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Weekly Round Up, 10 May, 2016

Published on May 10 2016 9:19 AM

Weekly Round Up, 10 May, 2016

According to documents filed with the Companies Office, Irish Distillers is set to receive around €90 million in the sale of its Paddy Irish Whiskey brand, reports The Sunday Times. The proposed deal would see Paddy continue to be made in Cork, but owned by US-based Sazerac.

Wexford’s 8th annual Food and Wine Festival is expected to welcome upwards of 20,000 visitors this year. The festival’s organisers have unveiled details of their planned celebrations, which will take place from 27 to 29 May, with events taking place at venues all across Wexford Town, alongside an al fresco market.

The EU is to withdraw a number of tariff concessions for beef and other imports from its proposed trade deal with South America. According to IrishTimes.com, sources say the move follows pressure from a number of European companies, led by Ireland and France, which say that opening up EU markets to cheaper foods from Brazil and Argentina would be bad for local farmers.

The FSAI has reported that eight closure orders were served on food businesses in April, including three on Dublin city’s Moore Street. While most orders were served on restaurants and cafes, Asian Spices Food Market, 12 Moore Street, was also served with an order under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

New concept Centra and SuperValu stores have won Gold A.R.E Design awards in Las Vegas recently. Centra O’Connell Street in Limerick city won gold in the Best Convenience Store category, while SuperValu Blackrock in Co. Dublin won Best Supermarket. The Musgrave stores were the only Irish winners at the awards, which also recognised brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, LEGO, Honda and Under Armour.

The State is considering suing the owners of the Clerys department store, which shut down last July, to make them cover the cost of redundency payouts, according to BreakingNews.ie. The Department of Social Protection has to pay €2 million to staff who were left unemployed after the closure.

Retailers in Wexford will now have access to online customer service training, with the new web-based, Retail Customer Care Awareness Course. The service is being provided by the Wexford Chamber of Commerce, which has teamed up with Dulann, reports the Gorey Guardian, and is available for free to Wexford retailers.

C&C Group's cider brand manager, Andrew Cross has told trade magazine Just Drinks that Magners needs to make cider exciting again, by bringing a new attitude to the brand. He added that key to this will be packaging the drinks with a ‘rip-top’ lid, designed to make them easy to open without a bottle opener.

Marks & Spencer has sold 500,000 packs of Vitamin D-boosted mushrooms, produced in the Republic of Ireland by Monaghan Mushrooms, to date. The mushrooms, sold exclusively by M&S, were grown using a new process to enhance their Vitamin D2 content, which results in just three mushrooms containing 100% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin D.

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