Weekly Round Up, May 19, 2015

By Steve Wynne-Jones
Weekly Round Up, May 19, 2015

JTI Ireland’s legal challenge against the Irish state over tobacco plain packaging legislation continued yesterday (18 May) at the Commercial Court. In the hearing, JTI indicated its opposition to a request issued by the State to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), over the legal basis for its plain packaging legislation. JTI opposed the State’s request, primarily because the CJEU is already considering a similar referral from the UK Courts from November 2014.

Waterford City is set to receive a €10 million facelift, as plans for an urban renewal project have been approved by the city and county council. The Apple Market and Arundel Square will be developed as key public spaces, while improvements in transport and agreements on delivery times for city centre businesses will be agreed upon, to make the city more people-friendly.

The head of SABMiller, the owner of Fosters, Grolsch and Peroni, Alan Clark has accused beer advertisements as treating women as the “butt of jokes”, and being dismissive and insulting to female consumers. In an interview with British newspaper The Daily Mail, he went on to say that it is time for the industry to move on and recognise that women drink beer.

Mondelez has chosen ChannelSight, a start-up owned by Irishman John Beckett, best known for building the first Ryanair website at only 17, to drive its global e-commerce push. Mondelez has selected ChannelSight to manage its digital media touch points such as product pages and social media campaigns, SiliconRepublic has reported.

Poultry processor Moy Park has increased its output to 5 million chickens per week for the first time in its history, Agriland has reported. Over the last few years, the company has increased its output by 60% from 3.1 million chickens in 2009. Moy Park’s UK and Ireland director, Alan Gibson said that this growth is attributable to an increased demand for locally sourced, high-quality chicken.


Dunnes Stores staff that protested against South African Apartheid in the 1980s have been honoured with the unveiling of a plaque on Henry Street. The plaque commemorates the 11 workers who picketed for nearly three years, eventually leading to a ban of South African goods being sold in Ireland until Apartheid was ended.

Aldi has faced criticism in the UK for selling products containing pigs’ blood and skin as part of a range of supposedly halal range of foods. Aldi investigated the incident and discovered that its supplier Punjab Pakora had accidently packaged the Black Pudding Pakora in a boxes mistakenly marked as halal-certified.

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