder, Mamabud 

      Sarah Martin is CEO and founder of MamaBud, a platform that helps companies sell direct to Chinese consumers, quickly and cost effectively. Sarah has a background in International marketing and worked for 9 years with Unilever in their global Ice Cream category mostly at their HQ in Rome, Italy. She also spent 3 years in the Caribbean working for the telecommunications provider Digicel, where she held a number of roles, including Commercial Director for the Eastern Caribbean as well as Fibre M&A. She returned after almost 10 years abroad to complete an MBA at Smurfit Graduate Busines...

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    • Finbarr McCarthy-Product Director, One Posting.

      Finbarr McCarthy-Product Director, One Posting. 

      Finbarr is a highly experienced executive, entrepreneur and business advisor, having worked with enterprises large and small, domestically and internationally.  A director of a software company, head of operations for a service company, management consultant & sports coach, he can identify and apply practical solutions to significant business challenges. Presentation Title - You have completed the Enterprise Ireland Brexit Scorecard - What Next? Presentation Synopsis Many businesses will have completed the Enterprise Ireland Brexit Scorecard and will have received a report identif...

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    • Chris Swaffin Smith- Director,Raynor Foods Ltd.

      Chris Swaffin Smith- Director,Raynor Foods Ltd. 

      Chris has been a non -Executive Director for Raynor Foods for five years .He has worked in this capacity  for  several businesses during his career .He has worked as an adviser to family businesses in both Europe and Asia , been a visiting member of Faculty  at Regents University in London, and  has published a number of articles relating to family businesses. Presentation title- Linking succession to the development of a Sustainable Business Dilemmas facing the Family Business   In this presentation Chris will identify the challenges and opportunities that famil...

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    • Lorcan Bannon-Head of Client Strategy, Olytico.

      Lorcan Bannon-Head of Client Strategy, Olytico. 

      Lorcan Bannon is Head of Client Strategy at Olytico where he leads Social Media Monitoring activities for leading brands like Heineken, Safefood and Electric Ireland. Prior to joining Olytico, he worked at Pernod Ricard as Senior Global Brand Manager for Jameson Whiskey working across multiple markets leading strategic marketing plans for key activation pillars. Title: “Hi @AllBrandsEver, Are you listening?” Details: 5 ways Social Media Listening can have a big impact on your food or drink business.

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    • Gordon McCready-National Sales Manager, OspreyDeepclean.

      Gordon McCready-National Sales Manager, OspreyDeepclean. 

      Gordon is National Sales Manager for OspreyDeeepclean covering all the UK and Ireland. Gordon has worked extensively in the food industry for various companies firstly in the supply detergents and sanitisers, through to Contract Cleaning, and now with Osprey supplying bespoke steam cleaning and sanitation solutions. Our Steam cleaning machines and the Dry Steam they produce are able to clean and sanitise through heat transfer on to the surface they are cleaning. Our machines were originally produced to remove Healthcare Affected Infections (HCAI) from hospitals. The move into food was a nat...

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    • Maria Jackson- Head of Operations, Northside Home Care Services and KARE Social Services

      Maria Jackson- Head of Operations, Northside Home Care Services and KARE Social Services 

      Presentation Title – Community Food Services KARE Social Services and Northside Home Care are not for profit charitable organisations in operation for 52 years providingHome Care Services, Meals on Wheels with Community Kitchens and Citizens Information in North Dublin.They have recently merged and every year the food service provides approx. 45,000 meals, comprising of sit down meals in Community Kitchens and Meals on Wheels Deliveries to elderly people in North Dublin. Its mission is to provide support, information and home care that helps improve quality of life, gives people in need an ...

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    • Liam Lewis-Centre Manager, Centre for advanced Photonics and Process Analysis CIT

      Liam Lewis-Centre Manager, Centre for advanced Photonics and Process Analysis CIT 

      Liam Lewis received his PhD from (UCC) Tyndall Institute in 2007. After working as a post-Doctoral researcher for 12 months he moved to a position of research engineer at the newly formed Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis in 2008. During his time there he worked on several Industry led research projects and successfully raised over €400K worth of project funding for the centre. In 2012 he was promoted to senior researcher, with responsibility for further project management and raising new capital investment. In 2014 he took up the position of Centre Manager. The centre current...

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    • Colm Hanratty – CEO, Sixtwo Digital

      Colm Hanratty – CEO, Sixtwo Digital 

      Colm Hanratty is Founder and CEO of Sixtwo Digital, a digital marketing agency that helps businesses get more from their social media and content marketing… by being social. Having worked with Hostelworld.com for almost 11 years, he set up his business in November 2013. Since then he has worked with clients across a wide rang of industries including East Coast Bakehouse, ding* (formerly known as ezetop), Digicel Bermuda, Homestay.com, Tourism Ireland, The Irish Sun, Trekksoft and Erdinger Ireland. He also lectures on social media with the Marketing Institute of Ireland. Presentation...

