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Weekly Round Up, August 11, 2015

Published on Aug 11 2015 8:35 AM

Weekly Round Up, August 11, 2015

Aldi is reportedly investigating complaints about a 'strange smell' coming from its Comeragh Sports Water. The Journal reported that a number of consumers have been in touch with the retailer to voice their concerns about the product. In a statement, Aldi said it was investigating the smell, and that consumers could return products for a full refund.

Ahead of the transfer of the business to Booker, The Grocer has reported that around 400 Londis retailers in the UK have signed up to a new Londis 2020 retailer package. Musgrave Group, which operates the chain, said that the sign up was quicker than expected.

Centra retailer Des Cosgrove, of Centra Maugheraboy, has taken over the running of a Centra outlet in Sligo town centre, opposite the main bus station. Sligo Today reported that the store on the corner of Lord Edward Street and Wolfe Tone Street was previously closed in January.

Traders in Killaloe, Clare, are opposing the development of a new Aldi outlet in the town, reports the Irish Examiner. John Daly, of the Forge General Store has called on Clare County Council to reject the discounter’s planning application, saying that the town is already served by three supermarkets, and that smaller shops may have to close if Aldi is allowed to build a new store.

Last week saw the launch of this year’s A Taste of West Cork Food Festival (September 4-13) at Kalbo’s @ Uillinn in Skibbereen, attended by Minister Simon Coveney.  The nearly 140-event lineup will include, cookery workshops, formal and informal dinners and interactive food demonstrations, a sustainability conference, awards ceremony, historical events and farm visits.

UK supermarket Waitrose has seen an 881% surge in sales of baking trays, as the new series of Great British Bake-Off sparks renewed interest in home baking. Sales of baking equipment in general also rose by 55%, the retailer reported.

The fuel sponsor of the 2015 National Ploughing Championships, Top Oil, has partnered with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) to advertise the event on 100 billboards across the country. NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh has welcomed Top’s involvement, saying it is a brand widely recognised throughout rural Ireland.

Credit ratings agency Fitch has raised its for Ireland from stable to positive, and affirmed the country’s long term rating at A-. Fitch cited the “strengthening recovery of domestic demand and favourable financing conditions” as rating drivers and noted that tax revenues in the first half of 2015 were up by 11.7%

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