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Weekly Round-Up… 11 June, 2019

Published on Jun 11 2019 10:20 AM

Weekly Round-Up… 11 June, 2019

Over 115,000 people, including 20,000 children, attended Bord Bia’s Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend. Commenting on the success of this year’s show, Tara McCarthy Bord Bia’s Chief Executive said, ‘We are proud that Bloom continues to evolve and this year’s show so accurately reflected our changing times and the mood of the nation. Our show gardens, postcard gardens and panel discussions highlighted key issues from climate change, environmentally friendly packaging and the importance of physical and mental well-being.”

Global online FMCG sales rose by 20.3% last year, with e-commerce now accounting for 5.1% of grocery sales worldwide, new data from Kantar has found. Growth was driven by the US and mainland China, Kantar’s data found, which together represent 84% of the growth in global e-commerce.

On the occasion of World Environment Day, UNITAR and Danone today announce that they have developed an online learning course named "Sustainable Diet". By highlighting the environmental and social aspects of food production and consumption, the partnership will help people to better understand the impact of their food choices on their health and on the health of the planet.

Dunnes Stores has lost its Supreme Court appeal concerning the validity of laws under which the Revenue Commissioners later raised tax assessments of €36.5 million on the supermarket chain concerning certain plastic bags. The five-judge court, while critical of the “overly complex” legislation, rejected the company’s claim the “flimsy” plastic bags at issue did not fall within the scope of the plastic bag levy.

Glanbia says it will “vigorously” defend a US patent case that was filed against it this month. The lawsuit in Delaware is the latest in a string of patent and class-action cases brought against the Irish group in recent years since it ramped up a foray into the hyper-competitive US consumer nutritional sector.

Dairygold is showing its support for the Irish Cancer Society’s SunSmart campaign by encouraging farmers to protect their skin this summer. Two County Tipperary farmers and their entourage donned the shades and layered on the sunscreen this week as they came together to raise awareness of the Irish Cancer Society’s SunSmart campaign.

Mondelēz International has completed the sale of its Kraft-branded Cheese business in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) to Arla Foods of Denmark. As previously announced, all Kraft-branded Cheese products in the MEA markets, as well as a Cheese manufacturing site in Bahrain, are part of this agreement. The transaction enables Mondelēz International to focus on faster-growing snacks categories, including Chocolate, Biscuits, Powdered Beverages and Gum & Candy offerings.

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