Enterprise Ireland serves up meat research program

The $8.6m initiative is expected to further develop exports of the Irish beef and sheep meat industries, and mitigate the potential impacts of Brexit.

Enterprise Ireland, the export credit agency of the Irish government, has announced Meat Technology Ireland (MTI), a €8.1m ($8.6m) research and innovation program in the beef and sheep meat processing industries, the Irish Farmer’s Journal has reported.

The program was developed by industry experts, with meat processors ABP Ireland, Ashbourne Meat Processors and Irish Country Meats involved, and was launched at the Teagasc Food Research Centre in Dublin.

The initiative follows a five-year research vision presentation to Enterprise Ireland by the Irish Business and Employers Confederation’s Meat Industry Ireland industry group.

The funding aims to give Ireland’s meat producers a competitive advantage in the international market by granting them access to research and innovation capability.

The government’s Food Wise 2025 plan has highlighted significant international population growth as an opportunity for Irish food businesses. MTI is expected to help Irish businesses achieve the plan’s targets.

Earlier this month, Enterprise Ireland announced an additional $47m in funding to seed and early-stage companies. The agency is also involved in Food Works, an Irish government-run accelerator in the food and drinks industry.

Michael Creed, Irish minister for agriculture, said: “By providing consumer-focused research that can best inform processors and farmers, MTI can be a driver for Ireland’s meat industry as it seeks to meet Food Wise 2025 targets and mitigate the potential impacts of Brexit.

“The scientific approach of MTI will be a critical ingredient in our toolbox [in establishing new markets].”

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