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Weekly Round-up, 23 March 2021

By Maev Martin
Weekly Round-up, 23 March 2021

Lidl Ireland and its supplier, Meade Farm, have recently introduced an exclusive limited edition range of Irish Gold Potatoes. Supplied exclusively to Lidl by their long-term supplier, Meade Farm, these premium unique white potatoes were grown by Meath-based Gibbstown Farm and have a distinct taste and traditional heritage, the discounter said. “At Lidl, we’re constantly working with our network of more than 260 Irish suppliers to bring new and unique products to our shelves," commented John McDonagh, head of Fruit and Vegetables, Lidl Ireland. "We’ve been working with Meade Farm since we arrived in Ireland two decades ago and as we continue to grow and expand our range, we’re delighted that Meade has been able to grow with us," he said.

AsIAm supported by SuperValu is set to continue their series of webinars with ‘Voices of the Community: Starting the Autism Journey, A Parent’s Perspective’ on 24 March at 7 pm.  The online seminar will explore the experiences of parents who have started out on their family’s autism journey. The webinar will be the fifth in the 2021 series that continues to bring informative topics and valuable advice to the autism community. The community support events can be accessed online and through AsIAm and SuperValu’s social channels. To register for the ‘Voices of the Community’ virtual seminar click here.The upcoming webinar will provide a unique platform for a number of parents to speak first-hand of their experiences with autism. On the night, parents Ciara Jones, Cathal McDaniels and Caroline Poole will each speak to their own personal stories about their family’s journey with autism. The parents will discuss their individual experiences to date, the process of understanding their child's autism, accessing support and sharing their own family’s milestones and progress. Due to the nature of this upcoming webinar, it will only be available through the livestream and will not be recorded for later viewing.

France is to allow poultry farms in southwestern areas hit by a severe strain of avian influenza to resume production after a sharp fall in new cases of the disease, the agriculture ministry has said. France is among European countries to have seen the H5N8 bird flu virus spread this winter from wild birds to farm poultry. Authorities have carried out mass culling of flocks to stem the disease, with France slaughtering around three million birds, mostly ducks. The number of new outbreaks of the virus in France had fallen to five in the first week of March compared with nearly 130 in the first week of January, while in the most-affected region of the Landes no new cases have been recorded in the last month, the ministry said in a statement on Friday. "This means that the drastic measures deployed to limit the spread of the virus ... have brought results," it said.

Of the seven commodities sectors driving deforestation, palm oil companies are doing the most to alleviate their environmental impact following years of public pressure, a study by a global environmental disclosure group has revealed. The CDP study is likely to ramp up pressure on commodity companies to go green given the progress in palm oil, which is widely blamed by environmentalists for much of the destruction of tropical rainforests. Based on responses from more than 550 leading companies in the agri-commodities sector, the study found nearly all who use or produce palm oil are taking at least one industry accepted measure to address deforestation, such as having sufficiently ambitious traceability targets. Companies involved with rubber, by contrast, are doing the least, while the coffee and cattle products sector also perform poorly, the study found.

Lidl Switzerland has reached the milestone of completing 200,000 refuels in its e-charging stations. The discounter has been steadily expanding its network of e-charging stations since 2016, enabling customers to charge their e-cars with green electricity at approximately 35 Lidl branches. More than 200,000 free-of-charge refuelings have been carried out since the filling station network was set up, reports The retailer has been operating e-filling stations in front of numerous branches since 2016, allowing customers to recharge their electric vehicles with free electricity during opening hours. Since the opening of the first filling station in Dübendorf, Lidl Switzerland has already delivered over 2,400,000 kWh of energy through the filling stations through 200,000 instances of refuelling. This represents an average of 6 charges per charging column per day.

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