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Weekly Round-Up ... 7 February 2023

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Round-Up ... 7 February 2023

Coop Denmark has announced the launch of a new strategy, titled ‘The Coop of the Future’, which will see the establishment of the country’s largest supermarket chain trading under the Coop banner, reports The chain will consist of the largest stores from three of Denmark’s retail chains: Kvickly, SuperBrugsen and Irma. The local stores in Dagli’Brugsen – along with the stores that will not be part of the Coop chain – will, in time, trade under the Brugsen banner. Coop notes that the stores will be adapted specifically to the customers in individual locations, with a strong local flavour. With the new structure, Coop goes from having eight chains to three.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Gino’s Gelato wants to give one lucky duo the chance to win a romantic sunrise breakfast at its seafront store in Bray, Co. Wicklow. On the day, the lucky two will be served a special Gino’s breakfast of coffee, crêpes and waffles of their choice on the seafront, all while taking in the view of the sun rising (at 7.48am) over the Irish Sea. The winners will be provided with blankets, hot-water bottles, coffee, tea, etc. If the weather is inclement, the breakfast will be in the store. The couple will also receive a Gino’s take-home tub of gelato, along with a Valentine’s Day gift and a €100 Gino’s voucher, to spend in any store nationwide. The competition will be hosted on Gino’s Gelato’s Instagram and TikTok pages from Wednesday 8 February, and the lucky winners will be announced on Saturday 11 February.

Co. Down food producers Finnebrogue Artisan and Mash Direct have teamed up in a first-of-its-kind initiative in Northern Ireland, to help ease the cost-of-living pressures for their workforce – and they’re calling on other local producers to step up and consider similar partnerships. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), food prices soared by 16.9% in 2022, electricity prices rose by 65.4%, and gas prices rose by 128.9%. People ‘in work’ are struggling to make ends meet each month, as they cope with rising costs and the impact of high inflation. The aforementioned food producers, which supply leading supermarkets across the UK and Ireland, have committed products to each other on a weekly basis, which will enable them to create food bundles for staff members. Finnebrogue produces sausages, bacon, ham, and a range of plant-based foods from its four sites in Downpatrick, and this makes up the sources of protein within the food bundles. Mash Direct produces over 50 farm-fresh vegetable dishes from its family farm in Comber, and this provides a healthy five-a-day in the bundle.

© 2023 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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