James Coffey showcases Irish food to UAE importers

The chef joined Bord Bia for the event highlighting seafood, beef, and cheese
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James Coffey, head chef of the Park Hotel Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland.
James Coffey, head chef of the Park Hotel Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland.

Award-winning Irish chef James Coffey showcased the best seafood, beef, and cheese from Ireland at an event for UAE importers and producers.

Held at Irish ambassador to the UAE His Excellency Aidan Cronin’s residence, the event was put together by Bord Bia, the Irish food board, and saw Coffey wow guests with an authentic taste of the country.

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“The quality of Irish seafood is widely known and respected amongst leading traders in the UAE thanks to clean waters it is fished in, the unparalleled taste, and the freshness of the produce. Thanks to this reputation, Irish produce has seen unprecedented growth in the global market – this year we have already exported nearly AED50 billion of Irish food and drink worldwide and we are now looking to mirror this global growth in the UAE,” said Claudia Saumell, the regional director Middle East of Bord Bia.

The Irish food board also highlighted its Origin Green programme which proves the credentials of sustainable production in the country, with all produce served at the event sourced by verified Origin Green members.

Almost 800 independent audits take place every week measuring sustainability criteria such as greenhouse gas, biodiversity, animal welfare, traceability, water measurement, energy efficiency, and soil management to ensure members of the scheme are verified.

“The Origin Green programme operates across the full supply chain, from farms to food and drink manufacturers. Ultimately, we have created the infrastructure for Ireland’s food and drink industry to measure and guide the improvement of their sustainability performance,” added Claudia Saumell.

In addition to seafood, statistics released by Bord Bia earlier this year announced the growth of dairy exports from Ireland to the UAE with a 23% increase to over 11,400 tons between January and July 2019, compared to 9,279 tons during the sameperiod in 2018.

The value increased from AED102 million in H1 2018 to AED113 million this year.

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