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Irish Products Earn Three Star Accolades At Great Taste Awards
Bewley's, Cuinneog, Java Republic, James Whelan Butchers, Quinlan’s Kerry Fish and Ballyhoura Mushrooms were among the Irish companies earning a coveted three-star accolade at the Great Taste Awards, announced yesterday.
How men and women differ at shopping
Buying brands on promotion continue to dominate purchase decisions in Ireland, the latest annual tracker of grocery shopper habits by Carat shows. Steady patterns are reported, with some category change along with some different preferences for men and women.
Company ethics high on consumers’ list of priorities
Consumers are voting with their feet and with their wallets when it comes to meat and the ethical treatment of animals by food companies and their suppliers, new research from Mintel has revealed. In a survey, the results of which were published by Agriland.ie, 74 per cent of UK consumers agreed that the top issue when it comes to a company classifying itself as ethical was animal welfare.
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91% of retail workers believe their health is not a top priority for employers
Health in the workplace is a huge factor for Ireland with stress, poor health and lack of sleep caused by work issues being widely reported. New research by gift card company One4all has also revealed that Ireland’s workforce think employers in Ireland need to increase the focus on health in the workplace. 91% of retail respondents in the One4all survey of workers said that maintaining a healthy workforce is not a top priority for their boss. Almost four in ten retail workers (36%) say that they have regularly felt stressed because of work in the past year.
One In Four Think Salad Bars Offer Better Value Than Branded Alternatives
According to the latest Consumer Insights report from Empathy Research, more than 1 in 4 (27%) consumers that have purchased items from salad bars in supermarkets or convenience stores think salad bars offer better value than branded alternatives.
Value of retail sale increases lag behind 5.4 percent volume bounce
The volume of retail sales recorded in Ireland in June fell by 3.9 percent, compared to May - but is up by 5.4 percent on 12 months ago, according to new figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Lidl steals march on retail rivals during summer months
Tesco Ireland has managed to narrow its sales decline in the last few months, but it has been German discounter Lidl which has stolen a march on the competition in the Irish grocery market during the summer.
Aldi opens new store in Kenmare creating 20 jobs
Discount supermarket brand Aldi has opened its seventh store in Co Kerry, in Kenmare, which will create 20 new jobs. To mark the opening Aldi provided breakfast samples and family entertainment and Radio Kerry broadcasted live from the site. Five shoppers won €100 Aldi vouchers each.
Dunnes Seeking Online Grocery Operations Manager
In a further indication of Dunnes Stores intentions to launch an online grocery service, the retailer is seeking to appoint a Online Grocery Operations Manager.
A recruitment advert placed by the retailer says that the successful candidate will be responsible for training and assessment, ensuring stores are 'running efficiently' in order to to meet online orders, and will take action to address issues in underperforming stores.
Examiner from PwC confirmed for Mothercare Ireland in High Court
A High Court judge has confirmed the appointment of an examiner to Mothercare Ireland, which employs 276 people in 18 stores across the State. Mr Justice Brian McGovern confirmed Declan McDonald, of PricewaterhouseCoopers, after hearing an independent expert believed the company has a reasonable prospect of survival once certain conditions are met.
Tesco replacing 'shouty' self-checkout voice; No plans to get rid of it in Ireland
"Unexpected item in bagging area", they're five innocent little words that send most of us bonkers at the supermarkets. But their days are numbered in Tesco, because the retailer is getting rid of them along with the "shouty" and "irritating" voice that gets on your nerves.
Tesco Ireland Confirms Voluntary Redundancies
Tesco Ireland has confirmed that it has opened up applications for voluntary redundancies in a number of its stores, amid rumours that the retailer is seeking hundreds of redundancies.
Farmer protests continue across Northern Ireland
Three separate protests in three counties took place in Northern Ireland last night (Monday) by farmers trying to voice their frustration at the declining prices across the agriculture industry.