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‘Dangerous’ level of salt in picnic snacks
A typical picnic basket of summer snacks can contain “huge” amounts of salt and saturated fat, health campaigners have warned. One in four savoury picnic foods are “dangerously high” in salt, but nearly one in three had no colour-coded labelling, making it hard…
Category Focus: Bowled over by breakfast!
As the Instagram feed of any foodie worth their salt quickly demonstrates, health is key when it comes to breakfast – with options such as granolas and mueslis increasingly leading the way. This is corroborated by euromonitor Ireland’s latest report on the category, entitled…
Category Focus: Family First
According to the 2018 healthy Ireland survey, published by the department of health, 34% of Irish people consume “unhealthy food” at least once per day, while only 37% eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day.
‘Food-To-Go’ on the menu at leading Irish Retailer Summit
Nine international retail experts are getting ready to share their knowledge of the burgeoning ‘food-to-go’ market with an Irish audience at Ireland’s convenience retailer summit. It is expected that over 500 of retail’s top innovators will attend what is set to be the largest event in Ireland.
Irish traders at ‘a disadvantage’ to foreign online retailers, say Dublintown
A Dublin based business group, Dublintown, is calling for the government to enforce VAT compliancy on online purchases from abroad, saying a lack of enforcement puts Irish retailers at a disadvantage.
C-Store Awards 2019 – entries now open!
The ShelfLife national C-Store awards will take place in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on 27 November, and applications are now open for consideration. as one of the most coveted honours in the national convenience store business, and the only independently-judged awards programme…
One in five restaurants likely to close if no-deal Brexit goes ahead, says RAI
Increasing the VAT rate to 13.5% has undermined the competitiveness and viability of Irish businesses, says RAI, which believes the former 9% VAT rate is critical to restaurant survival. The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) is calling for a reduction in the restaurant VAT rate…
Donal Hickey: We can do better on waste
It’s being proven again and again that a most effective way to train people to do something is to show how they can save money, however small the amount, by co-operating. Irish people are among the leaders when it comes to not using plastic shopping bags, hitting a rate of 90%.
Licence to kale
The rapid growth of vegan foods is clearly illustrated by major retailers’ response to the trend. According to new research from The International Food & Drink Event (IFE), 38% of food and drink businesses were impacted by the plant-based trend in 2018…
Holiday spending surges to Celtic Tiger levels - but many still saving hard to buy home
Irish holidaymakers will spend around €6.5bn on trips this year - a level of expenditure not seen since the Celtic Tiger era. A new report also reveals that as many as one in three renters are now striving to pull together a deposit to buy their own home.
Irish food giant’s switch to Loma boosts business and satisfaction
Ireland-based swift fine foods is reporting 30% increased customer satisfaction since upgrading to the machines, replacing conventional metal detector technology. The ability to check for a wider range of contaminants, product weight and volume has helped secure new business for…
SuperValu introduces 100% compostable and reusable shopping bags
SuperValu has announced that from 9th September 100% compostable and reusable shopping bags will be available in its stores. A first for any Irish retailer, the introduction of these bags to SuperValu stores will result in a massive 2.5 million plastic bags being…
SuperValu reveal Cork are the most adventurous BBQ’ers in Ireland
With the summer gradually closing out, research conducted by SuperValu, has dived into the BBQ habits of the Cork and Irish public and reveals some interesting food findings over the summer period. Corkonians apparently are the most adventurous on a BBQ, with only…
Tesco becomes 250th member of the 30% Club Ireland
Tesco Ireland has agreed to join the 30% Club, a voluntary group for businesses committed to promoting diversity and gender equality in the workplace. The supermarket chain becomes the group’s 250th member and has already made significant headway…
Dunnes Stores opens premium food hall in Ilac Centre, Dublin
Hammerson and Irish life, joint owners of the Ilac centre, have announced that dunes stores has opened its new, premium food hall in Dublin city’s Ilac centre. The new 2,400 sq m (25,800 sq ft) food hall, located on the ground floor of the Ilac central mall near H&M and river island…
Dunnes Stores in Naas will create 160 jobs
Dunnes Stores will unveil its new store in Naas on Thursday at the former site of Superquinn - creating 160 jobs. It more than replaces the 100 plus jobs lost when Superquinn closed its operation on the 1.3-acre site in 2011.
Lidl renews content partnership with FamilyFriendlyHQ.ie
Retailer Lidl has renewed its branded content partnership with the Packed. House-owned website FamilyFriendlyHQ.ie for a second year in a row. Brokered by Mediaworks, the omni-channel media partnership will focus on the creation of content that will support, Lidl’s award-winning…
Lidl Ireland invests over €125,000 in new #SeriousSupport Schools Programme
Ahead of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship semi-finals on Sunday August 25th, Lidl Ireland is proud to officially launch the Lidl #SeriousSupport Schools programme, supported by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and delivered by the Youth Sports Trust.
