Did You Know? August 19, 2014

By Publications Checkout
Did You Know? August 19, 2014

Did you know… The majority of music festival attendees spend €10-20 daily on food? A new survey by Just Eat has revealed that 29% of Irish festival-goers claim burgers are their 'absolute favourite' festival food, followed by chips at 22% and noodles at 21%. Meanwhile, 77% of those surveyed claimed that they look for a good selection of meat options at a festival, and 8% opted for veggie options, while 6% choose gluten free options. The survey also found that Irish people are fairly budget-conscious when it comes to festival food. On average, 78% of people aim to spend €10 - €20 daily on festival food with only 15% looking to spend €30 - €50 a day. The Just Eat survey also showed that Irish festival attendees are also patient when it comes to queueing, with 83% of those surveyed saying they wait in a food queue and only 9% admitting to skipping. Just Eat conducted the research as part of its sponsorship with Electric Picnic this August.

Did you know… Italian ready meal company Magnetti Brothers has said that requirements by retailers for the company to engage in DNA testing of its products led to the company's voluntary liquidation? Director Sean Magnetti told The Sunday Times "There was huge pressure put on producers to bear the cost of DNA testing, even if they were sourcing their meat from suppliers that were already DNA testing their food." The business went into liquidation with debts of €340,000 at the start of August.

Did you know… Fifteen dairy farms across seven counties have been shortlisted for the 2014 NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards national finals? The awards, which sets out to identify and reward our top dairy farmers, have been dubbed the 'Sam Maguire' of dairy farming, and all finalists will now be scrutinised by the expert national judging panel – Professor Patrick Wall, Associate Professor of Public Health at UCD; Dr David Gleeson, Milk Quality Research, Teagasc; and Dr. Jack Kennedy, Dairy Editor, Irish Farmers Journal. The winner of the annual competition is announced in mid October, and he or she wins €5,000 and the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards perpetual trophy.

Did you know… Poultry brand Moy Park has said that it saw a 15.4% increase in sales of its breaded chicken products between May and July, as a result of World Cup sponsorship activity? The brand, which launched four World Cup themed breaded chicken products in May, saw its share of the fresh breaded category rise to almost 25% during the tournament. “The 2014 FIFA World Cup sponsorship was a huge opportunity for Moy Park to raise its profile on a global scale,” said Andrew Nethercott, Moy Park Director of Brand Marketing.

Did you know… The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) is hosting a discussion later this morning on the the relationship between the hospitality and drinks industry in Ireland and the country’s tourism offering? The event will be facilitated by Prof Kevin Rafter, from the School of Communications at DCU and will include contributions from some of the leading stakeholders in Ireland’s tourism offering. Held at the Camden Court Hotel, the event will look at a variety of issues as well as discuss a new report by Tony Foley, economist at DCU called ‘The Contribution of the Drinks Industry to Tourism’. Oliver Hughes, Porterhouse Group and Celine Weldon, Guinness Storehouse will take part in the discussion, along with representatives of various restaurant, tourist and hotels associations.


Did you know… Nespresso has announced plans to open a two-storey boutique store on Duke Street in Dublin? The Nestlé-owned brand is aiming for an October opening and will increase its staff to over 60. Nespresso currently employs 38 people in its Brown Thomas outlets in Dublin and Cork. Nespresso's managing director of UK and Ireland, Brema Drohan, told the Irish Independent: "It's certainly a vote of confidence, but our figures here have been growing for the past number of years. The store will be there to essentially indulge Irish Nespresso consumers in the brand experience. They can also test and trial the machines and the accessories that enhance the Nespresso experience."

Did you know… A deal that will see Irish beef, pigmeat and sheepmeat exported to the Philippines has been welcomed by the Department of Agriculture? Minister Simon Coveney has said it is vital that Irish companies have access to as many markets worldwide as possible, as 111 Irish companies have been granted accreditation in August.

Did you know… Kellogg’s has announced its plans to cut greenhouse emissions from its worldwide supply chain? The cereal producer has set targets to be met by December 2015, as part of a a global effort aimed at preventing average temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius. Kellogg's is also planning to expand its previous voluntary pledge to ensure net zero deforestation by 2020 by addressing other areas of its supply chain, including soy and sugarcane segments, in which deforestation effects are a high risk. Kellogg's said it recognises that upstream agriculture emissions are the single largest source of emissions in its value chain and will focus its efforts on achieving agricultural emissions reductions.

Did you know… PureGreen cold-pressed juices are now available in forty stores in Dublin including Spar, Eurospar, Londis, SuperValu and Centra outlets? Although relatively new to Ireland, this super-premium-green juice is a rapidly-expanding industry. According to Marketwatch.com, the expansion of the global fruit and vegetable juice industry is forecast to reach 3.7% a year over the coming years. Building on its reputation as a leader in the raw juice industry, PureGreen has more than tripled its output in recent months, hiring more than 20 new staff and expanding its facilities. PureGreen was set up by friends Ronan Murphy and Karl Mulvee less than a year ago. 

Did you know… Kerrygold has enlisted designer Orla Kiely to help design its new packaging? The Irish Dairy Board-owned butter brand will use Kiely’s floral green, yellow and black print on limited edition packaging for its 250g Salted block, 400g spreadable and 250g softer butter for eight weeks from October 1st. In conjunction with the design partnership, Kerrygold is giving consumers a chance to win Kiely kitchen items including cake stands, cake tins and butter dishes.


Did you know… Rapeseed oil from Northern Ireland’s Broighter Gold, winner of five Great Taste gold stars, is now on sale in one of Europe’s historic shopping centres? The company’s award winning Liquid Gold Rapeseed Oil is on the shelves of La Grande Epicerie de Paris, part of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, the world’s first department store. Leona Kane, Broighter Gold’s managing director said, "The business is the result of lobbying and negotiations over a year with the buying team there and is my first business outside the United Kingdom and Ireland. I sent samples and followed these up on the phone and was delighted recently to receive an initial order. The store has a commitment to artisan producers in France and other parts of Europe." Formed in 2011 as a farm diversification project by husband and wife team Richard and Leona Kane, Broighter Gold has gained a strong of top quality awards including UK Great Taste Awards.

© 2014 - Checkout Magazine by Genna Patterson

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