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Did You Know, June 9, 2015

By Steve Wynne-Jones
Did You Know, June 9, 2015

Did you know… The National Dairy Council will take part in Taste of Dublin’s ‘Skillery’ for the first time this weekend? As part of the programme, top chefs and personalities including model Roz Purcell will showcase different ways to enjoy Irish milk, cheese, yoghurt, cream and butter. Taste of Dublin takes place in the Iveagh Gardens from 11 to 14 June.

Did you know… Gift voucher company One4All has launched a line of wedding gift cards for same-sex couples, adding ‘Mrs & Mrs’ and ‘Mr & Mr’ to its ‘Mr & Mrs’ design templates? Elsewhere, The Sunday Times has reported that the Gift Voucher Shop, the company behind One4All, has been in discussion with potential suitors looking to buy out the business.

Did you know… A range of wines has been recalled over concerns that they may contain small pieces of glass? The Food Safety Authority of Ireland says that Distell Ltd is recalling certain batches of its Nederburg 56 Hundred Pinot Grigio, Fleur du Cap Sauvignon Blanc, Fleur du Cap Merlot, Fleur du Cap Chardonnay and Two Ocean Pinot Grigio. Retailers are advised that the affected batches are LB107J14, LB111L14, LB111B15, LB127K14, LB127H14, LB122I14, and LB121D15.

Did you know… Northern Irish oat miller White's has introduced ActivOats, a soy protein-enriched porridge designed to meet the needs of those looking for a quick breakfast and added nutritional value? ActivOats comes in Original and Apple & Cinnamon flavours, in 240g packs containing six sachets.

Did you know… West Cork business Folláin Traditional Irish Preserves has announced plans to open a new energy-efficient facility, which will also see it double its staff over the next five years? The Cork Independent reports that the €2 million investment and expansion will allow the company to double its capacity and offer new, more specialised products.


Did you know… Dr Pamela Byrne has told The Irish Times that her key priority as the new FSAI chief executive is to plan and prepare for the next big food scare? She also said that her job is to protect consumers’ health and that ensuring that all food ingredients are traceable is a key part of this. She cited the horsemeat crisis as something that greatly heightened awareness of what can go wrong within the food industry.

Did you know… C&C Group has asked its investors to approve a new incentive and bonus scheme for its management team, following a 20% fall in the company’s share price over the previous year? If the scheme is approved, top management could see bonuses of up to 500% of their salary in ‘exceptional circumstances’, the Irish Independent reported.

Did you know… London-based Quintessential Brands is in advanced talks to buy the Dublin Whiskey Company, according to The Sunday Times? It is believed that Dublin Whiskey has been seeking €2 million from a buyer, while another €10 million is needed to develop its business.

Did you know… Tesco has announced the appointment of Edmond Mesrobian as its new chief technology officer; replacing Irishman Mike McNamara, who recently moved to US retailer Target? Mesrobian brings 20 years worth of experience in the technology sector to the role, having held positions at Expedia, RealNetworks and Disney.

Did you know… Davy Stockbrokers has revised its rating on Aryzta to 'neutral' from 'outperform', as its share price has fallen by 33% over the past three months? While the Cuisine de France parent saw its shares hit a high of €73.10 in March, The Sunday Times reported, the price fell to €48.90 last week.

© 2015 - Checkout Magazine by Jenny Whelan

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