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Weekly Roundup... 05 February, 2020

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup... 05 February, 2020

Ireland’s first single use plastic free café, UCC’s Bio Green Café, gets international recognition, saves 112,000 disposable items and reduces waste by 95%. Since its inception just over a year ago, the Bio Green Café in UCC has proven incredibly successful. During its first year of operation, the café has saved 112,00 pieces of disposable items and winning the 2019 Repak Pakman Award for Innovation In Waste Resource Products or Service, awarded to UCC and KSG for the Bio Green Café in October 2018, as well as entry into the EU’s European Business Awards for the Environment which will take place in Vienna in Autumn 2020.

Maxol customers have raised €66,000 in the company’s Christmas fundraising campaign, for its charity partner, Aware. Maxol’s Christmas Coffee Cup campaign saw a 10-cent donation go to Aware for every purchase of their exclusive Rosa coffee, as well as other hot drinks, during November and December 2019. “We are delighted with the support shown by our customers for our charity partner Aware; it is amazing the difference we can make with a collective effort across the country, " said Brian Donaldson, CEO of The Maxol Group.

Groupe Casino has signed an agreement with Beyond Meat, which saw the plant-based producer's products go on sale at Monoprix, Franprix, Géant and Casino Supermarchés from Monday 3 February, reports ESM Magazine.. The retailer said that it is the first major grocer in France to sell Beyond Meat's portfolio of products, which includes the Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage. Beyond Burger SKUs will be available in the frozen section at Franprix, Géant and Casino Supermarché stores, as well as in the chilled section at Monoprix in Paris, while a ten-pack Beyond Sausage SKU will be available at Géant and Casino Supermarché stores nationally.

Limerick was named ‘Region of the Year’ at the eighth annual Musgrave MarketPlace Region of the Year Awards, which took place recently at Farnham Estate & Spa, Cavan. 'The annual awards acknowledge the excellent team effort that goes in to the running of Musgrave MarketPlace branches around the country as well as awarding individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the business,' the group said.This year’s event saw 14 award categories in total with 160 Musgrave Wholesale Partners colleagues in attendance.

Aldi Ireland has extended its partnership with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) in a new four-year deal. The new contract sees Aldi extend its commitment to the Aldi Play Rugby programme, a national initiative for primary school children, the discount retailer explained."Aldi Play Rugby has made a massive impact in schools across the country, encouraging thousands of children to get active and lead a healthier lifestyle," said Giles Hurley, CEO for Aldi UK & Ireland.


Musgrave has named the winners of its fourth annual Heroes awards, crowning Brian McGuirk, regional transport planning manager with Musgrave in Cork as the Overall Musgrave Superhero. McGuirk also received the Customer Hero award for his 'outstanding contribution' at a recent gala dinner, that took place at the Powerscourt Hotel, Co Wicklow. The Irish food retail, wholesale and food service company launched the awards in 2016 to 'honour its Overall Superhero and inspirational colleagues'.

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