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
Export Innovation of the Year
|East Coast Bakehouse|
Small and Emerging Exporter of the Year
Services Exporter of the Year
|Silver Hill Foods|
Food and Drink Exporter of the Year
(Sponsored by Bord Bia)
|Abbott Ireland, Vascular Division|
Life Sciences Exporter of the Year
High-Potential Exporter of the Year
Multinational Exporter of the Year
(Sponsored by GS1 Ireland)
Medium Size Exporter of the Year
(Sponsored by DHL Global Forwarding)
Private Irish Business of the Year
|Micro Focus Galway Ltd.|
Technology Exporter of the Year
(Sponsored by the Sunday Times)
Financial Services Partner of the Year
|Rhenus Logistics Ltd. |
Logistics and Supply Chain Company of the Year
Ace Express Group, Dublin
For Further information contact:
Blandine Poret, Events Manager with responsibility for the Export Industry Awards
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.