• IRISH DOG FOODS Announced Exporter of the Year 2017

    (L-R) Mario Rosenstock, Liam Queally, CEO of Irish Dog Foods, Beatrice Cosgrove, General Manager Ireland, Etihad Airways Ireland and Nicola Byrne, President Irish Exporters Association.

    Dublin, 17th November 2017: The Export Industry Awards 2017, the premier event recognising the remarkable achievements of companies working in the export industry in Ireland, took place on Friday, 17th November at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road Dublin. 11 companies won individual category awards across a range of sectors. Kildare based Irish Dog Foods was crowned the overall Exporter of the Year Award 2017 after winning the Medium Size Exporter of the Year Award category earlier in the evening. Irish comedian Mario Rosenstock MC’d the black tie Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner which was well attended with nearly 550 export industry professionals. Other guests included Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education, representatives from over 25 Embassies, Secretary Generals and Awards sponsors.

    Irish Dog Foods is a pet food manufacturer in own-label and branded products for pet speciality retailers, wholesalers and discounters across the globe and have expanded their production facilities in Naas to over 220,000 sq feet increasing production capacity by 350% in 18 months. Irish Dog Foods recognised that the key to the success of its growth strategy was to concentrate on growing their export markets. The company was and continues to be a key supplier to many retailers who have a presence in multiple-markets. Based on their record of service, quality and value they have been able to open new markets with these customers one region after the other.

    Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, Nicola Byrne, President of the Irish Exporters Association said: “The Export Industry Awards began in 2001 and has gained momentum year on year. The 2017 Awards has seen the biggest and the most competitive year yet with more unique applications than ever before. Our Independent Judging Panel was particularly impressed with the competitiveness of the applications and the international opportunities companies from Ireland are winning.

    We are delighted to announce Irish Dog Foods as the winner of the Overall Exporter of the Year 2017. The judges found Irish Dog Foods had an impressive innovation and growth strategy. They displayed a customer focused approach with a wide range of products and markets. Their focus on design thinking and innovation is unique in pet food manufacturing and their long term sustainability is based on bringing innovation to their customers coupled with a very real passion and love of dogs.”

    The Export Industry Awards 2017 is supported by a number of corporate and industry sponsors. Platinum Sponsors: Bank of Ireland, Etihad Airways, KPMG, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business and supportive Category sponsors Bord Bia, Dixon International Logistics, Enterprise Ireland, Facebook, GS1 Ireland, Irish Maritime Development Office and media partner The Times.

    2017 Export Industry Award Categories & Winners

    Exporter of The Year 2017 sponsored by Etihad Airways
    Winner: Irish Dog Foods, Kildare

    Medium Size Exporter of the Year Award, sponsored by Bank of Ireland
    Winner: Irish Dog Foods, Kildare
    Shortlisted: Abcon Industrial Products Ltd, Cavan; BHSL Hydro, Limerick; CupPrint, Clare; eShopWorld, Dublin; Trend Technologies, Westmeath

    Export Innovation of the Year Award, sponsored by KPMG
    Winner: Ribworld, Tipperary
    Shortlisted: Aalto Bio Reagents, Dublin; Abcon Industrial Products Ltd, Cavan; Combilift, Monaghan; Crospon, Galway; Global Shares, Cork; Medentech, Wexford; Ventac, Wicklow

    Services Exporter of the Year sponsored by UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
    Winner: Ventac, Wicklow
    Shortlisted: Adams & Butler,Dublin; Deinternational, Dublin; Digisoft, Cork; Elavon Freight Payment, Dublin; Eolas International Ltd, Cork; TradeCert, Galway; UrbanVolt, Dublin

    Food & Drink Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Bord Bia
    Winner: Irish Distillers, Dublin
    Shortlisted: Dawn Farms, Kildare; Good4U, Sligo; Ornua Co-operative Limited, Dublin; Ribworld, Tipperary; Silver Hill Farm, Monaghan; Swift Fine Foods, Monaghan; The Little Milk Co, Waterford

    Life Sciences Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Dixon International Logistics
    Winner: Sanofi Waterford, Waterford
    Shortlisted: Aalto Bio Reagents, Dublin; CLIRIINX – Clinical Research IT, Dublin; Crospon, Galway; Diaceutics, Louth; Moll Industries Ireland Ltd, Donegal; PolyPico Technologies, Galway; Trend Technologies, Westmeath

    High Potential Exporter Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland
    Winner: Broderick’s Brothers, Dublin
    Shortlisted: Adams & Butler, Dublin; Aphix Software, Louth; Joulica, Galway; LearnUpon Limited, Dublin; Nutritics, Dublin; STAYHOLD Ltd, Dublin; Vision Built Manufacturing Ltd, Galway

