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Weekly Round-Up… 25 September, 2018

Published on Sep 25 2018 10:30 AM

Weekly Round-Up… 25 September, 2018

World-renowned winemakers Concha y Toro have created a new and mysterious blend to produce Diablo, an innovative and seductive wine that is sure to become a favourite with Irish consumers. Perfectly aged, this red blend exudes attractive and seductive notes of black fruits blended with mocha, vanilla and a hint of spice. It is a versatile wine and not surprisingly, it’s perfect to pair with red meats and spicy foods. “We believe Diablo is a product to address that, a brand that offers something different, one that seduces and attracts attention thanks to its powerful and attractive presentation and a wine that without a doubt will captivate us,” declares Sebastián Aguirre, Marketing Director for Casillero del Diablo.

Frozen foods retailer Iceland has named the eight technology start-ups that will join its accelerator programme, which is run in association with innovation specialist L Marks. Over the next nine weeks, the businesses – many of which aim to bridge the gap between online and physical shopping – will work with Iceland and L Marks to develop their concepts, use the retailer’s resources, and access a range of expert advice. Solutions they are working on fall into the categories of providing a seamless customer experience across channels, improving supply chain optimisation and in-store processes, and enhancing sustainability.

Fashion retailer Next has warned about port delays and increased tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The group outlined its contingency plans, saying that it was “well advanced” in its preparations in case a free-trade agreement is not in place by next March. It warned the biggest risk to the business was the likelihood of queues and delays at UK and EU ports, and a sharp fall in the value of the pound combined with increased tariffs also posed a threat.

Commenting on the outline of the Low Cost Loan announcement, ICMSA President, Pat McCormack, said that there would be disappointment and disbelief behind the express exclusion of loans for the purposes of alleviating cashflow difficulties: “Farmers generally will be as puzzled as I am as to the reasoning behind a decision to not loan money to those individuals so hard-pressed right now in terms of cash-flow. The obvious point to make is that confining the low-interest loans to capital purposes is all very well, but there’ll be an unfortunate number who mightn’t get to make any decision about a capital spending because they can’t get past the current cash-flow crisis.

The Scottish Football Association and leading distilling company, Diageo, have today kicked-off a major new alcohol education campaign with the goal of reaching a million Scots with responsible drinking messages. The Drink Positive campaign will use the William Hill Scottish Cup as a platform to encourage football fans, coaches and players to be aware of the effects alcohol has on the body and to encourage moderate drinking as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

There was great excitement at the Glanbia Ireland stand at this year’s Ploughing Championships, when a presentation was made to Breast Cancer Ireland, among customers, suppliers and RTÉ television crews. More than €35,000 has now been raised from Glanbia’s #PinkBales campaign for Breast Cancer Ireland BCI, with €10,000 of this being donated at the Ploughing Championships this year. For the presentation of the €10,000 to BCI, Glanbia Chairman Martin Keane was joined by James Byrne of Glanbia Agribusiness. The cheque was received on behalf of Breast Cancer Ireland by Edel Reilly. We were also joined by cancer survivor and BCI ambassador Teresa Costello.

Together, the companies that form the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD) have joined forces with four of the leading global internet platforms - Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube - to deliver new standards of responsibility in the advertising of beer, wine and spirits across social media. Building on recent success, the CEOs of the eleven leading alcohol companies have committed to delivering, in collaboration with others, new robust responsible marketing standards for social media platforms that represent best-practice in this rapidly-changing field.

© 2018 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Aidan O’Sullivan. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition. 

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