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


Thank you to all that logged on to our virtual foodservice seminar on 11th November. If you weren’t able to join us on the day, you can view recordings from the event at www.bordbia.ie/foodservice20.


You can also download a .pdf copy of our 2020 Irish Foodservice Directory and our 2020 Irish Foodservice Market Insights Report via this webpage.


General Industry News

‘Rapid acceleration’ in Covid-19 insolvencies awaits tourism sector

The Irish Times – 02.12.2020

The tourism sector faces a “rapid acceleration” in insolvencies after Christmas as the impact of the pandemic continues to place severe pressure on businesses, the Government will be warned on Wednesday. Failing to support firms in the sector would “abandon balanced regional development and self-sustaining rural communities”, according to Paul Kelly, Fáilte Ireland’s Chief Executive. He will tell the Oireachtas committee that while tourism will recover, the speed at which it does so “will be primarily determined by how many tourism businesses have received the support they require to stay solvent”. 

Irish services activity shrinks faster ahead of economy reopening

Irish Examiner – 03.12.2020                                           

Irish services activity contracted faster in November, ahead of the reopening of large parts of the sector, a business survey showed. Ireland became one of first European countries to re-impose tough Covid-19 restrictions in late October when the Government shut non-essential retail and limited pubs and restaurants to takeaway services. The AIB IHS Market Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for services slid to 45.4 from 48.3 in October, the third successive monthly fall but far from the record low of 13.9 in April when the economy was under a much stricter lockdown. The Irish survey is the latest to suggest nowhere near as much damage was done to the economy this time around compared with the first lockdown.


Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) & Pub Sector

Camile Thai secures former ASK Italian in Twickenham for seventh London site

Propel – 09.12.2020

Dublin-based healthy food delivery company Camile Thai is to strengthen its London portfolio with an opening in Twickenham. The company has secured the former ASK Italian in The Green, which is being refitted for its seventh site in the capital. UK General Manager Jonathan Dockrell said: “The new franchised branch will add to our growing chain in the south west London area. The pandemic has accelerated people’s adoption of food delivery and with more than ten years’ experience in the sector, we have hit an inflection point and are strongly positioned to scale.” Camile, which operates about 35 sites, said it has ambitious plans to develop its franchise further in the south east of England, with some branches in its network exceeding €2m in sales per annum.

‘Wet pubs’ claim just €9.5m out of €79m in Covid relief funding

Independent – 04.12.2020

The Government will pay out an average of just €1.6m per week for lost turnover of so-called 'wet pubs' while they have to remain closed for Covid, according to new Revenue figures. Wet pubs, which have had to endure the tightest restrictions for the longest periods during the pandemic, account for just €9.5m of the €79.3m in claims made so far under the Covid-19 Relief Support Scheme (CRSS), the figures show. The sector will remain indefinitely shut as restaurants, cafes and bars serving food reopen to customers under modified Level 3 rules, meaning wet pub owners will remain eligible for ongoing payments.


Hotel & Restaurant Sector

Hotels facing €270m revenue loss over Christmas

RTE Business 24.11.2020

Hotels and guesthouses across the country are facing up to €270m in lost revenues over the Christmas period due to Covid-19 restrictions. Commenting on reports that people will not be allowed to travel outside their county for much of December, the Irish Hotels Federation said that will have a devastating impact on hotels throughout the country and will severely limit their ability to trade. "Only a very small proportion of hotel accommodation in December is from within the same county," the Irish Hotels Federation's Chief Executive Tim Fenn said.

Government makes plea against restaurant 'no shows'

www.thejournal.ie – 07.12.2020

The Government is urging people not to be a restaurant ‘no show’ by not turning up for bookings without cancelling if they can’t make it. Speaking at a briefing, Assistant Secretary General at the Department of the Taoiseach Liz Canavan said it was “big weekend” for restaurants that reopened. “Restaurants and pubs operating as restaurants have reported a positive first weekend of reopening,” she said. “People are reminded to play their part and follow the guidelines. It has been a difficult year for restaurants, so let’s not add to the pressure and lost income by becoming a no show.”


Casual Dining & Contract Catering Sector

Krispy Kreme to open ‘fully glazed’ outlet at old Central Bank HQ

The Irish Times 01.12.2020

Still relatively fresh from the huge success of its first Irish store at the Blanchardstown Centre, Krispy Kreme is gearing up to open the doors on its second doughnut outlet in the capital. The fast food giant, with its headquarters in the US, has agreed a deal for a “fully glazed unit” at Central Plaza on Dame Street in Dublin city centre, and will open for business there early next year. Krispy Kreme will occupy one of the highest-profile units at the former Central Bank headquarters following the completion of its redevelopment by Hines and the Peterson Group.

Mount Charles Ireland signs new catering contract with Department of Health

Hospitality Ireland 24.11.2020

Mount Charles will provide catering services at the Department of Health building at Miesian Plaza on Dublin's Baggot Street. Mount Charles Ireland Commercial Director Terry Woods stated, "We are delighted to add the Department of Health to our portfolio of high-profile Dublin clients and look forward to providing the Department of Health with our signature professional service. All our food will be prepared fresh on site from locally sourced ingredients, and our bespoke, innovative menus are developed by our culinary development team, led by Darren Curran. The menus developed exclusively for Miesian Plaza will enable staff to quickly grab a healthy snack or a more substantial breakfast or lunch.