Retail Intelligence

Weekly Roundup, September 26, 2016

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup, September 26, 2016

Farmers at the National Ploughing Championship have expressed offense at the strong presence of supermarkets at the festival. “What you see from the likes of the supermarkets here is a PR stunt,” Irish Cattle and Sheepfarmers Association President Eddie Punch told Newstalk. Dairy farmer Imelda Kinsella also talked to the radio station: “We have to deal with the volatility from year to year and the supermarkets and the processors are cleaning up.”

Two regional shopping centres have been placed on the market. Duignan and McCarthy are looking to sell Navan Town Centre for €62 million and Fairgreen Shopping Centre in Mullingar for €12.5 million.

A ‘food waste’ supermarket has opened in the UK. A warehouse in Leeds has been converted by the Real Junk Food Project to provide for those in need. Payment for the products is on a donation basis, or customers can pay for their goods by volunteering for the project.

The winner of the 2016 National Brown Bread Baking has been determined at the National Ploughing Championships. Phyllis McGovern from Butlerstown Co. Waterford was named the winner at the Aldi Marquee. Her bread will be stocked in all Aldi stores in Ireland for at least six months, and she will receive a share of the profits as a result.

The Tesco executives charged with fraudulent accounting to the tune of £326 million have denied any wrongdoing. Carl Rogberg (49), Chris Bush (50), and John Scouler (48) appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 22 for a preliminary hearing. Their lawyers indicated pleas of not guilty to their charges.


Heineken have won the main Grand Prix award at the annual ADFX Awards, for its Orchard Thieve advertising campaign in 2015. DDFH&B also won a Gold award for long term effectiveness in advertising, for its work on behalf of Supervalu.

The Icelandic government is considering suing Iceland, the supermarket chain, over its name. A government statement explained that a group of Icelandic parties intend to file a ‘cancellation action’ against the retailer’s Europe-wide trademark, to stop the supermarket from interfering with Icelandic firms whose names contain the term. “We are looking for a ‘live and let live’ outcome,” said Promote Iceland MD Jon Asbergsson.

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