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Weekly Round Up, January 12 2016

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Weekly Round Up, January 12 2016

Roisin Hogan, the Irish star of the recent series of BBC's The Apprentice, has launched a new healthy noodle range, Hiro Noodles, in SuperValu stores, according to the Sunday Business Post. The paper reported that Hogan is also set to launch Hiro at a 'major high-end department store' in the coming days. According to the paper, Hogan plans to extend the brand into other food categories, and also cosmetics. Hogan was among the speakers at last year's Checkout Conference (pictured).

None of Aldi’s 80 new stores announced for the UK will be located in Northern Ireland. There had been speculation that the supermarket chain would branch out in Northern Ireland, but a spokesman for the company confirmed last week that this will not be the case. The recently-announced expansion will take the number of Aldi UK stores to over 700.

Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre has announced plans for a €10 million redevelopment. Coltard, the centre’s owner, is seeking planning permission to revamp the property in the hope of attracting two large anchor stores fronting onto Dublin harbour. If given the go-ahead, the renovation should be completed in the second quarter of 2017.

Shares in discount retailer Poundland, which trades as Dealz in Ireland, have fallen by more than 14%. This comes after the company warned that its full-year profits are expected to be at the lower end of market expectations. The reduced footfall mentioned in its third quarter statement continued into Christmas, according to CEO Jim McCarthy.

Following the news that a member staff at its Carrigaline outlet contracted TB, Lidl has assured shoppers that there is no evidence to suggest it was contracted in the store, and that there is no risk to the public. According to the Irish Mirror, an employee at the Co. Cork outlet told management that they had pulmonary tuberculosis in November of last year. Lidl said in a statement that it had then taken every measure to ensure the welfare of its team and the general public.

Marks & Spencer has claimed to have become the first British retailer to remove basic white bread loaves from its shelves, amid falling sales. According to the Daily Mail, the supermarket will soon only sell bread that has been enriched with extra fibre. The company has already added vitamin D to all of its bread in response to the high rates of vitamin deficiency in the UK.

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