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To officially mark our success in Asia, we decided to create a grand tour of our main Asia markets. Accompanying me on this exciting trip was John Stone MBE himself. We spent much of the trip meeting and eating with existing and new customers. 

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We exhibited at Gulfood Trade Show, the world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition, showcasing our exceptional produce on the Board Bia Irish exports stand. Our show-stopping stand generated plenty of interest, providing significant opportunity to engage with local and international buyers. We also had the pleasure of visiting 5-star dining destination, Bleu Blanc at the Renaissance Hotel, and discussed meat produce with Head Chef, Alexandre Szkaradkiewicz. 

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Our time in Singapore was spent with key partners, building trade relationships and networking. A whole host of exceptional chefs used John Stone produce to create some phenomenal dishes for us to enjoy including; Paul Hallett (SKAI, Swissotel), Isaac Tan (Bedrock Bar & Grill) and Heidi Flanagan (Shangri La, Origin Grill). Some successful meetings were also held with distribution partner, Classic Fine Foods.

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We enjoyed some unforgettable dining experiences whilst in Tokyo. At the restaurant Artisan, Head Chef Takeshi Sato demonstrated his originality and excellence in the kitchen with his preparation of John Stone beef. Takeshi grilled the beef with Japanese Whiskey and smoked with Japanese cedar before serving, creating incredibly succulent meat. John and I enjoyed similarly wonderful food at the Ritz Carlton and Ukaitei, courtesy of chefs Thierry Martin and William Khala (Ritz Carlton) and Kenichi Hosobuchi and Daisuke Sato (Ukaitei). Our visit to Tokyo concluded with some productive meetings with Classic Fine Foods.

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As part of their efforts to ensure all ingredients they use are sustainable, ethical and traceable, the Grand Hyatt has launched an insightful ‘Meat the Butcher’ series, bringing in suppliers to educate diners on the produce on their plates. I’ve been invited to talk about how John Stone meat is not only high quality but sustainable too. As a precursor for my talk, I visited the Grand Hyatt to meet talented Head Chef, Fernando Gojan. Whilst in Hong Kong, John and I also took the opportunity to meet with distribution partner, Classic Fine Foods.

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To strengthen our commercial presence within the Asian market we recently showcased our meat at the inaugural CIIE in Shanghai, which was officially opened by the Chinese President Xi Jinping. John Stone Beef were a part of the BordBia’s Ireland pavilion, where 12 companies participated and demonstrated their commitment to the Chinese market. The exhibition is vast, with numerous halls and companies from a whole host of industries in attendance; visitors could purchase anything from helicopters in Hall 4 to a steak in Hall 8! 

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As part of Allan’s recent trip to China, he attended a BoardBia seminar in Tokyo with Executive Chef Liam Crotty where he delighted delegates with a top-class cooking demonstration with John Stone Beef. The seminar really helped to raise awareness of Irish beef in Japan as well as the quality and heritage of John Stone. Allan then followed the successful seminar off with a whistle-stop tour of the city thanks to fellow industry colleague, Hiro from Classic Fine Foods.

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To reinforce the John Stone presence in Europe and our position as leading supplier of Dry Aged Beef, we exhibited at SIAL in Paris from 21st – 25th October 2018. This is the world’s largest food innovation exhibition and the event is held every 2-years. Other exhibitions attended  this year:

26th – 30th January 2019 – Sirha, Lyon

17th – 21st February 2019 – Gulfood, Dubai

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Asia is a hugely exciting and expanding market place for John Stone Beef. Allan’s trip has been highly successful in building on our foundations as a key exporter in the meat industry. He has been able to strengthen links with key partners, customers and friends through work and pleasure in the key cities of Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo. One of the many highlights of the trip was when Allan tucked into some John Stone Beef in a restaurant some 11,000km away from the factory. The quality, tenderness and flavour was still in abundance even though it had travelled half way across the world!

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We are very proud to have been shortlisted for the Food and Beverage Exporter of the Year award at the 2018 Asia Matters Business Awards. The awards form part of The Global Asia Matters Business Summit and took place on Monday 19th November at InterContinental Hotel Dublin.

As a finalist John Stone was recognised for having a well thought out strategic approach to winning significant business in Asian markets, in the last year.

The Asia Matters Business Awards were launched to formally recognise and celebrate the amazing achievements of Irish companies in Asian Markets and Asian companies succeeding globally and in Europe from an Irish base.  Asia Matters is Ireland’s only Asia think tank, a member-driven knowledge and connectivity hub for Asia business and partnership.

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