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Weekly Roundup... 14 January, 2020

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup... 14 January, 2020

Kepak Group, has recently announced a significant sponsorship deal with Meath Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) until the end of the 2022 season. Headquartered in Clonee, the agreement means Kepak’s logo will reappear on Meath county jerseys and on new branding at Páirc Tailteann in Navan. This sponsorship represents a new phase for Kepak’s strong history with Gaelic games in Meath; Kepak and Meath GAA enjoyed one of the longest and most successful relationships in Gaelic football, featuring a 14-year sponsorship of the men’s team, the food company outlined in a statement.

Applegreen plc has announced that following the success of its meat-free sausage roll, it has launched a new vegan croissant across its stores in the Republic of Ireland on Monday. “Following the resounding success of the Vegan Sausage Roll last year, we have listened to our customers and are meeting the growing demand for a broader choice of quality plant based alternatives," said Fiona Matthews, commercial director for Applegreen Retail Operations Ireland.

East Coast Bakehouse, has reportedly posted a €4.8 million loss in its last financial year, according to it's newly filed accounts. It brought its accumulated losses in the 12 months to the end of February last year to €12.2 million, reports the Irish Independent.

Dutch poultry company Plukon Food Group has announced that it has agreed to acquire 51% shares in Fresh Care Convenience BV, a subsidiary of Staay Food Group. The move is in line with the Plukon's goal to invest in vegetable chains and vegetable processing. The acquisition will also mutually benefit both companies by strengthening their sourcing, existing logistics channels, and production capacity.

Lithuanian retail group Maxima has announced that it has implemented a number of AI-based solutions across its grocery stores for better customer experience. The new technology will also help in streamlining operations, reducing the cost of running the stores, and balancing employee workloads, the retailer said.


Spar Italy has introduced a new app in association with technology partner Aspiag Service for better retail management. The retailer has rolled out the .onRetail app in over 560 Despar, Eurospar, and Interspar stores in the Northeast and Emilia-Romagna regions. The new solution assists retail teams in various processes, such as placing orders with the distribution centres or suppliers, managing returns, and material goods handling, Spar said in a statement.

McDonald's has said that it is expanding its trial of Beyond Meat-made vegan burgers in Canada as the world's biggest fast food chain tests the viability of a broader rollout, reports Reuters. The fast food chain's initial 12-week test late last year of its so-called "PLT" burger at 28 locations in Southwestern Ontario will grow to a total of 52 locations on January 14 and run for another three months.

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