Two buyers from Spinney’s, one of the leading high-end supermarket chains in United Arab Emirates, were invited to Ireland last week. Their visit, which was organised by Bord Bia, focused on business meetings with 17 Irish food and drink companies to develop further business. Spinneys has over 55 retail outlets across the United Arab Emirates and is a substantial purchaser of Irish food.
Pernod Ricard has begun production of ‘fully-connected’ drinks bottles. The bottles, equipped with a QR code, will serve to protect against counterfeiting, while also offering consumer information according to The Drinks Business.
Agri Aware has launched its Incredible Edibles initiative for primary level students. The initiative help school teachers show their students how to grow and cook their own seasonal Irish fruit, vegetables and herbs. Teachers can avail of the free Incredible Edibles resource by logging on to www.incredibledibles.ie
Revenue officers acting on intelligence arrested a man carrying 10,000 contraband cigarettes in Dublin Airport on 13 February. The man had concealed the cigarettes in his checked-in suitcase while travelling from Kiev via Paris. The cigarettes, branded ‘L&M’ and ‘Parliament’, have a retail value of approximately €5,700 and represent a potential loss to the Exchequer of €4,500.
FMI has announced the appointment of Greg Marks as Financial Controller. Marks joins the field management agency from a Managing Director position at his Financial Accounting and Services Company. He has also worked in senior positions at Click.ie, Indiqu Inc, and eircom Phone Watch, and is a qualified Certified Public Accountant.