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Weekly Roundup... 2 November 2021

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup... 2 November 2021

BWG Foodservice has unveiled its Christmas brochure at Catex 2021. The BWG Foodservice Christmas Brochure is packed with added-value products for customers, including a full range of chilled, frozen, ambient, disposables and seasonal ranges to get any commercial kitchen through this year’s festivities, the group said. Commenting, Ricky O’Brien, BWG Foodservice Director said, “Central to our offering is the unwavering commitment to supporting local Irish suppliers, ensuring that the provenance of products across the Christmas range is readily accessible to the more discerning customers, including vegan and gluten free options. Of course, firm favourites are always popular, such as our BWG exclusive beef brand, Glasan Farm. Similarly, when it comes to treating ourselves over the festive season, we ensure we offer the latest seasonal trends and delectable desserts and bakery products through our relationships with Wexford’s Coolhull Farm, Dublin’s Mannings & Fusco Foods and Carlow-based bakery, Seery’s, whose exclusive Chef’s Kitchen Christmas pudding log dessert is a personal favourite.” Established in 2001, BWG Foodservice supplies 'everything needed to run a successful foodservice business', from gourmet food ingredients, chilled food, frozen food and ambient to alcohol and non-food products like catering supplies and catering disposables.

A company producing a liqueur for singer Mariah Carey has said that it will stop following a trademark row with an Irish drinks firm, according to the director of the Irish drinks firm. As reported by The Belfast Telegraph, Darker Still Spirits director Richard Ryan launched the Black Irish stout-whiskey product in June of 2020, one year before the Carey launched an Irish cream liqueur with the same name. Darker Still Spirits reportedly said that it had registered the trademark in the UK and all European countries in 2015 and reportedly claimed that it had rightful ownership of the name, which the companies behind Carey's brand have reportedly appealed. Ryan reportedly said he said that he was notified late last month that a producer and bottler of Carey's Black Irish will "no longer produce, bottle or ship" the liqueur, and reportedly told The Sunday Independent, "I can confirm we received written notification from the producer on September 24, 2021, that they undertook to cease production/supply on any pending or future orders of any product carrying the trademark name 'Black Irish'."

Heavy rain last week in most of Ivory Coast's cocoa-growing regions will extend the October-to-March main crop, farmers said on Monday, although some worried about the quality of the beans. Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer, will soon enter its dry season which runs from mid-November to March. Farmers said they expected harvesting to pick up this month and for the 2021/22 main crop to be concentrated between November and January. The heavy rain will help more pods develop for harvest in February and March, they added. But the moisture also risks damaging bean quality, said farmers in the western region of Man, where rainfall hit 77.6 millimetres (mm) last week, 36.5 mm above the five-year average.

Finnish retailer Kesko has cited the 'successful implementation of [its] growth strategy' and a 'positive market situation' for its strong third-quarter performance, in which net sales increased by 7.8% to €2.9 billion. Comparable operating profit for the period rose by €54.5 million to €236.4 million. "The result for the third quarter was an all-time record," said chief executive Mikko Helander. "Sales increased and profitability improved in all industries. [...] "In the grocery trade and the construction and building services trade, profitability was the best ever." In its grocery business, the group said that retail sales have 'developed well', while its Kespro foodservice operation has 'strengthened' compared to the same period last year. Commenting on the performance of its grocery arm, Helander praised the "strong development" of the business in the quarter.

2021 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Donna Ahern. For more retail news click here. Click sign up to subscribe to Checkout.


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