Robert Beirne, winner of the Lidl Graduate Employee of the Year, was recruited by Global Green for the Electric Picnic weekend to help with their waste management during the festival. Robert, who completed the Lidl Graduate Programme in Logistics Management, won the Graduate Employee of the Year award in May and was given full responsibility for Lidl’s waste and recycling contracts across the island of Ireland. Global Green invited Robert to join their Waste and Recycling Team, as well as give a brief talk on how he has helped Lidl become greener.
Supervalu’s Good Food Karma Project arena is to return to the National Ploughing Championships. The arena will be MC’ed by Hector and feature live broadcasting from Today FM and a variety of dishes served up by a host of Supervalu’s Food Academy producers.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD launched a new €500,000 Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund on Friday 9 September. The fund provides €50,000 in equity funding to each successful applicant, in order to support start-up activity in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. The fund will open for submissions on Wednesday 21 September and will close at 3pm Wednesday 5 October 2016.
The National Sustainability Summit is to be held in Citywest, Dublin, on 11 October 2016. The summit will feature over 1,000 delegates, 100 speakers, and 50 exhibitors, with 17 distinct conferences on such topics as Energy Efficiency, Waste Reduction, Sustainable Food, Regulations and Policy, Sustainable Transport, and more.
The Grow HQ Building is set to open to the public later this month in Waterford. The building is designed to be a self-sustaining social enterprise where people will come together to grow, cook and eat homegrown food. Tánaiste Joan Burton turned the sod on the project in December 2015.
Musgrave brands, SuperValu and Centra have partnered with Bia Food Initiative as a charity partner. Musgrave donated 3.4 tonnes of surplus fresh food to the charity from its annual Trade Fair that took place at Punchestown on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 of September. The charity is re-distributing the food as part of 8,500 meals to various causes around Ireland.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny launched Aldi’s sponsorship of the Play Rugby Programme on Friday. The programme is a national IRFU initiative to assist schoolchildren, teachers, and parents to get involved with rugby at the primary school level. The Taoiseach said at the event: “I would encourage teachers and parents from schools across the country to get involved in Aldi Play Rugby and help encourage children and young people to be active.”
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