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New Limerick food strategy launched

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It was great to see a newly launched blueprint seeking to
strengthen Limerick’s efforts to achieve Food Destination Status over the next
three years launched today.
Limerick
City & County Council Food Strategy for Limerick 2016-2018
‘ is
targeting 6% additional growth for the local food tourism sector and 10%
additional sales growth for producers.
With a strong focus on the food sector and new commercial
activity, it is projected that up to 86 new jobs will be created by the end of
2018.
The Strategy was researched and compiled by James Burke
& Associates through stakeholder interviews on behalf of the Local
Enterprise Office Limerick, and was co-funded by Limerick City and County
Council, the Government and the European Union (EU).
Research conducted during the preparation of the Strategy
indicated that Limerick had many strengths in its food sector including the
improved diversity in Limerick’s food offering in recent years, a growing food
producer base, new emerging food festivals and new enthusiasm from food
stakeholders. The research also highlighted some weaknesses including a small
number of speciality producers and the absence of “joined up thinking”
with regard to developing the food sector.
The three-year strategic plan identified new opportunities
for growth in the sector including a food brand for Limerick, a food tourism
link to the Wild Atlantic Way, upskilling the sector, a strong marketing plan
for Limerick, securing strong interest from many stakeholders in the
establishment of a food strategy, and harnessing the expertise which was gained
during Limerick City of Culture in 2014.
Conn Murray, Chief Executive of Limerick City and County
Council said the implementation of the recommendations in the report is “vital
to the development of the food sector in Limerick and in order to realise the
job creation potential of this sector.”
He continued, “Limerick city and county has seen
its food landscape evolve in recent years with a greater number of
award-winning restaurants and hotels and steady growth in new producers
emerging. There are several food initiatives throughout the city and county,
which have as their core objective showcasing of Limerick Food. The Council,
through this food strategy is seeking to support existing initiatives and seek
to create an environment to foster the strategic growth of the food sector and
its related stakeholder groups.
A full copy of the report may be downloaded here or
on www.limerick.ie/council and
the Local Enterprise Office Limerick website, www.localenterprise.ie/Limerick

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One Comment

  1. LimerickHurlingFan

    8th February 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Is the document on the limerick council site the final document ? Seems strange there are no emails and phone numbers for food producers

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