Top stories in the papers this week 3 – 9 July 2012

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BWG launches ambient and chilled distribution facilities; Bank brings in receivers at shopping centre; Eason unveils flagship new store in Cork



9 July 2012

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1. BWG launches new ambient central distribution facility

BWG is embarking on a new 240,000 sq ft central distribution facility in Kilcarbery, Co Dublin, that will be launched this month. The company is consolidating its Walkinstown, Limerick and Ashbourne operations into one major centre in Kilcarbery. ShelfLife reports that the move follows the roll out of a seperate chilled development in April of this year in association with Donnelly Fruit and Veg at Kilshane Cross in North Dublin.  

2. Bank brings in receivers at shopping centre

KPMG’s Kieran Wallace and David Swinburne have been appointed joint receivers of Cork’s Douglas Court Shopping Centre, which has Dunnes Stores as its anchor tenant. The Irish Examiner reports all other shopping centres belonging to the same group, including Douglas Village and the Blackpool Shopping Centres, will remain under the control of the owners, the Shipton Group. 

3. Eason unveils flagship new store in Cork

Eason has invested over €1.1 million in a major upgrade of its store on Patrick Street, Cork. ShelfLife reports the 12,500 square foot Cork store, which employs 49 people, is the first store in the republic of Ireland to receive this significant renovation as part of an overall €20 million investment programme by the company.  

4. Drinks recall to trim Britvic profits

British soft drink maker Britvic has recalled packs of its Robinsons Fruit Shoot and Fruit Shoot Hydro soft drinks in the UK, fearing some of them may be damaged. The Irish Times reports the company expects to cut profit by £1 million to £5 million this year due to the recall. However the company’s Irish arm said there was no product recall in the Republic as a different cap is used for Robinsons Fruit Shoot produced and sold here. 

5. Retail league table to be talk of the towns

Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) has launched a blueprint to rejuvenate towns and cities across Ireland, the Irish Independent reports. The REI Town and City Management Framework has been created to encourage town and city stakeholders to work together to establish "town teams" which will effectively oversee the marketing of a "town brand". A league table of the 100 top-performing towns and cities in Ireland will then be compiled. 


Centra withdraws ‘irresponsible’ beer deals linked to child benefit (Irish Times) 

Pressure on to toughen competition law penalties (Irish Times) 

Ad sector must rebrand if the fizz is to return (Irish Independent) 

Toilet roll brands to be sold off (Irish Independent) 

Sound as a pound shop: price is secret of success (Belfast Telegraph) 

Judge sets alcohol prices in Donegal town to end feud (Newstalk) 

Retail sector facing ‘wipe-out’: Isme (Cork News)

Rising from the ashes, Foods of Athenry signs Tesco contract (Galway Advertiser) 

Restaurants show no appetite for calorie counts (Irish Times) 

Consumption of Irish sheep meat bucks the trend as sales bounce (Irish Independent) 

Shop prices fall in line with the cost of oil (Belfast Telegraph) 

Online deal sites being examined (Irish Times)

What can NHS procurement learn from supermarkets? (Guardian, UK)

Plastic bag use ‘up for second year running’ (Guardian, UK)

-UK supermarkets handed out 8bn single-use plastic bags last year, up 5.4% on 2010, say government figures

Imperial Tobacco gains on hopes of profit boost from new cigarette price rise (Guardian, UK)





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