Top stories in the papers this week 11 – 17 September 2012

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Musgrave's new director was Dunnes' head buyer; Move to close 'Irish Daily Star' disproportionate, says INM; Dunnes told Muslim worker she couldn't wear her hijab



17 September 2012

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1. Musgrave’s new director was Dunnes’ head buyer

Musgrave has appointed Sheena Forde as commercial director of its wholesale partners division, the Irish Independent reports. Forde, a former Asda executive, left her role as  Dunnes Stores head buyer earlier this year. At Musgrave, she is filling the shoes of Michael McCormack, who will be moving on to spearhead the group’s NI operations. Insiders say Ms Forde could receive an even more senior role in Musgrave at a later date.

2. Move to close ‘Irish Daily Star’ disproportionate, says INM

A threat to close the Irish Daily Star by its UK-based joint owner has been described as “disproportionate” by the tabloid’s Dublin-based shareholder, Independent News & Media. The Irish Times reports INM said the publishing of topless Duchess of Cambridge photographs warranted “immediate investigation” but that the threat of closure was “disproportionate to a poor editorial decision”; with 120 jobs in total at stake.

3. Dunnes told Muslim worker she couldn’t wear her hijab

A former sales assistant at Dunnes Stores has claimed she was unable to go to work because she was not permitted to wear a religious headdress there. The Irish Independent reports Loreta Tavoraite (35) who worked at Dunnes, Ballincollig, Co Cork store is suing the group for unfair dismissal. However the retailer told an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in Cork was told yesterday that staff at Dunnes wear a standard uniform.

4. 20 new jobs as Tubs enjoys sweet success


Irish confectionery firm Tubs Sweets will add 20 new jobs over the coming weeks as it moves to a €4m business within just two years. The company which is based in Rathnew, Wicklow, now employs a workforce of 45 and has opened depots in Cork, Limerick and Galway. The Evening Herald reports founder Kevin Ginty and business partner John Linnane now supply Tubs Sweets to over 1,000 Irish retailers.

5. Musgrave chief at No 10

Musgrave Group chief executive Chris Martin was in Downing Street last week for the launch by David Cameron of the “Feeding Britain’s Future” initiative. The Irish Times reports its aim is to offer skills training in the food and grocery sectors to 10,000 young people who are either unemployed or have dropped out of education. Budgens, one of the retail chains operated by Musgrave in Britain, is offering 33 places to participants. 

The Irish Independent has also published a piece by Chris Martin on the importance of strengthening Ireland’s SME sector.


Average shopping trip now at €21.30 (Irish Examiner)


Price of food likely to rise in coming years, says Glanbia MD (Irish Times)


Creamery is big cheese after supply deal with retail chain (Belfast Telegraph)


Sweet Superquinn deal (New Ross Standard)



No confirmed date for pedestrianisation plan (Sligo Champion) 


New York bans ‘supersized’ drinks (Irish Independent)


Food companies face sustainability stress tests as demand to rise 50% (Irish Examiner)


Bursary helps start-ups to defray costs of food production diploma (Irish Examiner)


Artisan producers to stir up business appetites at fair (Irish Examiner)


Call for seven-day street cleaning in centre of Navan (Meath Chronicle)


Check out two offerings (Irish Examiner)

– Planned €4m sale of a modern supermarket in Cork harbour town, Passage West.

High food prices in Ireland — farmers are not the culprits (Irish Examiner)


30 jobs to be created by new store (Irish Independent)


IFA protest day ‘fight for future of farming’ (Irish Times)

British pig farmers finding it tough to bring home the bacon (Irish Times)

Increase taxes on cigarettes and get tough with smugglers

Contactless payments: are we really ready for cash-free shopping? (Guardian, UK)

British supermarkets taste success in world wine contest (Guardian, UK)

-In prestigious International Wine Challenge, nine of 41 awards won by supermarkets, with Tesco the overall winner

McDonald’s to list calories on menus (Guardian, UK)

Pouring water on sports drink health claims (Irish Times)




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