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Weekly Roundup... 14 July, 2020

Published on Jul 14 2020 10:20 AM

Weekly Roundup... 14 July, 2020

The international Walsh Whiskey Community has successfully raised funds to support 1,000 nursing hours, in just over a month, for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation in support of seriously ill children under five years old and their families. To raise the money, Bernard & Rosemary Walsh, founders of Walsh Whiskey (Writers’ Tears & The Irishman), set up a raffle and donated their personal collection of all nine vintages of Writers’ Tears Vintage Cask Strength, super-premium whiskey produced since 2011. Donations were made by people buying raffle tickets on Eventbrite from countries across the world, including Australia and the US. To ensure 100% of all donations made went directly to Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, Walsh Whiskey have covered all Eventbrite fees to reach the target of €16,000 for 1,000 hours of nursing care.

Professor Frank O’Mara, director of research at Teagasc, has just been confirmed as the incoming president of the EU Animal Task Force (ATF), Professor O’Mara is due to commence his new role with the ATF in November. The ATF is an influential European Public-Private Partnership concerned with the role of sustainable and competitive livestock production within the food system. It is a leading body of European expertise linking industry and research providers to promote innovation in the livestock sector, the group explained. Commenting on his appointment, Professor O’Mara said: "We are at a very important juncture for agriculture in the EU with the recent publication of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies of the Green Deal."

Eurospar Skerries will soon be offering their customers the opportunity to win a brand new Renault Zoe Electric Car, courtesy of Electric Ireland and BWG Foods, owners and operators of the Eurospar brand in Ireland. The prize, sponsored by Electric Ireland and won by Eurospar Skerries at the annual BWG Foods’ Trade Show, was the coup de grace at the event; the largest food industry event of its kind in Ireland which, now in its tenth year, was hosted virtually for the first time this year. The two-day event brought together more than 200 of Ireland’s leading indigenous and multinational suppliers spanning categories including health and wellness, fresh food, pre-prepared meals, chilled produce, beverages and confectionery, showcasing key offers to over 1,000 retailers, with sales generated via a dedicated online purchasing platform. Eurospar Skerries Retailer Shane Bowe was thrilled to win the car and said, “We are delighted to have won this fabulous prize and I am really looking forward to ultimately presenting it to one of our customers. We were over the moon to receive the news that our Supermarket had won the prize and I want to thank BWG Foods and Electric Ireland for the opportunity.”Commenting, Eurospar managing director Malachy Hanberry said, “I would like to thank Electric Ireland for providing the 100% electric Renault Zoe 192 to EUROSPAR Skerries, we really appreciate their support. I am sure that Shane and his team will devise a fun and exciting competition for their customers to be in with a chance to win this fabulous car.”

Carrefour Belgium has launched a new range of regional gourmet products under the Les Belges label. The new Les Belges range offers a total of 21 products, which includes, among others, thin galettes, speculoos, almond tarts, brown sugar, sirop de Liège and Bruges biscuit, reports esmmagazine.comInitially, the range will offer sweet groceries and frozen products for consistency and association with Belgian identity, the retailer said. Over the coming months, Carrefour will add more products to the range in the butchery, cooked meats and cheese categories.  Product manager at Carrefour Belgium's, Tatiana Paul, commented, “To develop [the range] we spent a year working very closely alongside scrupulously selected producers. “The recipes are authentic, and the ingredients are high quality – and a gourmet approach has been adopted for the whole range.”

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