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    • Diarmaid Murphy -CEO & Co-Founder, Promo Pads Ltd.

      Repro Free: 3rd November 2016. Diarmaid Murphy. Picture Jason Clarke.

      Diarmaid Murphy -CEO & Co-Founder, Promo Pads Ltd. 

      Diarmaid Murphy, CEO of Promo Pads Ltd. With an MBA from Smurfit Business School, Diarmaid founded Promo Pads Ltd in 2016, to develop Europe’s first digital tabletop ordering system. Previously a military project manager working across industry sectors including Food Service, on projects with values ranging up to €20 million. Presentation Title Technology - Changing the Game in Food Service Brief synopsis of talk Since James Jacob Ritty patented the first cash register in 1879 "to keep his bartenders honest", the accepted paradigm in f...

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    • Andrew Murphy- Innovation Manager , An Post.

      Andrew Murphy- Innovation Manager , An Post. 

      Andrew Murphy is the Innovation Manager for An Post. Andrew’s role is to develop new business for An Post with a particular focus on the growing eCommerce delivery market. Presentation title: eLocal.ie adding the power of online to your business. Brief synopsis of talk: An overview of An Post new web platform elocal.iewhich will enable retailers to sell online without incurring any set-up or maintenance costs.

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    • Brian Walsh- Packaging Technologist, Repak Ltd.

      Repak Corporate Portraits. Brian Walsh. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2016

      Brian Walsh- Packaging Technologist, Repak Ltd. 

      Brian Walsh is responsible for the management and implementation of Repak’s Packaging Waste Prevention programme. He advises manufacturers and retailers on Packaging Optimisation and Packaging Waste Prevention initiatives, both in-house and on-site.  Brian has over sixteen years experience working within the food manufacturing and packaging industries in packaging development and project management roles. He helps Repak’s members to save on both materials and money through optimising their packaging systems.   Presentation Title Repak and the Prevent and Save Pro...

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    • Susanne Carpenter,Senior Quality Consultant, CG Business Consulting.

      Susanne Carpenter,Senior Quality Consultant, CG Business Consulting. 

      Susanne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Degree in Business Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute. With extensive experience working as a Quality Manager, Quality Engineer and in Operations Management, Susanne has been merited with many opportunities to work with large industries in the development and transition of Quality Management Systems and the deployment of continuous improvement activities. As a Lead Auditor for ISO 9001 and a Q Mark Assessor Susanne has worked with many organisations t...

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    • Austin O'Keeffe-Owner, AOK Cafe.

      Austin O’Keeffe-Owner, AOK Cafe. 

      With a background in sales and marketing, he came across a new coffee that had a positive effect on him. He thought other people could benefit from drinking it and so started a coffee business from home, promoting this healthier coffee. A few years later, he is now a mentor to others who want to start a coffee business from home and he is the first in Ireland to be awarded the title of Star Diamond Distributor by the DXN company who supply the coffee. DXN is a Malaysian company whose main product is Ganoderma coffee, but they also have supplements and personal care products. This year they ...

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    • Liam Murphy- Co-Founder and Director, HPP Tolling.

      Liam Murphy- Co-Founder and Director, HPP Tolling. 

      Liam Murphy is Co-Founder and Director of HPP Tolling who  opened Ireland 's first BRC Approved High Pressure Processing (HPP) central treatment facility in 2014 .Liam  is an Honours Science Graduate from UCG and has held a  broad range of leadership positions over the last 28 years in Ireland and the UK working for blue companies such as  Kerry Group and the Vion Food Group.    Presentation Title :High Pressure Processing (HPP) the Future of Food Preservation     The presentation will give an introduction to H...

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    • Eilis Quinlan- Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

      Eilis Quinlan- Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. 

      Eilis Quinlan is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She is a registered Auditor and runs a successful Accountancy practice in Kildare.  Eilis holds a Dip IoD, an Accredited Mediator award, a Certificate in Computing from DCU and is a member of MENSA.   Eilis sits on the Board of the SBCI, is a member of the SME Committee of the British Irish Chamber, a past Chairman and current Board member of ISME, and her main expertise lies in the areas of taxation advice, small company development and corporate finance. Eilis is also a regular contributor to National...

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    • Nial Molloy- Diageo Reserve & World Class Ireland Brands Ambassador, Diageo Ireland

      Nial Molloy- Diageo Reserve & World Class Ireland Brands Ambassador, Diageo Ireland 

      Twenty four years in hospitality may seem like a long time, but to Nial its gone by in the blink of an eye. “It changes so quickly that you have no choice but to keep young and think forward at pace. I’ve worked at everything from tending floor in the country local to exhibition bartending and industry consultancy, yet even today I find myself in awe of where we are at and what’s possible!” With extensive experience across multiple channels, Nial continues to embrace trends with passion and foresees a very different future for Irish Bars. He is currently the senior Brand Ambassador for Diageo ...

