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Weekly Round-Up… 26 March, 2019

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Weekly Round-Up… 26 March, 2019

Mr Tayto is offering one lucky winner in his latest competition to be in with the chance to have their rent paid for a whole year. Crisp lovers are being encouraged to pick up a promotional pack of Tayto, where a lucky winner could scoop a €1,300 monthly donation towards your rent (€15,600 over 12 months). The promotion is running across all four flavours of Tayto 35g Crisps. Closing date for the promotion is 13 May, 2019.

Despite Brexit, it appears that we’re going to be looking at a record spend for Mother’s Day this year, according to new research from leading retail and shopper marketing agency, Savvy. The survey (of 1,000 household shopping decision makers) indicates 64% of shoppers will be getting involved in the event this year. It is expected that, in the UK, over £1.23 billion will be spent on Mother’s Day celebrations.

The Festival of Light arrived at Dundrum Town Centre on Friday, 22 March and will be there until Sunday, 30 March 2019 open daily from 6 pm. The luminescent exhibition will transform Dundrum town square into a dazzling, multi-sensory experience with a series of three breathtaking interactive light installations designed to bring a shining ray of delight to all visitors, who are free to interact, play and photograph the installations. Visitors who share their photographs of the Festival of Light can also enter a competition to WIN a €1,000 Dundrum Town Centre voucher.

American whiskey exports slumped in the second half of 2018, taking a blow from higher duties by the country's trading partners following President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, an industry group said on Thursday. Canada, China, Mexico, and the European Union slapped import duties ranging from 10% to 25% on U.S whiskey and bourbon last year, resulting in an 11% drop in U.S. whiskey exports in the second half, according to a report from the Distilled Spirits Council.

Smurfit Kappa has re-committed its pledge on International Day of Forests to its sustainable sourcing policy which ensures that all wood supplied to their virgin paper mills meets the highest sustainability standards. The company, whose wood comes from managed forests as opposed to primary forest, manages forest holdings in several countries and plants 3.5 million trees annually. Since announced by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, International Day of Forests aims to raise awareness of the importance of all types of trees and woodland.

Cold storage availability both in Ireland and in the UK is critically short, according to Meat Industry Ireland (MII). Director of MII, Cormac Healy, said that one factor has been the higher-than-normal stock levels in the industry at the end of the year due to the elevated EU-wide beef output levels in the second half of last year. On top of that, storage space has been taken up with Brexit contingency stocks of products from right across the food sector.

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