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Did You Know, May 6, 2015

By Steve Wynne-Jones
Did You Know, May 6, 2015

Did you know...Small craft breweries in Ireland are planning to launch a new trademark, claiming that big companies are branding imported beers as Irish? According to the Irish Independent, the Association of Craft Breweries of Ireland (ACBI) is worried by the number of mass-produced beers being labelled as Irish craft beers, despite being produced abroad.

Did you know… Aldi has announced that its first new season Irish spring lamb will go on sale in its stores next week? Aldi’s Butchers Selection spring lamb goes on sale on 13 May. Commenting, Aldi group buying director Rob Farrell said, “Aldi’s total commitment to buying local produce wherever possible means full-flavoured, tender and seasonal meats for our customers, who are very discerning about the quality of produce they buy."

Did you know… New mums make two ‘SOS’ calls a day in the first months of motherhood, according to research released as part of Bepanthen's ‘First Moment’ campaign, which encourages mums across Ireland to share and celebrate their own first moments? Bepanthen is currently the number two nappy care brand in the Irish market.

Did you know...Bank of Ireland has announced it approved around €1.2 billion worth of credit to SME customers over the first three months of 2015? The bank also noted a 12% increase in new credit applications in the first quarter of this year, seeing strong growth in the retail, agricultural, motor and property sectors.

Did you know...Irishman Tony Maher has stepped down from his role as CEO of Russian food retail chain O’Key Group, making way for new CEO Heigo Kera? Maher, who hails from Kerry, will remain with the retailer, however, and will now concentrate on the group’s development strategy.


Did you know...Yoplait has announced it will reduce sugar in its Original line of yogurts by 25% in the US, meaning that a single serve Yoplait now provides 20 fewer calories? An accompanying change of formula means it has an extra gram of protein. The Yoplait brand is owned by General Mills.

Did you know...Tyrone-based pastry business McColgan’s is set to expand with an investment of £7.3 million (€9.95 million), creating 43 new jobs in its Strabane operations? According to The Irish Times, the investment will also allow the family-run business to update its production capabilities, including developing a new packing and despatch facility.

Did you know...The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) has called for legislation to prevent strikes in essential services, following industrial action taken by the two main bus unions affecting small businesses over the bank holiday weekend? Mark Fielding, ISME Chief Executive accused the unions of “blackmailing the country with illegal strike actions.”

© 2015 - Checkout Magazine by Stephen Wynne-Jones

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