Top stories in the papers this week 8 – 15 October 2012

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Aldi achieves highest market share growth; Olhausen receivers hopeful of buyers; Asda denied planning permission for supermarket



15 October 2012

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1. Aldi achieves highest market share growth

The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 30 September 2012, show that Aldi has posted market share growth of almost 30% – an all-time record for the retailer. ShelfLife reports Tesco and SuperValu have also out-performed the market and are beginning to gain some momentum; both have achieved higher growth rates than last month.

2. Olhausen receivers hopeful of buyers

The receivers appointed to failed meat producer Olhausen are hopeful of attracting buyers for parts of the business, The Irish Times reports. Jim Hamilton and David O’Connor of BDO became joint receivers and managers of Dublin-based Olhausen last week, following a request from its board to Ulster Bank, which is understood to be owed more than €10 million. Some 160 jobs have been lost across three processing plants in Blanchardstown, Coolock and Monaghan.

3. Asda denied planning permission for supermarket

The North’s Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, has refused planning permission for a new 4,200sq m supermarket in Banbridge, which British chain Asda claimed could have created 200 jobs, in favour of supporting its town centre.The Irish Times reports the Environment Minister agreed that a large foodstore with 300 car-parking spaces would have been "harmful to the established character and townscape" of the area.

4. Darragh McCullough: Impressive show of strength but farmers’ goal is much less clear

Darragh McCullough writes in the Irish Independent that the thousands of farmers who turned up to protest in Dublin city centre, demonstrates that the IFA has once again shown the power of numbers that it can muster for any given cause.However he adds that the farmers’ cause is a "little less clear" given the multifaceted messages that appeared on their posters, including: ‘No CAP cuts, no farm cuts, no more costs, regulate the retailers, fight for the future of family farming.

5. 8m cigarettes seizure at Dublin Port

Some eight million contraband cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €3.1 million have been seized by Revenue at Dublin Port. The cigarettes arrived into Dublin from Rotterdam on a shipment described as "chilled foodstuffs". Revenue Customs officers examined the refrigerated container after it was routinely scanned.The Irish Times reports Revenue is continuing its investigations into the haul, which brings the value of contraband cigarettes it has seized this year €89.5 million.


Application to take Bewley’s signage from Starbucks (Irish Times)

Online spend at €4bn a year but 75pc of it is going abroad (Irish Independent)

Breakthrough agreement reached by retailers on tackling food waste
(Liam Aylward MEP)

Total Produce appoints new director (Irish Times)

British shoppers warned of fruit and veg shortages (Guardian, UK) 

Investigation to examine cattle price differences (Irish Examiner)

M&S recruiting 440 seasonal workers (Tipp FM)

Fishery protest – Dumping dead fish is immoral (Irish Examiner)

Price of many drugs may fall 10% from next month (Irish Times)

Receivers appointed to Olhausen (Irish Times)

Walmart’s historic first strike: American workers are on the move (Guardian, UK)





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