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  • RAI Submission to the Department of Health - The Special Action Group on Obesity - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    Plans for future growth and investment into the food and hospitality industry at a local level will also be taken into consideration by judges Education training development and employment will be key components of the ultimate foodie destination Obesity Policy and Action Plan for Ireland The Restaurants Association was happy to par take in the Consultation day on the Department of Health s Obesity Policy and Action Plan for Ireland 2015 2025 in April 2015 Mandatory Posting of Calories on Menus The RAI would like to say that at the out set it is opposed to the mandatory posting of calories on menus in all food service establishments for the following reasons Cost of implementation is estimated between 5 000 to 10 000 depending on the size of the establishment A high end hotel could be looking at anywhere from 35 000 upwards Costs come down to staff training labour costs hiring of nutritionist menu changes printing website development changes Some establishments change their menu frequently adding to higher costs Consumers do not dine out in restaurants 7 days a week People decide to dine out at food service outlets for pleasure as a treat for themselves If calories on menus were to be implemented you ll have a social stigma attached Will diners frown at each others choices of one picks a high calorific meal Nutritional labelling has been in affect for many years in Ireland and still the country s collective weight is increasing The RAI is a firm believer in education not legislation where calories are concerned There should be more focus on educating children and adults on nutrition rather than calorie counts Calories on their own are not a good measure of healthy menus Calories are one part of calculating a healthy diet As reported by Joe Weisenthal 4 in Business Insider Calorie counts create the illusion of some unified measure of healthiness as if low calories always equaled good and high calories always equal bad Enforcing calorie count menus by law will cost the state ten of millions of euros to implement The state will have to test and re test food used by food service outlets to make sure it is living up to the calories it has posted on its menus There could also be a trend of food service outlets under recording the calories on their menus which will need enforcement from the government This means more money will be needed on staff and funding by the government Stifling Chef creativity Chefs are spending more and more time doing paperwork than in the kitchen The recent introduction of allergen legislation has even further eroded their time cooking Ireland already has a high tax regime on certain foods including beverages and confectionaries and we fear that people would travel over the border to purchase these items if higher taxes were imposed The report of the consultation on page 22 states that Calorie posting alone though welcomed was not thought to be a high

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  • News Archives - Page 3 of 6 - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    and we as restaurateurs will keep working hard to ensure we give the best possible service and experience to these valued Read More Restaurants Association of Ireland slams Dublin City Council for Sunshine Tax on Outdoor Seating By Restaurants Association on June 22 2015 in News Restaurants Association Of Ireland Slams Dublin City Council For Sunshine Tax On Outdoor Seating Half a Million Euro per Year generated from Sunshine Tax for Outdoor Tables Chairs in Dublin City Dublin City Restaurant sector taxed 1237 per day by Dublin City Council Dublin City Council DCC has made Read More Mark Moriarty Set to Compete for the Title of World Best Young Chef 2015 in Milan By Restaurants Association on June 11 2015 in News Having won the UK Ireland S Pellegrino Best Young Chef 2015 Irish chef Mark Moriarty is going forward to the world final in Milan on 25th of June next Mark will compete for title of World Best Young Chef 2015 alongside 19 other chefs from all over the world To Read More RAI President Update June By Restaurants Association on June 04 2015 in News It was an honour and a privilege to welcome you to the 2015 Restaurant Awards recently and what a night it was You could really feel the positivity in the room along with the air of anticipation Over the last 7 years these awards have become the biggest in the country Read More The 10 000 Curry it s all for Nepal By Restaurants Association on May 20 2015 in News The 10 000 euro curry it s all for Nepal Fancy winning dinner for two and overnight accommodation at Neven Maguire s acclaimed MacNean House and Bistro in Blacklion Co Cavan eating some superb food and raising money for the earthquake relief

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  • News Archives - Page 6 of 6 - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    beginnings back in 2009 where 70 restaurateurs gathered in Dublin for lunch to celebrate each other s successes In 2015 the Irish Restaurant Awards consisted Read More Prev 1 4 5 6 Popular Latest Comments Restaurants Association of Ireland slams Dublin City Council for Sunshine Tax on Outdoor Seating June 22 2015 By Restaurants Association President s Report February February 08 2016 By Restaurants Association Bord Bia announces Belleek Castle as Just Ask Restaurant of the Year 2014 February 04 2014 By raireland Human Resources Officer vacancy Restaurants Association of Ireland February 04 2014 By raireland View all Posts President s Report February February 08 2016 By Restaurants Association Investment Returns to the Irish Hospitality Sector at Hospitality Expo RDS January 14 2016 By Restaurants Association Nominations now open for Irish Restaurant Awards 2016 January 11 2016 By Restaurants Association Presidents Report January 2016 January 07 2016 By Restaurants Association View all Posts http www 365daysofwellness net activity p 380698 on Super Chef Competition Before you can understand Read More Javier on AWPCP Getting the proper protection Read More Lily Drakeford on HACCP Management Course FSAI Level 3 Once you are positive Read More Molly Santacruz on HACCP Management Course

