Monthly Archives: November 2017

30 11, 2017

Bar Cellar Safety Programme Launched

The Irish Brewers Association and the Health & Safety Authority have co-launched a programme designed for publicans and bar managers to enhance basic safety practices in cellars, cold rooms and across all areas of bars, restaurants, hotels and pubs. The cellar safety programme aims to improve safety in the workplace environment for thousands of workers and service providers, and for customers of the hospitality sector. The information, with a particular focus on Ireland, is relevant to bars throughout the globe. The programme was designed following numerous safety issues arising from serious accidents in bar cellars across Europe in recent years. It is aimed at helping bars to protect their staff and meet legal requirements to ensure their workplace is a safe place to operate in. The new safety programme can be accessed through the HSA’s existing online risk assessment tool, [...]

29 11, 2017

Supplier Spotlight: Festy

Festy is an Irish fintech company that builds contactless payments technologies and ID verification systems for pubs, restaurants, festivals, concerts and conferences that are revolutionising the payments industry as we know it. Our promise is that we can axe transaction costs for merchants by more than 50% creating a commercially viable alternative to traditional payment processors that are financially crippling businesses by incurring extortionate fees upon them. The underlying technology that we use is a unification of NFC (the exact same small chip that makes ordinary contactless card transactions possible) and blockchain (the technology that gives rise to decentralised digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dash which cut out middlemen allowing for cheaper and more transparent financial transactions between two parties) so that businesses can benefit from the fast transaction speeds of contactless payments in a much more cost effective [...]

28 11, 2017

Bushmills Irish Whiskey Launches New Brand

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has announced the launch of Bushmills Red Bush, a new brand in the award-winning portfolio. This is the first new expression from The Old Bushmills Distillery for the domestic market in nearly five years. As the Irish whiskey category escalates in popularity, consumer demand has increased for a relevant and versatile whiskey that can be enjoyed neat or with a range of mixers. Bushmills Red Bush is a subtle and balanced expression - appealing to both whiskey enthusiasts and those new to the category, drawing new consumers into the character and flavour profile unique to Bushmills Irish Whiskey. Matured exclusively in first-fill, medium char bourbon casks which soften the spirit, Bushmills Red Bush is a blend of triple distilled single malt and grain whiskey delivering a sweet and exceptionally smooth taste. The amber spirit offers intense aromas [...]

28 11, 2017

5 perks that will attract generation Z to your hospitality role

Generation Z - what hospitality perks will attract and retain them? Education: This cohort are hungry for information and keen to learn new skills. Draw them to your roles by offering them opportunities to grow. Don’t just do the basic training. Offer customer service workshops, advanced barista education, sommelier and mixology courses. Food:  Gen Zs have been described as a foodie contingent. They are more interested in nutrition than their older counterparts and are more likely to pay extra for organic and artisan foods. As an ethical bunch, they’ll be attracted to businesses that source local produce from local suppliers and are champions of Fairtrade. Healthy food options and staff meals would be a good motivation. Freedom:  Flexibility can prove a big incentive for Gen Zs. Due to their independent nature, they will value a work environment that is less stringent. They will enjoy the [...]

21 11, 2017

Number of craft breweries in Ireland has grown more than 500% in 5 years

A new report from Bord Bia has revealed that Irish Craft Beer is performing well across all fronts, from the number of production facilities to production output, market share and exports. According to the report, both consumption market share, and production market share have each increased by more than 500%. In 2012, the craft beer category recorded consumption market share of just 0.6%, in 2017 that figure reached 3.0% while in terms of production, craft beer rose from 0.4% in 2012 to 2.3% in 2016. The number of craft breweries in Ireland has grown by more than 500% in the last 5 years, with 72 now in operation, up from just 15 in 2012. Employment in these facilities exceeded 500 for the first time ever, increasing employment in local and rural communities. Output from these breweries has grown from 37,000HL [...]

