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Weekly Roundup, January 10, 2017

Top Oil has opened a new forecourt service station at Cobh Cross, Cork. The new 3,000 sq ft location will feature a Spar convenience star and Tasty Deli, as well as an Insomnia Coffee dock. It will also create 17 new jobs.

Supervalu has expressed concern over potential commercial damage to its Blackrock store. The retailer is wary that an office development within the Blackrock, Dublin, shopping centre could disrupt business. The outlet in question has one of the highest turnovers of any supermarket in the Republic. Musgrave has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala over the matter.

An international study by Unilever has found that a third of customers prefer ‘sustainable’ brands. The study, performed by Europanel and Flamingo, asked 20,000 adults about sustainability issues. Unilever reported its own sustainable products such as Dove, Hellmann’s, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, grew 30% faster than the rest of its business in 2016.

Consensus is building for European-level legislation to protect farmers’ relations with processors. According to FarmersJournal.ie, most participants to the European Parliament meetings on agricultural markets supported recommendations to “help farmers get a fair deal for their products.”

Donegal is to get its first distillery in 175 years. Distiller Sliabh Liag has received planning permission for a new distillery in south west Donegal, having already launched its first expression, a blended Irish Whiskey named The Silkie. The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the news as a further sign of the buoyancy of the Irish whiskey sector.

Salad and sandwich producer Brunch Box has signed a deal with Tesco Northern Ireland to supply a premium prepared salad range to its stores. Managing Director of brunch Box, John Weatherup, said “Following direct feedback from customers, the buying team in Tesco worked closely with us to develop a prepared salad range for the deli counter specifically with the Northern Irish palate in mind.”

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