Kildare-based Irish Dog Foods received the Exporter of the Year Award at the Export Industry Awards 2017, which took place on November 17 at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road in Dublin, Ireland. The event recognizes the achievements of companies working in the export industry in Ireland.
Irish Dog Foods also won the Medium Size Exporter of the Year Award category at the event. The black tie awards ceremony and gala dinner was attended by nearly 550 export industry professionals. Eleven companies won individual category awards across a range of sectors.
Guests at the event included Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, minister of state at the department of education with special responsibility for higher education, representatives from over 25 embassies, secretary generals and awards sponsors.
The key to company growth: expanding exports
Irish Dog Foods is a pet food manufacturer in own-label and branded products for pet speciality retailers, wholesalers and discounters across the globe. In addition to expansion at other production sites at home and abroad, the company has expanded its production facilities in Naas to over 220,000 square feet, increasing production capacity by 350 percent in 18 months
Irish Dog Foods recognized that the key to the success of its growth strategy was to concentrate on growing their export markets. The company is a key supplier to many retailers who have a presence in multiple-markets and has been able to open new markets with these customers one region at a time.
“We were very humbled to receive such an accolade for our business,” said Liam Queally, CEO of Irish Dog Foods, at the awards ceremony. “We believe that recognition like this will energize our team at Naas to push our boundaries even further. We have an exciting program ahead and will enter many new markets for the first time in 2018. Our focus has been on innovation and growth through excellent customer service; we have seen dramatic growth in the last few years, and are delighted to be recognized with this award.”