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Weekly Roundup... 10 November, 2020

By Maev Martin
Weekly Roundup... 10 November, 2020

Sustainable packaging firm Faerch Group has announced the acquisition of the Sirap food packaging business in Italy, Poland and Spain, from Italmobiliare, reports The acquisition enables the Denmark-based Faerch Group to expand its geographical footprint and 'provide local customers with direct access to Faerch’s value added, innovative packaging solutions', it said in a statement. It includes three production sites, in Italy, Spain and Poland, while close to 1,000 employees will switch to Faerch Group as part of the deal. The transaction is expected to close within three months, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval. “We have been analysing the Italian market thoroughly over the last few years and are convinced that Sirap’s food packaging business represents a perfect fit for Faerch," commented Lars Gade Hansen, CEO of Faerch Group. "Our local customers will benefit from an extended product range and our innovative circular packaging solutions."

Just Eat has confirmed that McDonald’s McDelivery will be available to order on the Just Eat app from tomorrow, Wednesday 11 November. This phased roll-out will see participating McDonald’s restaurants live on the Just Eat platform from 11am, with a total of 49 locations right across Ireland available by 25 November. With customers craving a taste of normality and routine as the nation prepares to enter its fourth week living in lockdown, the much-loved McDelivery menu on Just Eat will feature everyone’s favourite McDonald’s breakfast, lunch and dinner options, with Just Eat customers in Dublin 1 (O’Connell Street region), Dublin 15 (Blanchardstown), Dublin 6 (Rathmines), Dublin 5 (Coolock), Cork City, Limerick City and Galway City, the first to benefit from this exciting roll-out.

Employees of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC) Ireland and Northern Ireland have reportedly been informed of a restructuring process that will cause the loss of a number of a jobs. According to The Irish Independent, Coca-Cola HBC told its staff about the decision to restructure the business during a call. Sources with knowledge of the matter reportedly stated that Coca-Cola HBC employees were informed that there will be a 12-week consultation period across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.At present, Coca-Cola HBC employs approximately 750 people on the island of Ireland.

Aldi’s Ballyfermot, Kylemore Road store has reopened its doors to customers, following an extensive renovation project which has seen the store completely refurbishedThe newly refurbished store has received a full makeover in line with Aldi’s award-winning 'Project Fresh' design.  Featuring the new layout, Aldi’s Ballyfermot, Kylemore Road store offers a wide selection of fresh food at the front of the store, hi-spec fixtures and fittings and new signage that provides a more efficient and hassle-free shopping experience, the discount retailer said. The store will be powered by 100% green electricity.

The European Union is poised to move this week to impose tariffs on $4 billion of US imports in retaliation for US subsidies for planemaker Boeing, EU diplomats said. A majority of EU governments have backed imposing the widely expected tariffs once EU trade ministers meet today – the latest twist in a transatlantic trade saga that has spanned 16 years and four US presidents. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was named as the winner of the US election at the weekend, but Republican Trump would remain president until January 20 and has plenty of leeway to increase US tariffs on Europe that were imposed in a parallel case over subsidies for Airbus. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last month warned any EU tariffs would "force a US response" and Trump has threatened to "strike back harder".

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