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Cavan Food Sector – 2021 Sales Recovery Seminar

November 18, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. Cavan Food Network are hosting an exciting seminar which is pulling together some of the best of talent designed to inspire Cavan food and beverage producers and foodservice operators.

Whether you are focused on the retail sector, or the foodservice sector, this short 2-hour seminar is definitely for you.

Date: Wednesday 18th November
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Format: This is an online seminar (a link will be emailed following completion of registration)
Cost: This event is free for Cavan Food Network members and €5 for non-members (booking link below)


Target Participants: Those who will benefit most from this event include

• Cafes
• Restaurants
• Hotel restaurants
• And other foodservice operators


Maureen Gahan Foodservice Specialist Bord Bia
Maureen has responsibility for managing Bord Bia’s foodservice programme on the Ireland market since 2009. Maureen will share with Cavan food stakeholders’ findings from the Bord Bia end of year foodservice market insights foodservice report in terms of forecasting developments for 2021. She will also share practical examples of what foodservice operators are doing to succeed and areas where food producers are changing their operation to service the needs of foodservice operators in a COVID-19 marketplace.

Laura Harper Buying Director in Aldi Ireland
The retail sector has had to cope with significant changes in consumer
shopping patterns over the last 6 months. Laura will provide brief observations on the changing consumer and will focus on opportunities within the Grow with Aldi programme for Cavan food and beverage producers. Developed in partnership with Bord Bia, Grow with Aldi is designed to help the very best Irish suppliers develop their brand.
To date, they have invested 2.5 million in their Grow with Aldi development programme and Laura, together with her colleague Donelle will help local producers understand how to succeed on this programme.

Grainne O’Keefe, Culinary Director for BuJo and Head Chef of Clanbrassil House
BuJo opened in early 2018 with a strong focus on using Irish ingredients, grass fed beef and local producers. In March 2020, like many other cafes and restaurants, BuJo had to reinvent its consumer proposition fast. They were one of the first movers to create a “meal kit” which allowed them to distribute throughout Dublin as the customer was doing the cooking themselves. The journey did not stop there, and post lock down, they teamed up with a national distributor to provide their BuJo burger kit. Grainne will inspire Cavan participants with an overview of their journey and thoughts on COVID-19 opportunities.

One to One Business Support
Food businesses attending this seminar can avail of one to one food business advice clinics. These clinics will be provided by a panel of experts specialising in the foodservice sector and the food manufacturing route to market sector. The mentor panel are all regarded as experts in their specialist field. To get a list of the mentors and details of this service, email ddonnelly@cavancoco.ie


10:45am-11:00am Log in open
11:00am-11:10am Welcome Deirdre Donnelly, Food Strategy Co-ordinator, Cavan County Council
11:10am-11:30am Maureen Gahan, Bord Bia
11:30am-11:50am Laura Harper and Donelle O’Leary, Aldi
11:50am-12:10pm Grainne O’Keefe, BuJu
12:10pm-12:25pm Q&A
12:25pm-12:40pm Cavan Food Stakeholder Idea Sharing Zone
12:40pm-12:45pm Summary and Close


November 18, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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