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    • Fiona Lee- Owner, Fix it Food.

      Fiona Lee- Owner, Fix it Food. 

      Fiona Lee lives on her sheep farm with her family in Co. Leitrim. Previously she worked in hospitality and catering Management in London. On returning to Ireland she completed an Honours Degree in Psychology and worked for 10 years with the challenges of food and behaviour. Today Fiona owns her own online Company www.FixitFood.com. Presentation Title :Know Your Customer, Value Yourself.   Brief Synopsis: As individuals, we are usually mightier than we think we are. Our personality can sometimes undermine our abilities. Knowing your personality type and that of your Customer ca...

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    • Fiona Maher-Owner & Founder, Fiona's Nutterly Nutritious - 100% Natural Nut Butter Range

      Fiona Maher-Owner & Founder, Fiona’s Nutterly Nutritious – 100% Natural Nut Butter Range 

      Fiona Maher has over 15yrs experience in the food and drinks industry, is a self taught cook with an unwavering passion for good food and is a past participant on MasterChef Ireland (2011). After a minor health scare in 2014, Fiona embarked on her quest to find a healthy, nutritious whole food snack with proven health benefits to meet the ever increasing dietary demands of our population. Her love of natural food prompted a move in the right direction and she launched her range of Gluten Free, Dairy Free, 100% Natural Activated and Roasted Nut Butters in September 2016.   Pr...

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    • Deaglán Ó Broin- Quality Control Manager, Parkside, Irl Ltd.

      Deaglán Ó Broin- Quality Control Manager, Parkside, Irl Ltd. 

      Industrial Chemist.  MD of  2 manufacturing companies exporting to France, Germany and Belgium.  Consultant to Parkside Ltd., janitorial/hygiene supplies company, supplying supermarket chains, hotels, nursing homes, food processors. Responsible for process water treatment plant installation in major poultry plants in ROI and NI.  Responsible for compliance with REACH, CLP,  Health & Safety, Directives, Statutory Instruments. Presentation Title- BREXIT AND THE FOOD INDUSTRY.  In our parents or probably more accurately , our grandparents time, food ...

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    • Derek McGarry-Head of Innovation & Engagement,National College of Art & Design

      Derek McGarry-Head of Innovation & Engagement,National College of Art & Design 

      Derek McGarry has worked in design education for more than 25 years. His research has been presented and published internationally.  His design work has won numerous awards and has been purchased for significant international collections.  In 2016, McGarry was awarded President Emeritus of the Institute of Designers in Ireland.  He is a former board member of the Crafts Council of Ireland and current board member at the Rediscovery Centre. Throughout his teaching career McGarry has focused on working with external partners in business and the communit...

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    • Joe Kelly-Microsoft Dynamics Director, ProStrategy.

      Joe Kelly-Microsoft Dynamics Director, ProStrategy. 

      ProStrategy is a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner and recognized as the leading partner in Ireland for Microsoft Dynamics and Analytics solutions.  Since 1985, ProStrategy have been helping businesses to streamline their operations and gain deeper insights into their business processes. To do this, we bring over 30 years’ experience of the industry and world-class software to the table.  ProStrategy’s success to date has been built on an impressive track record of high quality service delivered to a diverse customer base.     Synopsis of Talk:   Joe will talk abou...

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    • Doireann Barrett-Founder and Owner,The Gluten Free Kitchen Company.

      PIC: Pauline Dennigan, Dennigan Photography, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Ph: 086 345 4620

      Doireann Barrett-Founder and Owner,The Gluten Free Kitchen Company. 

      Bio:-After a lifetime of symptoms, Doireann was finally diagnosed in 2004 with Coeliac Disease. She saw a gap in the market with the Café/Deli offering & began her journey to develop The Gluten Free Kitchen Company. Her ambition is to create a safe brand of outlets that cater health foodies & allergen consumers without the unfortunate stigma & label that currently excludes a person with dietary needs.   PRESENTATION TITLE, “My Journey to Create Safety & Quality for Allergen Consumers” &nbs...

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    • Don Collins: Managing Director and Ula Wesolowska, Consumer & Sensory Research Manager: Innovate Solutions

      Don Collins: Managing Director and Ula Wesolowska, Consumer & Sensory Research Manager: Innovate Solutions 

      Don Collins is the founder of Innovate Solutions, the Irish food consumer research, sensory testing, product assessment and recruitment specialists. Don’s colleague and co-presenter Ula Wesolowska is Innovate’s Consumer and Sensory Research Manager.  Innovate provides internal and external contract sensory and consumer panels to multinational organisations and food manufacturers including panel recruitment, screening, training and management. Clients include manufacturers, retailers, food start-ups, ingredient suppliers, cash and carry and foodservice groups throughout Ireland. Don’s extensive...

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    • Mike Nugent- CTO and Co-Founder, Cognition.

      Mike Nugent- CTO and Co-Founder, Cognition. 

