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Weekly Round-Up… 17 July, 2019

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Weekly Round-Up… 17 July, 2019

Mondelēz International has announced it has completed its previously announced agreement to acquire a majority interest in Perfect Snacks, a pioneer in the fast-growing refrigerated nutrition bars segment with a range of offerings including Perfect Bar, The Original Refrigerated Protein Bar, and Perfect Snacks’ other lines of organic, non-GMO, nut-butter based protein bars and bites.

Unilever has announced the launch of Cif eco-refill in the UK, the new at-home technology that allows consumers to refill and reuse their Cif spray bottles for life. This comes when UK demand for less plastic and more refillable and reusable solutions are on the rise, with 62% of people saying reuse is even more important to them than recycling. More than eight in ten (83%) people wish they had access to more refillable products and furthermore only one in six (16%) are currently buying refills. The largest barriers are lack of awareness on refill products or simply not being able to find them on supermarket shelves. With that in mind, Cif has worked to create a powerful no-mess solution, becoming the first household cleaning brand to do so with this pioneering twist and click refill design.

Nesquik, the iconic family favourite milk drink, has joined the long list of flavours available in the Nescafé Dolce Gusto system. Each serving of Nescafé Dolce Gusto Nesquik hot chocolate provides a source of calcium and also offers a generous foam top, giving drinkers a unique and indulgent experience. Nesquik is the latest Nestlé brand available within the Nescafé Dolce Gusto system, which also offers the classic Chococino and Chococino Caramel hot chocolates under the Nescafé Dolce Gusto label.

Reckitt Benckiser has agreed to pay up to $1.4 billion to end U.S. federal investigations into the marketing of opioid addiction treatment by its former business Indivior, lifting a cloud that has been hanging over the British company for years. While the settlement is significantly higher than the $400 million that the consumer goods group had set aside to cover the cost of the investigations, analysts said it could allow its new chief executive to focus on a turnaround plan. Shares in Reckitt Benckiser (RB), whose products range from Mucinex cold medicine and Lysol cleaners, rose as much as 3.3% in early Thursday trading.

Nestle's bottled water division Nestle Waters, owner of Perrier and Vittel, said it would team up with Canada's Ocean Legacy Foundation to help to clean up plastic pollution. Consumer goods companies, such as Nestle, are under pressure to do more to reduce the waste their business generates as consumers become increasingly aware of the damaging impact of plastic that ends up in landfill and oceans. Many of them, including Nestle and French peer Danone, have made voluntary pledges to make all of their plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.


International spirits company, Quintessential Brands Group, is extending its partnership with leading yacht charter holiday company, Sunsail, as Opihr Gin is today confirmed as a founding sponsor of Sunsail’s new UK yacht fleet. As a founding sponsor, Opihr sponsors ‘The Spirit of Opihr’, one of the first of the new boats. Based at Port Solent in Hampshire, the new fleet will be available for charters and racing regattas on the UK’s south coast.

© 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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