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Weekly Roundup... 22 September, 2020

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup... 22 September, 2020

Aldi Ireland has announced that it won a total of nine awards at the World Beer Awards, which was recently presented by According to Aldi 'the World Beer Awards select the very best of internationally recognised styles, awarding and promoting the world’s best beers to consumers and trade across the globe'. Aldi’s Brown Bear Range of IPA and IPL beers made by the Pearse Lyons Brewery, was awarded Silver for the Brown Bear Double IPA and Bronze for the Brown Bear IPL. From the same brewery, The Roadworks Range was awarded three titles, receiving Silver for Roadworks Pale Ale, Silver for Roadworks IPA and Bronze for Roadworks West Coast IPA. The O’Shea’s Range from the Carlow Brewing Company was awarded Silver for the To Helles and Back Lager and Bronze for the Trick of Light Session IPA and Pale New Dawn Pale Ale, the discounter said. The range was also awarded the Bronze Award for Best Bottle Range Design. Speaking about the wins, John Curtin, group buying director at Aldi Ireland said that "this is a significant win for the Irish business". "It is testament to the hard work over the last number of years and we look forward to building on this success in 2021,” he added.

New senior appointments to the management team at Primeline Group have been announced by chief executive officer, Tim Cummins. Sean McNaughten takes on the role of managing director, sales and marketing, at the leading logistics and supply chain management business. McNaughten has a background in retail and beverages, working for multinational companies including ExxonMobil and Heineken. Having held sales, marketing, planning and strategy roles with Heineken in New Zealand, Ireland, and in the Netherlands, Sean McNaughten was most recently responsible for Heineken Global Duty Free and European Export from Amsterdam. Nikki Mullin is the newly appointed group HR director at Primeline Group.  Previously Head of HR for B&Q on the island of Ireland for eight years, Nikki Mullin has 17 years’ experience supporting companies in the successful delivery of their people strategy.  A UCD graduate, with post-graduate HR and Leadership qualifications from National College of Ireland and Sheffield Hallam University, Mullin’s industry experience spans retail, manufacturing, FMCG and supply chain, from SMEs to multinational operators.

Pimp My Salad has launched into SuperValu, which offers a range of meal toppers, including Coconut Bacon, Cashew Parmesan and Activated Super Seeds. Having been created, by brand founders Alex Komarov and Olga Plotnikova, the toppers use only the best ingredients, sourced from ethical suppliers, and are vegan, gluten free and keto/paleo friendly. Each is made using slowly dried cooking techniques, to ensure the nutrients in their ingredients stay intact, and each sprinkle of topper adds extra goodness to breakfast, lunch and dinner. “We’re really excited about our Ireland launch. Veganism is getting big in Australia and we do extremely well in this sector, but what is really exciting are the number of customers embracing the brand, and loving the flavours on offer, who aren’t necessarily following a plant based diet. We’re confident, given the feedback we get from customers here, that the Irish public will embrace the brand and we have an exciting marketing campaign in place to tell them all about it," said Plotnikova

Mainly below average rains last week in most of Ivory Coast’s cocoa regions bode well for the development of the forthcoming October-to-March main crop amid concerns damp-linked disease could damage pods, farmers said, reports Reuters. In the bush, farmers were expecting to handle more beans this season than last year, while harvesting was picking up ahead of the start of the new marketing season early in October. Farmers said there were plenty of buyers on the ground but they were reluctant to sell beans in the expectation of a higher farm gate price in the new season. More sunny spells will be needed to combat fungal black pods disease, which is appearing in some plantations following recent abundant rains, they said. "It's not worrying for the moment, but if it rains too much in the coming weeks, there will be some crop losses," said Albert N’Zue, who farms near the centre-western region of Daloa, which produces a quarter of Ivory Coast’s national output.

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