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Weekly Round Up, June 16, 2015

By Publications Checkout
Weekly Round Up, June 16, 2015

Football player Stephanie Roche has been appointed as health and wellbeing ambassador for service provider Sodexo. The three-year deal will see Roche supporting the company’s ‘Healthwise’ initiative across its 200 site locations in Ireland.

Topaz Manor Stone Ballacolla, in Co. Laois, has won the illustrious NACS Insight 2015 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award at a ceremony in London. It’s the second time the forecourt retailer has won the award, with its Cashel site on the M8 taking the prize in 2011.

Glanbia has improved its logistics network with the acquisition of Cold Chain Food Distribution Limited, a Finglas-based firm that specialises in wholesale distribution of dairy products, primarily in Carlow and Dublin. The Compeition and Consumer Protection Commission gave the green light to the deal on 11 June.

According to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, Irish employers expect to increase staff numbers by an average of 7% from June to September – a five percentage point increase on expectations for the same period last year, the highest result since 2007.

Coca-Cola has unveiled a 100% plant material-based bottle, made from sugarcane. While the company has yet to reveal its production goals for the bottles, it is an upgrade to its PlantBottle, which is made of 30% plant materials and accounts for 7% of its manufacturing globally.


A memo is expected to go to the Government today on the use of 1c and 2c coins, which, according to the Irish Independent, cost more to mint than they are worth. It is believed the Central Bank wants to roll out a rounding practice, similar to a trial scheme run in Wexford last year, where retailers round cash transactions to the nearest 5c, removing the need for 1c and 2c coins.

Trade union Siptu has condemned the treatment of Clerys workers, after the historic department store announced its closure on Friday night of last week, resulting job losses of 130 jobs, alongside 330 from the concessions based in Clerys. The liquidators of Clerys are set to meet union representatives today to clarify the position of the affected workers.

Mobile network Three has released details of its ambitious rewards programme, 3Plus, offering its customers Irish rugby and football tickets and music tickets at 3Arena, as well as festival experiences at Electric Picnic, Longitude and New Year’s Festival via its new app. The scheme will also offer discounts in Milano Restaurants, Littlewoods and McDonalds.

© 2015 - Checkout Magazine by Jenny Whelan

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