Thursday September 24, 2020

Food and drink exports’ Middle Eastern promise

Twelve million jelly beans are produced every day at the Jelly Bean Factory in Blanchardstown in Dublin, and that number could be set to grow if a visit by 24 food buyers from the Middle East proves to be fruitful.

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor

22nd March, 2015
Richard Cullen of the Jelly Bean Factory. Picture: Feargal Ward

The buyers, who include representatives from the airline Emirates and large retailers such as Spinneys and LuLu, will visit the plant as part of Bord Bia’s week-long Marketplace event, which begins today. It will see 185 Irish food and drink companies meet 540 buyers – 400 of them from overseas – in an effort to secure orders.

The buyers will spend the first few days of this week visiting farms, factories, shops and manufacturing facilities around...

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