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9 February 2018
Kepak teams up with Guinness for new slow-cooked range
New products developed by Kepak in conjunction with Guinness were showcased at the Hospitality Expo 2018. The new products encompass a slow-cooked range including Braised Beef Steak and Onions, Guinness & Beef Casserole, Pulled Pork, Lamb Shank and more. The range was created after an independent review by Kepak of bars in the greater Dublin area revealed pub owners believe food is the second most profitable part of their business. According to Euromonitor International 2017 by Mintel, Bord Bia & Technomic, pubs have 17% of the food service market within the Island of Ireland. We would love to see these Guinness dishes make their way to supermarket shelves in the near future!
Dublin Food Producer Showcase set for February 16
Dublin Food Chain is a marketing and networking group which helps link trade buyers and Dublin’s food producer community. As a partnership between the Dublin Local Enterprise Ofces and Bord Bia, it follows on from the success of last year’s producer showcase. This year’s producer showcase event will take place on February 16th, at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. Up to 40 Dublin producers will showcase their products on the day, including Bombay Pantry, Baked Appetit, Boutique Bakery and more.
Skillnet to Deliver Professional Development Training for Chefs
Online chef community Chef Network has been recognised as an official training body for Ireland’s chefs. The group, which has almost 3000 members, has been awarded Skillnets funding to provide professional development training for the sector. The funding will be used to support training across the areas of Personal & Leadership, Business and Culinary Skills for chefs. Among its many purposes, Chef Network aims to tackle industry challenges, find positive solutions to improve the sector and showcase the career opportunities for chefs in Ireland.
David Joyce named Aramark’s Chef of the Year
The title of Aramark’s Chef of the Year Ireland has been awarded to David Joyce. Joyce saw off stiff competition to claim the prestigious title at Food and Bev Live at Dublin’s City West Convention Centre. The awards are open to Aramark Catering chefs from throughout the island of Ireland and are judged by an expert panel of chefs. This year’s judging panel included Irish Michelin-star-winning head chef and co-owner of Chapter One Restaurant, Ross Lewis, Executive Director Panel of Chefs Ireland Brendan O’Neill and Aramark’s UK Culinary Director, Paul Bloxham.
Lidl and Aldi South commit to source 100% cage-free eggs
Irish retail giants Lidl and Aldi South recently committed to exclusively source whole eggs from cage-free hens by 2025. They are the fourth and fifth largest retailers in Ireland respectively, together owning a 23.3% market share. Both of these commitments extend to all international locations in which they have presences. These commitments are the result of extensive conversations with the Open Wing Alliance, a coalition of animal protection groups around the world founded by The Humane League.
Glenilen Farm launches new dessert range
Glenilen Farm has launched a new range of desserts just in time for Valentine’s Day. Lemon Cheesecake, Strawberries & Cream and Chocolate Mousse make up the three new desserts in the Glenilen Farm range. The desserts come in a neat twin pack format making the range an ideal choice to complete a special dinner or just as a little treat.