What’s New at Musgrave MarketPlace?
News | 19th April 2019
Supporting 4 PhD Researchers in TU Dublin
Our partnership with TU Dublin continues with the Musgrave MarketPlace Training Restaurant at the new Grangegorman campus due to be completed in September 2020. As well as this, we are also supporting 4 PhD researchers who are working on a variety of research projects in areas including culinary education and policy as well as the impact of food and cooking on the well-being of families and communities.
FoodService Academy Programme 2019
We are delighted to announce we have selected this years Foodservice Academy participants. This year’s suppliers offer a really interesting range of products from vegan cakes and handmade pates and terrines to sourdough breads and balsamic cider vinegar.
The FoodService Academy which is run in partnership with Bord Bia, is a key building block in our food leadership agenda, it helps us to foster unique relationships with the Irish supply base, as well as driving innovation and authenticity in our ranges. They joined us in Ballymun Food Emporium for their first workshop on March 21st.
Low & No Alcohol Section Introduced in Musgrave MarketPlace Food Emporiums
Musgrave MarketPlace is the first wholesale group in Europe to introduce a dedicated low and non-alcoholic section in to its three Food Emporiums – Ballymun, Robinhood and Cork in November 2018. The sections have now been rolled out across all branches in line with zero alcohol being a key trend for this year as bars and restaurants get more creative with their low and non-alcoholic offerings.
Commenting on the increased popularity of low and non-alcoholic alternatives, Stephen Duffy from the Press Up Group said: “We have seen an increase in demand for Low Abv and non-alcoholic drinks over the past few months, but it has really taken off with the ‘dry January’ campaign. The taste profile of non-alcoholic beers has improved so much in the past 12 months with options like Heineken 0%, that customers feel that they’re getting the benefits of beer without the hangover.
We haven’t seen a reduction in our alcohol sales because of this trend but instead we’ve seen an increased number of occasions that people can drink non-alcoholic beer.”
Read our full press release regarding our Low & No Alcohol sections and sales growth figures here.