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Weekly Round-Up... 10 September, 2019

By Publications Checkout
Weekly Round-Up... 10 September, 2019

Spar has recently teamed up with the Republic of Ireland senior international team to offer four lucky school children, and four of their closest friends, the opportunity to meet with and be trained by some of their Ireland heroes. The winners will be brought to the FAI grounds in Abbotstown in November and will enjoy an exclusive training session with three of Ireland’s top international stars.

Brewer Greene King Plc said on Friday comparable sales at its pubs rose 1.5% over the last seven weeks, as it prepared for a proposed £4.6 billion takeover by a company founded by Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-Shing. Last month, the brewer of Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale agreed to the bid from Hong Kong-listed CK Asset, which said it was seeking to increase its UK presence even as Brexit concerns loom large.

The European Union is increasingly worried about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's stance on the Irish border and future competition rules, sources said on Thursday. Johnson is pushing for a parliamentary election after the House of Commons blocked his bid to take Britain out of the EU on 31 October - with or without a divorce settlement.

Austrian supermarket chain Billa has announced that it has removed microplastics from its own-brand detergents in conformance with the guidelines established by Ecolabel. The Rewe Group-owned retailer has also replaced palm oil, an ingredient used in making detergents, with Austrian rapeseed oil. The improvised detergent range is more concentrated, which results in saving resources, the retailer added.

Dutch retailer Jumbo has announced that it has reduced the content of sugar in its private-label breakfast cereals by around 100,000 kilograms annually. The retailer has implemented enormous sugar reduction in its cereals, with Jumbo cutting sugar in its Special Flakes by up to 90%, for example. The amount of sugar in Jumbo Four Nuts Crunchy Muesli has been halved, the retailer said. The retail giant has added 10 new products to its children's breakfast cereals and reduced sugar by a third in its Honey Rings, Choco Chips and Choco Rings variants.


Rema 1000 Denmark has announced that it has switched to recyclable plastic trays for the packaging of its private-label meat. The move is part of the retailer's packaging and plastic strategy that aims to convert all packaging materials used by Rema 1000's private-label brands to reusable variants by the end of 2023. Rema 1000 sells around 55 million meat trays each year in the country.

© 2019 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Aidan O’Sullivan. Click sign-up to subscribe to Checkout.

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