75% of irish shoppers believe local produce is better for their health

Sophie O'Connor and Micheál McCarthy at the launch of: Cork and Kerry Producing the Goods for Largest Artisan Food Market Event Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A survey of more than 400 people carried out by the Local Enterprise Offices in Cork and Kerry has found that 75% of people believe that locally made Irish food and drink products are better for your health and wellbeing.

The survey which was compiled to mark the launch of the Cork and Kerry Food Market event in Cork City Hall on November 4th also found that 97% of people are happy to support food businesses which contribute to the local economy and create employment.

The event which takes the place of the previously named Cork and Kerry Food Forum is aimed at consumers and will feature more than 60 artisan food and drink producers as well as cookery demonstrations from celebrity chef Kevin Dundon and The Happy Pear brothers, David and Stephen Flynn. More than 5,000 are expected to attend with The Irish Examiner being a proud media partner.