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Inishowen businesses urged to join Food Coast Network 11.01.20

FOOD businesses in Inishowen who could be part of the Food Coast Network have been urged to join up for 2020 as Donegal seeks to build on its growing popularity and reputation as a county famous for its food.
Following years of hard work by The Food Coast, Donegal’s Good Food Initiative, Donegal’s status as a food county continued to flourish in 2019 when the county was named as a Foodie Desinations finalist and the McKenna Guide named Donegal as its food county of 2019.
Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney has urged more food businesses in Inishowen to join the Food Coast Network in 2020.
Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, has now urged more food businesses in the county to come on board for 2020.
He explained, "The role of the food sector is very important to Donegal in that it creates employment and contributes to sustaining our local economy and I would urge more food producers, processors and operators to be part of the story by joining the network and seeking certification this year.”
Mr. Tunney added that food plays an intrinsic role in the visitor experience and while tourists don’t necessarily come to Ireland for its food, he says it is a key part of their visit.
The Head of Enterprise explained that among its many benefits, the Food Coast Network will connect approved members with a consumer audience who share a passion for Donegal food and who respect the importance of this sector to Donegal’s future economic potential.
Mr. Tunney added that the Food Coast Network is open to all food businesses in Donegal, while there is also an opportunity for businesses in the county who are Food Coast Network members, to apply for certification.
“The Food Coast initiative certifies Donegal food producers and processors, as well as service and retail sector businesses that sell Donegal made produce. The Food Coast Brand is a mark of origin and allows consumers to identify food produced in Donegal or businesses that sell Donegal made produce.”
Adding that applications for 2020 are now open, he appealed for interested food businesses in Inishowen to get in touch with the Local Enterprise Office as soon as possible.
“Anyone seeking more information about joining the Food Coast Network or members wishing to apply for certification, needs to understand there is a process to go through for that to happen. With that in mind, I would urge anyone interested to get in touch to get their application forms as soon as possible,” he said.
Those interested in finding out more should email hello@donegalfoodcoast.ie or call 074 91 60735.
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