22 APRIL 2020
ICSA beef chair Edmund Graham has described the move by Supermacs to begin a phased reopening of their outlets as, “One small step that might boost beef demand as we struggle to cope with the impacts of Covid-19.”
Beginning today (22 April), customers will be able to avail of drive-thru, collection and delivery options from a number of Supermacs restaurants nationwide, in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
Continuing Mr Graham said, “We have to open restaurants and food service operations in a realistic time frame. Their closure has had devastating consequences, not only for their staff but for the wider economy and for the beef sector in particular. We also know that for every week they remain closed, those impacts are being compounded. Supermacs have always been a big supporter of Irish beef producers and we commend them for that and for taking this move now.”
The news comes on the back of the announcement by Lidl that it has secured a deal to supply an additional €14m worth of beef products for export purposes, in conjunction with Liffey Meats. “Again, this is some good news but ultimately for it to be of any real benefit to the primary producer, it is incumbent on Liffey Meats to pay a fair price to their suppliers. Farmers cannot be expected to continue producing at below the cost of production.” Mr Graham said.