BWG Foods are launching Greens & Co, a new salad-bar franchise. The new food model that can be incorporated into a convenience store or exist as a standalone outlet with the first outlet being launched at SPAR, Gandon House in Dublin's IFSC today, the 30 August.
Supervalu and Dunnes have gained in the beer and wine market in the 52 weeks to 17 July, 2016. According to Kantar Worldpanel figures, Supervalu grew from 22.5% to 23.4%, and Dunnes Stores grew from 15.8% to 16.7%. Other retailers in comparison did not grow. Aldi and Tesco saw a 0.2% drop to 12.1% and 26.8%, respectively, while Lidl’s share shrank from 13% to 11.9%. The share held by ‘others’ also fell from 9.4% to 9.1%.
Mario Rosenstock and Bewley’s are launching Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice 2016. They are calling everyone to join in the fundraiser on 15 September. Other celebrities participating are Davy Fitzgerald, Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson, Imelda May, Gabriel Byrne and Eamonn Coughlan. To host a coffee morning, register at www.hospicecoffeemorning.ie and receive a free coffee pack.
Topaz owners Alimentation Couche-Tard continues to expand with the purchase of 53 Cracker Barrel stores in Louisiana. Last week, the Quebec-based Couche-Tard announced a $4.4 billion acquisition of CST Brands, which has more than 2,000 stores across North America.
A study by the University of California, Berkeley on the effect of the city’s “soda-tax” claims to show a 21% drop in consumption, compared to nearby cities such as Oakland and San Francisco. This report comes as the Irish Government considers introducing a 10c levy on soft-drinks in Budget 2017.
Cadbury owners Mondolez International says it has ended discussions concerning a potential merger with Hershey, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In response to the news, Hershey's shares fell 11%, and Mondolez's gained 3%.
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