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Weekly Round-Up ... 20 September 2022

Norway's Orkla has entered into an agreement to acquire 74% of the shares in Polish pizza franchise chain, Da Grasso, for an undisclosed sum. Da Grasso, which operates 193 outlets in the country, generated sales worth €53 million in 2021, reports Esmmagazine.com. The company's turnover amounted to €13.6 million, while normalised EBITDA amounted to €2.5 million. Thomas Ljungqvist, executive vice president and acting CEO of Orkla consumer and financial investments, said, "Da Grasso is a well-run business that has built an impressive position in the growing Polish pizza market. We are very pleased to partner with the founder and CEO of Da Grasso to continue developing the concept and expand the network. Through closer collaboration with our existing pizza platforms, we are confident that we will build stronger businesses on our way to becoming one of the leading pizza franchise companies in Europe."

BWG Foodservice has announced that it has won the 'Foodservice Product of The Year' award for its quinoa, chickpea and tomato baguette at this year's Irish Quality Food Awards (IQFA). Ricky O’Brien, foodservice director, BWG Foods, said, “We are thrilled to have won the overall 'Foodservice Product of The Year' award as well as three Gold and four Bronze awards. The Q logo is a recognisable trademark representing the best in quality food and drink and we are proud to work with the most reputable of suppliers who are very passionate about producing high quality produce, as evidenced by our success on the night. We are thrilled.”

Lidl Ireland hosted the exclusive Savvy Supper Club in the Crow Street restaurant in Dublin last week. Hosted by J.P. Scally, CEO of Lidl, and Kathryn Thomas, Lidl ambassador, guests were treated to a three-course culinary menu that showcased a range of Lidl’s great-value and award-winning food and wine. According to the discounter, the Lidl Savvy Supper Club demonstrated to guests that there is no need to compromise on the quality of food and wine that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home when you do a full shop at Lidl. On arrival, guests were served a choice of cocktails, including an autumn berry Bellini – a fruity Bellini made with Lidl’s award-winning Prosecco Superiore and mixed berries – as well as a Lidl bramble cocktail.

Ukraine expects a 2022 grain crop of 50-52 million tonnes, unchanged from the previous estimate and down from 86 million tonnes last year, the agriculture ministry noted on Monday. Deputy Agriculture Minister Taras Vysotskyi also told a televised news conference that grain exports in September were expected to total 5.4 million to 5.5 million tonnes, up from 4.5 million tonnes in August, reports Reuters. Ukraine exported around 6 million tonnes a month before Russia launched its invasion on 24 February. "The war has brought with it difficulties, but we see that farmers have coped with them," Vysotskyi said.

© 2022 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Donna Ahern. For more retail news, click here. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition.

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