Welcome to the March edition of Bord Bia's Ireland Market Foodservice Newsletter.
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Trend of The Month
War on Waste
Last week the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its latest report, stating that the world faces unavoidable multiple climate hazards over the next two decades, with global warming of 1.5C.
Further evidence, if it was needed, that stakes have never been higher when it comes to the fight against global warming.
We know that reducing food waste is key in the quest to find sustainable solutions now and into the future. According to the 2021 UN Environment Programme Food Waste Report, roughly 17% or 930M tonnes of food available at consumer level is wasted each year. The majority (61%) is household waste, followed by food waste at foodservice level – at 26%, it equates to twice that of retail food waste (13%).
One innovative app that aims to address the issue of food waste, while providing consumers with convenient and value-saving options is Too Good To Go. The app has more than 40 million active users in 16 international markets and launched in Ireland at the end of 2021. It empowers the public and local businesses to fight food waste by offering ‘Surprise Bags’ of surplus food at the end of the day to stop it from going to waste.
General Industry News
Employment numbers top 2.5m for the first time
The Irish Times – 17.02.2022
The number of people employed in the Irish economy has risen above 2.5 million for the first time. Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show that 229,100 more people were employed in the Republic last year, up 10.1 per cent on 2020 at 2,506,000 – a new record. The figure is nearly 150,000 higher than total employment prior to the pandemic in 2019 and comes on the back of increased participation in the labour force, particularly among women.
Fáilte Ireland Unveils Tourism Recovery Plans For 2022
Hospitality Ireland – 09.02.2022
Fáilte Ireland has unveiled plans to support the recovery of the tourism industry this year. The plans were unveiled at an in-person event called ‘From Survival to Recovery’, at the Convention Centre Dublin on Tuesday 8 February, which was attended by more than 800 tourism and hospitality sector representatives. The plans include a doubling of domestic marketing investment, to drive short breaks year round; further investment in the digital presence of tourism businesses; four regional tourism strategies, for Ireland’s Ancient East, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, Dublin, and the Wild Atlantic Way; 27 local-destination development plans; and plans to reduce tourism’s carbon footprint.
Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) & Pub Sector
Camile Thai adds carbon emission ratings to menus
ShelfLife.ie – 01.03.2022
The first restaurants to do so in Ireland, the Camile Thai chain will now display the carbon emissions of each dish on its menus. The carbon footprint of a dish is multifaceted, from water consumption to storage and transport. In order to create a clear, concise way to communicate these values for guests, Camile worked with a leading accessible provider of food carbon labels, ‘My Emissions’. Factoring in all the contributing elements, My Emissions has developed an A-E rating scale based on the carbon intensity of each dish (‘A’ signalling low impact and ‘E’ meaning very high impact).
Five Guys burger chain records loss of €949,205
The Irish Times – 15.02.2022
Revenues at the company behind the Five Guys restaurant franchise in Ireland “have been growing month on month” since indoor dining was allowed to resume last July. New accounts for Anart Restaurants Ltd show the business recorded post-tax losses of €949,205 in the 15 months to the end of June last. The firm recorded losses of €504,645 the previous year. Sons of billionaire financier Dermot Desmond, Brett, Ross and Dery brought the US fast casual food franchise here in 2016. The accounts state that subsequent to the financial period end, the company opened a new restaurant in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin “and management to date are happy with its performance”.
Hotel & Restaurant Sector
Chefs Unite for Ukraine
Fft.ie – 03.03.2022
The teams at allta and Cloud Picker have organised a special fundraising dinner on Tuesday 8th March in allta Winter House, with a line up of chefs participating to help to raise funds for charities working to help Ukranians. Tickets to the evening cost €175 with tables limited to four and six people, and with 100% of the proceeds going straight to the chosen charities. Glovebox will be open for walk-ins, with all their proceeds on the evening also going to the charities. There will be live entertainment from Toby Hatchett and guest mixologists throughout the evening from all over Ireland, including the team from Bar 1661.
Dalata Hotel Group's 2021 revenues up 40%
RTE Business 01.03.2022
Dalata Hotel Group said its revenues rose for the year to the end of December while its losses narrowed as most Covid-19 restrictions on the hospitality sector ended in the middle of the year. Revenues at the country's biggest hotel group rose by 40.3% to €192m from €136.8m in 2020. The company reported a pre-tax loss of €11.4m compared to a pre-tax loss of €111.5m the previous year. The hotel group said it has a current pipeline of over 2,000 rooms in prime locations which will see its UK footprint surpass Dublin by 2025. It also recently announced its entry into Continental Europe with an operating leasehold interest in Hotel Nikko in Dusseldorf in Germany.
Contract Catering & Trade Sector
IFEX 2022 serves up 40% more new exhibitors
The Caterer – 02.03.2022
IFEX returns to the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast from the 29 – 31 March 2022 and expects over 40% of new exhibitors. Established as Northern Ireland's leading trade event for those in the food, drink, retail and hospitality sectors, IFEX has attracted exhibitors including Lynas Foodservice, Henderson Foodservice, Stephens Catering Equipment, Sysco, Hugh Jordan and Golden Glen – who will sit alongside successful Northern Ireland and Ireland based companies such as Andrew Ingredients, S.D Bell, Suki Tea, Middleton Foods and Johnson Brothers.
Deliveroo expands service to Carlow, Kilkenny and Laois
RTE – 09.02.2022
Food delivery company Deliveroo is continuing its expansion in Ireland by launching in counties Carlow, Kilkenny and Laois. Deliveroo, which launched in Ireland in 2015, already provides food delivery services in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Wicklow, Louth, Kildare and Meath. This month, it will also roll out its delivery service to Balbriggan, Leixlip, Celbridge, Ashbourne and Ratoath, due to high demand. "This is a clear investment in our commitment to the Irish market and our amazing customers and partners across the country," said Paddy Quinlan, Regional Manager of Deliveroo Ireland. "This expansion will create valuable opportunities for riders and support our restaurant partners to grow their business and reach new customers," he added.