      Mike Nugent is Co-Founder and CTO for Cognition.  Mike is an experienced CIO and technology solution delivery specialist building on his experience as a Board Advisor  In Cognition, he’s designed an IoT and Big Data solution that delivers Performance Optimisation to the food and drinks sector. Title of presentation:  Your costs need to reduce but you’ve tried everything you can think of. What next?   Presentation synopsis:  Improving productivity, stock management, production waste, production uptime, yield and streamlining processes are your foc...

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    • Declan Ryan-Managing Director, Ryan’s Arbutus Bread.

      Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times Photographer. 9/6/08 ------------------------------------ Declain Ryan with some of his Arbutus Bread , baked in Cork City.

      Declan Ryan-Managing Director, Ryan’s Arbutus Bread. 

      I trained for Hotel Management in Hendon in London, but was relegated to the kitchen when I came home. I gained Ireland’s first Michelin star in 74’ at Arbutus Lodge Hotel in Cork and again at Cashel Palace in 81’. I retired from the hotel Business in 99’ and set up a retirement project of a tiny craft bakery in a two-car garage.  This has grown quite a bit as now we have 19 employees, 5 five vans and national distribution of our par baked frozen breads. Presentation  Title:          Because we need the Dough Synopsis:   History of Arbutus Lodge Bread ...

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    • Tom O'Toole-Country Director, One Water Ireland.

      Tom O’Toole-Country Director, One Water Ireland. 

      Tom O’Toole is Country Director for One Water in Ireland. Following an unexpected redundancy, within the facilities management industry in 2013, Tom was looking for a new challenge and direction. He was inspired by One Water in the UK - a company that had donated all it’s profits to fund clean water projects in the world’s poorest communities. Tom contacted them and, after finding an Irish spring water source and bottling partner, launched the Irish business in 2014. Presentation Title: One Water - the ethical bottled water choice. Presentation Synopsis:...

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    • Mark Chandler-Managing Director, Intrum Justitia Ireland.

      Mark Chandler-Managing Director, Intrum Justitia Ireland. 

      With over 18 years of Financial Services experience with MBNA, Bank of America, Arvato and currently Intrum Justitia Ireland. Experience of the full customer cycle areas from acquisition, credit underwriting, customer service, credit management and debt collection. Leading the credit management and collections of invoices and debt generated across Europe, Asia and Australasia. Working for exporters and importers using local market skills and knowledge. Presentation Title: Getting Paid Faster… The presentation will be about the challenges to SME’s in growing and managing their b...

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    • Derek Dunne -Custom Compliance Manager, Quality Freight Group.

      Derek Dunne -Custom Compliance Manager, Quality Freight Group. 

      Derek Dunne is the Customs Compliance Manager for the Quality Freight Group. Having worked with Customs issues for over thirty years he is well placed to evaluate and navigate the potential challenges of Customs compliance post Brexit. Derek has worked with several companies helping them to achieve Customs Approved Economic Operator over the past number of year. Presentation Title The Benefits of Customs Approved Economic Operator status post Brexit Brief Synopsis of Talk The Talk intends to highlight the importance for importers and exporters of A...

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    • Jackie Gibney B.Sc.-Food Safety Manager, Complete Laboratory Solutions.

      Jackie Gibney B.Sc.-Food Safety Manager, Complete Laboratory Solutions. 

      I currently work in the microbiology department of CLS (Complete Laboratory Solutions) as the Food Safety Manager and specialize in hygiene training and food safety audits with particular focus on - consultation and guidance on food safety legislation; microbiological testing including shelf life testing and nutritional analysis; auditing compliance for catering and retail sector - as well as coordination and management as a sampling technician on more than 900 client food safety programmes. As health screening manager I was responsible for the setup of the Health Screening Department at CL...

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    • Thomas McGrath- Chief Executive, Cognition.

      Thomas McGrath- Chief Executive, Cognition. 

      As Managing Director for Elutions Inc, Thomas industrialised Operational Intelligence solutions using automated advanced analytics. An experienced board advisor, latterly as a Director at KPMG in London, Thomas held several leadership roles including Head of Transformation at Mouchel plc, and at Hedra plc. He was strategic advisor on Regulated Industries at Grant Thornton and was Head of Performance at Mayor of London, responsible for overseeing a significant amount of world-leading projects.   Presentation Title: “Intelligent Operations? How to release...

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    • Leonie Ferguson- Owner, Lainey's Handmade Foods.

      Leonie Ferguson- Owner, Lainey’s Handmade Foods. 

      After many years of baking for friends & family, I set up my own food business, Lainey's Handmade Foods. Based in Kilquade, Co. Wicklow and born out of a passion for great food and quality ingredients, we have developed a range of confectionery products. Our award winning Dark Chocolate Biscuit Cake, Milk Chocolate Biscuit Cake and Carrot Cake Flapjacks are a celebration of the traditional family favourites that taste like home!

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    • Dee Alfaro- Connector.

