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Darren Kennedy at the launch of Dublin Fashion Festival 2016 in association with Galaxy

Galaxy Chocolate unveils Darren Kennedy as face of the 2016 Dublin Fashion Festival - and other news for FMCG marketers - for the week 19/08/2016 - 25/08/2016


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25 August 2016

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Galaxy Chocolate unveils Darren Kennedy as face of the 2016 Dublin Fashion Festival

Galaxy Chocolate recently unveiled TV presenter, designer and style influencer, Darren Kennedy, as Galaxy style ambassador and the face of the Dublin Fashion Festival, held in association with Galaxy. The announcement builds on Galaxy Chocolate’s long association with style, as an accessible luxury. Dublin Fashion Festival, which will be held from 5 – 11 September, will showcase the best of Dublin’s fashion for all – from high-street to high-end.

New Zealand wine exports up 10%

New Zealand’s wine industry is well on track to reach its target of $2 billion of exports by 2020, according to chair of New Zealand Winegrowers, Steve Green. The group’s annual report shows exports have risen 10% in the last year, to just under $1.6 billion; marking the 21st consecutive year of significant export growth. With demand strong, the improved supply from Vintage 2016 is expected to lift export volumes by a further 10% over the next 12 months.

The 2016 Annual Report can be accessed here and is available at:

Keelings announced as finalist in ‘Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards’

Keelings has been shortlisted for the finals of the prestigious Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards, taking place on 8 September at the Round Room, Mansion House in Dublin. Keelings Sweet Irish Strawberries were chosen from almost a thousand product entries across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Full details about the awards are available at For further information on Keelings, visit and check out their Facebook page:

New on-the-go NüDEST offers no-fuss, nutritious snacking

A brand new first-of-its-kind snack is launching in stores this month. NüDEST is perfect on-the-go food, made from 100% natural fruit puree, Greek style yoghurt and wholegrains, packed in a neat pouch ready to pop in a handbag or gym bag. The initial range includes two flavours all packed with natural sources of protein and fibre: ‘NüDEST Apple, Pear, Wheat and Cinnamon’ and ‘NüDEST Banana, Oats, Honey & Vanilla’.

NüDEST is stored in the chilled on-the-go section. It comes in 160g packs with re-sealable nozzles and is stocked by Mace, Spar, Fresh, Gala and Londis, priced at RRP €3.00. For more information, visit

Brú Brewery wins four Gold Medals at prestigious World Beer Awards 

Brú Brewery, from Trim, Co. Meath, has won an impressive four gold medals and a Country Winner award at the 2016 World Beer Awards, including two gold medals for its lager. It has also won gold medals for its Irish Red Ale, Irish Stout and a Country Winner award for its Irish Craft IPA. Dave O’Hara from Brú explained that success followed the realisation that, “we wanted to brew a great tasting lager that everyone could enjoy, including my mum who is a coeliac”.

Devils Bit Mountain Cider unveils fresh new packaging to celebrate 21st anniversary

The award-winning Devils Bit Mountain Cider has unveiled new packaging across all canned and bottled cider offerings to coincide with the fact that the brand is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. Crafted beneath the legendary Devil’s Bit mountain in the heart of Co. Tipperary, Devils Bit Mountain Cider is made using traditional methods handed down over the generations, with no artificial sweeteners, artificial colours or added flavouring,



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