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Sustainability Awards Deadline Looms

 Food & Bev Live – one of Ireland’s largest foodservice industry events, celebrating...

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Awards for Foodservice Suppliers
Organised by the industry for the industry, Food & Bev Live returns to the Citywest Dublin on th...

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'Food Service Must Cut Waste' says Mahony
The Food service industry must play its part in reducing food waste,  Noel Mahony, chief execut...

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Hotels dump food worth €180m.
 The EPA released a research report last week – “Reducing Commercial Food Waste in Ireland”alon...

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Hotels dump food worth €180m.


Art Hotel for market ?

Dublin's first 'street art' hotel is likely to be offered for sale in the near future.
Industry sources say that the 146-bedroom Hendrick hotel of Smithfield in Dublin is being offered for sale with a guide price between €45 million and €50 million.
 hendrick1219The Dublin Loft Company, which owns the hotel and is led by siblings Mark, Andrew and Kelly Cosgrave has commissioned Eastdil Secured to seek a purchaser for the property.
The Hendrick opened on May 27 of this year and features 259 works of art.

Rum Bar for Dublin

A tiki rum bar is to open in Dublin early next year.
Called 'Ohana, it will be locted  in the basement of 17 Harcourt Street in Dublin 2.
Run by Doug Leddin, who previously worked at An Púcán in Galway, and general manager Will Lynch, 'Ohana will  accommodate up to 200 people and will feature five separate sections, including a ' jungle terrace' and a 'smugglers cove'.
Ohana will offer over 200 different rums, which will be served in custom tiki glassware sourced from Greece, Italy and the Caribbean. Customers will be able to make online reservations.
At weekends, 'Ohana will be open late and feature a mixture of live music and DJ sets.

CCD wins World Travel Award

The Convention Centre Dublin  has won the award for ‘World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’ at the 26th annual World Travel Awards.ccd
  As The CCD enters its tenth year in operation, it was awarded the title at the World Gala Ceremony in Oman on Thursday evening. This is the second time the venue has won the coveted title, beating off tough international competition from fourteen venues around the world including previous winners Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre - ADNEC, Berlin ExpoCenter City, Dubai World Trade Centre, ExCeL London, Qatar National Convention Centre, and Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.


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€65,000 for Regional Patfests

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, announced funding of up to €65,000 through Fáilte Ireland that will help support and develop St. Patrick’s Day events patrick1219in Killarney, Cork and Limerick respectively over the next three years.
Minister Griffin made the announcement at the Kerry Tourism Summit at The Brehon Hotel in Killarney.
 As the National Tourism Development Authority, Fáilte Ireland has identified festivals as a key component for tourism growth. The tourism development body is aiming to grow overseas visitors coming to Ireland to attend a festival to 300,000 by 2022. This growth is expected to generate €150million in revenue. Taking place outside the traditional peak tourism season combined with the geographical spread of celebrations across Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day provides a significant opportunity to grow tourism and extend the season.


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McDonald's €53m Irish buy


Fast food chain McDonald’s spent €53m with Irish suppliers in 2017, according to a newly released economic impact report.
The report, McDonald’s in Ireland, highlights the economic contribution the chain makes in Ireland, and was produced by Development Economics.
 The report looks at the impact McDonald’s has on the Irish economy through employment, supply chain expenditure, the purchase of Irish produce for domestic use and export, and the support for local communities across Ireland.
The report reveals that in total McDonald’s contributed €196m directly to the Irish economy in 2017, through restaurant activity, employee salaries and its contribution to the national exchequer.
The report also highlights the significance of McDonald’s long-term partnerships with Irish suppliers including Dawn Meats (beef), Dew Valley Foods (bacon) and Kerry Group (dairy). Direct spend with Irish suppliers in 2017 accounted for a further €53m of revenue to the Irish economy. McDonald’s is one of the largest purchasers of Irish beef by volume, working with over 1,200 farmers in Ireland who supply beef to all McDonald’s restaurants in Ireland.
The €53m figure was arrived at by measuring the Gross Value Added (GVA), which takes the value of goods and services produced by a specific business sector or in a sub-national geographic area and is calculated as the difference between output and intermediate consumption (i.e. costs excluding wages).


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