Members present employ over 8,500 people, pay €300m in wages and contribute €80m to the exchequer
Thursday, May 31st 2018 – It’s time again to slap on the sun cream and get ready to sample some of Ireland’s most delicious produce as Love Irish Food gets set for another year at Bloom. The Love Irish Food ‘Meet the Makers’ marquee will be returning to the food village again this year – bigger and better than ever before.
The 27 Love Irish Food member brands at Bloom this year employ over 8,500 people directly and indirectly with a total wage bill of more than €300m between them, contributing €80m to the exchequer.
Visitors to Bloom are predicted to savour, sip and sample their way through the ‘Meet the Makers’ marquee, tasting more than 20,000 biscuits, 30,000 gelatos and 40,000 burger samples, all the while meeting the makers of many great Irish-produced food and drink brands.
Bloom is Ireland’s premier food and gardening festival and will be kicking off on Thursday 31st May to Monday 4th June. For visitors to Bloom, Love Irish Food ‘Meet the Makers’ marquee is a foodie’s haven with new products being launched and household names taking part, all of which have been produced in the Republic of Ireland.
With more than 30,000 Bloom visitors at last year’s Love Irish Food marquee, it is back by popular demand. Love Irish Food is located in the food village and feature member brands including household names like Flahavan’s, Ballymaloe Foods, Broderick’s Bros, East Coast Bakehouse, McCambridge Bread, Big Als & Bundys, Gino’s Gelato, O’Donnells Crisps, Golden Irish Eggs, Manor Farm, Coffee House Lane, The Jelly Bean Factory, Sussed and Spice O’Life. And new to Bloom this year Golden Bake and Sunshine Juices.
Commenting, Kieran Rumley, Executive Director, Love Irish Food said: “We are delighted to return to Bloom’s food village again this year with the Love Irish Food ‘Meet the Makers’ marquee, which has become a staple for foodies visiting this popular annual event. With the Irish food industry facing the challenge and the uncertainty from Brexit, it is vital that Irish shoppers have the opportunity to identify locally produced food brands, with the Love Irish Food logo and to undertstand their importance and contribution to local communities throughout Ireland. With 27 Love Irish Food member brands in the food village this year, we’re looking forward to showcasing the best of Irish food at the festival.”
Love Irish Food was launched in 2009. The Love Irish Food logo lets shoppers know that a brand is Irish produced. Membership adheres to the strict criteria of the Love Irish Food association, by assuring shoppers that the product is manufactured in the Republic of Ireland and importantly that the brand uses ingredients from Ireland, where these are available.