Buyers flock to food and drink event here
IRELAND'S biggest 'speed- dating' style business event with 177 Irish food and drink companies at Marketplace International 2012 takes place today.
Over 520 food buyers from 28 countries across four continents, gathered at Dublin's Convention Centre today to attend the major one-day business development event organised by Bord Bia.
International buyers including representatives from Sainsburys, Carrefour, Asda and Mercadona have a combined purchasing power of €18bn and are eager to pick up new homegrown brands from Ireland.
It is estimated that the value of exports outside of Europe will grow by 20pc, or €350m, to reach almost €2.2bn.