IRELAND’S marine and aquaculture sectors are again well represented at this year’s BioFach 2008, the leading organic trade fair, being held in Nuremberg,from February 21st-24th.
Three of Ireland’s pioneering seaweed products manufacturers, as well as a leading producer of Irish organic salmon, and a salmon smokehouse, are participating in the fair with the support of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).
“BioFach brings together more than 2,500 international exhibitors and some 45,500 trade visitors from 112 countries of the world in Nuremberg annually,” said Jason Whooley, Chief Executive Officer, BIM. “As such it is a particularly valuable opportunity to showcase these leaders in the Irish seafood and aquaculture sectors. This is our fourth year to attend the fair. Last year’s event was highly successful and we continue to see growth in demand for Irish organic produce internationally, with trade visitors here very interested in organic produce coming from the ideally situated coast of Ireland.”
Donal Buckley, Market and Business Development Manager with BIM said: “British consultancy Organic Monitor estimates the worldwide turnover for organic produce is growing by over $5 billion each year, while the global organic food and drink market is estimated to be worth $40bn in 2008 alone. This is a highly significant market and one which the Irish seafood and aquaculture sectors are well placed to make a real impact.”
He added: ” With ever-increasing price competitiveness in the salmon market, the Irish organic offering is a profitable and economically viable niche for quality-focused Irish producers.”
Complementing the presence of the Irish organic seafood industry are three Irish seaweed companies exhibiting their produce for human and animal nutrition and speciality horticulture. The products being showcased include calcium supplements, antacids and specialist fertilisers targeted at fruit and vegetable growers as well as the sports turf market, such as golf course proprietors.
In addition, one of Ireland’s foremost salmon smoke houses, Irish Seaspray Ltd, will also be exhibiting and showcasing their range of smoked salmon products and specialities.
BioFach operates under the patronage of IFOAM (the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), which applies strict admission criteria to guarantee the consistently high quality of the products on display. This means that all exhibitors have already had the quality of their products independently assessed and certified.
The Irish firms attending this year’s BioFach fair are Atlantic Fare and Irish Seaspray Ltd in the salmon sector, and seaweed products companies Marigot Ltd (Celtic Sea Minerals), BioAtlantis and Oilean Glas Teoranta (OGT).
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