      Dee Alfaro- Connector. 

      Dee recently completed a Joint Honours degree in Information & Social Computing and Linguistics in UCD, but wants to pursue a career in Digital Marketing and Media. Kick-starting her career, she is interning full-time at Connector, coordinating our influencer campaigns, managing / contributing to social media content creation. On the side, she also runs a personal style and lifestyle blog – a brand she created in 2015 that Dee aims to hone into an inspiring fashion empire in the future

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    • Stephen Doyle-Robotics & Motion Manager, ABB Ltd.

      Stephen Doyle-Robotics & Motion Manager, ABB Ltd. 

      Stephen Doyle manages the Robotics & Motion Ireland division of ABB, a global technology leader within the industrial, utility and infrastructure markets. With 20 years’ experience in Irish industry and degrees in Electrical engineering and Marketing, he is well placed to provide guidance on implementing the right products and solutions to suit a customer needs. Title: Energy efficiency for the food & beverage industry        The importance of doing more with less. Synopsis: From giant operations to niche producers, more and more food and beve...

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    • Stephen Rust-CEO, Engage.

      Stephen Rust-CEO, Engage. 

      Stephen, Director and CEO of engage, has over 17 years’ experience in delivering and embedding consumer and shopper insights into the heart of organisations. He has held a number of senior positions in the sector, including Head of Planning & Insight with eir, Head of Category & Insight with Kerry Foods and Market Planning with Diageo. Title: ‘Insight needed for effective and profitable shopper engagement’. Short Synopsis: This talk will focus around the growing importance of the shopper, the ROI opportunity and the 3 way Insight needed ...

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    • Declan Billington- Chief Executive of John Thompson & Sons Ltd

      Declan Billington- Chief Executive of John Thompson & Sons Ltd 

      Declan is the Chief Executive of John Thompson & Sons Ltd, Northern Ireland's largest animal feed processor. Started out his career a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Declan worked within its Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Department for a number of years before moving out into industry. Following three years working in the meat processing industry for Dunbia, he moved into the engineering sector, spending several years with Copeland (NI) Ltd, based in Cookstown. In 2005, Declan made the transition back i...

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    • Nessa McManus-Founder, Spiced with Love.

      Nessa McManus-Founder, Spiced with Love. 

      A project manager, life coach and passionate cook, Nessa has extensive management experience having spent 10+ years in the software localisation industry managing strategic accounts. She also spent a further 10 years in the internet travel sector. As a seasoned traveller she has enjoyed food as a uniting force across culture and language and made friends and memories for life. She founded Spiced with Love to share her love of food in general and spices in particular. Presentation Title : Spicing up our lives – history and myths Synopsis: History of Spices Spices ...

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    • Seamus O'Sullivan-Financial & Commercial Controller, Glenilen Farm.

      Seamus O’Sullivan-Financial & Commercial Controller, Glenilen Farm. 

      Seamus is Financial & Commercial Controller with Glenilen Farm, a dairy company based in West Cork. He is a Chartered Accountant having qualified in 2009 and has worked in both Practice and Industry. Seamus has previously worked with GlaxoSmithKline, Kerry Group and Apple before joining Glenilen Farm in his current position.   Seamus will discuss Brexit, the potential impact it will have on their business and what they are doing to combat the challenges they will potentially face as a result of Brexit.  He will also give a brief history of Glenilen Farm and they're products.

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    • exhibitor - Seamus Kane –Director of Security, GSLS

      Seamus Kane –Director of Security, GSLS 

      Seamus has spent 39 Years in An Garda Siochana. Seamus was ranked as Detective Superintendent within the Organised Crime Unit until March 2016. Seamus has worked Nationwide in the prevention of Tiger Kidnapping and brings vast experience to his position in GSLS. This is an ideal opportunity to learn how to protect your staff and assets from the risks currently facing retailers.  

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    • Denise McCarthy-Sales Manager, GSLS.

      Denise McCarthy-Sales Manager, GSLS. 

      As Sales Manager of GSLS Denise is responsible for engaging with prospective clients about the benefits of having a cash handling supplier  in the retail and hospitality sectors. Denise helps business owners reduce bank charges by offering a more cost effective money processing solution. Denise will speak about the benefits of having a Cash in Transit supplier and how this can save your business money whilst improving on security.

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    • Sarah Kiely- Managing & Creative Director, Sadie's Kitchen Ltd.

      Dragon Alison Cowzer with Sarah Kiely from Sadies Kitchen who produces Broths at the launch of the new series of RTE’s Dragons Den. kobpix/NO FEE

      Sarah Kiely- Managing & Creative Director, Sadie’s Kitchen Ltd. 

      After years working in a stressful media job, my digestive health was not good. After trying almost every supplement and treatment, I discovered bone broth. I set up Sadie’s Kitchen in late 2015 to launch Ireland and Europe’s first bone broth. Since then, I’ve grown the business into over 200 stores, including Dunnes and Supervalu, secured two investments in my company, won two start-up awards and begun exporting to NI. Presentation title: ''Using the power of PR to launch a first to market product i...

