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Did You Know? July 22, 2014

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Did You Know? July 22, 2014

Did you know… Moriarty's SuperValu Balbriggan has been honoured by The Irish Guide Dogs for its continuing support? Tom O'Neill, spokesperson for Irish Guide Dogs Balbriggan Branch said, “This year, we felt that Moriarty's Supervalu Balbriggan deserved the trophy as they are always there to support us and sponsor things for us. On Sunday, June 22 they sponsored our tuck shop for our annual dog walk. Each Christmas they give us two days to sell our merchandise, Christmas cards and calendars inside their shop.” The award was made in the names of Balbriggan locals, Ned and Maire Maguire, now deceased, who had fundraised for the charity since 1985. O’’Neill said, “Thank you to Luke of Moriarty's Supervalu Balbriggan, Gerry Buckley, Brian Carrick and all the staff for your continued support to Balbriggan/North County Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs.”

Did you know… Shore Capital Stockbrokers, which follows Tesco's stock, has said that the forthcoming appointment of Dave Lewis as the retailer's chief executive "will be greeted with a great sense of encouragement by a store staff that has been pummelled in recent years, so leading to a collapse in morale"? Tesco's recent trading strategy, it noted, "has, to our minds, contributed to the woes of the company and the pain of a weak share price faced by shareholders," However, with the appointment of Lewis, who replaces current CEO Philip Clarke in October, " a material change in UK trading strategy cannot be dismissed, which is likely to have considerable implications for the rest of the British sector."

Did you know… GSK has selected the Irish Hospice Foundation as its Charity of the Year for 2014 and 2015, pledging a minimum donation of €50,000 to the charity over the two years? The company also plans to host a number of employee fundraising events to raise additional funds for the charity. The main fundraiser will be the ‘GSK Wheelie Good Cause’, a charity cycle set to take place in Sligo on 20th September. Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, commented: "2014 has proved a very difficult environment for charities to operate in, so to receive such invaluable support from the Irish base of one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceuticals and healthcare companies is very encouraging."

Did you know… A Tesco outlet in Tullow, Co Carlow, narrowly escaped a gang of thieves entering the store through the roof? Store staff noticed tiles falling from the roof, and upon further investigation found ropes and footprints on the roof. Gardai were called to the store and carried out an examination. A Gardai spokesperson said that it is likely that thieves had attempted to drill holes to gain access to the store and were planning a raid at a later date. The spokesperson told the Carlow People, “At the moment we are keeping a close eye, and we are urging any member of the public with any information or who may have seen anything suspicious to make themselves known to us. They didn't manage to get into the store on this occasion, but it is extremely likely that they planned to come back.”

Did you know… a new Tesco store in Dundalk has received over 500 applications for jobs? The Tesco Extra store, due to open on August 4, opened recruitment on Tesco’s career website over a two week period and has now filled all positions. A company spokesman confirmed that there was “a huge number of applicants from the Dundalk area' for jobs in the Tesco Extra store, but the exact number of jobs to be created at the new multi-million store will be revealed when the shop opens. Tesco has appointed local man Brian Farrell as the new store manager, who has worked with Tesco since 1979. This is the second new store that Farrell has opened in Dundalk as he previously managed the Tesco store in Longwalk Shopping Centre in 1994.

Did you know… Applegreen is open a new store in North Street, Swords? The new service station will create 250 construction jobs and 30 new full time positions once complete. A spokesperson for Applegreen said that construction will commence shortly and the service station will be open by mid October. The new service station at Swords will include a convenience store, car and HGV fuelling pumps, off-licence, cafe area, kitchen, restaurant area with ancillary drive-thru facility, seating area and children's play area. Applegreen recently also opened a new station in Wicklow and Joe Barrett, chief operations officer for Applegreen said, it will be followed by “additional openings at Birdhill, Swords and Lemybrien later in the year, creating a total number of 360 new jobs in Ireland across 2014 and in 2015. In addition to our direct employees, we are delighted to be able to create economic activity in the construction sector and with other Irish suppliers.” 

Did you know… Presence of milk protein has been found in some batches of Certain VBites Wot No Dairy Desserts? The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said the batches include VBites The Redwood Co. Wot No Dairy? Raspberry Dessert and Black Cherry Dessert; all expiry dates; all batch codes; pack sizes: 125g and 145g (Updated: 18.07.2014 15:00). The FSAI said,”Milk protein (casein) was detected in batches of the above desserts which are labelled as dairy free. This makes the affected products unsafe for consumers who are allergic to or intolerant of milk or its constituents.” Additionally, there has been recall of Fromagerie Donge Brie de Meaux due to the possible presence of listeria monocytogenes. The FSAI said, “As a precautionary measure, Sheridan’s Cheesemongers is recalling the above batch of Fromagerie Donge Brie de Meaux, due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.” The affected cheese was supplied to a small number of speciality stores and point of sale notices are being displayed in stores advising consumers not to consume the implicated batch.

Did you know… Employees of GSK in Ireland have selected the Irish Hospice Foundation as the GSK Charity of the Year for 2014 and 2015? Each of GSK’s five individual businesses in Ireland will donate €5,000 per annum to the charity, equating to a minimum donation of €50,000 over the two years. GSK employees will also have the opportunity to share their expertise with the Irish Hospice Foundation through GSK’s volunteer programme and support the charity in building organisational capabilities. In addition to the funds donated by the company, a number of employee fundraising events will also take place to raise extra monies for the charity and promote awareness of the work conducted by the Irish Hospice Foundation. The main fundraiser will be the ‘GSK Wheelie Good Cause’, an annual cycle which is open to all employees across the four GSK locations in Dungarvan, Cork, Dublin and Sligo. Jacinta Collins, Communications Director for GSK in Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Irish Hospice Foundation in carrying out their much needed service and advocacy work and look forward to partnering with them on a number of events and employee engagement programmes over the next two years.”

Did you know… Dale Farm has reported increased profits and record exports to markets such as China and Russia? The company, owned by United Dairy Farmers, the Northern Irish co-operative, saw sales grow 30% to £293 million in the year to end of March. Consumer product sales such as cheese, butter and yoghurt were up 15% to £168 million and food ingredients rose by 80% to almost £100 million. Dale Farm’s total exports increased to more than £102 million as the co-op processed record milk supplies from local farmers. It also paid the highest milk prices to its suppliers. Dale Farm also acquired Mullin’s, a Northern Irish artisan ice cream producer, during the year.

Did you know… Centra spent €241.1 million in local communities in 2013? According to the retailer's Community Impact Study, this represents an average of €4.5 million a week through a combination of payments to local suppliers, acquisition of local business services, wages, charitable donations and local sponsorships across its 460 stores in Ireland. Centra stores also sourced €59 million worth of products from over 1,400 local suppliers, and contributes €2.5 million in donations or sponsorship commitments to over 5,500 local charities, community groups, schools and sports clubs. Additionally, Centra stores employ 11,820 people across its network with an average of 25 jobs in each store community.

© 2014 - Checkout Magazine by Genna Patterson

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