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Minister Creed Launches Steps to Success 2016, the First Annual Progress Report on Food Wise 2025

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today launched the first progress report on Food Wise 2025: Steps to Success 2016.

Steps to Success highlights the progress achieved one year into the implementation of the Food Wise 2025 strategy. Of the 330 detailed actions which were due to commence in 2015 or 2016, 28% have been achieved or substantial action has been undertaken; and a further 67% have commenced and are progressing well.

Minister Creed stated ‘this is a good start and I will press on to get as many actions as possible completed within the next year’.

Steps to Success provides examples of successful State collaboration across the key themes of Food Wise: environmental sustainability, human capital, competitiveness, market development and innovation; as well as examples of innovative approaches by Irish food and drinks companies.

Minister Creed welcomed the recent opening of Bord Bia’s Thinking House, which will be a world class consumer insight centre; and the establishment of the Meat Technology Centre, hosted by Teagasc, which will be a centre of excellence for meat processing research and innovation.

Minister Creed continued, “I am also very pleased to announce that we will be launching a major initiative in 2017 focusing on improving grassland management, use and profitability. My Department will establish a committee with representatives from the agencies and the relevant stakeholders to plan a year-long programme of events. It will celebrate and build on Ireland’s comparative advantage in sustainable grass fed production.”

Food Wise 2025 underlined the sector’s unique and special position within the Irish economy, and Steps to Success illustrates the potential for further growth of the sector in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable manner.”, Minister Creed concluded.

Notes for Editors:

Both Steps to Success 2016 and a detailed report on the status of Food Wise 2025 actions are available on the Department website at: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/foodwise2025/

View this Press Release as a PDF: DAFMPR 77/2016 (pdf 460Kb) 

added 13.07.16

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today launched the firest progress report on Food Wise 2025: Steps to Success 2016.

Date Released: 13 July 2016