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East Coast Bakehouse announced 2019 Exporter of the Year

East Coast Bakehouse announced 2019 Exporter of the Year

Irish Exporters Association announces 19th Export Industry Awards

Dublin, 8 November 2019: The Irish Exporters Association, the voice of the Export Industry in Ireland, on Friday night announced the winners of the 2019 Export Industry Awards. Louth-based East Coast Bakehouse was crowned overall 2019 Exporter of the Year after winning the Small & Emerging Exporter of the Year earlier in the evening. With 12 high-profile companies winning awards across the 12 categories, this year saw one of the most competitive processes in the Awards’ history. The IEA’s annual flagship event, a black-tie Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner with 500 export industry professionals, local and international dignitaries in attendance, was moderated by PJ Gallagher.

Established in 2015 by Michael Carey and Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse is already sold in 25 countries. The Irish biscuit producer has their Bakehouse based in Drogheda, Co, Louth. East Coast Bakehouse has developed innovative products and is one of the fastest growing food manufacturers in Ireland. The company also plays an important part in their local community employing over 60 people in Drogheda and has launched the “Baker’s Dozen Fund” which donates 1/13th of their profits to local charities.

Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, Marie Armstrong, President of the Irish Exporters Association, said: “Tonight, we recognise the outstanding achievements of companies working in and supporting the export industry in Ireland. Across 12 categories, we celebrate Irish business excellence – from Innovators and Small & Emerging exporters to the Multinationals, from Life Sciences and Food & Drink Exporters to the Services and Technology Exporters and the many companies which provide vital services to the sector. 

As an island-nation at Europe’s periphery, we are globally renowned for overcoming difficult obstacles and turning challenges into opportunities. I am convinced that Irish exporters will continue to turn challenges into opportunities and continue to lead the way across the global market.

We are delighted to announce East Coast Bakehouse as the winner of the prestigious 2019 overall Exporter of the Year. East Coast Bakehouse showed impressive innovation, technology and growth strategy. The judges were particularly impressed by the leadership’s experience and expertise which lead to their fast-growing success in a very competitive market. The company also demonstrated remarkable Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.”

2019 Export Industry Awards category winners

Combilift

Export Innovation of the Year
(Sponsored by KPMG Ireland)

Shortlisted:

Ardmac, Dublin
Combilift, Monaghan
Dolmen Design and Innovation, Dublin
Irish Dog Foods, Kildare
UrbanVolt, Dublin
Ventac, Wicklow

 

East Coast Bakehouse

Small and Emerging Exporter of the Year
(Sponsored by Facebook)

Shortlisted:

Adams & Butler, Dublin
Blanco Niño, Tipperary
East Coast Bakehouse, Louth
Entekra Ltd., Monaghan
Kora Healthcare, Dublin
Tap Creations, Dublin

Entekra Ltd.

Services Exporter of the Year
(Sponsored by Trinity Business School)

Shortlisted:

Ardmac, Dublin
Entekra Ltd., Monaghan
Ventac, Wicklow
Wisetek, Cork

Silver Hill Foods

Food and Drink Exporter of the Year

(Sponsored by Bord Bia)

Shortlisted:

ABP Food Group, Louth
East Coast Bakehouse, Louth
Irish Distillers, Dublin
Oakpark, Tipperary
Ribworld, Tipperary
Silver Hill Foods, Monaghan
William Grant & Sons Irish Brands, Offaly

 

Abbott Ireland, Vascular Division

Life Sciences Exporter of the Year
(Sponsored by Dixon International Logistics)

Shortlisted:

Abbott Ireland, Vascular Division, Tipperary
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Dublin
Chanelle Pharma, Galway
Hovione, Cork
Kora Healthcare, Dublin

 

Nova Leah

High-Potential Exporter of the Year
(Sponsored by Enterprise Ireland)

Shortlisted:

East Coast Bakehouse, Louth
Hanley Energy, Meath
Joulica, Galway
Nasal Medical, Dublin
Nova Leah, Louth
UrbanVolt, Dublin

 

Chanelle Pharma

Multinational Exporter of the Year

(Sponsored by GS1 Ireland)

Shortlisted:

Abbott Ireland, Vascular Division, Tipperary
Chanelle Pharma, Galway
Irish Distillers, Dublin

SF Engineering

Medium Size Exporter of the Year

(Sponsored by DHL Global Forwarding)

Shortlisted:

Hanley Energy, Meath
Hovione, Cork
SF Engineering, Sligo
Turmec Teoranta, Meath
William Grant & Sons Irish Brands, Offaly

 

Portwest

Private Irish Business of the Year
(Sponsored by ByrneWallace)

Shortlisted:

ABP Food Group, Louth
Ardmac, Dublin
Oakpark, Tipperary
Portwest, Mayo
SF Engineering, Sligo

Micro Focus Galway Ltd.

Technology Exporter of the Year

(Sponsored by the Sunday Times)

Shortlisted:

Cora Systems, Leitrim
GGL Monitoring Services Ltd., Limerick
Hanley Energy, Meath
Joulica, Galway
Micro Focus Galway Ltd., Galway
Nova Leah, Louth

 

HSBC Ireland

Financial Services Partner of the Year

 

Shortlisted:

Bibby Financial Services Ireland, Dublin
HSBC Ireland, Dublin
Investec Bank Plc. (Ireland), Dublin

 

Rhenus Logistics Ltd.

Logistics and Supply Chain Company of the Year

 

Shortlisted:

Ace Express Group, Dublin
CMA CGM Shipping Ireland, Dublin
Expeditors Ltd. Ireland, Dublin
Maersk Ltd. Ireland, Dublin
McArdle Skeath, Louth
Rhenus Logistics Ltd., Dublin
DHL Global Forwarding, Dublin

 

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For Further information contact:

Blandine Poret, Events Manager with responsibility for the Export Industry Awards

E-mail: blandineporet@irishexporters.ie

Tel:  01 642 4178 / 086 142 3272

About the Export Industry Awards

Now in its 19th year, the Irish Exporters Association’s Export Industry Awards is the premier event for recognising the achievements of Irish Exporters. The event is supported by a number of corporate and industry sponsors, including platinum sponsors KPMG Ireland, Facebook, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, as well as Bord Bia, ByrneWallace, DHL Global Forwarding, Dixon International Logistics, Enterprise Ireland, GS1 Ireland and media partner The Sunday Times. Exporting businesses are fundamental to Ireland’s global success despite increasingly uncertain international trade. The Export Industry Awards celebrate those Irish businesses that drive growth despite global headwinds. Over 500 export industry professionals will attend the black-tie gala event on 8th November at the National Convention Centre.

 

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.

  • Representthe needs of members in the development of policy, lobbying, intervention at government level and in the media. Brexit and the Diversification of Export Markets, Cost Competitiveness, the War for Talent and Entrepreneurship are at the core.
  • Trade Servicesinclude practical training, support and consultancy right across the supply chain including customs awareness and audits, export and import compliance, consular, business travel support, route to market and general assistance with trade related queries.
  • Knowledge Networkswill support members to: explore new markets, route to market scenario planning, understand customs and supply chain challenges and provide thought leadership through a series of events and webinars. Networking and connectivity remain an important part of membership benefits.

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.