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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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Sustainability Awards Deadline Looms
Awards for Foodservice Suppliers
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Hotels dump food worth €180m.


European medals for CIT students

Three Cork Institute of Technology  students from the Department of Tourism & Hospitality have been awarded two gold and a silver medal at the annual European Association ofcit1119 Hotel & Tourism Schools (AEHT) competition in Split, Croatia. 
Sam McCormack from Rochestown, Co. Cork and Daniel Meaney from Blackrock, Co. Cork, won gold and Aisling Kelly from Baltimore, Co Cork won silver. CIT has had numerous successes in recent years when competing with the best and brightest students from Hotel and Tourism Schools across Europe: this is their most successful year with all three students being recognised at the highest level on the international stage.


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Nigel wins Beaujolais Nouveau prize

Beaujolais 2019 Poster by Astrid de la Forest

Nigel Smyth, Director of Restaurants at The Market Bar Group is the winner of our Beaujolais Nouveau competition. He will receive a case of Georges Dubuouf Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 from Febvre and Company, distributors of Georges Duboeuf wines in Ireland.
The wine was launched in Ireland and internationally, yesterday November 21st. The correct answer to our competition question is '21st November 2019'.

Paris Texas is Top Pub

Paris Texas in Kilkenny is celebrating after being named National Pub of the Year at the Irish Pub Awards 2019.  The Kilkenny pub was crowned national champion after winning puboty1119the Innovative Pub of the Year, one of nine categories announced at the  Gala Awards in the Concert Hall, RDS, Dublin 4. 
Pictured are Ronan Lynch, Chairman LVA, Pat Crotty of Paris Texas Pub in Kilkenny, Winner of the Pub of the Year Award 2019 and Padraic McGann, President VFI
 The Irish Pub Awards are jointly presented by Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and The Licenced Vintners Association (LVA). This year over 1,700 applications were made to the Irish Pub Awards which are now in their third year. This figure has trebled since the introduction of the awards, which proves that this programme is being recognised by publicans around Ireland as a valuable way to promote their business.
The Irish Pub Awards nine category winners are:


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Distilleries grow 'experiental tourism'

‘Irish whiskey is set to be a world leader in experiential tourism’ was the message delivered to the annual European Spirits Summit in Brussels by William Lavelle, Head of the teeling1019Irish whiskey industry’s representative body.
 Lavelle said: “The global growth of Irish whiskey has a long way to go yet. Future growth will be driven by premiumisation, including in non-traditional markets. The quid-pro-quo of premiumisation is authenticity. Discerning consumers demand authenticity. They demand uniqueness.”
 “Irish whiskey is proud to have a geographic indication (GI). Our GI is the guarantee of our authenticity and of our uniqueness.  But we see our GI as being more than just something that exists in regulation and which must be protected. We see our GI as something to be celebrated and this is what Irish whiskey tourism has to offer.”


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Hotel plan appealed

Plans for a €20m refurbishment of the Mercantile Hotel on Dublin's Dame Street are being put on hold after an objection by a tenant of an adjoining building.
Solicitor, John Synnott, whose practice is based in Dame House, has lodged an appeal with An Bórd Pleanala against the hotel's proposed extension into the office building where he has a long-term lease.
 Mr Synnottis challenging last month's de cision by Dublin City Council to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the existing Mercantile Hotel and the change of use of Dame House from office to hotel with an amalgamation of the two protected buildings.
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