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  • Become a World Coffee Ambassador for the World Barista Championships Dublin 2016 - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    World of Coffee 2016 booklet and mobile app which will showcase the city s best coffee locations The booklet will be distributed to all visitors at the show and also circulated nationwide through media partners Additional World of Coffee Ambassadors Club benefits include free SCAE membership discounted SCAE Coffee Diploma System CDS courses and free tickets to the Nordic World of Coffee 2015 which will take place in Gothenburg Sweden this 16 18 June Open for Entry Cafés restaurants hotels and bars within the Dublin City Business Improvement District can apply to join the World of Coffee Ambassadors Club at www worldofcoffee dublin com and www scae ie from 9am on Friday 27 February 2015 Entry is open to all cafés restaurants hotels and pubs the district including those who are not members of DublinTown The Ambassadors Club will comprise 29 cafés 41 restaurants 23 pubs and seven hotels and business owners may enter one outlet per category Please note membership is limited to 100 participants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so early entry is advised For further details about the World of Coffee Ambassadors Club and World of Coffee Dublin 2016 please visit www worldofcoffee dublin com or www scae ie ends NOTES TO EDITOR About World of Coffee World of Coffee is Europe s greatest coffee gathering and one of the world s pre eminent coffee events bringing thousands of coffee professionals and enthusiasts from around the world together to network share ideas learn about latest trends compete in major championships and source new products and equipment The event moves to a different European city each year In 2015 the Nordic World of Coffee will be held at the Swedish Exhibition Congress Centre Gothenburg on 16 18 June and in 2016

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  • The Restaurant Association of Ireland launches new online training initiative - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    view within the industry that RSA training should be a mandatory requirement for those involved in the sale and service of alcohol Initial dialogue with the Department of Health has been good and we would urge the Department of Health to take a look at how this programme can be implemented for the benefit of the Irish Hospitality and Tourism sectors Chief Executive of the Restaurant Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins commented The Responsible Serving of Alcohol Programme RSA blends good business sense with an astute guide to legal responsibilities It is critical that all those serving alcohol understand its effects so that they know when people are running into trouble and can head off problems before they happen An educational course that offers a good grounding in the key elements of this is invaluable Both Irish consumers and tourists should be able to enjoy a drink safe in the knowledge they are being served by a fully qualified member of staff Dr Stephen Stewart Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist Director of the Centre for Liver Disease Mater Hospital speaking at the launch also commented Alcohol is a unique commodity and must be treated with respect and some caution An educational course that offers a good grounding in the key elements of this is invaluable and should in my view be a pre requisite in the training of bar staff With raised awareness of the potential problems associated with alcohol among those that serve it we move closer to a time when we as a nation can develop a more healthy relationship with alcohol limit harms and enjoy its consumption in moderation or at least with a better understanding of potential risks ENDS For more information or interview opportunities Mary Kennedy Louisa Connolly 086 1718641 01 687 5755 Popular Latest Comments

