26th June

Online seafood marketing to reach China's 1.5 billion consumers

BIM 2017 conference

Over 35% of the world's seafood production is consumed by China's 1.5 billion population whose average per capita consumption is set to rise to 39kg by 2020.

From 2006-2011, added-value seafood sales rose by almost 9% and online seafood sales are predicted to increase by up to 300% (2016 & 2017) of which 80-90% from the frozen category, according to Bord Bia, Ireland's Food Board.  

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National Seafood Conference 2017

BIM 2017 conference

International experts in skills, sustainability, innovation and competitiveness, are among a line-up of speakers for the BIM National Seafood Conference on June 29 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway.

Winning in a Changing Environment wil be officially opened by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, moderated by Gavin Duffy of RTE’s Dragon’s Den.

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A 'dragon' to chair national seafood conference

Communications expert and entrepreneur with 'Dragons' Den' fame, Gavin Duffy, is to moderate the BIM 2017 seafood conference, Winning in a Changing EnvironmentJune 29, Galway.

2017 BIM conf Duffy

His experience as a 'skilled conference moderator' will greatly enhance the effective delivery of a busy conference programme 'and a more interactive delegate experience'.

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'Winning in a changing environment' - seafood conference 2017

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Ireland's marine minister, Michael Creed, will deliver the opening address at the 2017 BIM national seafood conference in Galway (June 29).

Minister Creed will outline his views on how his Department 'will ensure that seafood continues to play a vital role' in Ireland's agri-food sector, to maximise its contribution to economic growth and exports in an environmentally-sustainable manner.

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Former Bord Bia executive to head up seafood development agency

The board of BIM has appointed Jim O’Toole, former director of meat and livestock sustainability development, as its chief executive, who will bring to the position ‘a wealth of experience in global food marketing, sustainability development and change leadership’.

Jim OToole

Jim O'Toole, BIM chief executive 

Prior to leadig Bord Bia’s 'Origin Green' initiative, Mr O’Toole was responsible for implementing the agency’s 'Quality Assurance Scheme', gaining experience working in London, Milan and Paris.

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Irish brown crab to reappear on Chinese market

Ireland’s crab trade into China is expected to resume next month following agreement on the certificates that will accompany consignments. Irish authority (SFPA) and Chinese authority (AQSIQ) have reached technical agreement on a methodology designed to resolve certification, based on a national monitoring programme of animals destined for the Chinese market.

Brown Crab agreement

Minister Michael Creed and Minister Zhi Shuping reach agreement to resume Irish brown crab exports to China

The SFPA will implement the monitoring, and apprise seafood exporters of the specific requirements attaching to consignments that in turn will be monitored on arrival by the Chinese authorities.

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