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One In Five Consumers Consider Food Allergies Or Restrictions When Shopping
The latest Consumer Insights study from Empathy Research has found that just over one in five (22%) Irish adults suffer from food allergies or food restrictions which they must take into consideration when grocery shopping.
Almost one in four of the 1,011 surveyed (24%) have someone in their household with restrictions that have to be taken into account when shopping.
Suppliers and retailers to explore trading opportunities
More than 150 suppliers, indigenous and multinational, will descend on the Convention Centre in Dublin this Wednesday, to access up to 1,000 retailers from across the country.
Cost of employing staff still too high, say retailers
The Government is stunting economic growth because of the cost of employing staff, a group representing retailers has warned. Retail Excellence Ireland says that, as a whole, employers here have paid in excess of €1bn in employment costs since the start of the financial crisis.
How Iceland plans to grow
With the opening of a new larger format and recent news of expansion in Ireland, we explore the frozen food specialist's latest plans to learn how Iceland is building its offer.
Strawberry retail sales in Ireland soar to €55 million
New figures from Kantar show strawberry sales in Ireland are valued at €55 million, with a 14% increase in the retail value of strawberry sales to consumers in the 35-44 year category on last year.
Tesco retakes top grocery retailer title from SuperValu
Tesco now has a 25.2pc share of the multi-billion euro Irish grocery market, compared to the 24.8pc held by SuperValu, which is controlled by the Cork-based Musgrave group. The previous figures from research group Kantar Worldpanel had shown the pair to be neck and neck, while the data prior to that had seen SuperValu overtake Tesco as the country’s top grocery retailer.
Tesco programme generates €7.5m worth of UK sales for Irish companies
Nearly 70 Irish companies have benefitted from sales of €7.5m in the UK, as part of the Tesco Taste Bud programme which helps Irish companies grow sales in Tesco.
TESCO BEGINS NEW PROGRAM TO GIVE UNSOLD FOOD TO CHARITIES AND NOT TO WASTE
A groundbreaking new scheme has been launched to redistribute surplus food from Tesco stores to people in need. Tesco has partnered with UK food redistribution charity FareShare and Irish social enterprise FoodCloud to trial the FareShare FoodCloud app in the UK.
Tesco launches FoodCloud pilot in the UK after success of Irish programme
Tesco has this week launched a pilot FoodCloud programme at 10 of its UK stores, following on from the success of the food redistribution scheme in Ireland. Last July, Tesco Ireland committed to donating all of its surplus food to local charities through a partnership with the FoodCloud social enterprise.
Wexford companies to roll out produce with SuperValu
14 small Wexford food producers, including O'Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co, Trudies Catering Kitchen Ltd and Bella Hen Eggs have completed SuperValu Food Academy programmes and will be rolled out across its stores in Wexford and other counties as they grow.
Tiger Stores to open in the Marshes Shopping Centre on June 16th
Danish brand Tiger Stores will open its new store at the Marshes Shopping Centre in Dundalk on Tuesday week, June 16th. The opening of the company’s 16th Irish store will create seven local jobs. Described as a variety store selling low cost high value items, ranging from €1 to a maximum of €30, Tiger Stores is set to bring Scandi-chic to Dundalk, and is a welcome addition to the Marshes.
ARGOS REFRESHED ITS HEART OF HOUSE AND COLOURMATCH RANGES AHEAD OF THE AUTUMN WINTER SEASON
Argos has refreshed its Heart of House and Colourmatch ranges which also includes new designs from Habitat ahead of the Autumn Winter season. Over 400 new items have been introduced to Argos’ Heart of House homewares and furniture range– many of which have been designed in-house.
Eason looks to increase sales after restructuring
Irish-owned book retailer Eason expects to grow its sales this year and to post a profit as the business completes its restructuring following the economic crash in late 2008. Speaking to The Irish Times on Tuesday, the company’s managing director Conor Whelan said: “We hope to generate an improvement in our ebitda [earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation] and we’d expect to move into net profit territory as well.”
Dunnes staff in protest over pay and conditions
Nearly 5,000 workers and supporters from across Ireland marched on the head office of Dunnes Stores to voice their disgust at working conditions. The massive crowd gathered at Merrion Square in Dublin before making their way to the store’s head office where a number of speeches were delivered.
Dunnes prices comparisons with Aldi ‘misleading’, court finds
Dunnes Stores has been found guilty of engaging in misleading commercial practices when comparing the prices of some of its own-brand goods with Aldi products in a move which the High Court said was likely to deceive consumers.