Welcome to our weekly Bord Bia Ireland Market Foodservice Newsletter.
This week we have seen further positive news for the hospitality industry, with suggestions that updated guidelines from Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) are likely to be approved. The new guidelines will include a potential reduction in social distancing measures from two metres to one metre in certain circumstances. Sources confirmed on Wednesday the guidelines also recommend customers pre-book visits and limit their length of stay in the pub or restaurant to a maximum of 90 minutes.
General Industry News
Ireland to angle for greater slice of EU recovery fund
The Irish Times – 18.06.2020
Ireland will argue for a recalculation of how funds are to be distributed across the European Union in a planned financial package aimed to counter the economic damage of the coronavirus pandemic, in the hopes of securing a more generous deal. According to a breakdown of figures in circulation in Brussels, if the current package is agreed, Ireland would be in line for €1.9 billion in grants, which would be issued to fund specific stimulus and reform projects, and would be jointly repaid later by the whole EU.
Sun holiday setback as quarantine rule to stay and travel restrictions extended
Independent.ie – 18.06.2020
Families hoping to jet off on sun holidays after lockdown have been served a fresh blow as it has emerged travel restrictions for Irish airports will be extended for another three weeks. Laws requiring passengers arriving in Ireland to tell authorities where they will be quarantining for two weeks after arrival will be extended until July 9. The move means anyone hoping to travel abroad will still be asked to self-isolate for two weeks after they return until early next month. This would mean they would not be able to go back to work for a fortnight after they returned from their holidays.
Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) & Pub Sector
Domino’s UK reports like-for-like sales up 6.1% post-lockdown
www.propelinfonews.com – 17.06.2020
Domino’s Pizza UK has reports like-for-like sales rose 6.1% between 23 March and 14 June – although they dropped by 9.2% in Ireland in the period. Chief executive Dominic Paul said: “I joined the group at a time of unprecedented trading conditions and have spent my first few weeks as Chief Executive becoming fully immersed in the business. I have been hugely impressed by the hard work, dedication and agility of our colleagues and our franchisee partners to keep Domino’s delivering, and I would like to say a big thank you to the entire team. I am looking forward to giving a more detailed update on our performance and sharing my first impressions of the business at our first half results presentation in August.”
Would you go to a pub later this month if you had to spend €9 on a meal?
The Journal– 17.06.2020
Fáilte Ireland has said pubs will be expected to serve “substantial meals” that cost at least €9 if they are to reopen on 29 June. The tourism body says it has received advice from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, due to be published later this week, regarding food service businesses and Covid-19. It’s not yet clear, however, how this requirement will be enforced. Or if customers have to buy a meal worth a minimum of €9 each or as part of a group.
Hotel & Restaurant Sector
IHF says 87% of hotels preparing to reopen; calls for action on tourism
Hospitality Ireland – 16.06.2020
Almost nine in 10 hoteliers across the country are readying themselves to reopen for guests by mid-July, according to an industry survey undertaken by the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF). The survey of over 300 hoteliers was taken following the government's decision to bring forward the reopening date of hotels to June 29 and the publication of operational guidelines by Fáilte Ireland. IHF CEO Tim Fenn stated, "It is really encouraging to see that 87% of hotels now intend to reopen by mid-July. We face a serious challenge however in terms of making up ground due to lost overseas business as highlighted by our survey. For the peak summer month of August, members project an average occupancy of 38% this year compared with an average occupancy of 90% for the same month last year - representing an enormous drop in projected business levels."
Dalata launch holiday in Ireland offer in response to resurging domestic tourism demand
Hotel and Restaurant Times - 17.06.2020
Dalata Hotel Group, Ireland’s largest hotel operator has launched the Group’s 2020 ‘Holiday in Ireland’ offer across its Clayton, Maldron and partner hotels as it prepares to re-open on 29th June. Pat McCann, CEO of Dalata Hotel Group commented “All of the current indicators show strong demand for domestic tourism as the time comes for Ireland to relax and unwind. At Dalata, we are looking forward to welcoming our guests back and have been working hard to ensure your stay with us is a stress free, enjoyable one.” Over the past few months, Dalata has been preparing to welcome guests back to the Group’s hotels and working hard to ensure a relaxing stay for everyone.
Casusal Dining & Contract Catering Sectors
Working remotely expected to continue after Covid-19 restrictions lift
Business Post - 19.06.2020
Just 12 per cent of Irish business leaders believe all staff will be back in their companies' office/workspace once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, a new survey has found. The research, conducted by the Institute of Directors in Ireland (IoD), found that 40 per cent predict an equal mix of staff working in the office and remotely. Meanwhile, 31 per cent of bosses are either planning to downsize their office space or are considering it, while 30 per cent of respondents also said that their current office space/working environment was not conducive to implementing government-approved social distancing measures.
Burren Balsamics lands Aer Lingus contract
www.fft.ie - 17.06.2020
The artisan producer, which is based at Richhill in Co. Armagh, is supplying pods of onion jam for passengers on Aer Lingus European and US flights from Dublin. The contract with Aer Lingus follows Burren’s participation in a ‘meet the buyer’ trade exhibition organised by the airline (part of International Airlines Group) for established and new suppliers last year, according to Susie Hamilton Stubber, the company’s founder and Managing Director.