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Weekly Round Up, June 9, 2015

By Steve Wynne-Jones
Weekly Round Up, June 9, 2015

Coca-Cola has launched a nationwide tour initiative, 'Your Summer, Your Choice', with which the drinks brand will encourage consumers to personalise their festival experiences. The campaign will feature Ireland’s first ever '360ᵒ Selfie Stage', as well as a 'special Coca-Cola vending machines where the only currency accepted is a smile', the company said.

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on the government to introduce legislation to prevent the situation involving Dunnes workers from happening again. Commenting on the 'day of action', which took place on Saturday, Boylan said, “What is needed is fair hours legislation that will deal more compressively with low hour contracts. Existing legislation is simply insufficient. […] The government needs to act.”

The Small Firms Association hosts its Annual National Conference at the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge, this Wednesday, with speakers including SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan, Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin, TD, and communications guru Terry Prone. The theme of the event is 'Boost - your confidence, your team, your business, your profits.'

Dublin-based Core Media has announced that it is to employ an additional 20 staff, as it looks to ramp up its digital and data offering to clients. The roles, which centre around social media and online analytics, are being created alongside an ongoing graduate programme operated by the group.

Northern Ireland's Shortcross Gin hosted its inaugural Signature Serve competition in Belfast last week, to promote the use of the gin, produced by Rademon Estate Distillery, in a range of summer cocktails. Stuart Podmore, from Muriel’s Café Bar in Belfast, triumphed with his Muriel’s Signature Shortcross Serve, at the event in sixty6 cocktail bar.


The government is currently drafting a Bill to determine provisions for the sale of e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery systems, Health Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed. In response to a question from Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin, the Minister said that the "Department is currently drafting the General Scheme of a Bill which includes provisions for the licensing system and the prohibition of the sale of non-medicinal nicotine delivery systems by and to persons under the age of 18 years."

Northern Irish chocolate producer NearyNogs has launched what it says is the first gluten-free 'bean to bar’ product. The family-owned business has added stone ground chocolate made from single origin cocoa beans to its portfolio of more than 30 different handmade soft chocolates with flavours such as lemon and green tea.

Guinness owner Diageo could soon be taken over by 3G Capital, a Brazilian investment vehicle, according to media reports. According to a report in Brazilian publication Veja, billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann, who runs 3G, is thought to be mulling a bid for the drinks giant, which is valued at around €58.4 billion.

Discounter Aldi has launched a range of garden furniture and outdoor ‘special buys’ on sale from 18 June. A Rattan Effect Furniture Set is on offer for €199, as well as a Fire Pit priced at €34.99 and a Steel Chiminea for €39.99.

More than 8,000 people have signed a petition asking Tesco to continue stocking Ashers products; the bakery at the centre of a high profile discrimination case in Northern Ireland. Ashers hit the headlines when it refused to bake a cake saying ‘Support Gay Marriage’ on it. The news comes as actor Patrick Stewart lent his support to the Ashers family, saying it is an issue of free speech, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

© 2015 - Checkout Magazine by Jenny Whelan

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