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 [...]

30 05, 2017

Survey shows more than half of Irish natives visit Irish pubs when travelling abroad

According to a survey conducted by Amárach Research, more than half (55%) of native Irish people visit Irish pubs when travelling abroad. The survey, conducted among 1,000 people, was commissioned by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) to track sentiment towards Ireland’s drinks and hospitality sector. The survey also showed that nearly two thirds (63%) of people celebrate family occasions like birthday parties, communions and christenings in the local pub, restaurant or hotel. 47% of people associate their local pub with ‘socialising’, 48% with a ‘friendly atmosphere’ and almost one in five (19%) with tradition. The research results highlight the central role that Ireland’s pub and hospitality industry plays in Irish communities within Ireland and also internationally, as a social hub and an employer. 27% of Irish people either currently work in a pub, hotel, restaurant or off-licence, or [...]