The future of agriculture is sustainability at every level of the supply chain. Are we ready to meet the challenge?

May 6, 2021 | Virtual Summit

Ireland’s agribusiness sector, albeit with some clouds on the horizon, was in a good place as 2020 rolled around. Then Covid hit and changed everything. The pandemic has placed huge pressure (and focus) on the agri-food industry.  But, with the country watching, the industry has responded with great resilience and resolve to ensure supply lines are kept open and shelves stocked.

But, the pandemic is not the industry’s only challenge as we face up to a new normal. Brexit, CAP Reform, Climate Action, Population Growth, Consumer Trends and Technology are all drivers of change. Indeed, the advent of new technologies is ushering in The Fourth Agricultural Revolution and is changing how every agricultural player, from a family farmer to a global powerhouse, produces food and related products.

And what of Sustainability? Is the industry truly embracing, or just paying lip-service to, the sustainability agenda? And mustn’t we also be aware that true sustainability not only delivers for the planet and society, but also for the primary producer?

The pandemic has ensured Ireland’s economy is facing severe challenges and no one doubts the key role agribusiness will play in our recovery. What is contentious however is how best to achieve and harness our well-deserved reputation for producing the highest quality food and agribusiness products? It is against this backdrop, Ireland’s leading conference organiser, iQuest, in association with Agri Insider and Business Post, bring you The National AgriBusiness Summit. This summit which is completely independent of any vested interests will bring the entire agri-food ecosystem together, from policy makers to practitioners to academia, to openly discuss and debate the path ahead for our most important indigenous industry.

Finally, please note that the National Agribusiness Summit is part of a trilogy of events iQuest, Agri Insider and Business Post are doing together over the coming months. The other 2 events are Farming Renewable Energy 2021 and The National Agtech Summit.

Topics will include:

  • The impact of Covid on the Agribusiness sector
  • Policy, Regulations and CAP Reform
  • The implications of Brexit
  • Population growth and quantifying the rise in global food demand
  • Ireland’s place in the global agribusiness future
  • Climate change and its effect on food production
  • Sustainability and the green agenda
  • Financing the sector
  • The 4th Agricultural Revolution
  • Smart farming to improve productivity and efficiency
  • Food safety and security
  • Changing consumer trends and alternative threats to Ireland’s traditional agricultural output
Those that should attend include:

  • Producers
  • Food & Drink Companies
  • Retail Multiples
  • Co-ops
  • Progressive Farmers
  • Regulatory and Government Agencies
  • Trade Associations
  • Banks, Finance & Investment
  • Law Firms
  • Academia
  • Service Suppliers
Here are some of the well-known organisations who attended our previous summits:

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Diageo, Gala Retail Services, Dairygold, PM Group, Kerry Group, Mazars, Glanbia, Deloitte, Dansko Foods, ICMSA, Grant Thornton, Alltech, Irish Exporters Association, McDonalds Restaurants of Ireland, Enterprise Ireland,  Keelings, Applegreen, UCD Institute of Food and Health, Ballymaloe Foods, Arthur Cox, Musgrave, GS1 Ireland, Bord Bia, ICBF, Meath Enterprise, Cavan County Council, Valeo Foods, Granby Sausages, Invest NI, BDO, Carroll Cuisine, AIB, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Michael JF Wright, Dawn Farms, Rhenus, Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association, IHFA, Australian Trade & Investment Commission, Irish Beverage Council, Animal Health Ireland, Department of Health, DWF, RCPI, Davy Corporate Finance, Seed Technology, Boyne Valley Group, Mason Hayes Curran, Smurfit Kappa, Food Drink Ireland, Food Drink Europe, Festo, Ballina Beverages, Kuehne & Nagel, Dunnes Stores, Teneo, Mars Ireland, Morrow Communications, Irish Bread Bakeries Association, Coca-Cola, Kantar Worldpanel, Teagasc, Key Capital, Barclays Bank, IBEC, ACC Bank, Moy Park Ltd, Rabobank, NSAI, Interchem, Arthur Cox, Fonterra Europe, FoodCentral, Meade Potato Company, Wexford Creamery, Comex, Irish Farmers Association, Rosderra Meats, Meat Industry Ireland, The National Dairy Council, Bandon Co-op, IFAC, Kennedys, Love Irish Food, PwC, Quinns of Baltinglass, Celtrino, AW Ennis, Lakeland Dairy Group, HSE, Cork Meats, ABP Food Group and many more…

The Virtual Summit Experience
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To adapt to the current environment and the growing demand for delegates to enjoy the conference experience in an online manner, The National Agribusiness Summit 2021 will come to you as a virtual event.

While our delegates will join in from the comfort of their homes and offices across Ireland and around the world, the event itself will be broadcast live from our dedicated studio in Dublin. Many of our speakers and panellists will appear live on stage, while our international keynotes and participants will be video-conferenced in to join the conversation.

Delegates will have the opportunity to step into the unique virtual summit environment, which includes access to the main virtual conference stage for the full day, live speaker & panel Q&A sessions, a virtual exhibition hall, copies of presentations & content post-event, as well as the opportunity to network, connect and chat with fellow online attendees, speakers and partners in real time.

Virtual attendance will be easily facilitated by our specially customised conferencing platform and dedicated AV team.

Benefits of virtual attendance include:

  • Access to Virtual Main Stage for all keynotes, presentations and debates
  • Video content of the latest industry innovation
  • Opportunities to meet 100’s of attendees virtually, and set up meetings and conversations
  • Online virtual exhibition hall
  • Meet the industry using our matchmaking and profiling facilities
  • Copy of attendee list post-event
  • Copy of all presentations post-event
Some feedback from our previous Agri & Food events:
Orla Clayton
Arthur Cox
“Very good event, very well chaired and a good mix of topics. I also liked the mix of Irish and international speakers”
Adrian Crean
“A useful, worthwhile day, good to meet some other key leaders. Insightful presentations”
Jenny Melia
Enterprise Ireland

“Excellent conference. Content very interesting. Good blend of topics. Good opportunities for networking”

Jonathan Kidd

Bank of Ireland

‘Great event. Great spread of topics and speakers.’ 

Anthony Farrell
“Very good event. Lots of good intel”
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For Sponsorship Opportunities Contact

Glen Brereton

Commercial Director

Tel: +353 87 749 7815

Email: [email protected]

Contact Us
This summit is organised by iQuest, in association with Agri-Insider and Business Post LIVE. If you have any questions, requests, or require assistance with your booking, please feel free to contact me:

Jackie Bryan

Conference Facilitator

Tel: (+353) 87 055 7913

Email: [email protected]

Established in 2001, iQuest is Ireland’s leading conference, exhibition and niche events company with an annual portfolio of over 40 national and international events that enables our audience to learn, develop, foster commercial opportunities and make better business decisions.

For almost 20 years we have delivered premium, trusted, differentiated live events, thought-leading content and innovative commercial solutions. As part of the Business Post Media Group, we are able to support all of our events with a dynamic media content strategy.

Agri Insider is a new agricultural media business with investors including the Business Post Group. Our mission is to deliver a trusted source of high-quality innovative content that is of value to the industry and farmers. We have a particular focus on the business and technology that is changing our sector and we want to inform and educate all on the effect of this on the future of Irish farming and Agribusiness.

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