Based in Goresbridge, Co Killkenny, animal feed company Connolly’s Redmills has increased the export proportion of its revenue from 2pc in 2007 to 15pc last year. This family-run business, in operation since 1908, recently became the first foreign company in the world to be registered to distribute horse feed into China. Group business development director Michael Connolly says taking part in leadership development programmes run by Enterprise Ireland has helped the company to have a strong focus on strategy and significantly increase exports. His brother, managing director Joe Connolly, took part in Enterprise Ireland’s Leadership for Growth programme last year. Another brother Bill is joint managing director and there are…

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Record exports achieved by EI companies in 2011 Frank Ryan, Enterprise Ireland chief executive

Exports reported by Enterprise Ireland client companies, at €15.2bn for 2011, exceed the pre-recession record levels of 2008, according to the agency’s annual report published today. The report also shows employment levels in Enterprise Ireland client companies stabilised in 2011 with full-time employment in client companies at 141,228 – a similar number to 2010. “The performance of Ireland’s exporting sector in overseas markets in 2011 was remarkable in any context, but particularly against the backdrop of a global economic slowdown,” said Frank Ryan, CEO of Enterprise Ireland. “The impact of this on the Irish economy is enormous.  These companies are responsible for the direct and indirect employment of more than…

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Bord Bia programme looks to build Irish food and drink's green cred Pictured: Aidan Cotter, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney and Michael Carey

Bord Bia has this morning launched a national programme designed to help Ireland become a world leader in sustainably produced food and drink . Origin Green is a voluntary programme whereby participating food manufacturers commit to developing a sustainability plan, in conjunction with Bord Bia. Interested parties will sign up to a new sustainability charter setting out clear targets in areas like emissions, energy, waste, water, biodiversity and CSR activities. Once approved, successful members will be entitled to use the Origin Green logo as part of their trade marketing, communications, and customer relations. Each year, participants will be required to submit independently verified progress reports. In turn, Bord Bia said it would promote, communicate and develop…

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Irish alcohol market in decline

Certification Europe has praised the Irish food and drinks industry for embracing ISO standards which promote safe, environmentally-friendly food production. The theme for this year’s World Accreditation Day (9 June) is the role that accreditation plays in supporting the provision of safe food and clean drinking water. “The largest costs related to the food and drinks sector are production and energy costs, which means companies are continually researching environmental and energy efficiency cost saving methods,” said Michael Brophy, CEO of Certification Europe. “Initiating ISO certification in these areas offers numerous sustainable environmental benefits for an organisation such as reduced water usage, increased energy efficiency, reduced packaging and increased re-cycling of…

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Carlow-based e-commerce company Nirvana Wholesale is doing well from an export perspective with 85pc of its customers being independent retailers in the UK. Starting from humble beginnings selling jewellery at Kilkenny market in 2003, founders Bob and Malene Devitt started selling wholesale from their website in 2008. The business moved online just before the recession hit, but right from the beginning was targeting overseas business through online advertising. Nirvana Wholesale sells wholesale fashion jewellery online to retailers in the UK and Ireland from its warehouse outside Carlow. “We sell to jewellery shops, gift shops, hair dressing salons, online sellers and party planners. All orders are processed and shipped from our newly built…

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Carbery Group’s flagship cheese brand Dubliner continues to grow in export markets, particularly in the US, according to its 2011 results statement, out today. Based in Co Cork, Carbery has been making cheeses for nearly 40 years. The temperate environment of this area ensures a long grass-growing season to produce high quality milk. Carbery invests heavily in product development and manufacturing technology. It now produces over 20 market-leading cheeses for retail, food manufacturers/industrial applications and the food service sector. In addition to Dubliner, it supplies a variety of own-label cheeses. Revenues for the overall group went up by 14.5pc to €256.5m and profit before tax (PBT) increased by 27.8pc to…

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Canadian engineering firm JV Driver have confirmed that it will be actively recruiting for 200 positions at Jobs Expo 2012, an employment and recruitment fair being held in Dublin’s RDS on Saturday, 12 Sunday, 13 May. JV Driver, who is sponsoring the Engineering Village at Jobs Expo 2012 , is a large industrial construction company, offering a range of services for the oil and gas, forestry, petrochemicals, energy and mining industries. JV Driver, who are based in Alberta, will be recruiting for the following positions: 50 Welders B-Pressure (TIG Welders) 40 Pipefitters 13 Steel Plate Fitters 30 Welders 50 Iron Workers 5 Senior Project Managers 10 Senior. Estimators 3 Project Engineers Jobs Expo…

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Irish beef importation

Libya is set to lift its 16-year ban on importing beef from Ireland and other EU countries, according to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD. The Minister said he is optimistic that official confirmation of this will be received imminently. He said the progress reflects intensive efforts over many years at political, diplomatic and technical level and represented the continuing improvement in relations between Libya and the EU. In addition, he said, it recognises the quality and safety of Irish and EU beef. “This is a very exciting time for Irish agriculture and food,” said Minister Coveney. “My visit to China last week was tangible evidence…

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Irish beef importation

University College Dublin (UCD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chinese dairy producer Dairy United, which will result in multi-million euro contracts. The MOU envisages the development of a China-Ireland Agricultural demonstration farm in Hohhot (Inner Mongolia), collaborative research projects, the provision of education and training services, and collaboration on the creation of a trade corridor to facilitate the introduction of Irish exporters to the Inner Mongolian region. UCD will be collaborating with a number of Irish agricultural equipment and services companies to deliver an integrated package of education and training, research, services and technology to Dairy United. “This partnership came about because of Ireland’s global reputation in…

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Joanna Norton, founder and CEO of Click4ESOL; economist Jim Power; Asheesh Dewan, founder of the Jaipur restaurant chain and Segala.com (originally from India); Maciej Koczur, founder of the social enterprise CallamediC (originally from Poland); Professor

Ireland’s immigrants and expats offer a viable means of expanding merchandise and service exports from the SME sector, which usually underperforms big business in international trade, a seminar heard today. This was a view put across by Professor Ivan Light, an international expert on migration and enterprise, who believes Ireland is uniquely placed to benefit from migrant entrepreneurship. The seminar, co-hosted by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, focused on the economic contribution made by migrant entrepreneurs; the level of entrepreneurship amongst Ireland’s migrant communities; and the job creation impact of enterprises founded by migrants. A professor of sociology at the University of California, Professor Light has researched and written extensively…

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