Did you know… Avoca Handweavers is reportedly in discussion with several potential suitors about a takeover deal? The luxury goods retailer's Simon Pratt told The Irish Times that it will be “a couple of months” before a decision is taken on the future of the business. “We are not in exclusive talks with anyone,” he told the paper.
Did you know… JTI Ireland's court case against the government over plain packaging legislation has been adjourned for two weeks? The hearing will now take place on Monday 27th April, after JTI agreed to the State’s request for a two-week adjournment, which the Court approved yesterday.
Did you know… SuperValu’s Italian Wine Sale returns from the 16th to 29th of April, featuring a range of historic Italian wines alongside a number of new bottles? The selection was chosen with the help of SuperValu’s expert wine buyer Kevin O’Callaghan, with prices ranging from €8 to €20 and including everything from D’Abruzzo to Prosecco.
Did you know… Teagasc’s Dr Denis Griffin says potato growers should reduce their planting areas to some degree in 2015? Griffin told Agriland.ie that last year saw an oversupply of potatoes coming on to the market, which caused a drop in prices. He added that changes in consumption levels of potatoes, combined with high storage costs, means that potatoes should no longer be seen a commodity crop, but rather growers need to adapt a “value-added mentality.”
Did you know… Tesco has launched a new range of ice creams produced by Lakeland Dairies in Killeshandra, Cavan? The premium range comprises of 500ml tubs of ice cream and frozen yoghurt, with flavours included Salted Caramel, Cookie Dough and Strawberry Crumble.
Did you know… C&C has commenced restructuring of its England and Wales operations, combining three separate businesses, Magners GB, The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill and International Wine Services, into a single division? The Irish Times reported that C&C is seeking to create a 'more efficient' operation, freeing up funds to invest in its brands such as Magners, Blackthorn and Ye Olde English.
Did you know… Penneys has a made a new addition to its store format with the introduction of 'Primarket', a store-within-a-store concept that offers a range of stationery, small tech accessories and DVDs? The Primarket format, having already been introduced to Penneys’ flagship store on Henry Street, may be the high street giant’s bid to rival low-cost success stories like Dealz and EuroGiant.
Did you know… Dunnes Stores staff have reportedly called on GAA star Paul Galvin to suspend his new clothing line at Dunnes, amid the ongoing workers' dispute? Dublin City Councillor Bríd Smith told the Sunday World, “It would be brilliant if Paul Galvin supported the boycott. We would be delighted if he showed solidarity with the workers."
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