Broadcast personality and champion of all things Irish, Hector O’hEochagain, last week launched Bord Bia’s new “Bring Home the Bacon” campaign.
The campaign, which highlights the importance of always looking for the Bord Bia Quality Mark when shopping for pork, bacon and ham, incorporates national TV and radio advertising, competitions, national and regional PR and various online activities. To promote the campaign further, Bord Bia is also coordinating over 100 in-store product tasting promotions nationwide.
Speaking about the campaign, Hector O’ hEochagain who features in the radio and TV advertisement said “If pork, bacon and ham products do not carry the Bord Bia Quality Mark, there is a lot that the consumer is not getting – like Quality Assurance standards and traceability. I am fully behind this important campaign because if people don’t know where the pork and bacon they buy comes from, we could all be losing out”.
The Irish pigmeat industry delivers the third highest agricultural output behind dairy and beef and employs in excess of 8,000 people in Ireland across farming, primary and secondary processing, haulage, feed mills and ancillary services.
Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia commented “Our “Bring Home the Bacon” campaign is designed to illustrate the importance knowing the origin of our pork, bacon and ham products and to support the pig farming industry which is currently experiencing very difficult times.”
“The continued surge in world food commodity prices, reaching a new record peak in January, illustrates both the relentless growth in world demand and the variability of supply. It represents a positive backdrop for the continued expansion of our food industry where export revenues are continuing to grow” he added. “For the pigmeat sector, with its high dependence on feed inputs and production time lags, losses are being incurred as it seeks to adapt to the changing cost structures. Our latest campaign is designed to support the industry surmount this difficult period.”
In 2010 the value of Irish pigmeat exports rose by 10% to reach €317 million, or 134,000 tonnes. Exports to international markets outside the EU, mainly Russia, China and Japan, increased from 10,000 tonnes to 27,000 tonnes. Currently there are 470 commercial pig production units in Ireland producing 3 million pigs annually. The Irish market accounts for half of its total output.
Bord Bia’s “Bring Home the Bacon” campaign will run for an initial period of 12 weeks.