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

We will be presenting findings from our 2022 Irish Foodservice mid-year White Paper at Bord Bia’s recently opened Global Hub, 140 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4 on Wednesday, June 15th from 2-3PM.  We will also be live-streaming the event for those that cannot make it in person.

The White Paper will review and revise existing data and forecasts from our 2021 end of year insights report and outline the likely impact of current economic dynamics to the Irish foodservice industry for the remainder of 2022 and into 2023.

Please note that in-person numbers are limited to 50 and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  Click here to register online for the event. 


Trend of the Month


Could climate-informed menu options impact diners choices?

Yes, according to a recent study involving 250+ consumers undertaken by Universitat Wuzburg, Germany.

Researchers presented participants with two menu design approaches across nine hypothetical menus, looking to assess the impact of including carbon labels and modifiable dishes with high or low emission options. Participants were required to choose one dish from each menu. The results found that when carbon labels were present and moderations were offered, participants selected more climate-friendly dishes.

Despite the fact that the majority of studies examining factors that influence environmentally relevant food choices  are focused on purchasing of groceries eaten at home, opportunities exist for hospitality outlets to address sustainability measures that matter to consumers when eating out of home.

A separate study undertaken by Nestle Professional, suggests that almost three quarters UK consumers think cafes, restaurants, pubs and fast-food chains could do more to support and promote sustainable diets on their menus.


General Industry News


'Strong rebound' in international travel as over 1.4 million people arrive in Ireland in April

The Journal.ie – 30.05.2022

Over 1.4 million passengers arrived into Ireland in April, with more people arriving from Great Britain than any other country according to new CSO data. According to the CSO, more than 1,476,600 passengers arrived into Ireland from overseas in April. This is a 21 fold increase on April 2021, where only 69,400 passengers arrived into Ireland.  A majority of the passengers travelled to Ireland by air – 1,377,100 – while just 99,500 came by sea. Commenting on the figures, CSO statistician Gregg Patrick says that there has been a “strong rebound” in overseas travel since the pandemic, but that it remains below pre-pandemic levels “Overseas travel remains significantly lower (14%) than pre-pandemic levels.


Fáilte Ireland Launches Campaign to Attract Tourism Sector Staff

Hospitality Ireland – 19.05.2022

Fáilte Ireland has announced that it has launched a new €700,000 national marketing campaign titled ‘Works for Me’ – the aim of which is to attract more people, across all ages and demographics, to jobs in the tourism industry. According to the statement published on FailteIreland.ie, the campaign will target new demographics of potential staff members, with a particular focus on retirees and parents, who – according to Fáilte Ireland’s research – are seeking flexible working arrangements and patterns. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, tourism accounted for 260,000 jobs in Ireland and provided as many as one in five in some counties, according to Fáilte Ireland.


Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) & Pub Sector


Profits and revenues up at Domino's main Irish franchise

BreakingNews.ie – 17.05.2022

Pre-tax profits at pizza group Domino’s largest Irish franchise increased by 16 per cent to €12.25 million in 2021. New accounts show that Domino’s firm, Shorecal, was making ‘lots of dough’ as revenues increased by nine per cent from €55.25 million to €60.26 million in the 12 months to the end of December 26th last. Shorecal operates about 30 of the 86 Domino’s outlets across the State and also operates outlets in Northern Ireland. The business is majority owned by the Belfast-based Caldwell family and the accounts show that in January of this year, the business paid out a dividend of €20.24 million. This followed a dividend payout of €8 million in 2021. Domino's Pizza Group, the listed company that runs the pizza chain in Britain and Ireland, took a 15 per cent stake in the business in 2019 for €12.5 million.


Ministers Host Workshop Aimed At Revitalising Nighttime Economy

Hospitality Ireland - 31.05.2022

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin and Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan have co-hosted a workshop aimed at revitalising the nighttime economy, according to a statement published on Gov.ie, which said that representatives from organisations relating to the sector participated in the event, and sought to identify how artistic, creative and community spaces can be supported by the planning and development system. "The night-time economy is a key economic sector of our cities and towns and also one of the things that makes them great places to live in and visit. Supporting this through a town centre first approach that maximises the use of vacant buildings and encourages the development of quality public spaces is part of our agenda to invest in regeneration and amenities that benefit local communities in the widest sense”.


Hotel & Restaurant Sector


Ashford Castle owners secure planning permission for 60-bedroom hotel in Dublin city centre

www.thejournal.ie - 03.06.2022

The owners of Ashford Castle have secured planning permission for a ‘boutique’ five-star 60 bedroom hotel for the capital. This follows An Bord Pleanála granting planning permission to Red Carnation Hotels (UK) Ltd for the conversion and extension of a former Jesuit university students’ residence at Hatch Hall into a 60-bedroom hotel. Director at CBRE John Hughes told Dublin City Council that while Dublin has a strong ‘pipeline’ of hotels, only 3% is classified as being in the 5-star category. Hughes stated that currently there is limited supply of five star hotels in Dublin making up just 12 of the 214 hotels in the capital equating to 1,793 bedrooms or a share of 8%.


Six-month extension for operation of hospitality outdoor seating areas

RTE Business – 17.05.2022

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has received Cabinet approval to extend the operation of outdoor seating areas for pubs and restaurants as the hospitality industry enters the summer season. The Government agreed to a six-month extension to the legislation which permits the sale and consumption of alcohol in outdoor seating areas. The law was due to lapse on 31 May, but it has now been extended until the end of November. It follows the waiving of fees for on-street furniture last week. Minister McEntee said the legislation has been hugely helpful to the hospitality sector and she hoped it will again be used by many businesses during the summer months. The Minister plans to bring forward a longer term solution as part of wider reforms of licencing law.


Casual Dining & Contract Catering Sector


Sysco Foods Ireland sustains €78m Covid hit to revenue

The Irish Times – 31.05.2022

Limerick-based food service wholesaler Sysco Foods Ireland last year sustained a €78 million hit to revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Accounts filed for the Newcastle West-based Sysco Foods Ireland Unlimited show that the business – formerly Pallas Foods – recorded a pretax loss of €8.8 million in the 12 months to July 3rd last as the business grappled with the impact of Covid-19. The US owned business – which changed its name to Sysco Ireland on May 10th last year – supplies food to thousands of hotels, shops, restaurants and pubs here along with healthcare and educational facilities and the figures show revenue fell by €78 million or 24 per cent from €326.4 million to €248.39 million.The directors said the company had focused on sales to existing customers while operating in an industry that had been severely impacted by the Covid-19 global pandemic.


Caterer Compass Boosted by Post-Pandemic return to work

Hospitality Ireland – 19.05.2022

Compass Group PLC, the world's largest caterer, has raised its full-year revenue forecast as it benefitted from offices reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic. Compass, which feeds office workers, the armed forces and school children in 45 countries, as well as provides catering for sporting events, such as Wimbledon, raised its 2022 organic revenue growth forecast to approximately 30% from 20%-25%. Compass has benefited from more companies outsourcing their catering to reduce costs, Chief Executive Dominic Blakemore said in an interview. It has also reduced menu choices and switched to cheaper ingredients.