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Ireland Foodservice Newsletter

Ireland Foodservice Newsletter

Welcome to the June edition of Bord Bia's Ireland Market Foodservice Newsletter.

A reminder to Irish food and drink manufacturers that Bord Bia’s Brexit: Findings & Actions half day seminar is taking place on Thursday morning, 29th June. For confirmation of speakers and timings and to register your attendance online, please click on this link.


April trade figures – 16.05.2017
Analysts are predicting that April saw a seasonally adjusted trade surplus of around €4.4 billion, following a record seasonally adjusted merchandise trade surplus of €5.051 billion in March – the first time ever that the figure had broken the €5 billion mark. Even though Brexit uncertainty is not set to abate for the foreseeable future, analysts are hopeful – given the figures so far this year – that Ireland could see yet another record year for trade.

Visitor Attractions Representatives Body Formed - 08.06.2017
Paul Carty, Guinness Storehouse Managing Director, has launched the newly established Association of Visitor Experiences and Attractions (AVEA). Mr. Carty has also been named as the Chairman of the new organisation. The AVEA launch marks the first time that the sector will be brought together and recognised as a voice within the wider tourism industry. Paul Carty said: “Visitor attractions and experiences are key drivers of the business of tourism in Ireland – we are a huge part of what motivates overseas visitors to come to Ireland. Attractions and experiences tell the stories of Ireland through the ages and we are blessed with some of the most spectacular sites around the country.”

Irish restaurants are closing due to ‘crisis’ chef shortage, hospitality body warns – 08.06. 2017
Emergency measures are needed to solve the crisis lack of chefs, it has been warned. The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) revealed there's a shortage of 5,000 trainee chefs every year. They have called for the re-establishment of CERT, the former State Tourism Training Agency, to help train new applicants. Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the RAI, said: “Some restaurants across the country are being forced to close on Mondays and Tuesdays due to the shortage of chefs. Currently 1,800 chefs qualify each year from certified culinary training programmes, leaving an immediate deficit of 5,000 trainees annually. The RAI has recommended investment in management and the establishment of 10 new training centres nationwide.


Maxol and Freshly Chopped team up to create 20 Jobs with €560k investment – 06.06.2017
The newly refurbished Maxol Lucan Road, Co. Dublin has reopened, boasting in-store Kanoodle and Freshly Chopped outlets. The branch is the fourth to feature healthy food franchise Freshly Chopped and the first to have Asian restaurant Kanoodle in-house. ‘We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Brian Lee and Andy Chen of Freshly Chopped, who are joining us for the first time as licensees at Maxol,’ Maxol Group CEO Brian Donaldson said. ‘We’re incredibly proud of our partnership with Maxol and we are delighted to have further strengthened this relationship,’ Brian Lee, co-founder and managing director of Freshly Chopped said.’ We set up Freshly Chopped in 2012, and the fact that this is our 26th outlet, only five years after opening our first store, is evidence that Ireland’s healthy eating revolution is still going strong’.


Diageo's €25m New Distillery At St. James's Gate Gets Green Light – 25.05.2017
Diageo has been given the planning go-ahead to construct a new €25 million distillery at St. James's Gate for its premium blended Irish whiskey, Roe & Co, which was launched earlier this year. According to the Irish Independent, construction of the new distillery is scheduled to commence in early 2019, meaning that its first batch of whiskey should hit shelves sometime in 2022. Plans have also been approved to implement a new visitor experience at the former Guinness Power House on Thomas Street, which will be a celebration of both the Roe & Co brand and the revival of craft brewing in Dublin. Diageo is hoping that the new attraction will bring in at least 50,000 visitors per year.


Prem Group launches €11m refurb programme for Irish hotels – 03.05.2017
It was announced that PREM Group is investing over €11 million in the three Irish hotels it has purchased within the past two years. Extensive refurbishment programmes have already begun at the four star properties – the Osprey Hotel and Spa (Kildare), Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort (near Blessington, Co Wicklow) and the Cahernane House hotel in Killarney. All properties will remain open throughout the refurbishment with the most significant work being undertaken during the off-peak season to avoid disruption to guests. Announcing details of its major investment programme, Chief Executive at PREM Group, Jim Murphy said, "All three properties are already benefitting from the continued recovery in the domestic leisure and corporate sectors, combined with the growth in overseas visitor numbers. This programme will solidify their positions among the leading hotels in their regions."

Howl at the Moon nightclub to be replaced by 53-room hotel – 12.04.2017
A development company controlled by Paddy McKillen Jnr and Matt Ryan has sought planning permission to demolish the Howl At The Moon nightclub on Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, and to build a 53-room hotel on the site. Oakmount owns one completed hotel, The Dean on Harcourt Street, Dublin, and has planning permission for two more - in Ranelagh and North Wall Quay. The 53 guest rooms on Lower Mount Street will be spread over four floors, while the basement will accommodate function rooms and a meeting room. In Ranelagh village, Oakmount’s hotel is currently under construction, and is due for completion in June 2018. The hotel will offer 41 guest rooms, a bar and restaurant at ground floor, a rooftop restaurant and a small art-house cinema. Construction is due to start soon on its 58-bedroom hotel on North Wall Quay, which is expected to open in late 2018 following an 18-month build.

Tayto Park seeks planning permission for 250 room hotel – 25.05.2017
Tayto Park has applied to Meath County Council for permission to construct a 32,000 square metre, seven-storey hotel with 250 bedrooms and space to facilitate up to 1,000 guests. Tayto stated that the venue will provide both full and part-time employment opportunities for 272 people, with 150 people being employed during its construction. Tayto Park is one of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions, bringing in a profit of over €5 million for its holding company, Ashbourne Visitor Centre Limited, in 2015 and playing host to hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.


Klaw Pokē Now Open on Capel Street – 30.05.2017
Ireland’s first Pokē Joint is now open on Capel Street, Dublin 1. Niall Sabongi of Temple Bar’s successful Klaw has created a destination for fans of this ubiquitous Hawaiian dish, just when raw and nutritious food is more in demand than ever. Pokē is a raw fish salad widely served across Hawaii, which since 2012 has caught the imagination of food enthusiasts across mainland US and now Europe. Diners create their own Pokē bowl by first choosing a base, then adding a sauce and finishing with their selected topping.


Pallas reveals a new name for Fresh Produce
Hotel & Catering Review – May 2017
Pallas Foods revealed a new name, Pallas Green, for its fruit and vegetable produce on April 27th. In separate news, Pallas Foods’ parent company, Sysco Corporation, acquired the UK-based foods specialist Brakes Group in 2016 and in February 2017 Pallas Foods and Brakes Ireland began the process of bringing the two companies together.


Dentists choose Dublin
Hotel & Catering Review – May 2017
Dublin is set to receive a significant revenue boost of almost €1.3m as the European Federation or Periodontology confirmed it would hold its March 2020 conference in the RDS in Dublin. The event attracts over 800 international delegates and this latest conference win brings the total value of new business confirmed by Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Convention Bureau to €24m so far in 2017.