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Weekly Roundup... 16 June, 2020

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup... 16 June, 2020

As the hospitality sector gets ready to re-open later this month, Heineken Ireland is in the process of collecting 100,000 kegs of its product and has committed to 'shouldering the cost' of the unused stock it collects. This is equivalent to a contribution of over ten million pints to pubs across Ireland. 'This contribution will ensure that all Heineken Ireland product in outlets around the country is at peak freshness and of the highest quality when the sector starts to re-open later this month,' the brewer said. "This is a large investment for our business at a challenging time for us all but it will be worth it to ensure that everyone’s first pint back at their local is at the peak quality and freshness consumers expect from Heineken," said Sharon Walsh, commercial director at Heineken Ireland.

We all know them; the neighbour, friend, loved one, or even the random stranger who has gone over and above during the Covid-19 crisis to make life easier for others. Now, Mace Ireland is on the hunt for those local heroes. Mace Ireland has launched an exciting new community initiative called Unsung Heroes, where they are putting a call-out to people around the country to send in inspirational stories of people who have done amazing acts of kindness in their local community in recent months. Prizes of €200 one for all voucher can be won, 4 in total. Each entry needs to have an image/short video sent in along with your entry explaining why you – or your nominated ‘Unsung Hero’ – deserves to win one of the prizes. Full details of this marvelous community initiative is available on Mace’s website and through their social media channels and entries close on June 21.

Discounter Lidl has introduced LidlPlusWLAN, a free wireless LAN service, to its stores across Germany, according to a report in the trade publication rundschau.deThe service will allow shoppers to connect to the internet in Lidl stores without relying on their mobile network or data service. The initiative aims to support customers who are looking for ingredients or the origin of a product when shopping. Customers are directed to a login page after connecting to the service via the WLAN settings on their smartphones.  The service is accessible once the user accepts the terms of use on the one-time login page. LidlPlusWLAN is available in all 3,200 Lidl stores in Germany during opening hours, the report said.

Aldi Ireland has announced that it has moved all its own-label falafel and veggie burger ranges to 100% recyclable trays. The move involves more than 1.2 million trays used each year to package a wide variety of products across the two ranges, including Aldi’s Specially Selected Thai Bites and Sweet Potato Falafel, as well as Aldi’s Deli range, which includes Mediterranean and Moroccan Falafel, Beetroot Falafel, and Sweet Potato Burger, to name a few. "Moving our falafel and veggie burger ranges to fully recyclable packaging is further progress as Aldi works towards achieving our goal of having 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging across all our products," said John Curtin, Aldi’s group buying director.

Gruppo PAM has partnered with RetailPro to bring the PAM store banner to Italy’s Campania region. The agreement, signed by Gruppo PAM subsidiary PAM Franchising, will see the opening of 100 stores in southern Italy in January 2021 and the creation of 3,000 jobs during the 2020-2021 period. RetailPro is a newly-established retail investment business, of which which Gruppo PAM is an active partner and shareholder. RetailPro is entering the Italian retail market with a planned investment of €20 million earmarked for 2020 alone, which will mainly be invested in new stores, but also go towards the construction of a 30,000 square metre distribution centre in the Aversa Nord industrial area.

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