Thursday 20 June 2019

Must try harder: Leaders from Ireland's food firms warn Government

Survey: Leo Crawford, group chief executive, BWG Group. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Survey: Leo Crawford, group chief executive, BWG Group. Photo: Naoise Culhane
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

MOST of Ireland's senior food and grocery executives believe that the Government has failed the country on issues from housing to childcare.

But a survey of top brass at Ireland's biggest companies in the sector also found that the executives believe the Government has performed strongly in addressing the threat of Brexit and in its general stewardship of the economy.

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The survey was undertaken on behalf of BWG, one of the country's biggest retailers and wholesalers. BWG controls the Spar, Mace and Londis chains in Ireland and is 80pc owned by the Spar Group in South Africa.

"Our suppliers, who represent all the major food manufacturers and distributors operating in Ireland, have provided a frank assessment of the Government's performance, highlighting that while the Government is doing well at a macro level, it's failing to address the fundamental needs of Irish citizens in terms of housing, health and education," said BWG CEO Leo Crawford.

"If not addressed, the concern is that these issues will undermine the positive momentum that is driving current economic growth and job creation," he said.

While the survey sample appears relatively small, the 53 respondent companies generate annual turnover of at least €3bn.

More than half of respondents rated the Government's performance on housing and health as poor or very poor.

Irish Independent

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