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Sun cream sales fall by over 40% at Irish retailers
It seems Irish shoppers were not bothered by the summer sunshine, as sun care sales were down 41.5% in the 12 weeks to August 11th. New figures from Kantar show the overall grocery sector increased by 2.7% in the latest period, as cooler weather led to a deviation from typical seasonal spend.
Millennials help double sales of Irish whiskey in a decade
After a century of decline, demand for Irish whiskey has doubled in the last decade, thanks to millennials developing a taste for the tipple. According to the Irish Whiskey Association, over the course of this decade sales are projected to have increased from just under 6 million cases in 2010, to more than 12 million cases in 2020.
Lack of heatwave saw summer sales of ice cream fall; Kantar
The absence of a sustained heatwave this summer saw sales of items like sun screen and ice cream fall substantially, according to the latest supermarket sales figures from Kantar in Ireland. For the twelve-week period up to August 11th, sales of ice cream were down 17% on the same time last year while sales of sun care items were 41.5% lower.
Retail supervision apprenticeship aims to slow staff turnover
Next month sees the launch of Retail Ireland’s apprenticeship in retail supervision. It’s aimed at those working as supervisors in any sector of the retail industry and it’s designed to help them upskill and gain a professional qualification at Level 6 in the NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications).
There will be 'bread on the table' post-Brexit - Minister for Business
The Minister for Jobs has said she is satisfied that retail distributors here are putting in place all the plans they can to ensure continuity of supply of food products in the event of a hard Brexit. Heather Humphreys said she has been working very closely with the retail distribution sector, trying to exchange views...
SuperValu trial Ireland’s largest supermarket eco-range
SuperValu have today announced plans to bring the largest eco-range to 12 SuperValu stores around Ireland. The full range includes products from four environmentally friendly brands with household ranges that will help customers shop and live more sustainably.
Tesco will keep Naas town store open and is planning a revamp
Supermarket giant Tesco has committed to retaining its store at Blessington Road, Naas. The recent opening of the Dunnes stores in Naas coupled with announced redundancies affecting 4,500 staff at 153 high street Tesco Metro stores in the UK, has created local speculation about the future of the Blessington Road outlet.
Lidl continuing new store concept roll-out with £5m Ballymoney site
Supermarket chain Lidl is to open a new £5.75m concept store in Ballymoney to replace its existing site there. The German discount chain confirmed the approval of plans to build a "high quality shopping environment with more space, wider aisles, longer tills, restroom and baby-changing facilities" in a site facing...
Vada Pow: from India to Ireland
An Irish company making meat-free Indian cuisine has secured a full-time listing with Lidl and is looking to the next stage of its existence in scaling and innovation. Like many successful food producers, Vada Pow started life in a small batch production in Bray, Co Wicklow.
Aldi first to introduce Nutri-Score in Switzerland
Aldi Suisse plans to launch introduce the Nutri-Score labelling system for nutritional value on its private label products, commencing in 2020. The discounter will initially roll out the system on convenience products, such as sandwiches, ready-to-eat…
Aldi stores donate food surplus to Letchworth charities
The new partnership - which benefits the Best Before Café in Letchworth - follows a successful trial between the supermarket and community engagement platform, Neighbourly. This scheme has seen eight Aldi stores in Hertfordshire pair up with local groups that collect the stores' food surplus up to five days a week.
Aldi seek to redevelop site in Ardee
Aldi Ireland have lodged an application with Louth County Council, seeking to redevelop a site at Jervis street in Ardee. The application, received by Louth County Council on August 30, sees Aldi permission for "development at a site at Jervis street, that is bound by Jervis St (N52) to the south...
Denmark's Dagrofa introduces Store Game to train Spar employees
Danish retail group Dagrofa has announced that it has introduced a digital 'Store Game' for training employees in 51 Spar outlets. The company believes that gamification is a more effective way to train employees compared with traditional presentations and manuals.
Circle K announces leadership shakeup
Leading forecourt retailer Circle K has announced some significant changes to its leadership team, effective immediately. The company’s new senior director of fuel is Jonathan Diver, who has been with the organisation since 2002, site manager and area manager roles.
Sharp rise in Irish business boosts sales, profits at Woodies DIY owner Grafton Group
A sharp rise in its Irish business has boosted sales and profits at Woodies DIY owner Grafton Group. In the first half of this year revenue across the Dublin listed business was up 2pc to £1.4bn, with its Irish retail arm up almost 17pc within that. Operating profit before property tax beat analyst estimates at £99.2m.
Northern Ireland joins fight against food waste
A new industry-first app has launched in Northern Ireland, with the potential to revolutionise the fight against food waste. Gander is a mobile platform that displays ‘reduced to clear’ food products. The app’s creators have brought the tech solution to life in partnership with the Henderson Group under the Spar, Eurospar, Vivo and VivoXtra brands.
Northern Irish regulator proposes new mandatory questions to trustees
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has proposed making it mandatory for all charity trustees to provide email addresses and mobile telephone numbers to the regulator. The move comes in a CCNI consultation on plans to introduce new questions that charities must answer in their annual returns...
Progressive to launch new foreign currency mortgage in NI
Progressive Building Society has launched a Foreign Currency Mortgage meaning that residents in Northern Ireland with earnings or assets in either Euro or US Dollars, can now take out a Sterling mortgage with the Society. Some 30,000 people* cross the border on the island of Ireland daily, so there is clearly...
Northern Ireland in the running for rural 5G trials
Northern Ireland's "thriving" tech sector can bid for innovative rural 5G technology opportunities, the British Government has said. British Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan launched a £30 million UK-wide competition to spark a tech revolution in countryside communities.
Spar stores gain access to food waste app
Spar stores in Northern Ireland are among the retail premises that now have access to a new food waste app aiming to help shops sell through their reduced-to-clear items. Mobile platform Gander, which lists reduced-to-clear food inventory from participating stores, has partnered with Henderson Technology...
Brexit: NI retailers challenge Michael Gove on no-deal food supply
he Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC) has challenged Michael Gove after he said there would be no fresh food shortages after a no-deal Brexit. "Quite simply, it isn't true," said NIRC director Aodhán Connolly. He added retailers have been warning the government over the past three years about the likely impact...