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Food For Thought

Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Edie Wynne will launch a workshop and discussion document on “Food and the City: Food For Thought” in the Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 on Friday 8th April 2011 at 9am.

The workshop and document will focus on the critical importance of the food sector in Dublin.  Some of the topics that will be discussed will include: food as a source of employment and economic growth in the city (over 106,000 people are currently employed in the food industry), food as a way of making the city more attractive for residents, visitors and workers (promotion of a street/café culture that provides outdoor seating with well-designed canopies), and food as an opening to regeneration potential in the city (e.g. Capel Street, Thomas Street, previous shops that are too small for retail are now viable as cafes and restaurants).  Dublin City Council’s new Dublin City Development Plan 2011 – 2017 recognises the crucial role the food sector plays in the development and regeneration of Dublin city.


“I am delighted to be here today to launch this workshop and discussion document.  The food sector is of huge importance to our Capital city, its diversity and vibrancy is key to opening new opportunities in employment and in attracting tourists and citizens alike into our city to sample the high quality produce on offer”

said the Deputy Lord Mayor, Edie Wynne.



“The food enterprise/ tourism sector is critically important for the city and the city has an important role in delivery of national objectives in these areas”

said Michael Stubbs, Assistant City Manager Dublin City Council.


Declan Ralph, Retail Development Director with BWG Foods, operators of the SPAR, EUROSPAR and MACE brands in Ireland, will give one of the keynote presentations at the workshop. His presentation ‘Food Glorious Food’ will explore the possibilities that Ireland’s record in food innovation offers.

Declan says,

“In recent years Ireland has developed a growing reputation as a food producer and innovator, with the convenience and food retailing sector hailed as an example of best practice internationally. In SPAR Ireland (part of BWG Foods) food innovations such as Kitsu Noodles, Russell & Ryan Butchery, and Chill Off Licence have now been successfully exported across the globe - as far away as China. Food For the City: Food For Thought is a great opportunity for different organisations to come together and learn from each other.”




For more information

For Further Information please contact: Dublin City Council Press Office Tel: (01) 2222170 

Notes to the Editor:


  • Dublin City Council’s Business Support Unit provides information on, and co-ordinates access to the range of Dublin City Council services that are required for setting up or growing a business. 



  • The Irish Food and Drink Industry is Ireland’s most important indigenous sector, employing 106,000 people, with a turnover approaching €24billion.  It accounts for two thirds of all indigenous exports and total exports this year will exceed €7.5billion.


  • According to a recent report entitled “Pathways for Growth” prepared for Bord Bia by Professor David Bell and Mary Shelman of the Harvard Business School, Ireland by 2016 could set itself the goal of becoming the most efficient, most highly innovative food and drink country in the whole world.