17 11, 2017

Irish Distillers launch new Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest edition

Irish Distillers has unveiled the next chapter in its Virgin Irish Oak Collection of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys; Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest edition. This new edition has been finished in barrels made from Irish oak grown in the Bluebell Forest of Castle Blunden Estate in County Kilkenny. Dair Ghaelach, which is Gaelic for ‘Irish oak’, is the result of an eight-year exploration by the expert production team at the Midleton Distillery, County Cork, into using native oak to mature Irish whiskey and follows the previous release of Midleton Dair Ghaelach Grinsell’s Wood in February 2015. The Irish Distillers team of Kevin O’Gorman, Head of Maturation, and Billy Leighton, Head Blender, in collaboration with expert forestry consultant, Paddy Purser, chose Bluebell Forest on Castle Blunden Estate to provide the oak for the second edition in the Midleton Dair Ghaelach [...]

16 11, 2017

Teeling Whiskey takeover at The Universal Bar + Kitchen in Galway

The Universal Bar + Kitchen in Galway is plugging into Ireland’s buoyant cocktail event circuit by hosting a takeover party in association with Teeling Whiskey on Thursday the 23rd of November. An exclusive cocktail list will be available on the night designed by Teeling Global Brand Ambassador Kevin Hurley, featuring twists on classics. Kevin has worked in and managed a number of cocktail lounges in Dublin including The Liquor Rooms and will guest shift behind the bar at The Universal for the event. Conor Lynam of The Universal Bar + Kitchen said, “Teeling is a small Irish craft distiller and we're a craft cocktail bar so there's a naturally good match. Kevin is a wonderful whiskey connoisseur and mixologist who has a natural sense of pairing whiskey with seasonal and exciting elements. We're looking forward to welcoming Kevin and trying [...]

15 11, 2017

Blackwater Distillery and Barry’s Tea team up for new Irish gin

Barry’s Tea has joined up with Blackwater Distillery to introduce the limited edition Blackwater Barry’s Tea Irish Gin to the Irish market. The exciting combination of the family-owned tea business, which has been a mainstay of Irish homes for over 100 years, and the Waterford-based gin distillery, sees a limited number of bottles of the new product being available from November. The new gin, which uses Barry’s Tea Classic Blend, Sicilian lemons, sweet Spanish oranges, juniper berries and cinnamon, was created by the micro distillery based on the banks of the Blackwater River. Blackwater Distillery is known for producing everything by hand, and creating the Blackwater No.5 Gin, which recently won gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London. Barry’s Tea Master Blender, Denis Daly, said “This is an exciting and once off opportunity for all of us [...]

15 11, 2017

IWA Hosts Irish Whiskey Mentoring Workshop

Staff from 15 Irish whiskey distilleries recently took part in a mentoring workshop in Irish Distillers’ Midleton Distillery, part of the Irish Whiskey Association’s (IWA) programme to help startup distillers across the country. The IWA mentoring programme involves established global Irish whiskey players, such as Irish Distillers and Bushmills, offering support to new market entrants. The workshop in Midleton, which took place on November 14th, focused on cooperage and maturation, and aimed to provide those present with the opportunity to learn fisthand from some of the most experienced and longstanding skilled craftsmen in the industry. Elements of the workshop included sessions on wood purchasing, cooperage skills, cask handling, and the core principles of maturation and blending. Irish Distillers, part of the larger Pernod Ricard conglomerate, is Ireland's largest supplier of spirits and wines and counts Jameson, Powers, Redbreast and Midleton [...]

13 11, 2017

Bord Bia releases 2017 Irish Foodservice Channel Insights Report

Bord Bia recently released the findings of its 2017 Irish Foodservice Channel Insights Report. The report shows that Ireland’s foodservice market continues to grow and is now valued at a record €7.8 billion, comprising over 33,000 individual outlets. The foodservice market includes all food consumed out of home incorporating restaurants, pubs, hotels, coffee shops, workplace catering, hospitals, education and vending. The report, which also tracks consumer behaviour and sentiment when eating away from home, highlights that take away, or grab-and-go concepts, are one of the key drivers of foodservice growth and that healthier foods are trending and influencing menu ideation. The report shows 35% of consumer spend is found in Limited Service Restaurants, incorporating quick-service restaurants, fast-casual dining and food-to-go, with 12% attributed to Full Service Restaurants. Consumer spending in pubs, excluding alcohol, accounts for 17% of the market value [...]