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Embracing change – Adapting to change

Embracing change - Adapting to change

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Date: Wednesday, March 9th 2022
Time: 10.00 am
Location: Zoom (link will be sent in advance)
Duration: 1 to 1½ hours

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    Love Irish Food has assembled an exceptional panel of speakers to tackle the challenges in, Embracing change- Adapting to change.  We have seen over the past two years how the nation and specifically the food industry and retail and food service sectors have confronted change. Dunnes Stores has invested, grown and adapted to a rapidly changed retail food environment. Food consumption is not constant. It too evolves driven by technology and lifestyle and UCC’s Department of Food Business and Development can share a view of the future. Food consumption trends have forced significant change in household purchasing and as food service reopens we will see significant change yet again. But will it revert or adapt? Kantar Ireland will focus light on this.


    Panel of Speakers

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    Tara McCarthy – CEO, Bord Bia

    Tara McCarthy is CEO of Bord Bia and was previously Chief Executive for Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Director of the Food and Beverages Division in Bord Bia. Tara brings with her over 20 years’ experience in the wider food industry and has operated in overseas markets including as Germany, France and Belgium for over 10 years. Tara has been instrumental in delivering a number of initiatives for the Irish Food Industry under the ‘Pathways for Growth’ programme, working in entrepreneurship and talent development, leading a team of senior executives on the development of the seafood, dairy, prepared foods, alcohol and small business sectors.

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    James Wilson – Food Director, Dunnes Stores


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    David Berry – Managing Director, Kantar Ireland

    David, an experienced market researcher, leads the Irish business of Kantar Millward Brown and Kantar Worldpanel and is dedicated to helping brand owners, retailers and government bodies create the best possible service for their customers. David is an expert in understanding consumer and retailer trends, regularly featuring in business and consumer press.

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    Professor Joe Bogue – Cork University Business School

    Joe Bogue is a Professor with Cork University Business School. His research interests include: market-oriented NPD, strategic food marketing, knowledge management and NPD and entrepreneurship. He received his BSc in Science (1985), MSc in Food Science and Technology (1992) and MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2007) from UCC. He graduated from The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom with a PhD in 2002. He conducts research in entrepreneurship and organises a number of UCC student-centred entrepreneurship business challenges.

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    Dr. Lana Repar – Cork University Business School

    Lana Repar is a Lecturer in Food Business with the Department of Food Business and Development, Cork University Business School. She lectures on food marketing, entrepreneurship and digital media marketing in UCC, across numerous programmes. Her research interests include food supply chain management, digital media marketing in the food industry, consumer behaviour, sustainability, entrepreneurship and business leadership. She obtained her BSc in Agricultural Economics (2009) and MSc in Agribusiness and Rural Development (2011) from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and her PhD from UCC in 2017.

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    Alison Cowzer – Director East Coast Bakehouse

    Alison is co-founder and Director of East Coast Bakehouse, Ireland’s only large-scale biscuit manufacturing business based in Drogheda. A Dragon investor on RTE‘s Dragons’ Den, Alison is also Managing Director of ‘The Company of Food’, a specialist food investment business with shareholdings held in a number of food SME’s. She is also a board member of the international aid agency GOAL, and a board member of Ronald Mc Donald House Charity, and Chair of Rough Magic Theatre Company. Alison has also held senior marketing roles with Jacob Fruitfield Food Group, L’Oreal UK and Tedcastles Oil.