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Did You Know, March 22, 2016

Published on Mar 22 2016 7:47 AM

Did You Know, March 22, 2016

Did you know… C&C Group has reportedly told stock market analysts that it spent €140 million in the last five years on marketing its core brands, Bulmers, Magners and Tennent’s? However, The Sunday Times reports that some analysts have perceived this figure as being too low to drive sales going forward.

Did you know… Lidl has been granted planning permission for a new store on Annamoe Road in Dublin? An Bord Pleanála granted permission for the new site, despite objections from local residents and Tesco Ireland, who said the plan contravened Retail Planning Guidelines, according to the Irish Examiner.

Did you know… The Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC) has welcomed the publication of a report from the North's Department of Finance, that seeks to set out a reform of business rates in the province? “The Minister and the Department have listened to retailers and other sectors disproportionately hit by this outdated tax," said NIRC Director, Aodhán Connolly. "The intention to move to three yearly revaluations and a cap on the regional rate are testament to the pan-industry consensus that was clear during the review’s consultation period.”

Did you know… The Consumers’ Association of Ireland (CAI) has warned of a thieves using contactless payment to steal from customers? Dermott Jewell of the CAI told The Irish Independent that criminals have been using POS equipment to tap against cards in customers' pockets. However, a spokeswoman for the Irish Banking and Payments Federation told The Mirror that there have been no recorded cases of this happening, while Visa said that card fraud is at a historical low.

Did you know… Jameson flew 50 reporters to Dublin, from titles such as GQ, Huffington Post and Vice Media, as well as 14 DJs and bloggers, to report on the St, Patrick's Day festivities? Their itinerary, according to, included concerts and tourist sites around Dublin, with Jameson’s visitor centre a key destination.

Did you know… Irish trad-punk band The Pogues has sold a 50% stake in its whiskey brand? According to The Sunday Times, the stake was sold for an undisclosed sum to Halewood International, which will take over distribution for the West Cork Distillers-produced brand in the UK, South Africa, Romania and China, as well as in airport and duty free shops.

Did you know… Irish start up chocolate company Bean & Goose is hoping to build on its success this Easter with an offering of dark chocolate hares and Easter goose eggs as an alternative to the traditional fare? says that the brand is hoping to expand its business with a larger production facility in the near future.

Did you know… Subway has opened its 5,000th store in Europe, with a new branch in a shopping centre in Livingston, Scotland? Its first UK and Ireland store opened in Brighton in 1996, and it now boasts 2,300 outlets, employing over 23,000 people, across the two countries.

Did you know… RTE has decided to ban the broadcast of a Budweiser ad featuring Irish UFC star Conor McGregor? RTE said in a statement it made the decision after deciding that McGregor appeals too much to children, and cited concerns about encouraging underage drinking, according to the Irish Examiner.

Did you know… The Marine Hotel, in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim is set to once again host this year’s Gluten Free Ireland Open Day, taking place on Saturday, 16 April? The event in a miniature food expo for sufferers of Coeliac disease and those on a gluten free diet, and will showcase local and international gluten free food producers.

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