Retail Intelligence

Did You Know ... November 2, 2016

By Donna Ahern
Did You Know ... November 2, 2016

Did You Know … Electric Ireland is now the largest energy supplier in the Irish retail sector? The service provider has announced a renewal of its energy contract with BWG, whose portfolio consists of over 1,000 Spar, Eurospar, Mace, Londis, and XL stores.

Did You Know … Wolf Blass is celebrating its 50th birthday? The Australian wine brand is offering shoppers a chance to “Chase the Cap” in a rugby-themed marketing campaign to mark the occasion. Wolf Blass is distributed by Findlater Wine & Spirit Group in Ireland.

Did You Know … The Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dawson Street, Dublin, has won the Single Outlet Retailer of the Year for Ireland award in Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky (Rest of World) 2017 competition? The store will now go up against the American and Scottish regional winners for the overall icons of Whisky Global title. The Irish Whiskey Experience in Killarney was also a winner, for the Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year (Rest of World) award.

Did You Know … Northern Irish artisan bakery New Found Joy has signed a £20k deal with Tesco? The bakery specialises in gluten-free treats and will be available in selected Tesco stores in the province.

Did You Know … a report by letting agent Knight Frank has found that retail rents on Grafton Street have risen 25% over the past year? The vacancy rate on Ireland’s premier shopping street is “essentially zero” and headline rents currently stand at €6,500 per square metre.


Did You Know … Labello Original has launched six limited edition lip balms with a fluorescent design that glows in UV light? For over 100 years, Labello has been one of the most recognised lip-care experts in Europe and many other parts of the globe. The long-lasting lip balm’s formula provides a 12-hour moisture effect for lips.

Did You Know … the award-winning Boyle’s Irish Gin has gone on sale exclusively in Aldi stores nationwide? The new alcoholic beverage won the coveted Best Irish Gin Award at the recent Irish Whiskey Awards 2016, held in Co. Offaly, and is named after 17th century Anglo-Irish chemist Robert Boyle.

Did You Know … Tesco chairman John Allan indicated the supermarket might raise prices in the near future? Mr Allan gave an interview on BBC radio saying the falling sterling might force the retailer’s hand on the issue.

Did You Know … actor Scarlett Johansson has opened a popcorn shop in Paris? The store is named Yummy Pop and is in the Marais district. “It has been a dream of mine and my family for several years to bring our favourite American snack to our favourite European city,” the Hollywood actor said.

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