    Small & Emerging Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Facebook
    Winner: Diaceutics, Louth
    Shortlisted: BFree Foods LTD, Dublin; HealthBeacon, Dublin; HTE Engineering Services, Meath; The Handmade Soap Company, Meath; The Little Milk Co, Waterford; The Packaging Hub Ireland Limited, Waterford; Ventac, Wicklow

    Multinational Exporter of the Year, sponsored by GS1 Ireland
    Winner: Bausch + Lomb Ireland, Waterford
    Shortlisted: Irish Distillers, Dublin; Portwest, Mayo; Sanofi Waterford, Waterford

    Maritime Services Company of the Year, sponsored by the Irish Maritime Development Office
    Winner: Irish Continental Group, Container & Terminal Division

    Technology Exporter of the Year
    Winner: eShopWorld, Dublin
    Shortlisted: Ding, Dublin; Exaxe, Dublin; Excelsys Technologies Limited, Cork; LearnUpon Limited, Dublin; Scurri, Wexford; Smarttech247, Cork; TransferMate, Kilkenny

    Logistics & Supply Chain Company of the Year
    Winner: Dixon International Logistics, Dublin
    Shortlisted: Kuehne + Nagel, Dublin; McArdle Skeath, Louth ; Nolan Transport, Wexford ; O’Leary InternationalULC, Wexford; Post Logistics, Dublin; TradeCert, Galway

    2017 Export Industry Awards Independent Judging Panel

    Chairperson: Pat Higgins, Head of Business Development, Queally Group
    Independent Observer: Bebhinn Behan, Innovation Manager, KPMG

    Group A: Services, Export Innovation, Technology

    • Elaine Coughlan, Managing Partner, Dublin, Atlantic Bridge
    • Mary Lambkin-Coyle, Professor of Marketing, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
    • Siobhan McManamy, Director of Markets, Tourism Ireland
    • Padraic White, Chairman, Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services

    Group B: High Potential, Medium Size, Small & Emerging, Food & Drink

    • Kieran Comerford, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office
    • Eugene Forde, Principal, Indigenous Enterprise Development, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
    • Margaret Hearty, InterTradeIreland, Director of Programmes and Business Services
    • Breege O’Donoghue, Chair, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

    Group C: Logistics, Life Sciences, Multinational, Maritime Services

    • David Brophy, Partner & Patent Attorney, FR Kelly
    • Tommy Fanning, Head of Biopharmaceuticals & Food, IDA Ireland
    • Jim Gannon, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
    • Howard Knott, Logistics Consultant


    For Further information contact:

    Fiona Burke, Communications, Events & Public Affairs Officer, Irish Exporters Association
    T: 01 6424171 / 087 142 3310
    E: fionaburke@irishexporters.ie

    About the Export Industry Awards:

    The Irish Exporters Association’s Export Industry Awards in its 17th year is the premier event for recognising the achievements of Irish Exporters and the businesses that support them. The Export Industry Awards 2017 is supported by a number of corporate and industry sponsors. Platinum Sponsors: Bank of Ireland, Etihad Airways, KPMG, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business and supportive Category sponsors Bord Bia, Dixon International Logistics, Enterprise Ireland, Facebook, GS1 Ireland, Irish Maritime Development Office and media partner The Times. It is important that we highlight the exporting companies who have excelled in their sector despite some uncertain trading conditions and to highlight those businesses in the sector who have been fundamental to Ireland’s success. The award categories cover a broad range of export sectors, including emerging exporters, established indigenous exporters of manufactured goods, services, software food and drink and multinational companies, as well as the key support sectors of logistics and maritime services.

    About the Alumni Programme:

    Designed in conjunction with KPMG and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, the Export Industry Awards Alumni Programme is open to past category winners and former shortlisted Export Industry Award winners. The alumni programme includes workshops and a masterclass covering negotiation, strategic development and execution, strategic finance, innovation and growth, change management, organisational renewal and transformation, and more.

    About the Irish Exporters Association:

    The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) assists its members to grow their exports to world markets. We drive and support the growth and development of all exporting businesses based in Ireland by:

    • Representation – leading the export agenda as the voice of Irish exporters
    • Member development – enhancing the export knowledge and skillset of members through a range of training services and export development programmes
    • Networking & Connectivity – connecting our members with government and business stakeholders domestically and in market
    • Export Services – enabling our members with practical assistance and critical support services

    The IEA represent the whole spectrum of companies within the export industry including SME’s who are beginning to think about exporting for the first time right through to global multinational companies who are already extensively exporting from Ireland as well as the providers of key services to the sector. It is the connecting force for Irish exporters, providing practical knowledge and support across the Island of Ireland and in foreign markets.