Bergin's Environmental Wake-Up Call
The IHI held its first online Hospitality & Tourism Professionals Day on the 26th

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Covid creates Vera Foods
Covid 19 has played a role in creating an exciting new food business for two hospitality professiona...

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Optimizing Covers in Phase Three
John Girvan, Manager at catering supplier Alliance Online Ireland (, shares so...

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IFSA/Chef Network Operating Guidelines
Representing over 200 member companies, IFSA (the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance) and Chef Net...

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Bergin's Environmental Wake-Up Call
Covid creates Vera Foods
Optimizing Covers in Phase Three
IFSA/Chef Network Operating Guidelines


'Taste' Stars for Java Republic

Java Republic, has been awarded three stars in the Great Taste Awards 2015 for its Rwandan coffee as well as star awards for six other products in its tea and coffee range.  Java Republic is the only coffee company in Ireland to have been awarded three stars this year.
 Organised by the Guild of Fine Food in the UK, Great Taste is the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards where food and drink products are put to the test with a panel of over 450 experts including buyers, food writers and retailers. Winners can be awarded one, two or three stars.
 Java Republic’s winning product is a Light Roast, 100% Rwandan Nyungwe Coffee that is full bodied with hints of green apple and red currants that are typical of Rwandan coffees.
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More Irish 'Discover Ireland'

 According to research from Jurys Inn, people of Ireland are increasingly forgoing the brown suntan of a summer abroad for a more green, white and orange experience, with almost one in three (30%) saying they are taking their main holiday in Ireland this summer. What’s more, over a third of us consider a staycation to be a healthier option for our wallet, with 35% agreeing that keeping it local is better value than holidaying abroad.

The hotel group has launched a staycation guide showcasing Ireland’s must-see attractions, with suggestions to help Irish people make the most of holidaying on the Emerald Isle. The guide features short trips, breath-taking beaches and iconic cultural and natural attractions.

According to the survey, the vast majority of us have taken a staycation at some point (75%), with the top reason for holidaying at home being a desire to explore more of this fine Emerald Isle (52%). Almost half of people (47%) have taken fewer holidays abroad in the last 12 months, while one in ten haven’t flown overseas for a time-out in three years! Other factors luring us to holiday in the green hills of home are: affordability (28%), flexibility of staying local (25%), the convenience of being close to family and friends (20%).

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'Just Eat' Boosts Revenue

On line take-away food company 'Just Eat' boosted revenue by 54% in the first half of 2015 to £107.8m.

The company has 11 m active customers and it took 41.9m orders in the period, an increase of 52%.

'Just Eat' has 1700 Irish restaurants on its books and 750,000 active Irish customers.

'Crystal' Hotels make €35m.

A portfolio of seven hotels first offered for sale in January has sold for over €35 million.

The  “Crystal Collection” included the Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club in Maynooth, Co Kildare; Fels Point Hotel in Tralee, Co Kerry; Johnstown House Hotel & Spa in Enfield, Co Meath; the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise, Co Laois; South Court Hotel in Raheen, Co Limerick; the Maldron Hotel at Barnstown, Wexford; and the Metropole Hotel on MacCurtain Street, Cork.

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Profits up at Aramark

Operating profits at Aramark in Ireland last year jumped by 17% to €5.8m as revenues increased.

Accounts recently filed by Aramark Ireland Holdings Ltd and subsidiaries show that the group recorded theincrease in operating profits as revenues increased by 4.5% going from €223m to €233m.

The figures show that the group employs 4,061 and the vast majority of revenues were last year recorded in Ireland. According to the directors’ report, turnover has increased on food service and facilities management.

The firm increased its operating profits in spite of incurring €1.95m in costs arising from a restructuring programme. The Irish arm of the US firm paid dividends of €3m and this followed a payout of €3.5m in 2013.

The accounts show that 82% — or €190m — of revenues were recorded in Ireland with 11% in the UK and 7% in other countries.


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