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Weekly Round-Up ... 25 July 2023

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Round-Up ... 25 July 2023

Over the last few weeks, Cadbury Ireland’s latest campaign has been looking to settle a nationwide debate that’s caused endless heated discussions and fiery fallouts over the years: what is Ireland’s favourite Snack? Kicking off the ultimate Snack showdown, biscuit lovers were invited to answer this controversial question by voting for their favourite Cadbury Snack treat on Cadbury Ireland’s Instagram page: #Purple Snack or #Yellow Snack. Over 6,000 votes later – after much debate and deliberation from the Irish public – Ireland’s favourite Snack has been declared today, and the winner is … Purple Snack! Thousands of Snack fanatics took to Instagram to share why Purple Snack is their winner. From its smooth sandwich centre covered in chunky Cadbury chocolate to how well this treat pairs with a warm cuppa, the Irish people weren’t shy in sharing their unwavering grá for Purple Snack.

More than half (52%) of e-commerce grocery shoppers are no longer shopping online, compared to a year ago, new global research from SymphonyAI Retail CPG has found. The analysis of more than 58 million shopper baskets in the US and Europe found that – of those who are no longer shopping online – three fifths (60%) say that they have reverted to bricks-and-mortar locations, reports “The overall decline in online customers and their impact on e-commerce growth is significant,” said Laetitia Berthier, head of client engagement, SymphonyAI Retail CPG. “Contrary to expectations, the losses are coming not from shoppers who were forced online during the height of the pandemic, but, rather, those shoppers who had moved online after the pandemic. It’s critical for retailers to understand those customer dynamics and their fast-changing needs to succeed in the critical online channel.”

Some Subway India outlets have stopped serving tomatoes in their salads and sandwiches due to quality problems – the latest move by a foreign brand, as prices of the staple have soared nearly 400% to record highs in the country, reports Reuters. A Subway outlet at a Delhi Airport terminal announced the ‘temporary unavailability of tomatoes’ in a sign, noting that the restaurant could not get enough supply that passed its quality checks. ‘Hence for the time being we are forced to serve you products without tomatoes,’ it read. ‘We are working to get the tomatoes supplies back.’ Everstone Group’s Culinary Brands, which is the master franchisee for some 200 of India’s 800 Subway outlets and manages the supply chain for all of them, did not respond to a request for comment. It was not clear how many outlets were affected. Many Indian outlets were still offering tomatoes, according to checks of food-ordering apps and calls to stores, but at least two in New Delhi, one in Uttar Pradesh and one in Chennai, in the south, had stopped. “It’s very expensive,” said one Subway store employee.

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