ASA Banquet and Conference 2017
The Future of Agri-food
On Thursday 7th September 2017 the pre-conference banquet took place, welcoming almost 600 industry leaders to the Killashee House Hotel. This black-tie event, supported by Bord Bia, provides a unique occasion for members of the agri-food sector to network and celebrate our industry and is now regarded as the premier event within the industry annually.
Aidan Cotter, former CEO of Bord Bia was presented with a ‘Distinguished Member’ award on the night. A long-standing member of the ASA, Mr Cotter was honoured for his dedication, commitment and immense contribution to the Irish agri-food industry during his almost 40-year career. He was credited for the pivotal role he played in devising and delivering Bord Bia’s Origin Green initiative, the world-first national sustainability plan, which today boasts a registered membership of over 525 Irish food, drink and horticulture companies and over 60,000 farmers. This award was generously sponsored by AIB.
Guest speaker on the evening was renowned broadcaster, businessman and former Minister for Agriculture, Ivan Yates.