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Minister meets with Bord Bia CEO

19 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Agriculture and Rural development Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA met recently with Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive of An Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. They discussed the benefits of collaborative working arrangements with the merits of logos that provide consumers with greater reassurance about where their food comes from.

Speaking after the meeting which took place during the Terra Madre Food festival in Waterford, the Minister said:

"I welcomed the opportunity to discuss how DARD and An Bord Bia can work together with other support organisations and industry stakeholders to get the best returns from the market place for farmers and growers.

"I look forward to further discussions between DARD and Bord Bia and the strengthening of the working relationships." ENDS

Notes to Editors

  1. The role of An Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, is to act as a link between Irish food, drink and horticulture suppliers and existing and potential customers. An Bord Bia deals with export details, production, quality standards, health regulations and controls, and new developments in the industry.
  2. An Bord Bia/Irish Food Board was established by an act of the Irish parliament (the Dail) and came into being on the first of December 1994. It brought together the former CBF (Coras Beostoic agus Feola - the Irish Meat and Livestock Board) and the food promotion activities of the Irish Trade Board, now part of Enterprise Ireland. Responsibility for the development of the horticultural industry in Ireland, which rested with the former Bord Glas, was integrated into An Bord Bia on 1 July, 2004. Horticulture is divided into two main sectors - the food sector (e.g. fruit and vegetables including mushrooms, potatoes and glasshouse crops) and the amenity sector (e.g. trees, shrubs, flowers, and bulbs).
  3. Aidan Cotter was appointed Chief Executive of An Bord Bia in July 2004. Mr Cotter previously served in An Bord Bia as Director of Operations, and earlier gained extensive experience in the marketplace as the organisation's European Director, based in its London office, and prior to that in Dusseldorf.

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