ShelfLife – December Issue, 2022

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Rising retail food prices dominate this month’s cover. With an average increase of 11.7% during the year to November, Dan White looks at the factors behind these hikes and the impact on household budgets. And with 2023 nearly upon us, we also reflect on the many ups and downs Ireland’s grocery sector has experienced during the past momentous 12 months.

Elsewhere, Brian Egan, operator of Egan’s Gala and Applegreen Service Station in Dunmore,
Co. Galway speaks to Fionnuala Carolan about his freshly revamped business. Julia O’Reilly
also catches up with NOffLA members, sisters Judith and Susan Boyle of Boyle’s pub and off-
licence in Kildare, to discuss their innovative approaches to delivering real expertise within
Ireland’s drinks industry.

Within our Advisor section, Excel Recruitment’s Barry Whelan outlines the pitfalls to avoid
when conducting job interviews online; The HR Suite’s Caroline Reidy offers her top tips on
managing wellbeing in the workplace; and marketing expert Colin Gordon outlines why it’s
imperative that marketing moves away from image management and the resulting click-count
preoccupation.

As always, our category features provide an in-depth look at the brands and innovations
generating sales in-store, with this month’s issue focusing on vaping, ‘best of the year’ category
bestsellers, weight management and fruit juices & smoothies.

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