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Did you know?… 11 June, 2019

By Dayeeta Das
Did you know?… 11 June, 2019

Did you know?… A wine theme park has opened in France. La Cité du Vin - or The City of Wine - has opened in Bordeaux. There are eight hundred varieties of wine, 20 wine themed sections and exhibits, which includes a totally immersive, simulated boat ride. For €24 you can gain access to the park, get a tour and also see a guided exhibition. While for €42 you can get all of that plus a workshop on 'A Glass of Wine in Markets of the World'.

Did you know?… Firebox has created a spreadable gin and tonic. The spreadable gin and tonic is made with a mix of alcohol, lemon, sugar, water, quinine extract, essential oils and citric acid. According to Firebox, the product contains award-winning gin, is a great cocktail ingredient, won't give you a hangover, and tastes really good in a cucumber sandwich. The spread contains 3% alcohol and is available online for €11.

Did you know?… Diageo and MTV have partnered up to launch Weekend Not Wasted, a new campaign aiming to convince 18-24 year-olds across the UK, Ireland, Spain, Denmark and Germany to drink responsibly. "It’s really important to us that young adults in Europe are informed and empowered to enjoy alcohol in a moderate and sensible way," said John Kennedy, president for Europe, Turkey, India, Diageo.

Did you know?… Sports Direct Launches £51.9 million Takeover Bid For Game Digital. Sports Direct International has made a significant takeover bid for Game Digital as it looks to expand its UK retail empire. Launching their £51.9 million bid, Mike Ashley’s group said that it is willing to make a cash offer of 30p per share. However, the business also warned that store closures and job losses may arise as if the bid is accepted. The bid comes after Sports Direct was required to make a mandatory offer under UK takeover rules after recently upping its stake in the company to 38.5%.

Did you know?… Nestlé's Poland Spring To Switch To 100% Recycled Plastic Bottles. Nestlé has announced that its Poland Spring water brand will switch to bottles made of 100% recycled plastic (rPET) by 2022. In June, the company will commence the transition of Poland Spring’s 1-litre bottles to 100% rPET. Fernando Mercé, president and chief executive of Nestlé Waters North America, said, "Bottles like these, which are made from 100% recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable, are proof that a fully circular economy is within our reach."


Did you know?… Nutella supplies run low as French workers go on strike. The factory in France which puts a quarter of the world’s supply of the treat on the market are on strike. The Villers-Ecalles plant is run by Ferrero and has come to a standstill. The French factory sends out about 600,000 jars of the chocolate spread. A strike over workers’ pay has meant ingredients for Nutella are running low and there will be no deliveries to the factory at all this week. The strikers are calling for a 4.5% pay rise, as well as a €900 bonus, but so far they have only been offered a 0.4% increase.

© 2019 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Helen Galgey. Click sign-up to subscribe to Checkout.

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