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    • Elaine Sloan-Director, Behaviour & Attitudes.

      Elaine Sloan-Director, Behaviour & Attitudes. 

      Elaine is a Director of B&A.  She began her career in Irish Marketing Surveys and joined B&A when it was initially established in 1985.  Elaine handles both quantitative and qualitative consumer studies and now has 32 years’ experience of listening to and reporting on consumer trends. Presentation Title Is the image of the drinking Irish now a myth?   B&A have been collecting information on frequency of going to pubs, restaurants and home consump...

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    • Dónal Comerford- Head of Reserve Brands Ireland, Diageo Ireland.

      Dónal Comerford- Head of Reserve Brands Ireland, Diageo Ireland. 

       I’ve worked with Diageo since 2010, starting as a Brewer before moving across to the Sales arena via Customer Marketing. I’ve been based in Ireland, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, and London. I recently returned to Ireland to set up a team dedicated to promoting premium and luxury spirits for Diageo across the Island of Ireland. My main focus brands include Ketel One vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN gin, Roe & Co. Irish whiskey, Bulleit Bourbon, Ciroc vodka, Ron Zacapa rum, Don Julio tequila and our Classic Malts. Collectively they are known as our Reserve Portfolio. Pres...

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    • Róisín Maxwell- Communications Executive, NCBI.

      Róisín Maxwell- Communications Executive, NCBI. 

      Róisín Maxwell is a graduate of MA in PR course in DIT, now Communications Executive in NCBI. Róisín works to create awareness of NCBI services and campaigns, activing fresh and engaging campaigns for good. Achieving 14 million impression for the Dine in the Dark Campaign in 2016. Róisín is passionate about spreading the Dine in the Dark experience nationwide. Synopsis: Culinary Campaigns for Good.  The food and beverage industry is powerful in itself, not only does the industry create magical experiences, but we have seen how they ca...

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    • Amie Hynes Fitzpatrick- Corporate Engagement Executive, NCBI.

      Amie Hynes Fitzpatrick- Corporate Engagement Executive, NCBI. 

      Amie Hynes Fitzpatrick is NCBI’s Corporate Engagement Executive.  NCBI believe that just because someone can’t see shouldn’t mean they don’t have a vision for their future.  Amie works alongside businesses to maximise their impact, fulfil their CR objectives and to support Irish companies in creating an Ireland where everyone is included and valued. A Keynote speaker with expertise in; business development and inclusive business practices, Amie has worked alongside leading companies such as; Deloitte, Telefonica and McDonalds, supporting these companies in becoming more inclusive of custome...

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    • Paul Tierney-EHS Director, EazySAFE.

      Paul Tierney-EHS Director, EazySAFE. 

      With over 30 years working in health and safety, Paul's expertise is invaluable to our clients and team. Paul founded Phoenix Safety in 1999 and has since merged with EazySAFE to provide a holistic EHS offering incorporating online and blended learning programmes. Around here, we call Paul 'the guru'!   Title of Presentation: A Recipe for Safety Brief Synopsis:  Paul is going to give an overview of the importance of EHS compliance for the food and drink industry - looking at inductions, training and wellness of workers. The recipe for safety i...

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    • Declan Carolan-Co-Chair, ECR Community

      Declan Carolan-Co-Chair, ECR Community 

      Declan Carolan is Co-Chair of ECR Community, the network of ECR National Associations across Europe. Declan also manages ECR Ireland and was previously Supply Chain Manager with Superquinn Supermarkets.  Declan has spent his career in the grocery sector and is an expert on product availability and category management, their enabling technologies and facilitating industry collaboration.  He places great value on the collaboration, maximising product availability and identifying & satisfying shopper missions. Presentation Title- “Collaborate or Die - A rising tide lifts all boats” ...

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    • Rory Esler-Head of Food and Catering Services Procurement, Irish Defence Forces.

      Rory Esler-Head of Food and Catering Services Procurement, Irish Defence Forces. 

      Commandant Rory Esler is Head of Food and Catering Services Procurement in the Irish Defence Forces. He has 19 years military service having joined the Cadet School in 1998. He has worked from Unit to Headquarters level and has served overseas in Kosovo, Bosnia, Syria and Lebanon. Rory has recently graduated with an MSc in Supply Chain Management from Smurfit GBS. Presentation title: Military Catering.   Brief synopsis of talk: My intention is to provide the delegates with a brief description of how we cater to the needs of soldiers at home...

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    • Paul Reardon- CSO, Account Management Director, BlueChief.

      Paul Reardon- CSO, Account Management Director, BlueChief. 

