Weekly Roundup... 21 September 2021
Over the last three years, Carrefour Spain has halved the amount of plastic used in the packaging of fruit and vegetables. As a result of the success in the venture, the retailer will pack more products using other materials, such as cardboard, netting, and biodegradable packaging. The Spanish arm of the retail giant has cut out more than 1,000 tonnes of plastic in the past three years. Some examples of plastic packaging reduction include eliminating plastic from 70% of its vegetables packaging, 100% of the packaging used for Carrefour Spain citrus fruits (for products weighing up to 1.5 kilograms), and for 80% of its own-brand grapes. These products now rely on packaging based on alternative materials, such as cellulose netting and cardboard for fruit punnets.
Limerick native, Leona O’Callaghan, has been unveiled as the overall national MACE Community Unsung Hero in recognition of her tireless work on behalf of survivors of domestic, sexual or physical violence. Nominated by family and supporters, O’Callaghan was herself groomed and raped as a 12 year-old child and came to national prominence in 2018 when she waived her right of anonymity so her rapist could be named at his sentencing. O’Callaghan was nominated for the award as part of the MACE Unsung Hero initiative, which aimed to identify and celebrate someone who really went over and above to give something back to his or her community and having been selected as the overall outstanding hero, she was presented with a cheque for €5,000.
Chicago soybeans, corn and wheat eased on Friday as the markets consolidated after earlier gains, pressured by a continuing American harvest and limited exports at hurricane-damaged U.S. Gulf export terminals. The most-active soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade fell 12 cents to $12.84 a bushel, ending the week down 2-1/2 cents, despite gains earlier in the week. CBOT corn futures settled 2-1/4 cents lower at $5.27-1/4 a bushel, though it ended the week 1.93% higher, its first positive week since 27 August. CBOT wheat futures ended 4-1/4 cents lower at $7.08-3/4 a bushel, though it added 20-1/4 cents for the week, a 2.9% climb.
Most shoppers in the Czech Republic prefer to buy Czech food in supermarkets, a new survey by Nielsen Admosphere has revealed. The study also found that 97% of respondents visit supermarkets for food at least sometimes, while 64% shop in small and brick-and-mortar stores, 31% at farmers' markets, 26% at market stalls, 21% in specialised shops such as organic shops and 17% online. Around 85% of the respondents highlighted the country of origin of products as an essential factor while choosing products. The research also revealed that 41% of respondents expressed interest in the country of origin for almost all products. In comparison, 44% cared about it only for selected products, and 15% did not care about it.
Londis is proud to support the upcoming 10th birthday celebrations of its official charity partner, LauraLynn’s Children’s Hospice. To mark this milestone, the charity will be holding a virtual birthday party on Sunday 26th September for all families who have availed of LauraLynn’s services, as well as their supporters, staff and volunteers. Londis is thrilled to be able to support this virtual birthday party and bring a little joy to the home of each family by sending a Londis Party Experience Box to every child just in time for the event.
BWG Foodservice is proud to partner with Chef Network for the upcoming Mind Your Mind webinar on 21 September with former Ireland and Munster rugby player Alan Quinlan and renowned chef, Wade Murphy. This webinar will focus on how to manage the mental health challenges inherent in high pressure work environments. Attendance is for Chef Network members and it is free to join and subsequently register.