Bord Iascaigh Mhara enable Irish seafood companies to build innovation capability through Seafood Innovation Academy

Pictured at the BIM Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty were Sean Gavin (Irish Seaspray Galway), Grainne Mackin (Morgans Fine Fish) , Aileen Deasy (BIM) & Michele Bonner (Irish Fish canners) Pic: Emma Jervis

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, recently hosted the last in a series of ‘Seafood Innovation Academy’ workshops in the BIM Seafood Development Centre, Clonakilty.

Irish Seafood companies – Sofrimar, Ballycotton Seafoods, Irish Seaspray, Atlantis Seafoods, Irish Fish Canners and Morgan’s Fine Fish benefited from tailored Innovation surgeries from renowned Innovation experts; Francois Denis and Mike Burthet. The surgeries were designed to meet the specific needs of the attending companies with a focus on launching products in the French market with Francois Denis and operating on the UK market in the current Brexit environment with Mike Berthet. All attending companies were given support from BIM’s Seafood Technologists to discuss projects in the pipeline and plans for the coming year around New Product Development and Innovation.


Pictured at the BIM Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty were all the attendees.
Pic: Emma Jervis

Attendees also gained insights into product research from Aiden Lee, Managing Director, Eolas International and in new product development from Daniel Emerson, Managing Director of Stonewell Cider.


As a result of participating in BIM’s Seafood Innovation Academy, all eight seafood processing companies that attended the series have now adopted an Innovation process in their factories and in the majority of cases are now at final stages of new product development.