      Paul is an expert on bringing brands into the digital landscape, through the use of innovative marketing techniques in areas such as psychology and branding. An entrepreneur from the age of 18, Paul advanced to the CSO position within a year of working at BlueChief Social, and currently, directs account management operations at the agency.   Presentation Title: Why A Digital Brand Beats Everything

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    • Keith Symes-Managing Director, Sussed Nutrition Ltd.

      Keith Symes-Managing Director, Sussed Nutrition Ltd. 

      Keith Symes, farmer and owner of Wicklow Rapeseed Oil, comes from three generations of family farming, originally sheep, tillage and dairy. It seemed apparent to Keith in order for small to medium sized farmers in Ireland to survive in the long term they must either find an off farm income or diversify.  Recently the Rapeseed Oil market has become saturated leading to further diversification and the launch of Sussed Nutrition Ltd producing the Healthiest Foods for your Heart...... Presentation Title: Brand Diversification  

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    • Jim Harding- Director, Herbal Tisane.

      Jim Harding- Director, Herbal Tisane. 

      Jim Harding has many years experience in the Irish public and private sectors, working at a senior level in marketing and communications. His communication concepts and projects have won many national and International marketing and advertising awards. He has previously been a guest lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He organised an event which was listed in the Guinness Book of Records in 1995, and despite numerous attempts to break it this record still stands. presentation title Herbal Tisane: Catering for the health conscious coffee and tea drinkers. -brief synopsis...

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    • Aidan Harte-Managing Director, Optimum Results.

      Aidan Harte-Managing Director, Optimum Results. 

      Founder of Optimum Results (Business Skills Training) and Customer Perceptions (Consumer Research) in 1995, Aidan continues to act as Managing Director of the training aspects of the business which includes his role as Director of Management Training (Middle East) with International Development Ireland (IDI). With over 30 years of wide ranging management experience across many sectors, Aidan is known for the design and delivery of highly results focused, practical and cost effective services to “Improve the performance of organisations through improving the performance of its people”. Ov...

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    • Micheál McArdle-CEO, McArdle Skeath.

      Micheál McArdle-CEO, McArdle Skeath. 

      Micheál McArdle is CEO & Managing Director of McArdle Skeath.Micheál holds an Honours Degree in Transport from the University of Ulster. He has over a decade of experience within the supply chain management industry with his specialties being in the compliance of storing and distributing medicinal products for the pharmaceutical industry. Presentation Title- Supply Chain Quality Demands.

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    • Bob Powles-Managing Director, Needham Coding Ireland Limited.

      Bob Powles-Managing Director, Needham Coding Ireland Limited. 

      Bob Powles has 20 years’ experience of the coding and marking industry. Bob was the owner of distributor ACS, until it merged with The Needham Group to create Needham Coding Ireland Limited.The Mullingar-based business is backed by Needham Coding UK Limited, Needham Inks Limited and Needham Coding Distribution Limited Presentation title: Keeping it Continuous Synopsis Many of today’s food and drink manufacturers, processors and packers have complicated coding and marking needs due to an increasingly demanding legislative environment and stringent retailer requirements. ...

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    • Roisín Hogan- Director,HIRO.

      Roisín Hogan- Director,HIRO. 

      It’s hard to put Róisín in one box - she is a food obsessed accountant, an entrepreneur, and impressed on screens when she appeared on The Apprentice on BBC 1, making it to the famous Final Five.Described by The Telegraph as “Lord Sugar’s biggest ever mistake” when he fired her, Roisin showcased her flair for business through her creativity and straight talking common sense.   What started with giving up smoking for a New Year’s resolution has turned into ahealthy food adventurefor Róisín. She is so passionate about her products that she left her corporate career to follow her dream...

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    • Ciara Jackson-Food, Agribusiness & Drink Practice Leader, AON.

      Ciara Jackson-Food, Agribusiness & Drink Practice Leader, AON. 

      Ciara leads Aon’s Food, Agribusiness and Drink practice, working with clients to to deliver innovative industry-specific risk management solutions and services, with an emphasis on risk identification, assessment and developing solutions for emerging risks.Over the course of her career, Ciara has worked with Kerry Group, General Electric and Grant Thornton. Emerging risks in the Food, Agribusiness & Drink sector What keeps you awake at night? Whether you run a local, regional or global business, threats to your business come in all shapes and sizes and those threats ...

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    • Kieran Downey-General Manager, Moorepark Technology Ltd (MTL).

      Kieran Downey-General Manager, Moorepark Technology Ltd (MTL). 

      Kieran Downey is a graduate of Food Science and has a post graduate Master’s degree in Business Practice. He was appointed General Manager in 2011 of Moorepark Technology Ltd (MTL) which is a Food Industry Pilot Plant Facility with 7 Operating Units. Kieran leads a staff of twenty comprising food technologists, process engineers and plant operators and maintains MTL as a leading international provider of pilot-plant services, with particular expertise in wet processing, separation technologies and spray drying. MTL’s core business is the rental of that pilot plant to food companies and p...

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    • Vera Flynn-Service Delivery Manager and Team Leader, Capita Customer Solutions.

