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Weekly Round-Up… 9 July, 2019

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Weekly Round-Up… 9 July, 2019

This latest addition to the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare series is made using the exceptional Highland single malt Glenury Royal, from the “ghost” distillery of the same name that shut its doors in 1985. In making this whisky, Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge and his team also hand-selected two exceptionally rare whiskies from the “ghost” distilleries of Cambus and Pittyvaich perfectly balancing their creamy toffee and butterscotch notes with the sumptuous orchard fruits, sweet apple and delicate apricot notes of Glenury Royal.

Papa John's International Inc said on Monday it has appointed a McDonald's Corp veteran to the newly created role of chief of restaurants operations, as the pizza chain remodels itself after the departure of its scandal-hit founder. Jim Norberg, who has spent more than 30 years at McDonald's, will be responsible for growing sales and profit margins as well as improving customer satisfaction at Papa John's, the company said. Papa John's earlier this year named its first chief people officer after founder John Schnatter, who reportedly used a racial slur during a media training conference call last year, exited following a long and acrimonious battle.

PepsiCo has announced the ten emerging nutrition food and beverage entrepreneurs that will join its incubator programme, Nutrition Greenhouse. Designed to support nutrition food and beverage entrepreneurs, the programme returned for its second year in June 2018. Nutrition Greenhouse offers each of the ten participating companies a €20,000 grant, and access to PepsiCo mentors and experts to take their business to the next level. This year’s finalists were chosen based on their product quality and positioning, focus on health and wellness and scalable business model.

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.


Smurfit Kappa has walked away with 11 awards for its innovative and sustainable packaging at the UK Starpack Awards last week. Creative eCommerce and shelf-ready solutions for a diverse range of products including gin, dry shampoo and motorcycle helmets received praise from the judging panel for their clever use of materials and innovative approach to the brief. The packaging leader’s haul included two gold, one silver, three bronze, four highly commended and one special award. The ‘Packaging Star of the Year’ award went to Smurfit Kappa Designer Carolann Butler for her clever ‘Touch Box’ pack for electrical heating units.

© 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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