First Minister Arlene Foster MLA has welcomed a delegation of top chefs and buyers from Dubai hotels and UAE based foodservice distributors to Northern Ireland as part of a visit showcasing the pure, natural, quality of local food and drink.
Speaking following a reception at Lough Erne Resort last night, Arlene Foster said: “It is a privilege to welcome this delegation of top chefs and buyers from Dubai to Northern Ireland. This visit is an exciting opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland’s unique food and drink heritage and the pure, natural, quality of our food produce.
“Sales to customers in Dubai have grown considerably over the past three years and the interest shown in Northern Ireland by such an influential group cements the prestige of our offering in this region. The Middle East is a market of great potential for Northern Ireland food and drink and this visit presents a valuable opportunity to local food and drink producers to meet with buyers to explore potential business opportunities with the aim of securing new export sales.
“Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016 presents an opportunity to celebrate our award winning indigenous foods. Invest NI is continuing to work closely with its contacts in the Gulf, to maximise the growth opportunities for local businesses and build on the prestige imported products have in this marketplace.”
The three day visit, organised by Invest Northern Ireland, and jointly hosted by Tourism NI, is designed to build on the successful relationships established by many local companies exporting to the Middle East.