Lidl suppliers on the hook for potential no-deal Brexit tariffs
Lidl's Irish business has said that British suppliers will be responsible for additional tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The discount supermarket chain says its contracts with suppliers includes a "delivery duty paid" clause that mandates those companies must pay for delivery costs and import taxes.
Lidl's warning to suppliers highlights their vulnerability to no-deal Brexit, says analyst
UK supermarkets have been warned several times that a no-deal Brexit is their worst-case scenario but Lidl Ireland’s warning to its suppliers on Monday reportedly highlighted another aspect that the chains will have to face, said Fiona Cincotta..
Aldi wins appeal for store extension despite RGDATA objections
The German supermarket chain Aldi has been granted planning permission on appeal to extend its Wexford store at Newtown road despite objections from the retail grocers' association RGDATA. The discount foodstore company had earlier applied to the planning department…
Aldi stores in Weymouth and Chickerell will donate their unsold food to charity
Aldi is donating surplus food to organisations that help provide essential supplies to society's most vulnerable. Surplus food from the Weymouth and Chickerell stores will be donated to Weldmar's Joseph weld hospice and to the you first charity.
Gone are the trays: Aldi bans black plastic trays from fruit and veg
Aldi Ireland has banned the use of non-detectable black plastic trays as packaging across its entire fruit and vegetables range, saving over 450 tonnes of non-recyclable waste annually. The move forms part of a wider pledge to cut the use of plastic packaging across its product range by 25%...
Circle K and Gas Networks Ireland launch Ireland's first CNG station
Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) and Circle K have joined together to launch Ireland’s first publicly-accessible, fast-fill CNG station at Circle K’s Dublin Port premises. The project is co-financed by Gas Networks Ireland and the European Union’s Connecting Europe…
Circle K teams up with Explorium to expand Spin & Win offering
Irish forecourt retailer Circle K has announced that it has joined forces with Explorium, the National Sports and Science centre, to offer an additional €20,000 worth of Spin and Win prizes to consumers. The announcement comes a matter of weeks after the forecourt…
Ikea to begin removing plastic disposables from restaurants globally
Ikea has unveiled a new range of plastic-free disposable food service products, which will enable it to begin removing single-use-plastics from its food outlets from September. The new range of disposables includes wooden cutlery, as well as cups, bowls, plates…
DID, which has Newbridge branch, receives guaranteed Irish symbol
DID electrical, which employs nine people at its Newbridge store, and 200 across Leinster, have been awarded the guaranteed Irish symbol. The retailer opened the doors of its first store on Mountjoy square, Dublin, in 1968.
Minimal waste retailer Reuzi announces plans to open Foxrock shop
Minimal waste online retailer Reuzi has announced its plans to open a 'real-life' shop in Foxrock, Dublin this day next week (26 August). Owner Pat Kane said that the eco-friendly shop will stock all the items the online version carries reusable coffee cups, bamboo cutlery, water bottles…
Dublin's oldest fruit and vegetable market is set to close
Dublin’s oldest fruit and vegetable market, which is located between Capel street and Smithfield in the city centre, is reportedly set to close later this month. It is believed that the Victorian market, will re-open to serve a new generation with retail food producers…
Big investment by fashion retailer in Castlebar is set to create 40 new jobs
Carraig Donn, the Westport based retailer of fashion, jewellery and giftware, have today confirmed plans to open a new retail outlet and warehouse in Castlebar. The company, which currently operates 40 outlets across Ireland, plan to open their latest store at Hopkins road.
Blanchardtown centre confirms €32m extensions with two new flagship stores
Multi corporation, the pan-European retail platform which manages Blanchard town centre, confirmed that the new 55,000 sq. ft. development will consist of a total of eight retail units. This includes two brand new flagship stores: Aldi and JD sports
Cork couple to star in new Aldi advertising campaign
Ruth Meade and Rob Armstrong from Riverstick, co. cork have been chosen to star in Aldi’s new ‘swap and save’ multi-media advertising campaign, which kicks off this week. Reminding shoppers about the saving that can be generated by...
Shopping fever hits Limerick town as homeware company opens its doors
Shopping fever hit Newcastle west in earnest last Thursday when the new Homesavers shop opened its doors for the first day of business. The shop is located in the former Garvey's SuperValu supermarket in the market yard which closed down in 2015.
Lidl introduces reusable fruit and veg bags
Lidl has become the first retailer in Northern Ireland to announce the introduction of reusable fruit and vegetable bags across stores nationwide. Available from September, the reusable fruit and vegetable bags are designed to give customers a sustainable choice and reduce plastic use...
Flavour warehouse buys Northern Ireland retailer
Darwen based e-liquid manufacturer flavour warehouse has acquired total vapour to expand its trade links with Northern and Southern Ireland. Total vapour is based in Belfast, operates three retail stores selling third-party e-liquid and e-cigarettes…
Newry's Pet Connection nominated for Retail Award
Newry based Pet Connection is one of the finalists in the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Awards. the store is nominated in the independent pet supplies store of the year category. The awards will take place next week in Belfast.