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Lidl store front

Lidl new look could be coming soon

A trend within the convenience sector that many industry experts have hinted towards is the change in store formats, and Lidl is no exception. You could be forgiven for thinking that this would take a rather long time to implement; however, Lidl have already given us a glimpse of plans for their Dublin outlets. Consumer habits have been changing rapidly ...

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Latest research from HIM showing the future of the forecourt

The latest research from HIM, market leading Research Company in the wholesale, convenience, foodservice, high street and forecourt market, has shown some interesting results. The latest whitepaper for September 2018 from HIM has shown that the behaviours of consumers is evolving quicker than ever within the forecourt convenience bracket. An example of this can be seen between the differences between ...

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Fuel cleaning partnership in pole position

Leighton O’Brien partners with TSG Ireland to deliver market-leading fuel cleaning solutions. Leading fuel analytics and field technologies company Leighton O’Brien has expanded its global fuel cleaning operations into Ireland following an agreement with retail petroleum solutions provider, TSG Ireland. TSG’s fully trained and safety certified technicians will deliver Leighton O’Brien’s patented tank cleaning and fuel restoration technology, supported by ...

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Revamping McCaughey’s

Forecourt operatives throughout Ireland face challenges and opportunities on a daily basis. Whether this be keeping up with an already competitive market or grasping the opportunity to expand your brand, there is no easy time for an independent forecourt retailer. Raylene McCaughy, manager of McCaughey’s Service Station, located a near the border, knows exactly what it takes to compete in ...

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Top Oil Tumbles as Irving Invest

Irving Oil has purchased the Tedcastle group of companies, which operates under the Top Oil brand, two years after purchasing Ireland’s only refinery at Whitegate.   The move from Irving Oils to take-over from Top Oils could be seen as a logical step to many within the industry, as the company has been pushing for rapid expansion in the through ...

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Tayto CEO Buys Genesis Crafty Bakery

Paul Allen, Tayto Group chief executive has purchased McErlain’s Bakery in Magherafelt, which produces the Genesis Crafty range as well as private label cakes and breads for several high-street stores. In a shake up to the bakery industry throughout NI McErlain’s Bakery, who experienced trading difficulties in the past year, called in Andrew Dolliver and Luke Charleton of EY as ...

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Coke Zero goes red

Coca-cola extends iconic ‘red’ to coca-cola zero sugar packs

Coca-Cola has revealed a new design for the Coca-Cola range featuring new look packaging for Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola zero sugar. The changes unify both variants with the iconic Coca-Cola red and form part of the company’s commercial strategy to encourage more people to try Coca-Cola zero sugar. From September onwards, the bottles and cans of both variants will feature the ...

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Ainsbury’s Merger could close 300 stores

The Sainsbury’s and Asda merger, that some have now cleverly dubbed “Ainsbury’s”, could put a potential 300 stores at risk of closure if the proposed £12bn deal goes ahead. The proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda could see up to 300 stores scrapped if plans go ahead according to new research conducted by The Times. The researched employed techniques typically ...

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Rolling into Dublin’s fresh food market

Barry Wallace, creative director at Pang, tells IF&CR what it is like to bring a healthy food-to-go brand to the streets of Dublin. “People thought we were crazy opening a summer rolls concept in winter,” says restaurateur Barry Wallace on launching Dublin’s most fashionable fresh food eatery in December 2017. And despite the sceptics, Pang – a creative Vietnamese fast ...

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PayPoint Hard-Exit Could Hurt Convenience

PayPoint is set to leave the Irish market come October, although, even with pre-warning retailers and consumers still face uncertainty. It has been recently announced that PayPoint, the omnichannel payment solution provider, is set to leave the Irish market in October. The real conundrum for it is how will this affect the somewhat 580 retailers and 100,000 customers that use ...

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Proposed Homesbase Outlets to Close in Ireland

The DIY retailer Homebase is set to implement a cost- reduction plan, which will see the potential closure of stores in Limerick, Dublin, Fonthill and Dublin Naas Road. Homebase has been forced, much like other big high-street retailers to enforce a restructuring of their operations throughout the UK and Ireland. This has meant 3 locations throughout the Republic of Ireland ...

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Poundworld Saved by the Hendersons

Dublin based retailers the Hendersons are set to help salvage Poundworld’s store estate from administration. Poundworld was set to close its doors, leaving with it somewhat 6,000 employees across 337 stores. The move has been welcomed by numerous industry workers. The Hendersons, who established a similarly named but unrelated Poundworld chain in the in the Republic of Ireland almost 40 ...

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