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The most influential publication for the grocery retail and FMCG sector in Ireland, Checkout has been in operation for close to 40 years, during which time it has established itself as the premier source of news, information, market data and insight into the Irish retail grocery sector.

Subscriptions rates for Checkout are €139 + VAT per year, including first class postage and packing. To subscribe, contact Colette O'Brien, at 01 230 0322, or email [email protected]

Who Are We? 

Checkout Publications is owned by one of Ireland’s leading publishers, Kevin Kelly, a former grocery executive turned award-winning publisher, who has owned market leading titles in Ireland and the UK. Checkout magazine is edited by Maev Martin and is edited by Donna Ahern. The magazine is part of a publishing group, Madison Publications, which includes the leading pan-European retail magazine, ESM – European Supermarket Magazine, Hospitality Ireland and the weekly Retail Intelligence e-newsletter.

Checkout was nominated for the Magazines Ireland 'Best Business to Business (More Than 5,000 Circulation)' Award in 2013 and 2014. Stephen Wynne-Jones was nominated for 'Editor of the Year (Business to Business)' in 2014.

Who Reads Checkout

Checkout is distributed to the owners and managers of retail stores across the independent, multiple, forecourt, discount, speciality and symbol sectors, including store managers and key executives at head office level in multiples, discounters and wholesalers. Checkout is also distributed to food manufacturers, importers, distributors, logistics providers and all support industries supplying the grocery sector (e.g. marketing, advertising, public relations, banking and other service providers).

Controlled Distribution

Checkout operates on a fully controlled subscription base, which means that we know exactly who gets our magazine, and what their role is within their respective company. For more details on our subscriber base and circulation, please contact our ad department on 01 2300322 or at [email protected]

What Can We Do For You? 

Our core business is the food and drink sector - we stick to what we do best, and do not publish products outside of the grocery and hospitality sectors. Our editorial output includes:

Checkout Magazine

Our multi-award winning monthly title, Checkout has been a bastion of industry news, market-leading research and discussion for close to 40 years. The most influential title in the marketplace, Checkout continues to push the boundaries and deliver up-to-the-minute breaking news and analysis.

Retail Intelligence 

Published every Tuesday morning, Retail Intelligence makes it easy for busy brand owners, distributors and retailers to stay well informed on the latest news, industry trends and competitor activity. The e-newsletter allows readers to receive a synopsis of the latest FMCG and grocery trade news over the course of the last seven days. Retail Intelligence is a valuable accompaniment to our monthly magazine and subscription package.

Our dedicated website has recently been relaunched, further enhancing our offering to the trade. The new-look website showcases breaking news, features, exclusive online research and analysis, as well as information about upcoming events - an online complement to the wide range of services Checkout offers to its readers.

Off-Trade News

Our dedicated section for the off-trade sector means Checkout will now be your one-stop shop for all your off-licence and drinks industry news. Off-trade news and in-depth features, with interviews from leading players at the  retail and manufacturer level form a key part of this section.

Retail Report Card

Our popular Retail Report Card, featuring a mystery shopping assessment of the retailers that comprise a particular Irish town, is one of the most eagerly anticipated sections of Checkout each month. Strong on detail and analysis, this is a must-read for those involved in the trade. Retail Report Card is produced in association with Customer Perceptions.

Shopper Watch: The Inside Track On Irish Shoppers

Shopper Watch is an exclusive partnership between Checkout and Behaviour & Attitudes (B&A). Every month, Shopper Watch tracks shopper opinions on retailer advertising, new product launches and retailer and brand promotions, as well as addressing key topics affecting the retail and FMCG industries today.

Checkout Award and Conference Programmes

Checkout Conference

The Checkout Conference is the longest-running dedicated conference for the grocery retail and FMCG industries in Ireland, and is considered a ‘must-attend’ event for those in the trade, both due to the high calibre of speakers and its status as a premium networking opportunity.

Checkout National FMCG Awards

The Checkout National FMCG Awards is the only awards recognising excellence in sales and marketing in the Irish grocery retail sector. The awards honour best-in-class performance in areas such as new product development (NPD), merchandising and sales support, innovation in advertising and marketing, and sponsorships by both retailers and suppliers.

Checkout Best In Fresh Awards

The Checkout Best in Fresh Awards, reward, encourage and promote excellence in fresh food retailing in Ireland, with retailers of all sizes and formats recognised for their high standards in this area. The awards, which are open to all retail groups and independent retailers, including multiples, symbols, discounters and non-affiliated stores, are the only annual event honouring excellence in fresh produce in the country.

Circulation Details

Checkout magazine is distributed by controlled circulation (ABC audited) to managing directors, head buyers and business managers within the major retail multiples, symbol groups, forecourts, wholesale/cash & carry, and brand owners and manufacturers in the FMCG industry.



Subscription rates for Checkout are €139 + VAT per year, including first class postage and packing. To subscribe, contact Colette O'Brien, at 01 230 0322, or email [email protected]