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Weekly Roundup... 11 February, 2020

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup... 11 February, 2020

Aldi Ireland recently announced the opening of a new flagship 'Project Fresh' store in Laytown, creating 20 new jobs. Located on the Strand Road, the new store will be Aldi’s sixth in Co. Meath. “The opening of Aldi Laytown is great news for local shoppers," said Tommy McCoy, store manager of Aldi’s new Laytown store.

Glenilen Farm, last year posted €5 million in revenues. The west Cork-based business is seeking to increase revenues by 8pc, to €5.45m, this year, reports the Irish Independent. Speaking with the newspaper Kingston said: "In 2019, Glenilen Farm sold 1.2 million yogurt jars in the UK. "Twenty-one percent of our 2019 turnover was from our UK-based business, and we hope to see that increase to 25pc of overall turnover in 2020, propelled by our glass jar yogurt range, which has proven very popular in the UK retail and food service market, and has seen sales grow by 50pc in Sainsbury's year on year."

Keelings was among over 3,000 exhibitors to display at the global Fruit Logistica exhibit in Berlin, from the 5 – 7 of February. Keelings is headquartered in Ireland but has operations globally. In excess of 75,000 trade visitors, from 135 countries, attended over three days to view fresh produce companies from across the globe.  Fruit Logistica invites organisations from the produce industry to convene and discuss unique insights into the latest innovations, products, and services at an international level. This year, sustainability was a central theme, with speakers sharing how the produce industry can minimise its use of natural resources, for example, through the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, or by finding more sustainable forms of packaging that use alternative and even organic materials.

Irish chicken producer Manor Farm, has won the IFSA Best Sustainable Food Product Award 2020 at The Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance (IFSA) awards, which took place last week, at the Citywest Conference Centre, Dublin. Manor Farm, was awarded for their ‘Farmers to Market’ Free-Range Chicken Thigh Burgers. Farmers to Market is open to Producers and Suppliers with food products produced in a manner that simultaneously protects and enhances the natural environment and the local community. Matthew O’Gorman, Manor Farm said: "We have been working alongside Farmers to Market to ensure the best quality product was produced without compromising on our sustainability goals. We are incredibly proud to have our efforts recognised at the ISFA’s, it motivates us to continue to strive to have the best quality poultry on the Irish market”.

The sale of Tesco’s supermarket premises in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, reportedly offers investors the opportunity to secure an initial net return of 9.82 per cent.  The property has been brought to the market by Sean O’Neill of agent TWM at a guide price of €8.8 million, reports the Irish Times.

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