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18 March, 2015
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Press: Bord Bia Research Finds Irish People Spend €631 m On Their Gardens

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The value of Ireland’s gardening industry is growing for the first time since 2011 according to Bord Bia research launched today. The ‘Garden Market Value’ research, carried out by Ipsos MRBI, shows Irish consumers’ gardening spend has increased by 22% since 2011 to reach €631 million in 2014. The figures were released in Dublin today at Bord Bia’s annual Garden Industry Awards. A total of 38 garden centres and 17 landscape service providers were recognised, in addition to a number of special category award winners.

Speaking at the event, Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia stated,  (more…)

3 February, 2015
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Bord Bia and Irish Potato & Fresh Produce Exporters Target International Food Fair

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This in from Elaine of Bord Bia who sez:

Bord Bia and Irish Potato & Fresh Produce exporters target International Food Fair.

Increased potato crop requires dual approach

Tuesday 3rd February 2015 Fruit Logistica, the world`s leading trade fair for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry begins in Berlin on Wednesday 4th February, attracting in excess of 60,000 visitors from over 140 countries.  Bord Bia along with the Irish Potato Federation will facilitate business between the three Irish companies and international buyers at the “Ireland Origin Green” pavilion.

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Tom Hayes T.D., will visit Fruit Logistica on 5th February to add government support to the participating companies, Bord Bia and the Irish Potato Federation (IPF).

Speaking in advance of the event Minister Hayes said (more…)

14 January, 2015
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Irish Horticulture Industry – Bord Bia

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This in from Bord Bia who today launched its Export Performance and Prospects Report which reflects a 4% increase in exports for 2014 to reach a record high of almost €10.5 billion. The above infographic specifically related to the horticulture industry.

Makes for quite interesting and very lovely reading to be fair. Cudos. Very, well done.

Read the full press release – International Markets Driving Export Growth, Bord Bia


4 December, 2014
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Champion Christmas Tree Grower urges people to ‘Love a Real Tree’ this Christmas

This just in from our friends in Bord Bia:Christmas Trees Presented to Jack and Jill Foundation

Wicklow grower, Christy Kavanagh, has been crowned the Christmas Tree Grower Supreme Champion 2014 in the national Christmas tree growing competition. This is the fifth time that Christy has received the accolade for his Nordmann Fir range in the annual competition organized by the Christmas Tree Growers Association. As an experienced and avid grower, he is enthusiastic about the benefits real Christmas Trees bring to the celebrations, noting that the Nordmann Fir is the most popular type of tree, accounting for 75% of trees sold in Ireland.

The Christmas tree harvest is currently underway due to excellent growing and favourable harvesting conditions, according to the Irish Christmas Tree Growers.  Bord Bia estimates that approximately 500,000 trees will be harvested this year by Irish growers, 300,000 for the home market and 200,000 for export, mainly to the UK.

‘Love a Real Tree’ Campaign

This Christmas, the Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association has launched a new initiative, ‘Love a Real Tree’, to highlight the benefits of choosing a real Christmas tree for your home. This new campaign was developed to include a logo and website ( which highlight the benefits of a real tree versus and an artificial tree, in particular that real Irish Christmas trees are environmentally friendly as they can be recycled, while the land used for growing them can be replanted or returned to traditional agriculture. (more…)

6 October, 2014
by Admin

Bord Bia Presents: Grow your Business Using Social Media – With Krishna De

This email comes in from Carol Marks and the crew at Bord Bia.And it turns out the gig is being presented by good friend of The Sodshow Krishna De whom it turns out Peter has spoke alongside on more than one occasions. On that basis and the fact that the hort industry is pretty shite at techie online stuff and being that Krishna is noted in The Sodshow’s history, we higher than highly recommend it.

Here’s the full deets via Brod Bia: (more…)