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  • AGM, Restaurant Symposium & Presidents Dinner - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    the food industry including the Managing Director role at Kellogg s UK Ireland Fox s Biscuits and Evian Volvic UK He won the EY Industry Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005 and Smurfit Graduate Business School Alumnus of the Year 2010 Michael is married to Alison Cowzer and they have two daughters Colleen Curtis Vice President European Marketing YELP Colleen is VP EU Marketing at Yelp where she leads all of the company s community teams across Europe Previously she worked with teams of Community Managers in the United States Midwest and East Coast to nurture vibrant local communities in an effort to connect people with great local businesses The crux of her work was and still is to build awareness facilitate fun support the local effort and network within communities Her specialties include street marketing community development project management training public relations event direction and creative process management Colleen is an avid writer herself having clocked over 2400 reviews of local businesses on her way around the world She is always on the hunt for the next cool interesting or wacky business to write about Ian Kingston Management Change Consultant Essential Training Ian has over 30 years experience in business Having held senior management positions in banking and insurance he set up his own business in 1995 Since then Ian has worked both nationally and internationally with senior executives and management teams across many industries including banking insurance hospitality health care pharmaceutical telecommunications IT manufacturing agriculture recruitment and hedge fund administration Ian has a uniquely challenging style of facilitation when working with teams He has the ability to clearly define the core issues facing the business He then helps create effective plans to deliver successful outcomes He guides teams to identify their core strengths as well as their challenges so that collectively and individually the group achieves its potential When working with groups my role is to create an environment where the tough questions can be asked Very often I will challenge in a way that may not be politically correct for a team member to do this allows the group to be truly honest in their exchanges Since 1995 Ian has been mentoring with executives from CEO to junior level across a full range of industries His ability to question listen and interpret coupled with the way he creates a safe place for consultation allows him to help the individual reach their true potential My role is to meet the individual at exactly where they are at in life This means creating a safe environment that allows the individual to explore their purpose and to fulfil their potential John D Mulcahy Head of Food Tourism Education and Accommodation Standards Failte Ireland John works with Failte Ireland the Irish National Tourism Development Authority where he is currently responsible for policy and operations in Food Tourism Education and Tourist Accommodation Standards As part of the wider Failte Ireland strategy his key priorities include the development and roll out of a

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  • Calories on Menus will cost each Restuarant €5,000 to implement - Nanny State proposals are an unnecessary burden on restaurant owners - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    5 000 on businesses and will have a knock on effect in other sectors The aim of this Bill is to encourage people to choose healthier options and to tackle the growing problem of obesity in Ireland Mr Cummins also commented I urge the government to reconsider this Bill in the interest of the restaurant industry and tourism Mr Cummins reiterated that the Nanny State proposals are an unnecessary burden on the restaurant owners as the measures would be virtually impossible to monitor How does the government propose that this will be monitored Will inspectors be paid to eat out in all of Ireland s 22 000 food outlets and check if each menu has calorie counts on them Any chef will tell you that menus in restaurants vary from day to day and therefore calorie counting would be highly inaccurate anyway The proposed laws will require all menus including boards leaflets digital menus or other forms to display the amount of calories alongside the price in the same font size and colour The RAI represents the interests of its members and lobbies on various issues at governments Calorie counts on menus have already been introduced in the United States with disastrous results Five out of six customers paid no attention to the information according to a study by New York University ENDS For further information contact C o Restaurants Association of Ireland 11 Bridge Court Citygate St Augustine Street Dublin 8 featured Popular Latest Comments Restaurants Association of Ireland slams Dublin City Council for Sunshine Tax on Outdoor Seating June 22 2015 By Restaurants Association President s Report February February 08 2016 By Restaurants Association Bord Bia announces Belleek Castle as Just Ask Restaurant of the Year 2014 February 04 2014 By raireland Human Resources Officer vacancy Restaurants Association

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  • Dublin North - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    Town Your City County Antrim Armagh City Armagh County Belfast Carlow Cavan Clare Cork City Cork County Derry City Derry County Donegal Down Dublin 1 Dublin 2 Dublin 3 Dublin 4 Dublin 5 Dublin 6 Dublin 6w Dublin 7 Dublin 8 Dublin 9 Dublin 10 Dublin 11 Dublin 12 Dublin 13 Dublin 14 Dublin 15 Dublin 16 Dublin 17 Dublin 18 Dublin 20 Dublin 22 Dublin 24 Dublin County Fermanagh Galway City Galway County Kerry Kildare Kilkenny City Kilkenny County Laois Leitrim Limerick City Limerick County Longford Louth Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Tyrone Waterford City Waterford County Westmeath Wexford Wicklow Message Subject Message Popular Latest Comments Restaurants Association of Ireland slams Dublin City Council for Sunshine Tax on Outdoor Seating June 22 2015 By Restaurants Association President s Report February February 08 2016 By Restaurants Association Bord Bia announces Belleek Castle as Just Ask Restaurant of the Year 2014 February 04 2014 By raireland View all Posts President s Report February February 08 2016 By Restaurants Association Investment Returns to the Irish Hospitality Sector at Hospitality Expo RDS January 14 2016 By Restaurants Association Nominations now open for Irish Restaurant Awards 2016 January 11 2016 By Restaurants

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