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Dutch Food Seminar

A seminar will be held on the Dutch Food Industry at LisburnIslandCivic Centre from 2.30-6pm.  A panel of speakers fromtheNetherlands and from Northern Ireland shall address practical issuesofsupplying the Food Industry in the Netherlands 

  • What's happening in the Dutch Food & Agri industry
    Harry Smit, Rabobank International
  • Understanding Dutch Retail and Food Service 
    Steve Murnaghan, Northern Ireland Trade Consultants BV
  • Answering the requirements of the Dutch Customer and Consumer
    Paul Armstrong, Foyle Food Group
  • Efficient Logistics to the Netherlands Norfolkline
    Irene Rennie

(Speaker profiles can be viewed below)

The seminar shall be followed by a drinks reception with finger food (in Dutch a 'borrel') kindly provided by Rabobank Ireland.

Members attend all NI-NL events free of charge. Non members may attend one NI-NL

If you are interested in attending please sign up below.

Speaker Profiles 

Rabobank International, Harry Smit

Rabobank's roots lie in agriculture. What began at the end of the 19th century as a collection of small rural banks, has grown into an extensive financial group - market leader in the Netherlands, world leader in food and agri-financing. 

Harry Smit works in the Food and Agri Research and Advisory department of Rabobank International - a global team of analysts that continuously accumulates knowledge in major F&A sectors and trends. Harry is responsible 

for cross sector and Food & Agri chain issues. 

Northern Ireland Trade Consultants BV - Steve Murnaghan 

 Steve Murnaghan is Managing Director of Amsterdam based NITC, and has worked in Business and Trade Development for NI companies into the Netherlands for over 12 years. NITC has worked with a wide range of local food companies, helping to develop their business in the Netherlands. Together 

with Invest NI and Lisburn City Council NITC is a founding Partner of NI-NL.  

Foyle Food Group, Paul Armstrong 

The Foyle Food Group produces and supplies high quality beef and lamb in the UK, Ireland and Europe to a range of retail, food service and industrial clients including Tesco, Albert Hejn and McDonald's. 

The Foyle Food Group group is a partner in Hilton Meats Retail in England and Hilton Meats Zaandam in Holland. Hilton Meats Zaandam, acquired in 1999, is the sole supplier of fresh Mince, Beef and Lamb to Albert Heijn and is at the leading edge of meat retail packing in Europe. 

Paul Armstrong is Commercial Director of the Foyle Food Group and has 

responsibility for the Albert Heijn Account. 

Norfolkline - Irene Rennie

Irene Rennie is Sales Executive at Norfolkline (with HQ in Holland) which operates five different transport divisions on a Pan European basis. Three of these divisions operate from bases in Ireland to service the UK and European markets on both East and West bound traffic. The Logistics Division, based in Belfast has a fleet of 500 trailers - both temperature controlled and ambient.  

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