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FARM WEEK
FARM
WEEK
NOVEMBER 23 2017
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Northern Ireland food and drink firms recognised for their quality produce
RIGHT: The County Antrim
businesses who attended
the reception included
Steve Lawson, Lacada
Brewery, Cathy Chauhan,
Lough Neagh Fishermen’s
Co-operative Society, Niall
Delargy, Glenballyeamon
Eggs, Oscar Woolley, Suki
Teahouse Ltd, John Hood,
Invest NI, Barney Desmazery,
BBC Good Food Show Editor,
Jamie Thompson, Thompson
Teas, Linda McGibbon,
Confectionery, Sean McClinton, Golden Popcorn Ltd,
SeaSugar Handmade
and Alice McIlhagger, Brambleberry Jams.
I
NVEST NI’s Director of Food and Drink John Hood
congratulated the Northern Ireland food and drink
companies recognised this year for the quality of
their produce. Eighty producers secured 244 Great
Taste Gold stars for 180 products including Hannan
Meats, which won the Golden Fork for Northern
Ireland, nine businesses secured wins at Irish
Quality Food Awards and in the Blas Na hÉireann,
Irish Food Awards 35 companies collected 42
awards, including Best Artisan, Best New Product
and Best in Ulster.
LEFT: Joe Quail, Quails Fine
Foods, Will Taylor, Glastry Farm
Ice-Cream Ltd, Alfie Murray,
Alfie Murray Family Butchers,
John Hood, Invest NI, Barney
Desmazery, BBC Good Food Show
Editor, Tracy Hamilton, Mash
Direct Ltd, Jarlath Watson, The
Echlinville Distillery Ltd, Fiona
Boyd-Armstrong, Rademon Estate
Distillery Limited, and Laura
Adair, Papas Mineral Company, all
from County Down.
ABOVE: Ernestas Motiejunas, Lindens Bakery T/A Raigedo
Duona, Peter McKeever, Long Meadow Cider, Gerard Lennon,
Nourish Foods, John Hood, Invest NI, Peter Hannan, Hannan
Meats, Barney Desmazery, BBC Good Food Show Editor, Susie
Hamilton Stubber, Burren Balsamic Ltd, and Kelly Adams, White’s
Speedicook, from County Armagh.
ABOVE: County Tyrone businesses who
attended a recent reception in Belfast during BBC
Good Food Show. Pictured are Barney Desmazery,
BBC Good Food Show Editor, Marian Meehan,
Kennedy Bacon, and John Hood, Invest NI.
ABOVE: Martin and Eileen Johnston, East Coast Seafoods,
Jonny Cuddy, Ispini Charcuterie, Gary McDowell, Deli Lites, William
Abernethy, Abernethy Butter, John Hood, Invest NI, Barney Desmazery,
BBC Good Food Show Editor, Jolene O’Hare, Mourne Mountains
Brewery Ltd, Andrew Rooney, Rooney Fish, Michael Harnett, Duvillaun
Fine Foods, and Barry Fitzpatrick, Sauceworks Ltd, representing the
County Down businesses attending the reception.
November 21, 2017
Global grain markets fell back last week (Fri-Fri) but
there was little news to sustain any significant price
movements. In the UK, there were mixed trends
for grain trade and consumption in quarter one
according to data released by HMRC and Defra.
For UK wheat, the big change in the first quarter
compared to a year ago is the 78 per cent drop in
exports. The dip in wheat trade has been partially
counteracted by improved domestic consumption,
usage in milling and retail feed production are both
up, as are broiler chick placings. However, the news
that Vivergo Fuels, one of the UK’s two bioethanol
plants, will begin maintenance earlier than planned
will have cast some uncertainty onto UK markets.
Meanwhile, UK barley exports were approximately 4
per cent down on the year in quarter one, following
a strong start in July and August. However, usage in
GB retail feed production was up 42 per cent; the
increased barley usage will be a key trend for the
industry to watch this year.
There were also limited and mixed price movements
in the oilseeds complex over the past week (10-17
Nov) with currency continuing to move markets. A
mid-week boost in Chicago soya oil futures from a
drop in US soy oil stocks filtered into the rest of the
oilseeds complex. However, the impact was short
lived.
The German rapeseed area for harvest 2018 could
be the lowest since 2004, at 1.28Mha, based on
initial survey estimates from the country’s oilseeds
industry association, UFOP. Although Germany is a
key EU rapeseed producer, higher rapeseed areas
are expected to be sown in France and the UK
(other main EU rapeseed producers) compared with
last year. Overall the EU rapeseed area in 2017/18
is expected to remain similar to that in 2016/17.
Soyabean planting in Brazil is on-par with last
year’s pace
according
to the
consultancy
firm, AgRural.
On 17
November, it
was reported
that planting
is 73 per cent
complete,
which is also
above the five
year average
of 68 per
cent. Recent
rains provided
adequate soil
moisture to
help boost
progress.
ABOVE: Pictured are the County Londonderry businesses who
attended a recent reception in Belfast during BBC Good Food Show
are Vincent Grant, William Grant & Sons Ltd, Barney Desmazery,
BBC Good Food Show Editor, John Hood, Invest NI, and Donna
Harkin, William Grant & Sons Ltd.
ABOVE: The County Fermanagh businesses were represented
by Jayne Paget, Erin Grove Preserves, John Hood, Invest NI, Barney
Desmazery, BBC Good Food Show Editor, and Eileen Hall, Cavanagh
Free Range Eggs Ltd.

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