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Weekly Roundup, May 2, 2017

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Weekly Roundup, May 2, 2017

Spotlight teeth-whitening strips are to be introduced in Boots stores in the UK. The product, which was developed by two Galway-based dentists in 2016, is currently available in over 500 pharmacies in Ireland. The new UK contract is expected to be worth €1.3 million per year.

Irish technology company Auxillion has completed work on a €500,000 contract to transform Applegreen's IT systems. A new cloud computing system has been introduced in over 200 of the forecourt retailer's sites in Ireland and the UK.

Aldi has announced that it sold over 4 million bouquets of flowers in Ireland last year. The German discounter said that its market share in the segment grew to 20% in 2016, and approximately one third of its flower range is grown in Ireland.

Food service supplier Pallas Foods has rebranded its fresh produce business as Pallas Green. Formerly known as Keelings Farm Fresh, it distributes hundreds of fresh fruit and vegetable lines to customers in Ireland.

Valeo foods has acquired Italian baked goods company Dolciaria Val d'Enza. The Irish food group, which has brands including Jacob's biscuits and Batchelors, has bought the entire share of the pie and tart company.

A large quantity of stolen industrial power tools and gardening machinery worth up to €50,000 was seized in Dublin Port last weekend. Gardaí arrested two Irish men in connection with the crime.

A gluten-free pop-up shop, Unlgu-d, will be opened next week on South William Street in Dublin. The shop will run for seven days from May 8 for Coeliac Awareness Week, and will feature a broad range of food products from Irish and international brands.

British MPs have said that 'wonky veg' should be sold as standard in supermarkets. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said that this measure would help to cut food waste.

Subway has announced that it has cut almost three million calories from the diets of customers in Ireland. The sandwich franchise said that efforts to promote low sugar options in stores resulted in a 15% reduction in calorie consumption in 2016.

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