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Weekly Round-Up… 18 December, 2018

By Publications Checkout
Weekly Round-Up… 18 December, 2018

Londis, in conjunction with RTE, ran a text-in competition during the advertising breaks of this year’s Londis sponsored Taste’s Like Home with Catherine Fulvio, for one lucky viewer to win a prize of €5,000. This is the third year of Londis’ sponsorship of Taste’s Like Home with Catherine Fulvio, and the winner of the competition was Margaret Carroll from Ardfert, Tralee, Co Kerry.

Niall FitzGerald, the Irish-born, UK-based former head of Unilever, said that the Government needs to show a degree of flexibility on the Brexit backstop issue “sooner rather than later” to prevent a hard border. Speaking at the Dublin offices of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, FitzGerald said that, while he is generally supportive of the government’s stance, it could bring about the “hardest of hard borders” if it is the cause of a no agreement.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has revealed that 14 enforcement orders were served on food businesses last month. The 13 closure orders and one prohibition order were for breaches of food safety legislation, issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE). Among the closure orders was a Tesco Ireland store in Carrick-on-shannon, Leitrim, and an O’Breins Gala in Ennis, Clare.

Aldi has warned customers that there is a fake voucher claiming to be from their supermarket circulating online this week. The voucher, which people are sharing with their friends on Whatsapp, claims the company is "celebrating their 50th birthday and want to say a huge thank you to customers”, and that it is giving away hundreds of FREE €125 vouchers. The discount retailer has confirmed it is not a legitimate voucher and has strongly recommended people do not share their personal details on the link.

Dole Food Company, Inc., announced today an agreement to sell Saba Fresh Cuts AB and Saba Fresh Cuts OY to BAMA International. The Swedish and Finish production facilities produce washed and ready-to-eat salads. The companies prepare and sell various fresh-cut salads and vegetables to the retail and foodservice industry in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Baltic States. The sale of Saba Fresh Cuts AB was a necessary condition of the European Commission’s approval of the investment by Total Produce into Dole in July 2018.


According to the "Frozen Bakery Products - Global Market Outlook (2017-2026)" report, the Global Frozen Bakery Products market accounted for $15.21 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $34.52 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 9.5% during the forecast period. Some of the key factors driving the market growth include increasing demand for convenience food products, taste consistency demand among consumers, enhancement in retail channels serving these items and extended shelf life. On the other side factors such as growing competition among large companies are hampering the market growth.

© 2018 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Aidan O’Sullivan. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition. 

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