This joint study tour with Simply Lunch will take place in Dublin looking at how trends influence the market and the consumer and will include a walking tour of some of the best concepts the city has to offer.



Dublin has long been a leading source of inspiration across food-to-go, with retailers and food-to-go specialists alike growing with a focus on quality and freshness at the heart of their propositions. And it remains a benchmark market. 

Our visits will include a broad cross section of concepts in and around the city centre, helping you better understand the shape of innovation and the propositions that are winning in the Irish market. Freshness, quality and provenance have long been reference points for the sector, we’ll share with you how that focus is evolving and how it is shaping new solutions. 

Included in our visits will be:

Sprout & Co – an outstanding salad and bowl operator, which grows many of its own products and has a strong seasonal focus on its menu.

SPAR – some hugely impressive convenience stores across the city, we’ll visit stores with their own food-to-go production in house.

Dunnes Stores – a supermarket operator that has taken a radically different approach in its city centre flagship, opening up a food hall style solution at the heart of its store.

Who is this for?

This study tour has been developed for retail managers and staff looking to improve their sales and reduce wastage of food to go products. 

Bursary places

There will be bursary places available free of charge and the TUCO Academy will be accepting applications up to the closing date of the 20th of September 2024 through the following form: Bursary Application Form Please do not use the booking form button on the right when it is available.

Why should I take part?

This is an opportunity to develop or enhance retail business through new trends and concepts in snacking and handheld food items. Simply Lunch will also offer insights from real life examples at private sector retail units.

How will it help me?

During the event, you will benefit from…

  • Networking with likeminded TUCO Academy members from institutions across the UK, creating links for your institution making your network stronger and building confidence and motivation amongst teams
  • Assessing how the domestic and international markets are progressing in order to keep up with customer demands and expectations
  • Examining current offerings from the existing market, to be able to benchmark against your competition
  • Recognising the types of customers coming into outlets and spending patterns
  • How to stock and display products based on day parts
  • Understand planograms and how to produce business / category plans for retail outlets

What’s included?

  • Transport to the Ireland
  • Overnight accommodation during your stay
  • All site visits 
  • Food and drink each day

What’s not included?

Anything not listed on the itinerary including, but not limited to:

  • Additional drinks, room service, trips not on the itinerary etc. 

Provisional Itinerary:

A provisional itinerary and costs will be made available closer to the time. Final itineraries will be emailed approx. 1 week prior to the event commencement. 



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