- DCU research identifies 10,230 pubs, restaurants and hotels
- 7,193 pubs, 631 licensed hotels, 2.406 licensed restaurant, 3,233 off licences
- 57 breweries and distilleries indicate growth in craft brewing and distilling
- Hospitality sector has combined turnover of €7.1bn
- Sector purchases €4.3bn in materials and services
Research by economist DCU economist Tony Foley for the Support your Local Campaign, funded by the funded by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland, enumerates 10,230 pubs, restaurants and hotels across Ireland, enclosing Northern Ireland.
He says the report, Hospitality Employment In Dail Constituencies 2016, “confirms the role of the drinks industry in Irish national and rural economic life, driving rural employment>”
The report claims drinks manufacturing companies purchased €884m materials in 2015 including agricultural products and €564 million in services purchases. He said the industry used 50,000 tonnes of Irish apples in production. 200,000 tonnes of Irish barley and malted barley 300mlitres of Irish milk It supported €99m worth of agri-outputs in 2015 and provided business for 178 wholesalers and 57 producers.
Michael Storan, Campaign Manager for Support Your Local said: “In 2016, the Support Your Local campaign will be continuing to highlight the positive contribution of the drinks and wider hospitality sector over the coming months. The drinks and hospitality industry continues to invest, innovate and grow. This is an exciting industry with fantastic stories to tell – the huge increase in distilleries and breweries as identified in Tony Foley’s research indicates that we are at the cusp of huge change in the industry. When we say ‘Support Your Local’, we are calling on communities to support your local farmer; support your local distillery or brewery; support your local pub, restaurant, hotel or independent off-licence; and support your local community.”
The ‘Support Your Local’ campaign was launched in 2014 and will run in 2016 for the third year. All members of that group – including suppliers, pubs, restaurants, hotels and independent off-licences are lobbying people to recognise the contribution that the industry makes to local communities all over Ireland, and are calling on everyone to ‘Support Your Local.
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