Innovation at the forefront of Northern Irish meat industry

Northern Ireland’s red meat, pork, poultry and fish sectors have been encouraged to embrace innovation in developing their industry. 

At a seminar attended by 100 representatives from the sector, delegates were taught about the support available on offer from Invest NI and the Food Innovation Centre at CAFRE.

“Our red meat, pork, poultry and fish sectors employ over 11,000 people and last year contributed over £2.4 billion in revenue to the local economy,” said John Hood, Invest NI’s director of food and drink.

“Together with CAFRE, we want to encourage more businesses operating in these sectors to explore innovative measures to support their growth and continued contribution to Northern Ireland’s agri-food processing industry.”

Hood said that adding value to products can make a considerable difference to a business. “This event will help to improve the competitiveness and capability of local companies as they seek to grow in ever-competitive markets outside Northern Ireland.”

Representatives from poultry processors Moy Park, Food First Consulting and Hannan Meats highlighted the importance of innovation in the development of their businesses, while Redbrook Ingredients took the chance to discuss the current flavour and ingredient trends with the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) focusing on trends and consumer insights for the meat industry.

Joy Alexander, head of food technology at CAFRE, said: “To remain competitive, our food businesses must continue to utilise our world-class raw materials to produce innovative products which meet the needs of consumers. We, at CAFRE, are delighted to once again partner with Invest NI to promote the importance of food innovation and showcase the support services available.”

Invest NI provides free advice and support in areas of innovation and technology solutions, business information, research and development, design, e-business, sustainable development, skills and strategy solutions, trade development and food marketing.

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