Food and Drink Export Council Peer-to-Peer Programme – In Person Event in NI

The Food and Drink Export Council Peer-to-Peer Programme In Person Event will take place in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 6th February 2024 from  8:30-13:30 at CAFRE Loughry Campus in Cookstown.     

Who is this for?
Food and Drink businesses based in Northern Ireland looking to grow their exports, expand into new markets, and build their network.
Join this free networking event to build your exporting capability.
The Peer-to-Peer Programme from the Food and Drink Export Council (FDEC) in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland is bringing a panel of food and drink experts, guest speakers, and exhibitors to Cookstown in February 2024.

This free to attend event will help you build your exporting knowledge, provide networking opportunities with peers and allow you to get some valuable exporting tips, from experienced exporters in your sector.

Register for your place here: Northern Ireland Food and Drink Export Council Peer-to-Peer Programme 2024 - Choose Registration (

Why attend?
Free interactive sessions on creating strategic export plans, identifying, and building relationships with distributors, and the Windsor Framework and what this means for your business. Hear from business leaders, peers and experts in the food and drink sector to help you grow your exports. With keynote speakers including Joe McDonald, ASDA Northern Ireland, Bronagh Clarke, Kestrel Foods, and Carin Van Leeuwen, a seasoned Commercial Advisor and Private Label Strategist.

Guest panellists and hosts also include representatives from:

  • McColgans
  • Punjana / Thompsons Tea
  • Belfast Distillery
  • Mackle Snacks
  • Linwoods Health Foods and others

Discover free support from Invest Northern Ireland and the Department for Business and Trade. As well as support available from a range of exhibitors including Mid Ulster Council, the Institute of Exports and International Trade, Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association, InterTrade Ireland, Santander and more.

Enjoy lunch and networking with experienced exporters and experts in the food and drink industry.

What can you expect?
Advice from business leaders and peers and the opportunity to build your exporting knowledge and attend expert panels focused on the food and drink sector. We hope that our free event will inspire you to continue your export journey and expand into new international markets.

Delivered in partnership between the Department for Business and Trade and Invest Northern Ireland on behalf of the Food and Drink Export Council.