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Weekly Round-Up ... 26 September 2023

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Round-Up ... 26 September 2023

The second SommiT Ireland, a gathering of wine, food and hospitality professionals, organised by the Irish Guild of Sommeliers (IGOS), will take place in Waterford on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 October 2023. Talks, workshops and tastings are the goal of SommiT 23, a gathering of international experts and professionals who will discuss an array of topics – all pertinent to those working in today’s hospitality industry in Ireland. SommiT 23 is open to everyone involved in or working within the wine, food, retail, restaurant, resort and hotel industry in Ireland. On Monday 9 October 2023, for the first time, the Star Wine List will publish the Irish winners of the best wine lists and the teams behind them at an award ceremony that will take place that day.

The Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association (CSNA) has announced that it has teamed up with Steve King of Energy Matters Ireland to provide an energy broker service to CSNA members. King will work with members to help reduce their energy bills by up to 20-30%. No need to worry if you are in contract, as the CSNA noted that it can also assist with early contract termination on your behalf, ensuring that members can begin saving ASAP. If you are interested in speaking to King about saving money on your energy bills, contact the CSNA office on 045 535 050 to begin saving today.

Dutch retailer PLUS is gradually switching to organic potatoes in the fresh segment, reports ESMmagazine.com. The retailer has launched unprocessed organic potatoes in 1kg bags, which are priced the same as regular potatoes. PLUS will pay the difference in price to the farmers, it noted. The potatoes offered by the retailer are part of the Laagblijvers range, which includes everyday products at permanently low prices, to make organic food accessible to everyone. Eric Leebeek, commercial director at PLUS, said, “The fact that we are gradually converting the potato shelf to organic is a conscious choice because this gives our growers the time they need to expand their volume of organic potatoes. More organic products means more customers that we reach with organic without increasing the price. With this, PLUS supports a large group of organic growers, so that together we contribute to a more positive impact on the environment.”

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