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Ready Meals Conference Proceedings, June 2000

This paper discusses the ready meals sector in the Irish market. It firstly defines what is meant by ready meals. Secondly, it profiles the Irish market for ready meals. It then briefly discusses some consumer trends influencing the growth in the sector and presents some consumer attitudes to ready meals before finally identifying some market and export opportunities and outlining some on-going relevant research work at The National Food Centre.

01 April 2000
Type
Event Proceeding
21 Pages
67KB
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National Soft Fruit Conference 2000

Good flavour in strawberry fruit is an attribute, which is gaining increasing importance in the production of strawberries. It is possible that the flavour of modern strawberry varieties has been sacrificed to an extent as a result of intensive production, and the tendency towards optimising yields, fruit shape and colour, and breeding resistance to pests and diseases. Flavour is now being ranked as being of equal importance with respect to other quality parameters. A research programme has therefore been put in place to identify the factors that influence flavour. The ultimate objective is to incorporate improved flavour into intensively produced strawberry fruits.

28 March 2000
Type
Event Proceeding
35 Pages
155KB
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Mushroom Production

Mushroom production has expanded steadily over the past decade and there are approximately 580 growers throughout the country. Ireland is now exporting over 35,000 tones of fresh mushrooms, while consumption on the domestic market is approaching 10,000 tonnes. Total production is around 50,000 tonnes per annum with 70% exported. Mushrooms have been a major success story in diversification, providing income and employment on many small farms. It is an ideal complementary enterprise on farms where there is available labour.

01 January 2000
Type
Factsheet
2 Pages
51KB