Butcher appointed to Bord Bia panel

Partick Whelan has been added to the Bord Bia board
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Irish butcher Patrick Whelan, of Whelan’s Butchers and Farmers, is one of seven appointed to the board of Bord Bia to help enable it to extend capacity. 

He will serve a three-year term, along with Pepsico global marketing director Rhona Holland, Tesco Ireland chairman Tony Kehoe, former agriculture secretary Tom Moran, food and consumer lawyer Raymond O’Rourke, food entrepreneur Brody Sweeney and Rachel Doyle of Arboretum Garden Centres.

Michael Carey, chairman of Bord Bia, said: “We are delighted to welcome these appointments by the Minister, adding further expertise to an already highly committed Board. The quality of discussion and decision making by this Board will be enhanced by the contributions of such high calibre individuals, working together to help build Ireland’s most important and most successful indigenous sector.”

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney TD added: “An Bord Bia is a valuable conduit to global markets for the Irish food sector. Its excellence and professionalism have helped to secure agri food exports worth €10.43 billion in 2014. That success is underpinned by high calibre Board members who, through their expertise and knowledge of the food, drinks and horticulture industry, enable Bord Bia to constantly extend its capacity. I wish the new members of the board every success during their terms of office.”

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