Together with UCD, Matheson is hosting a morning seminar for senior executives and general counsel working in the agri-food and beverage sectors on 4 October. The event will assess the challenges and opportunities facing the agri-food and beverage sectors, as a result of Brexit.
The sector, which employs over 250,000 people directly and indirectly is central to Ireland's export-led growth strategy. Asian markets, particularly China, present significant opportunities for these sectors, in 2017 alone exports to Asia grew six percent to €850 million.
Entitled “Cultivating New Opportunities: The Agri-Food and Beverage Perspective on Brexit and China” Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine will deliver the keynote address at the seminar, taking place in the new UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland at University College Dublin. Business leaders from the agri-food and beverage sectors and leading academics in the fields of law, economics, food and agriculture will also share their insights.
Speakers include; Stephen Keating, Director, Kepak; Barry Cullen, Head of Sales, Silver Hill Foods; Anne Randles, Company Secretary and Brexit Taskforce Leader, Ornua; Shane Hamill, Overseas Trade Manager, Bord Bia; Anne Finnegan, Head of Food, Fisheries and Brexit, AIB; Jonathan McMillan, Brexit Manager, Enterprise Ireland; Professor Dolores O'Riordan, Director, UCD Institute of Food and Health; Professor Joe McMahon, UCD Sutherland School of Law; and Professor Francis Snyder, Professor of Law, LSE and C.V. Starr Professor of Law Peking University.