Weekly Roundup, August 22, 2017

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup, August 22, 2017

Dealz owner Poundland has defended its Twin Peaks chocolate bar. This follows legal action from Toblerone's parent company Mondelez, according to The Guardian. The private label bar was initially planned to be launched at the end of June, however, this was delayed following legal action from confectionery giant Mondelez, which claimed that the bar was a copycat of its own Toblerone product.

Retail Excellence is to host an eCommerce Conference in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown on September 27. The event will feature world-class experts in IT, data protection, digital marketing and law and will be opened by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Denis Naughten.

Irish farmers could soon find premium sellers for GM- and antibiotic-free beef. Italian retailer Coop Italia is turning to Ireland for a supply of meat that has been reared free of genetically modified feed and antibiotics, in response to rising consumer demand on the continent.

The Sales Institute is hosting an event for FMCG sales directors on September 29. The event, titled ‘What a retailer expects from a National Account Manager’ will feature a keynote speech from the Grocery Category Director of Tesco and will be opened to sales directors of FMCG organisation of non-member companies of the network.

Supervalu has announced a new partnership with eir as part of its Real Rewards loyalty programme. The partnership means that Supervalu customers can collect loyalty points by linking their eir broadband or landline account, and can use points to receive discounts of up to €60 off their bills.


Fuel retailers have called for tax incentives before providing charging points for electric cars. The Irish Petrol Retailers Association has issued a statement saying it approves of government plans to have Irish drivers go electric by 2050 but said forecourt retailers will need incentives to do so.

Bord Bia has formally recognised the main European feed quality assured schemes as meeting requirements to supply feed to Bord Bia farms. This move avoids unnecessary costs and duplication of standards and has been welcomed by the Irish Grain and Feed Association for ‘making solid commercial sense’.

Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba has beaten analyst estimates with a 56% increase in revenue in Q1 2017. The online retailer, which is emerging as competition to Alibaba, boasted revenue of €6.4 billion for the period.

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