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Weekly Roundup... 12 May, 2020

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup... 12 May, 2020

Danish shopping malls were allowed to open again since Monday as the Nordic country enters its second phase of reopening after the coronavirus lockdown, the government has said. Smaller stores have already reopened but the entire retail sector, including shopping malls,  reopen from 11 May, and restaurants and cafes one week later, reports Reuters. The result of negotiations with neighbouring countries about border controls and travel bans will be announced by 1 June, the government said.

Eurospar has launched a series of video to promote in-store health and safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos which are currently being shared across their social media channels, have to date been viewed by almost one million people. “The videos are providing tremendous comfort to the local communities our Eurospar Supermarkets serve and are reassuring customers that they can shop for their everyday essentials in a healthy and safe environment in their local Eurospar,” Malachy Hanberry, managing director, Eurospar said.

Boots was recently recognised as the most reputable pharmacy and retailer in Ireland according to the 2020 Ireland RepTrak study. The company has moved up the leader board ten places from last year and is now rated the 3rd most reputable organisation overall in Ireland. "This recognition truly is testament to the commitment of our 2,000+ colleagues across the country who enable us to offer the very best in customer and patient care," said Bernadette Lavery, managing director at Boots Ireland.

South American coffee growers may delay harvest this year and limit the number of workers they employ as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, threatening to reduce this year's crop of export-quality beans, reports Reuters. The pandemic has killed more than 250,000 people and upended food production worldwide. Meat processing plants where outbreaks have occurred are closed; truckers have curtailed deliveries for fear of infection, and farmers are destroying crops that they cannot get to consumers.

Healthy fast food chain Leon has announced the appointment of former McDonald's Ireland managing director Adrian Crean as a non-executive director of Leon Ireland. Crean served as managing director of McDonald's Ireland from 2011 to 2017, reports Leon Ireland managing director Stuart Fitzgerald stated, "We are delighted to further strengthen our board with Adrian's appointment. His expertise and experience will be invaluable as we navigate the post-COVID-19 economy. Adding someone of Adrian's calibre reinforces our optimistic view of the prospects for Leon in Ireland and our belief that there is a sizable market opportunity."

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