Food-service industry looking at worst-case scenario for 2021

Corporate dining and catering have been hit hard by the pandemic, and many firms have had to innovate to try to survive. According to Bord Bia, the outlook for the food-service industry is now at the lower end of its forecast range and public health protocols will limit the sector’s capacity for recovery

11th April, 2021
Food-service industry looking at worst-case scenario for 2021
Eric and Michelle Robson, owners of the Ely chain, were forced to close their two restaurants at the IFSC and Ely Place in Dublin, but were able to keep their Maynooth premises open as it doubled as a wine store. Photo: Bryan Meade

For most people, the morning of March 12, 2020 was when the reality of Covid-19 first began to hit home. It was when the then taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke live from Washington DC to inform the Irish public the country was headed into its first lockdown in a bid to contain the virus.

For many Irish businesses, however, the signs of Covid-19’s march across the globe were there long before March 12. In Dublin, Erik and Michelle...

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