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Minister Coughlan on Food Business Development visit to US

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., is on a food business development visit to the United States this week organised by Enterprise Ireland. The purpose of the visit is to secure foreign direct investment in the Irish food industry from the US and to establish Food Innovation & Research Networks between the US and Ireland. Minister Coughlan will also engage in discussions with a number of key political figures in Washington DC on agriculture and food issues.

Minister Coughlan in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland will have a series of meetings with top-level management in a number of major US companies and research institutions. The Minister emphasised the importance of promoting and further developing investment and trade links as well as research and development opportunities between Ireland and the US in the areas of food and nutrition.

The Minister will also meet with the senior management of Glanbia, Abbot Nutrition and the Kerry R & D Centre. She will also both host and attend a number of business functions.

In Washington DC, the Minister will meet the U.S. Deputy Secretary for Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She will also have discussions with Senator Saxby Chambliss, Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chair, House Agriculture Committee.

30 April, 2006

Date Released: 30 April 2006