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Did You Know, May 19, 2015

By Steve Wynne-Jones
Did You Know, May 19, 2015

Did you know… Dunnes Stores (UK) Limited, a UK-based subsidiary of the Irish retail giant, has posted a profits decline of 55% in the year to February 2014. Profits stood at £1.2 million for the business, with revenues at £24.5 million. Operating expenses at the business, which largely handles textiles and homewares, fell 3.4%, the Irish Times reported.

Did you know… Artisan food producers are being invited to attend a free training event at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, run by South East Cork Area Development (SECAD), to show off their wares to local buyers, and receive guidance from talks by experts in the sector. Thos presenting will include Fergal O’Gara of Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland, talking about the SuperValu Food Academy Start Programme.

Did you know… SuperValu held a pop-up beef bistro event in Dublin’s No. 37 Dawson Street as part of the launch of its ‘best beef ever’ campaign. Last Friday, diners were treated to a talk on choosing and cooking different cuts of beef by chef Kevin Dundon, along with a dinner showcasing the supermarket chain’s now 21-day aged Irish beef.

Did you know… The Irish Independent has reported that Dunnes Stores plans to launch its online grocery service in autumn of this year. It is thought that the retailer will initially target shoppers in the Dublin region before rolling out the service nationwide. The newspaper also says that Dunnes Stores intends to use a similar ‘click and collect’ service to Tesco.

Did you know… Colum Browne’s XL store in Clogheen, Tipperary has been named Overall Store of the Year at the XL Store of the Year Awards, held in Mount Wolseley Hotel, Carlow. Judges praised the store’s friendly customer service, dele and presentation. Browne’s XL also took the prize for Best High Street Store at the event, hosted by XL franchise parent BWG.


Did you know… SuperValu has won three categories in the 2015 All Ireland Marketing Awards, including the award for Marketing Team of the Year. The grocery retailer also took the awards for Direct Marketing and Sponsorship Management. Kerry Foods won the New Product/New Market category for its ‘Yollies’, as well as the Brand Campaign Award for Denny Gold Medal Sausages.

Did you know… Smurfit Kappa has announced it will exhibit at the London Wine Fair from 18 to 20 of May in Kensington Olympia, London showcasing its ‘Bag-in-Box solutions for wine. Sales manager for Smurfit Kappa, Kevin Heath comments, “Throughout the years, we have developed a unique expertise in the domain of wine packaging in Bag-in-Box and Pouch-Up. Not only by supplying top quality packaging, but also by studying and improving the whole life cycle of wine in Bag-in-Box in order to offer the optimal shelf-life to our clients and final consumers.”

Did you know… Northern Ireland-based Abernethy Butter has launched a new product using Dulse seaweed and sea salt, with seaweed sourced from Irish Seaweeds in Belfast. Dulse is a cold water algae species native to the Irish coastline, which for generations has been dried and eaten as a healthy snack.

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