JOIN KILDARE'S FOOD CHAIN - Your Networking Forum

Kildare's Food Chain Networking Forum is an initiative of LEO Kildare and Kildare County Council, and supported by Bord Bia to ensure that Co. Kildare's unique food heritage benefits from the attention it deserves.  Throughout the county, a diverse selection of crucial food training and food marketing initiatives are underway. Now, through the Kildare Food Chain brand, these programmes can enjoy better linkages and cross-promotion.

Calling ALL Foodies!

Who should join the food network?

  • Food and drink producers, retailers and distributors.
  • Foodservice, cafés, delis, restaurants and bars, keen to support and use locally-sourced Kildare food ingredients.
  • Food sector suppliers: ingredients, packaging, services, equipment...etc.
  • Anyone or any business in the Kildare food sector who is passionate about supporting and developing local food and agri-business.


Why Join?

  • Networking opportunities - free networking opportunities and events. Meet with, and learn from, others in your same area of business.
  • Training - free seminars, tailored training and business development events.
  • Sales - increased sales opportunities through exposure to potential new customers and export opportunities.
  • Group marketing - we will endeavour to take a collective approach to marketing which will save you time and money.
  • Regional branding - members are invited to participate in regional and national food events under the Kildare Food Chain brand.
  • Have a say - getting involved means you can help to shape the future development of your local food sector.


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Who can participate?

For new and asipring food entrepreneurs to understand what is involved in setting up a food business. The content is designed to provide you with information which will allow you to avoid the pit falls normally associated with this journey.

How much does it cost?

Food START costs €30 and is inclusive of all course materials, training and mentoring.

Kildare Programme Dates: TBC for 2019

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A unique suite of mentoring for Kildare's Food Network for those which are growth orientated / export focused.

Expressions of interest here.


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