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Did You Know?... 01 September, 2020

By Donna Ahern
Did You Know?... 01 September, 2020

Did you know?... Fresh produce firm Greenyard has reported a double-digit sales growth of 11.4% in the first quarter of its financial year, to €1.15 billion. The company attributed this growth to a ‘faster than expected’ organic growth in long-term commercial relationships as well as the impact of COVID-19 on volumes in its Fresh segment.The Belgium-based firm added that the Fresh segment generated more than €100 million extra in sales due to an increase in volumes. Sales in the Fresh segment increased by 12.9% to €959 million in the quarter, from €849.4 million in the same period last year.

Did you know?...  Bonnie Ryan recently joined Londis and Nestlé Ireland to announce that all proceeds from KITKAT four finger chocolate bars sold in Londis stores nationwide from Thursday 3rd– Sunday 6th September will be donated to Pieta. Pieta works to support people and communities in crisis by providing free counselling and assistance to those who are at risk of suicide, engaging in self-harm and those bereaved by suicide. Pieta operates a network of 19 centres across the country including outreach services, employing over 200 therapists and admin staff. All funds raised will aid other services, such as the 24/7 Helpline, which has seen an increase in calls since COVID-19.

Did you know?... British supermarket Waitrose is teaming up with Deliveroo to trial fast home-delivery as its long partnership with online grocery specialist Ocado comes to an end, reports Reuters. The supermarket, part of the employee-owned John Lewis Partnership, said Deliveroo customers would be able to order more than 500 food and drink products for delivery in as little as 30 minutes in the period between one hour after stores open and one hour before they close. The service, which will complement the supermarket's own two-hour and full-service deliveries, will be available to over half a million households in a 12-week trial, Waitrose said.

Did you know?... Inc has ordered 1,800 electric vans from Mercedes-Benz for its European delivery fleet, as part of the online retailer's plans to run a carbon neutral business by 2040. A majority of the electric vehicles from Daimler AG's car and vans division will go into service this year, the company said, adding that it had ordered 1,200 of Mercedes-Benz's larger eSprinter models and 600 of the midsize eVitos.

Did you know?... Revolution Bars, Pizza Hut and Tesco Café have extended the UK's "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme into September, as the discount scheme has helped bring back customers after months of coronavirus-related closures, reports Reuters. "Guests will be able to enjoy 50% food and soft drinks including mocktails from Monday until Wednesday all day throughout September," Revolution Bars, which operates 74 premium bars across the UK, said. The scheme was announced by the UK government last month to boost spending at restaurants, cafés and pubs, but eateries that choose to extend it will have to bear the costs themselves going forward as the scheme expires on August 31.

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