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

A final reminder as we approach the end of 2022 that for anyone that missed our end of year Irish Foodservice Seminar you can listen back to video recordings from the event on our dedicated webpage here.

You can also access a .pdf copy of our 2022 Irish Foodservice Market & Consumer Insights report here and our 2022 Irish Foodservice Market Directory flip book here.


General Industry News


Inflation in Europe drops for the first time in 17 months

CNN – 30.11.2022

For the first time in 17 months, inflation in Europe is easing. Consumer prices rose by 10% in the year to November, according to the first look at official data for the 19 countries that use the euro. That’s down from a record 10.6% jump the previous month, and is lower than economists had expected. In Germany, the bloc’s biggest economy, annual inflation slid to 11.3% from 11.6%, while price gains in France held steady at 7.1%, Wednesday’s data showed. Inflation in Italy ticked down to 12.5% from 12.6%, while Spain saw a larger decline, to 6.6% from 7.3%.


Details of bottle and can deposit scheme announced

RTE – 28.11.2022

Details of a new scheme to encourage people to recycle their drinks bottles and cans have been announced. Under the Deposit Return Scheme, to be introduced in February 2024, anyone who buys a drink will pay a small deposit for the plastic bottle or can container. Customers get their money back when they return the container to a retailer or other collection point to be recycled. The deposit is set to be 15 cents for cans or bottles of up to 500ml and 25 cents above 500ml. Around 1.9 billion drinks in bottles and cans are consumed in Ireland every year. Minister of State with responsibility for Communications and Circular Economy Ossian Smyth said bottles and cans can be returned to any relevant shop, not just where the drinks were purchased.



Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) & Pub Sector


Wendy’s Burger chain to enter Irish Market

RTE – 28.11.2022

American hamburger chain Wendy's has announced plans to enter the Irish market to further expand its presence across Europe. Wendy's said it is actively seeking well-established franchisee candidates in Ireland that have strong operations experience, local development expertise, ambition to grow quickly and a proven track record of growing brands here. With more than 7,000 restaurants worldwide, Wendy's re-entered the UK market last year. It now has a total of 25 restaurants currently operating in the UK, ten of which are company-operated.


Over Half of consumers in Ireland to visit on-premise over Christmas

Hospitality Ireland - 02.12.2022

Following two years of disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year promises to be a Christmas to cheer about for Ireland's pubs, bars and restaurants, with 55% of consumers planning to visit the on premise over the Christmas festive period. CGA by NielsenIQ's latest OPUS research on Ireland's on-premise highlights that consumers are keen to celebrate in their favourite pubs, bars and restaurants - with younger consumers over-indexing when it comes to on premise Christmas plans. This consumer segment, of those aged between 18-34 years old, are highly engaged with the on premise year-round, spending more out of home each month and are 10% more likely to visit at least weekly versus the average.


Hotel & Restaurant Sector


Expansion of Center Parcs village in Co Longford on hold following objections on environmental grounds

Independent.ie – 02.11.2022

Plans for a €100m expansion of the Center Parcs holiday village in Longford have been placed on hold following a number of objections to the project over concerns about its impact on the environment. Two appeals, including one from a Meath-based environmental group, have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against the recent decision of Longford County Council to grant planning permission to Center Parcs Ireland to construct 198 new lodges across three zones at its Longford Forest tourist resort near Ballymahon, Co Longford.


The Europe progresses multi-million-euro investment into employee accommodation

Hotelnews.ie – 21.11.2022

The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney, Co. Kerry has announced the construction of Phase B of their employee accommodation facility - The Lodges at The Europe. In 2018, the company invested over €4.5 million into the first phase of The Lodges, an employee accommodation headquarters based at The Europe Hotel & Resort. The second phase which is now under construction comes in line with the company’s continued commitment to their employees and being a quality employer. Phase B will first see the demolition and removal of the old staff house followed by the construction of 4 new accommodation blocks boasting 40 generous en-suite rooms.


Forecort Convenience and Contract Catering Sectors


Camile Thai Kitchen to invest €1m in new Petite Camile concept stores

Hospitality Ireland – 01.12.2022

Camile Thai Kitchen has announced that it will invest €1 million in the opening of three new Petite Camile concept stores in partnership with Circle K. The opening of the new Petite Camile stores, located at the Circle K motorway service areas at Junction 5, Rathcrogue, Co. Carlow; Junction 14, Fermoy, Co. Cork and M11, Gorey, Co. Wexford, will create 20 new jobs. Hannah Marr, Senior Category Manager, Alcohol & Partnerships, Circle K Ireland, said, "We are delighted to announce today that we are extending our partnership with Camile Thai Kitchen. With Camile Thai Kitchen's new investment, we will be able to bring Petite Camile's fantastic offering to more communities nationwide”.


Bringing back snack trolley is 'proving to be very difficult', Irish Rail says

DublinLive – 25.11.2022

Irish Rail have said it is "proving very difficult" to bring back its beloved food trolley service on intercity trains. The catering service was suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic and is yet to return as Irish Rail is still in the process of bringing a new catering provider on board.

Irish Rail spokesman Barry Kenny told Newstalk Lunchtime Live that there is no set date for its return due to increased costs with providing the service. “We would love to be able to bring it back straight away, but it is proving very difficult,” he said. “I think what people don’t probably appreciate is that we pay the catering providers to provide the service and the costs being quoted to us are significantly above what we’re funded for.”