Creed confirms investment of €5 million in prepared consumer foods centre

Dr. Mark Fenelon, Head of Food Programme, Teagasc, with Tara Heffernan, Teagasc, Declan Troy, Assistant Director of Research, Teagasc, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Mr. Michael Creed T.D., Malachy Mitchell, Director, Farrelly & Mitchell Business Consultants Ltd. and Orla Battersby, Enterprise Ireland, at a Food Gateway event in Teagasc Ashtown entitled; ‘Beyond Brexit – making food innovation go further’, highlighted the importance of innovation as a key response to Brexit uncertainty for the food industry. Plus, to see how we can ensure that we respond to those demands and how innovation and research can deliver new products, new ways of processing, new income streams, that allow Government and industry to deliver on these demands while surviving in an increasingly competitive market.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D speaking today (Tuesday) at a Food Gateway event in Teagasc Ashtown entitled; ‘Beyond Brexit – making food innovation go further’, highlighted the importance of innovation as a key response to Brexit uncertainty for the food industry.  Commenting on the over-arching message of the Gateway event, The Minister said; “the role of research and innovation is critical to ensure that our Food Industry can address the challenges we face.  While the agri-food sector has achieved remarkable and sustainable growth over recent years, we still face significant challenges – particularly in relation to environmental sustainability, and of course, the threat posed by Brexit.  These challenges require us to look afresh at our business models, products and processes, to look at consumer and environmental demands and to see how we can ensure that we respond to those demands and how innovation and research can deliver new products, new ways of processing, new income streams, that allow Government and industry to deliver on these demands while surviving in an increasingly competitive market.

Minister Creed also said that he hoped that the Prepared Consumer Foods (PCF) Centre, located in Ashtown, will be operational by September this year.  “I secured the agreement of Government in Budget 2018, as part of our Brexit response, to invest €5 million in equipment, technologies and innovation to assist in the development of the PCF sector” Minister Creed said.  This funding is being used for the purchase of Prepared Consumer Food research equipment based in Teagasc Ashtown, which PCF companies can trial in collaboration with Teagasc and other research providers.”

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