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CARLOW County Council in association with agency and industry partners have announced the commencement of consultation for the first County Carlow Food & Drink Industry Strategy.

Partners in the project include Institute of Technology Carlow, County Carlow Chamber, Carlow Tourism, Carlow Local Community & Development Committee and Carlow County Development Partnership and Industry representatives who will work together to develop a blueprint for supporting Carlow’s food and drink sector.

The strategy, which is funded by Enterprise Ireland and co-ordinated by Carlow County Council’s Local Enterprise office, aims to develop a road-map for supporting the food and drink Industry which, in the context of Carlow, is recognised as a diverse, fast moving, innovative and incredibly competitive sector in the county.

best placed to lead and drive the strategy and ensure that it is innovative and dynamic

Speaking about the importance of the food and drink industry, Kathleen Holohan, Chief Executive with Carlow County Council, said: “The food and drink Industry in Carlow is key to the economic, community and social development of the county.

“We recognise the contribution and creativity of our food and drink sector and the many different elements of the commercial community it supports. We are delighted to be working with Birnie & Associates Consulting with the support of Enterprise Ireland and our partners on this strategic roadmap for supporting the sector to further enhance the Carlow eco-system. We are all best placed to lead and drive the strategy and ensure that it is innovative and dynamic.”

Kieran Comerford, Head of Enterprise of Carlow County Council’s Local Enterprise office, said: “If you’re a retailer, or a hospitality professional, tourism experience provider, food producer, farmer, manufacturer, cultivator or gather of food we want to hear your input into this strategy.”

Consultation is open until November 8th of and all companies and organisations can engage by completing a survey on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y98FD23

For further information contact Jim Woods on 059-9129783 or [email protected]

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