US owner of Pallas Foods snaps up NI firm Crossgar; Tesco Ireland sales up 0.4%; NCA took action against 130 firms in 2011
Jun 18 2012
1. US owner of Pallas Foods snaps up NI firm Crossgar
Pallas Foods, the Limerick-based food service company which is owned by US firm Sysco, has acquired Northern Ireland-based firm Crossgar for an undisclosed sum. The Irish Times reports the deal which is subject to Competition Authority approval, will see Crossgar Foodservice, one of the north’s largest food distributors, and Pallas, which is still run by the Geary family, continue to operate under separate brands.
2. Tesco Ireland sales up 0.4%
Tesco Ireland has recorded its first full-quarter positive sales growth since 2010, despite the continued uncertainty in the economy. The Irish Examiner reports that despite continued difficulties in the UK, the Tesco group’s overall sales for the 13 weeks ending May 26 increased 2.2% and were helped by improved performances in Poland, Slovakia and Ireland, where like-for-like sales grew by 0.4%.
3. NCA took action against 130 firms in 2011
The National Consumer Agency took legal actions against 130 firms last year for breaches of consumer law. The Irish Independent reports most of the breaches occurred in the grocery/convenience sector. The majority related to misleading pricing or a failure to display prices. As well as issuing 85 fines of €300, the NCA initiated prosecutions and secured convictions against several businesses including Tesco Ireland in September 2011.
4. Retail developments in pipeline get green light
A number of new retail developments are in the pipeline in the greater Dublin Area. The Irish Independent reports Bord Pleanala has given the green light for Tesco to develop a large new store at Vevay Road, Bray, Co Wicklow. Meanwhile Lidl has received Dublin City Council's approval for a 2,264sqm discount food store with a bakery and off licence at the site of the former Sunday World building in Terenure Village in south Dublin.
5. Greencore desserts facility sold to Müller
Greencore is continuing to progress the integration of the Uniq food company it bought last year with the announcement that it has sold its loss-making desserts facility in Minsterley to Müller for £4.3 million. The Irish Times reports Muller will take over production of mousse and trifles, made under licence for Cadbury. Analysts believe the move should result in Greencore’s desserts business being profitable by the end of FY 2013.
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