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Did You Know? October 29, 2014

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Did You Know? October 29, 2014

Did you know… Aldar Tissues is holding a special open day where you can meet the manufacturers and view production at its factory? The open day will be held at Unit 8, Century Business Park, Finglas Dublin 11, on Wednesday November 12th, 2014 from 12pm to 3pm. There will be an Irish award-winning chef on the day serving food along with a glass of champagne on arrival, as well as tea, coffee and soft drinks. Also attending is the local TD and enterprise agency. Please register your interest to avoid disappointment at [email protected]

Did you know… The 2015 Jameson graduate programme, launched recently by Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, is seeking graduates of marketing, language, science and engineering? Two distinct graduate programmes are on offer: the Jameson international brand ambassador programme, for business and marketing graduates with languages; and the Jameson graduate distiller programme, which recruits graduates with a background in science, energy and sustainability or engineering. Sinéad D’Arcy, Jameson graduate programme manager commented, “The Jameson international brand ambassador programme has been in operation for over 23 years, and we currently have 77 graduates placed in 41 markets around the world.” The Jameson graduate distiller programme was launched in 2012, and offers a graduate career path with a focus on the practical application of skills learned in university, and graduates placed in either Jameson’s bottling and logistics site in Dublin or the distillery in Co. Cork.

Did you know… Unilever has reported a lower than expected rise of 2.1% in its sales for Q3, following a slowdown in emerging markets? Analysts had expected the business to report a growth of 3.7%, according to a company-compiled consensus. Meanwhile sales volume, measuring the amount of products sold, increased by just 0.3%, although analysts had predicted a rise of 1.8%. In a statement, Unilever chief executive Paul Polman said “Macro-economic conditions continued to put pressure on consumers.” However, he added that the company was confident it would achieve “another year of profitable volume growth ahead of our markets, steady and sustainable core operating margin improvement and strong cash flow.”

Did you know… Recent figures from the Department of Agriculture show Ireland was almost 7% over milk quotas at the end of September? This is 6.5% higher than the same point last year, making a superlevy fine a near-certainty. The figures show that dairy farmers have supplied 375 million litres more milk so far this year than in 2013, at which time farmers incurred a €10 million superlevy fine for producing 36 million litres more than the national quota. However, milk production is expected to ease over the coming month, with a 25% fall in the number of autumn calving cows and deteriorating grazing conditions. On the other hand, industry experts say many farmers are continuing milking, following plentiful grass supplies and with the hope that a political decision will ease quota limits before he scheme’s abolition in April. Teagasc's head of livestock research, Padraig French said, “It's a massive gamble to rely on some political decision. At best, there will be some easing of butterfat coefficients, but that will only give us 1% to 2% at best.”

Did you know… The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have released an allergy alert, reporting the detection of sulphur dioxide in a batch of dried apricots from NEFIS? The batch is unsafe for consumers who are allergic to or intolerant of sulphur dioxide or sulphites. The batch of NEFIS Dried Apricots Kuru Kayisi can be identified by the following details: Best Before Date: 01/2016, Pack Size: 250g.

Did you know… Tesco came under the social media spotlight at the weekend, when an image of two of its cartons of buttermilk went viral? The image was taken in a Tesco supermarket in Ireland, and posted to Reddit by user Andyburdens. The images bears a resemblance to what can politely be called a “gentleman’s undercarriage”, with one Reddit user commenting ‘the small crease on the right made a huge difference lol”. Another Reddit user, Sherman1865 added, “They [Tesco designers] knew exactly what they were doing.”

Did you know… Heineken has set up a 13-day installation at a bus shelter on Dublin’s Camden Street, offering passers by real-time recommendations for popular spots to visit in Dublin, as part of its global ‘Cities’ campaign? The interactive bus shelter invites consumers to tweet @Heineken_IE using a dedicated hashtag, in response to which the shelter will then print a recommendation of where to go for the consumer, offering them instant directions and information. A complimentary meal, coffee or print may accompany the printed instant tip, in some instances. Heineken is featuring 50 unique recommendations, including Kaph, The Cake Café, Pygmalion, Green 19, Whelans and the Memorial Gardens amongst others. The interactive activation is the first of its kind in Ireland, according to Heineken, and was created by Irish agencies Kinetic and Rothco. Conor McIntyre, Heineken communications brand manager commented, “With Cities, we’re on a mission to offer people the chance to experience their city in a new way, by venturing outside of their usual routine. This unique OOH activity is not only an opportunity to communicate with our customers in a fun, innovative way, but also to encourage them to choose something different, which is what Cities is all about”.

© 2014 - Checkout Magazine by Emily Horne.

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