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Weekly Round-Up… 22 January, 2019

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Weekly Round-Up… 22 January, 2019

Galway-based Supermac's has won its long-running case against fast food giant McDonald's to have the use of the Big Mac trademark cancelled. In a landmark judgement by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the office said that McDonald's had not proven genuine use of the contested trademark as a burger or as a restaurant name. Supermac's had formally submitted a request to EUIPO to cancel the use of the Big Mac and Mc trademarks that McDonald's has registered in certain classes.

Irish pop star Samantha Mumba jetted home from LA today, to help Just Eat celebrate National Takeaway Tuesday. Taking place today Tuesday 22 January, this annual celebration, the online food-ordering and delivery service, gives customers the chance to enjoy 10% off their order, with a further 10% donated* to Just Eat charity partner, Peter McVerry Trust, when they enter the code ‘NTT2019’ at checkout.  The latest figures released show a continued increase in the number of families in emergency accommodation, with 9,968 people officially registered as homeless in November 2018. Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said, “Homelessness is not where we want anyone to be and with temperatures dropping to below freezing this week it will remind many of just how vulnerable people are. The support of programmes like this from Just Eat greatly enhance our ability to respond to the growing needs of those most at risk in our society. We currently accommodate over 1,400 people across our homeless and housing services every night, the highest figure in our 36-year history. All proceeds raised by Just Eat customers on National Takeaway Tuesday help us to scale up in response to this national emergency.”

Mount Charles has announced that its turnover has grown by just over 30% in the Irish market in the last year, with almost €2.5 million in new cleaning and catering contracts won from its Dublin base. Overall turnover for the Belfast-headquartered business has risen by 20% to £40 million and with employee figures growing to 2,500 in the same period, the company is firmly on the path to achieving its ambitious target of £100 million turnover by 2025.

Increasing customer interest in fortified foods has prompted Tesco to start boosting fibre content in some of its most popular snacks. In a move to help customers increase their dietary fibre Tesco has begun boosting fibre to own label foods starting with pies, pasties, sausage rolls and chilled breads. It follows Government guidelines which recommended that the average daily intake of fibre needed to nearly double in order for Brits to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Flipdish, a Dublin-based online food-ordering start-up, plans to hire 60 new staff this year as it limbers for a pan-European roll-out of its service. It will almost double the staff in Dublin with 20 new hires, as well as 40 new sales agents to sign up restaurants in countries such as France, Italy and Germany, as the business scales up after raising €7.5 million in equity funding in 2018.


Kraft opened a grocery store pop-up in Washington, D.C. to support a program called “Kraft Now, Pay Later” that helps federal government workers during the government shutdown. Current federal government workers holding their government ID will be able to shop and take home a bag full of Kraft products for their families. In return, Kraft asks workers (if they can) to pay it forward by donating to their charity of choice or someone in need once they are able to do so.

© 2019 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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