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Weekly Round Up, November 28, 2017

Published on Nov 28 2017 10:04 AM

Weekly Round Up, November 28, 2017

SuperValu has announced today that it expects sales of brussels sprouts to spike over the festive period. It predicts that a total of 64,000 nets of brussels sprouts will be sold in its stores across Ireland this year. A number of Irish growers produce brussels sprouts for sale in SuperValu stores.

Dublin City Council has announced plans to outsource management and upkeep of the Liffey boardwalk. According to Fora.ie, the city council recently issued a tender for an outside firm to clean and replace decking, seating and handrails on the boardwalk. Graeme McQueen, head of public affairs at Dublin Chamber commented to For a.ie ‘that the boardwalk in the heart of the city’s tourist centre has been a missed opportunity.’

Retail Excellence and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar have launched an awareness campaign this week, calling on Irish consumers to support local retailers on Small Business Saturday which will take place on 2 December this year. This is the fourth year of the Irish campaign, which profiles small businesses and encourages consumers to shop locally.

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced the names of the eight sommeliers from the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe participating in the 2018 New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship. Each scholarship recipient attends a Sommit™ event, which is limited to just 20 sommeliers with content targeted exclusively to their interests. Amongst the sommeliers is Jurica Gojevic, who works with Adare Manor in Co. Limerick.

Unilever is set to buy US-based hair and skincare company, Sundial Brands. Unilever announced the deal yesterday, without disclosing financial terms, reports 4-traders.com. Sundial, a 26-year-old company based in New Jersey, is home to brands such as SheaMoisture, Nubian Heritage and Madam CJ Walker.

British pharmaceutical services from Wasdell Group has announced plans to open a packaging, testing and distribution facility in Dundalk, Co. Louth. Breakingnews.ie reports that it said Brexit was one of the key factors in its decision to open a €30 million facility in Ireland. The development is expected to create 300 jobs for the region.

Controversial weed killer ingredient glyphosate has been awarded a five-year license extension in Europe. The Guardian.com reports that the herbicide’s license had been due to run out in less than three weeks. However, Instead, an EU appeal committee voted yesterday to reauthorise the substance despite a petition by 1.3 million EU citizens last week calling for a ban.

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