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This event is aimed at those in the food and drinks industry who are keen to explore new opportunities and to develop their business. The event is organised by Ulster University Business School's Agri-food Business Development Centre which offers specialist teaching on aspects of agri-food business. The Centre also engages with industry and policy-makers to provide businesses with evidence informed research to help improve the competitive position of the Northern Ireland agri-food industry.


5pm Tea/coffee networking

5.15pm Welcome - Professor Una McMahon-Beattie

5.20pm Internationalising your Food Supply Chain - Professor Tom Kennedy

6pm Exporting and Lessons Learned - Mr Oscar Woolley from SUKI Tea

6.15pm Panel discussion

Mr Tom Kennedy, Mr John Hood (Invest NI), Prof Mike Johnston (Dairy UK), Ms Fiona McElroy (Research & Impact, Ulster University), Ms Joy Alexander (CAFRE)

6.30pm Close

Speaker biography

Tom Kennedy brings a unique style of high-energy and interesting insights from his diverse experiences as a food industry executive, educator, government official, veteran, consultant and entrepreneur. He has dedicated his life and career to the development of business and people, both nationally and internationally. Tom is respected for his expertise in the areas of food marketing, selling strategy, agribusiness, supply chain, food safety and security, and business strategy and management.

Tom has amassed over 25 years of food industry experience. From General Manager of Jones Dairy Farm, an innovative, family-owned, national pork manufacturer. He was worked in Education with Saint Joeseph's University, Philadelphia and has also worked on an international traceability program with the Australian beef industry and its connection with the American food service industry. He has recently been appointed as the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Ulster University Business School.

For more information on the Agri-food Business Development Centre please visit the following website:

Belfast Campus Location

The Belfast campus is situated in the artistic and cultural centre of the city, the Cathedral Quarter.

Find out more about our Belfast Campus.

Campus Address

Ulster University,
2-24 York Street,
BT15 1AP

T: 02870 123 456

Event info

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Tuesday 7 November

5pm to 6.30pm

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