Dec 6 2013
Preparing for new names but still lamenting old obstacles
Gillian Hamill takes a look at the major news stories affecting the grocery sector this month
Get set for the GM issue to become a whole lot more pertinent
With the UK government keen to explore GM technology, the issue will increasingly come to the fore over the coming years, writes Gillian Hamill
Don't give shoppers a reason to doubt your brand credentials
Gillian Hamill outlines why retailers need to know what you are selling and believe in it, if you want to maintain consumer trust in your brand.
Nappies are expensive - who knew?
As she enters the next phase of her grocery shopping life, Fionnuala Carolan looks into why the government should introduce a grocery code of conduct post haste.
Why won't Bruton budge?
John McDonald asks why the government is dragging its heels in introducing a long-overdue grocery code of conduct.
A month many will wish to forget
Fionnuala Carolan on why despite the serious consequences for Europe's meat industry, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland should be commended for unearthing the horsemeat scam
Shane Dempsey, head of consumer food, Food and Drink Industry Ireland offers his forecast for the year ahead on the Irish food sector
The kiss of debt
Fionnuala Carolan asks why the government fails to take well thought-out suggestions from groups such as the CSNA and NFRN on board
It’s time to introduce calories on menus
Fionnuala Carolan outlines why customers will thank you for including the calorie content of foods on your menus
Shoppers stay at home but prices still considered high
Fionnuala Carolan reports on the latest Kantar figures which show that while cross-border shopping has fallen, overall shopper spending still remains subdued.
Debating the footfall argument
Fionnuala Carolan concedes that while there is indeed truth in the 'footfall argument', that no one should be expected to work on behalf of another company for free
No need for cheese to be banned
While it is positive that the government is tackling the effects of advertising on children, it should be remembered that dairy products are nutritious if consumed in moderation
You can vote yes or... yes
The referendum on the European Fiscal Stability Treaty is looming but will the government pay attention if it receives an unfavourable answer?
Northern lights lead the way
If we are to take something from our northern counterparts, we should possibly consider some form of levy on out-of-town retailers to help preserve our town centres
Rethinking our drinking
The introduction of minimum pricing legislation will make the retailing of alcohol fairer but we also need to tackle our national attitudes towards drinking, writes Fionnuala Carolan
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