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Weekly Round Up, July 28 2015

By Publications Checkout
Weekly Round Up, July 28 2015

Retailers of electronic cigarettes are said to be angry following the announcement of plans to restrict the advertising of E-cigs by The Advertising Standards Authority, according to The Sunday Times. The plan would see restrictions on the promotion of electronic cigarettes across television, radio and social media from September onwards.

A study by him! International has found that just 21% of shoppers in Ireland consider themselves 'financially secure', compared to an international average of 29%. Polish (21%) and Japanese (22%) display similar percentages to Ireland, however 43% of French consumers, 37% of German consumers, and 34% of UK consumers believe they are financially secure.

Ibec has called for an ‘early Irish response’ to the pro-business Budget introduced by UK chancellor George Osborne earlier this month. Launching its 2016 Budget submission, the business group said that "The recent UK budget is a major wake up call. They have embarked on a radical reform of the tax code to attract the next wave of inward investment, champion entrepreneurship and boost job creation. We need to show similar ambition.”

The Irish Times reports that the Country Director for Diageo in Ireland, David Smith has been appointed as the global drinks giant’s managing director for its Australia and New Zealand operations. After four years leading Diageo’s work in Ireland, Smith will take over from Tim Salt in Australia and New Zealand. It is as yet unknown who will take over the position in Ireland.

ABP Food Group has completed its €50 million redevelopment of its Cahir facilities, and in the process created 152 new jobs. The project included an extension and upgrade of the company’s existing food processing facilities, as well as the introduction of a new gel bone production plant at its by-products site.


The Irish Hospitality Institute welcomed over 170 member and guests to its Annual Summer Barbeque at the Conrad Hotel last week, which kicked off with a Valdo Prosecco Superiore reception. Attendees enjoyed an array of barbeque foods, as well as wine from Febvre & Company and craft beer from the hotel’s bar.

The Sunday Times has reported that The Liberties area in Dublin 8 is set to be the next ‘foodie quarter’ in the capital. Already home to several trendy restaurants and venues, a meeting between Liberties Business Area Improvement Initiative co-ordinator Stephen Coyne and Adrian Cummins of the Restaurants Association of Ireland may see new plans put in place to boost the district’s evening economy.

Over 300 people have entered the National Brown Bread Baking Competition, sponsored by Aldi. The contest will see its finals take place once again at the National Ploughing Championships in September. There is a prize fund of more than €7,000, with the overall winner receiving €2,500 in cash and €2,500 in Aldi shopping vouchers. The winner will also see their bread sold in Aldi stores, while they will receive 10% of every loaf sold.

Irish lighter manufacturer BIC has announced a partnership with the upcoming Big Grill Festival as the official lighter partner for the ‘Pitmasters Competition.’ 15 teams will compete across the weekend in the effort to secure a place at the famous Jack Daniels World Invitational Barbecue Championships in Tennessee this October.

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