€4m in Export Sales Expected From Inaugural Irish Equine Innovation Exposition

EnterpriseIreland and Connolly’s Red Mills Host Eqspo 2009

Thursday 6th August 2009: Over €4m of export sales are expected to be generated over the next 18 months by Eqspo 2009, Ireland’s first major global equine innovation showcase which opens in Kilkenny today. 

Organised by Enterprise Ireland and hosted by Connolly’s Red Mills, Eqspo 2009 is the first international buyer showcase for Irish innovative products and services for the equine industry.  Irish producers of feed, supplements, veterinary products and horse accessories will showcase their products, services and latest industry offerings to international buyers.  Around 60 buyers from 34 international equine companies from 16 countries including the UK, US, UAE, China, Singapore, Qatar, Turkey, France, Germany and Austria are expected to attend.

Opening the event this morning, Enterprise Ireland’s Head of International Sales and Partnering Gerry Murphy said: “The worldwide reputation of the Irish bloodstock industry is unparalleled and alongside it has developed a cluster of innovative, world-class equine related products and services that are equally making their mark in markets across the globe.

“The range of countries and high-calibre international buyers at this event reflects the strength of the reputation of Ireland as a supplier of innovative products and services to the international equine industry.  Inward buyer events such as this one are highly effective in marketing Irish manufactured products and services to influential international buyers and we are confident that this showcase will open up new opportunities for the Irish companies exhibiting today.”

Joe Connolly, Managing Director of Connolly’s Red Mills added:

“Ireland is considered to be at the forefront of the equine industry and like many other sectors in the current economic environment, it is facing a number of challenges.  Now, more than ever, it is essential that we come together to share ideas and promote the growth and development of the sector as a whole. Showcasing events like Eqspo 2009 encourage businesses from around the globe to work together to create solutions and respond to these challenges.”

Eqspo 2009 continues in Dublin tomorrow where the participants will meet an Tánaiste Mary Coughlan and attend a business networking event at the Dublin Horseshow. 

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For further information please contact:

Ciara O'Mahony

Enterprise Ireland
01 7272284
087 2043435

James Dunny

Fleishman-Hillard
01-6188417
086 388 3903

About Connolly’s Red Mills

Connolly’s Red Mills is the market leader in horse feed production and dry pet food in Ireland. It has market share in the UK, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Sweden and Japan. Established in 1908, the family owned agri-business based at Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, supplies top quality products and services supported by the most modern technologically advanced plant and equipment, ensuring that the best agri-foods are produced. The company has invested significantly in research and development, innovative new technology and management development. It is the only feed producing company in the world with its own on-site anti-doping forensic laboratory to test for NOPS (Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances). Connolly’s Red Mills exports to over twenty countries worldwide, employing 200 people.