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

There are a number of forthcoming Bord Bia events (open to client companies) that may be of interest, including a lunch debrief on our Global Inflationary Impact study on Wednesday, 18th January and a Market Study Visit to London on Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st January, exploring world cuisines driving foodservice trends in the UK for 2023 and beyond.

For further information on all events, visit our Upcoming Events dedicated webpage here.

 

Trend of the Month

 

New Year (Foodservice) Sales

As Christmas and New Year festivities draw to a close and consumers begin to tighten their purse strings, focusing on a value message is hugely important in a bid to encourage continued spend on food and drink out of home.

JD Wetherspoon have announced details of a January sale that will run for two weeks across it’s 800+ pubs, with price discounts on a number of drinks and food (mostly breakfast) items.

Meanwhile, Brewdog is offering free non-alcoholic beer refills to those that are embarking on a ‘dry’ January and Pret a Manager (another operator with outlets in both the UK and Ireland) is to launch a new value range of sandwiches and it’s first meal deal promotion, helping customers spend less as the cost-of-living crisis continues.

These early calendar months are traditionally a time when consumers tend to spend more time at home Vs out of home, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t interested in accessing affordable treats.

Those operators with value offerings for cash-strapped customers are most likely to win at the expense of competing restaurants and ultimately achieve the holy grail – ensuring their brand remains relevant.

 

General Industry News

 

Tourism industry rebounded in 2022, but full recovery not expected until 2026

www.hotelandrestauranttimes.ie – 04.01.2023

The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) has issued its estimates for the volume of international visitor arrivals in 2022. ITIC estimate that 7 million international tourists came to Ireland in 2022, a 73% recovery compared to the pre-pandemic peak of 2019. With travel restrictions eased since March, the speed and strength of the recovery in travel to Ireland has exceeded expectations and the surge in demand surpassed most industry projections. Looking forward, ITIC welcomed the growth in air access to the country but expressed significant concern that continued recovery would be threatened by soaring cost inflation, the energy crisis, and the impact of Government contracts with tourism accommodation suppliers.

 

Leading Irish academics and industry experts have joined forces to collectively form ‘At The Pass’ and help the hospitality industry

www.tastetalks.ie – 01.01.2023

At The Pass has devised and launched two online webinars and interactive workshops to professionally guide hospitality business owners. They will deliver the full-day online sessions on Monday 23rd January and Monday 30th January 2023, providing an all-inclusive approach to assist hospitality business owners in making the best decisions possible. Business Owners and Managers can book their place online via www.atthepass.ie 

 

Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) & Pub Sector

 

Deliveroo Launches Partnership with McDonald’s Ahead of Christmas

Hospitality Ireland – 20.12.2022

Deliveroo and McDonald’s UK & Ireland have announced a national home delivery partnership. The tie-up means that customers across Ireland can now have McDonald’s delivered to their door by Deliveroo from over 55 McDonald’s sites in Ireland covering Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Dundalk, Drogheda, Naas and more. Gareth Pearson, chief operations officer McDonald's UK and Ireland, said, "We are delighted to announce our partnership with Deliveroo, which means that we’re now able to bring our McDelivery service to even more people across Ireland”.

 

Guinness Announces New Partnership with the SEAI

Checkout.ie – 14.12.2022

Guinness has announced a new partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to create awareness of supports available to the hospitality industry, to reduce its energy bills and carbon footprint. According to the drinks giant, information about the SEAI’s energy supports is currently available from Diageo’s on-trade customer portal, Diageo One. The portal includes information on the SEAI’s energy efficiency and renewable energy grants, including the solar photovoltaic (PV) panel grant – also called the Solar Electricity Grant. It also features details on how to access a €2,000 voucher from the SEAI towards a high-quality energy audit, which will assess current energy usage and provide actionable measures to further reduce usage and costs.

 

Hotel & Restaurant Sector

 

Restaurant And Hotel Prices Increased Year On Year In November, Notes CSO

Hospitality Ireland – 14.12.2022

Restaurant and hotel prices increased year on year in November, according to data revealed by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in its Consumer Price Index (CPI) for November 2022. Restaurants and hotels increased annually, primarily as result of higher prices for alcoholic drinks and food consumed in hospitality venues, and an increase in the cost of hotel accommodation.

 

Windward Management announce addition of Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa to their management portfolio

Hotelnews.ie – 09.12.2022

Windward Management is delighted to announce the addition of Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa to their hotel management portfolio. The hotel is the latest addition to the TMR Hotel Collection, which comprises 15 luxury 4 and 5 star hotels and resorts located throughout Ireland. Commenting on the announcement, Patrick Coyle, Chief Executive of Windward Management said: “We are delighted to work alongside Davy Real Estate and the TMR Hotel Collection in the management and future development of this hotel”.

 

Contract Catering Sectors

 

Guinness Storehouse visitor numbers rebound post-pandemic

www.irishtimes.com – 02.01.2023

The Guinness Storehouse had a strong rebound after the Covid-19 pandemic in 2022, attracting over 1.1 million visitors. Now in its 23rd year, the Guinness Storehouse has hosted over 22.9m visitors since opening the black gates to visitors in 2000. Pre-pandemic, 93 per cent of visitors were international tourists, resulting in its numbers declining sharply due to travel restrictions. The Guinness Storehouse was re-tailored for domestic days out during the pandemic, resulting in visitors from Ireland making up 24 per cent of numbers in 2022, more than double the visitor volume in 2019 and other previous years.

 

McCann Orchards in €100,000 Compass deal

www.independent.ie – 18.12.2022

Foodservices provider Compass Ireland has signed up to buy Irish-grown apples and pears, along with a range of fresh fruit juices from fruit growers McCann Orchards – in a deal worth in the region of €100,000. McCann Orchards – a family-run business with orchards around Slane, Co Meath, and in Portadown, Co Armagh – has over 50 years’ experience in the fresh produce market, supplying major supermarkets, wholesale and catering companies. Compass Group Ireland has entered into a two-year business partnership with the award-winning growers.