      Vera Flynn-Service Delivery Manager and Team Leader, Capita Customer Solutions. 

      Over 30 years experience in a variety of agricultural/information technology positions at home and abroad.  Joined SWS in 1996 as Administrator for the LEADER programme in West Cork, which awards EU funds to rural development projects. Followed this 1999-2000 as Co-ordinator of a local beef quality assurance scheme in partnership with Teagasc to market beef as part of a regional branding initiative under the “Fuchsia” label, involving Food Assurance audits.  From 2000-2006 spent managing the Milk Recording Dept. day to day on-farm recording act...

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    • Richard Stafford-Founder & CEO, Apridata.

      Richard Stafford-Founder & CEO, Apridata. 

      Richard founded data analytics consultancy and solution provider, Apridata, in 2014. Apridata help businesses leverage data across the supply chain to drive efficiency and gain competitive advantage. He started his career as a software engineer with Oracle in California and since then has clocked up twenty years experience in business and technology leadership roles across a range of industries. PRESENTATION TITLE:   Analytics driving supply chain efficiency. Where you can apply analytics and how. BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF TALK:   When businesses gain insight an...

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    • George Bertrem- Group Commercial Director (Rocket Restaurants Group – Eddie Rockets, Rockets, Counter Burger, Flash Harry’s)

      George Bertrem- Group Commercial Director (Rocket Restaurants Group – Eddie Rockets, Rockets, Counter Burger, Flash Harry’s) 

      I started my hospitality career in South Africa working in bars and night clubs whilst still deciding what to do with my life. The bug bit and 20 years later I’m still in the industry having worked in various countries and various roles with companies such as GBK, Dominos, Pizza Express / Milano and now Rocket Restaurants Group. Presentation title – How simplification can benefit your business Brief synopsis of talk  - A presentation on how simplifying various aspects of your business can make you more efficient and in turn make you mo...

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    • exhibitor - Michael Kervick- Business Unit Manager, Mason Technology

      Michael Kervick- Business Unit Manager, Mason Technology 

      Michael Kervick of Mason Technology has worked with many companies in the Irish Foood Industry for the last 20 years.  He works closely with R & D and QC Departments  installing state of the art laboratory equipment and  implemting new technologies. presentation title TEXTURE ANALYSIS- REPLICATING CONSUMER PREFERENCES IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY   and brief synopsis of talk Major food companies routinely apply texture analysis techniques both in new product development and as part of quality...

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    • Declan Sinnot, Managing Director, Rhenus

      Declan Sinnot, Managing Director, Rhenus 

        Declan Sinnott has worked in the Logistics Industry for over 25 years and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree in Supply Chain Management. Declan is Managing Director of Rhenus Logistics Ltd., a global leader in the supply of forwarding and logistics services. In the past Declan has been the Global Account Manager for a number of multinational companies, across a number of sectors, focusing on supply chain optimisation, re-engineering and developing integrated logistics solutions in many different geographies.   Presentation Title: Supply Chain Collaboration Opportu...

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    • Mark Bannon- CEO of VT Networks

      Mark Bannon- CEO of VT Networks 

      Mark Bannon is the CEO and cofounder of VT, an internet of things company that sells devices that range from satisfaction terminals to simple temperature sensors. VT also operates the nationwide Sigfox network in Ireland.   Talk title: Cutting costs and increasing efficiency in convenience retail with the internet of things   Synopsis: The introduction of new connectivity options has opened up a wide range of ways for retailers to cut costs, improve efficiency and ensure customer satisfaction. Mark Bannon, CEO of VT, will talk about how IoT is changing business, from easy...

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    • exhibitor - Avril McCarthy - General Manager, Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists

      Avril McCarthy – General Manager, Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists 

      Avril McCarthy has worked in the Contract Cleaning Sector since 2000. Her knowledge and experience of this sector has led her to be a key opinion leader. Avril is an approved BICSc Assessor and in 2008 she held the position of Vice Chairperson for Irish Contract Cleaning Association. In 2009, she was Chairperson for Irish Contract Cleaning Association. As General Manager, Avril oversees the daily operations of Derrycourt Head Office. With her hands on approach she co-ordinates and develops Derrycourt’s Head Office supports required to delivering a fully managed solution for its clients. Avr...

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    • exhibitor - Louise Concannon- Project Mobilisation Manager, Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists

      Louise Concannon- Project Mobilisation Manager, Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists 

      Louise Concannon has worked in the Contract Cleaning Sector since 2011. She has extensive hands – on – Operational experience. Previously, Louise was the Environmental, Quality, Health and Safety Manager at Derrycourt. She was responsible for maintaining, our quality standards and working with our clients to audit the cleaning standards. Today, in her position of Project Mobilisation Manager – Louise has over seen the mobilisation of numerous contracts. In particular, she has worked very closely with a number of our key accounts in food manufacturing and retail arena. She supports our clien...

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