Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes TD with Tom Keogh from Keogh's Crisps and John Paul O’Reilly, commercial director, Tesco Ireland

Keogh’s Farm has agreed a deal with Tesco UK, which will see the family’s hand cooked potato crisps go on sale in 255 Tesco stores throughout the UK. Keogh’s Farm currently employs 40 people north Co Dublin. “This is a brilliant boost for us. As a small, family-owned business, this deal with Tesco UK opens a potentially massive opportunity for the business,” said managing director of Keogh’s Crisps Tom Keogh. “After the President’s visit to the UK last week, we hope the UK’s love affair with all things Irish will extend to our much loved crisps and we look forward to growing our business on the back of this deal.…

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Catherine Day, secretary general, European Commission, Maurice Pratt, chairperson, European Movement Ireland and Paul Mahon, president and CEO, Great-West Lifeco

Irish exports to Canada could double from to an estimated €2.4bn under a new trade agreement signed late last year between the EU and Canada, a seminar heard today. Hosted by European Movement Ireland, the seminar was entitled ‘Trading our way to prosperity: The EU and Free Trade and speakers included  Leo Varadkar, TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paul Mahon, president and CEO, Great-West Lifeco and Catherine Day, secretary general, European Commission. Mahon said he believed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) involving the EU and Canada represented a huge opportunity for Ireland in particular. “It’s estimated that CETA could raise bilateral trade by 23pc or €26bn.…

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Rio de Janeiro

The Irish Exporters Association’s Latin America Trade Forum (LATF) is being launched by Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, this morning. Based at the offices of the Irish Exporters Association, the new forum will be a resource to Irish businesses interested in developing trade with Latin America. It will bring together Irish companies, industry organisations, State agencies as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to foster trade, economic and commercial relations between Ireland and Latin America. “Latin America offers exciting opportunities for Irish companies as we move forward with our export-driven growth,” said the Minister. “We already have significant interests there, with total trade in…

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Irish seafood

The Irish seafood sector has the potential to increase annual sales from €810m last year to €1bn by 2017 and to deliver 1,200 additional jobs, according to a Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) organised industry conference in the Aviva Stadium today. The ‘Capturing Ireland’s Share of the Global Seafood Opportunity’ conference will hear that the sector has focused in recent years on new markets in Asia where demand for quality seafood is showing phenomenal growth. Irish shellfish in particular is highly sought after in China and Hong Kong and exports to Asian markets have increased by 34pc. Speaker Joe Gill, a director at Goodbody Ireland said he believes the sector faces…

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Alan Duffy, managing director and Ireland head, HSBC Corporate Bank

China is expected to be the most dynamic emerging market for Irish exports, with its share of total exports forecast to double from around 2pc currently to 4pc by 2030, according to HSBC’s bi-annual trade forecast. It predicts a sustained upward trend for trade generally of 6pc growth a year and an improving demand for Irish goods and services over the next few years thanks mainly to gathering momentum from the US and eurozone. The composition of Ireland’s trade flows is forecast to remain relatively stable, with the US, UK and eurozone core sustaining their position as the most important export markets. The chemicals sector dominates the export outlook for…

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Ripper Street

A third series of the TV drama ‘Ripper Street’ is to be produced in Ireland, which is expected to provide a major boost to the Irish film and TV industry. The total value of the first and second series to the Irish economy so far has been around €20m in terms of spend on local goods and services. They employed 5,000 Irish cast, extras and crew, providing about 170,000 Irish work hours per series. ‘Ripper Street’ follows the H Division, the police precinct charged with keeping order on Victorian Whitechapel. James Hickey, chief executive Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said the announcement was “very good news for the…

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The EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) offers Ireland an opportunity to make sure its development of a strong institutional framework and investment in an educated workforce are rewarded, according to a former US under secretary of commerce Grant Aldonas. He was the keynote speaker at a high-level briefing on TTIP and its implications for US investment in Ireland hosted by Grant Thornton in association with European Movement Ireland this morning in Dublin. Irish exports to the US are worth over €18bn, and according to Aldonas the TTIP will help further stimulate economic growth between Ireland and the US, and provide confidence and stability for US firms investing in…

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Primark has opened its second store in France, in La Toison d’Or, Dijon, creating 304 jobs for the local area. Located in Burgundy’s biggest shopping centre, the new store has 4,106 sq m of retail space and stocks fashion for women, men and children, jewellery, shoes and accessories and large selection of homeware. Primark opened its first store in France in Marseille last December and will open three stores in the suburbs of Paris – in Aulnay-sous-Bois at O’Parinor and Villeneuve La Garenne and Creteil -by summer 2014. Sorcha Corcoran

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Gina Arcari, managing director of Dita Eyewear Europe, the global distribution centre for eyewear company Dita, discusses international growth from a Dublin base. What is the background to Dita Eyewear Europe being set up? Dita was founded in Los Angeles the US in 1995 by two childhood friends, Jeffrey Solorio and John Juniper, who saw a niche in the market to design, manufacture and distribute luxurious fashion eyewear for both men and women. Since then the company has grown due to its unique designs, use of some the best materials available and Japanese-based manufacturing. It was restructured in 2011, setting up its global distribution centre here in Dublin, which is…

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Simon McKeever

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has welcomed the announcement that the Government is to open five new embassies and consulates. IEA CEO Simon McKeever said our diplomatic network and the assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade were vital in supporting the exporting sector, especially in new and emerging markets. “This government investment will undoubtedly reap benefits for our commercial reputation and business success,” he said. The decision, announced by the Tánaiste, will see five new Irish embassies and three new consulates established in Europe, South East Asia, Africa and the Americas. “At the IEA we have been working with the government to encourage established and potential exporters…

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