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Small Changes Making a Big Difference with Brian Herlihy of Centra

Independency within retail and convenience is never an easy job. There are a plethora of issues facing owners, managing directors, licensees and numerous individuals in-between. Whilst there is no out-and-out solution to solving the issues that face retailers every day, a wealth of experience and a logical approach can create an understanding for the current climate and future of the ...

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Fierce competition

Recent figures from Kantar are indicative that the market is strong but that competition is rife. The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending May 20, 2018, indicate that competition is rife in the grocery market in Ireland as Tesco takes the top spot for the first time since 2015. The gap between the top three ...

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A brighter future for Blaneys Stores XL

John Blaney, owner of Blaneys Stores describes how BWG helped him turn his business around. As a family run business in rural Ireland, Blaneys Stores has had its fair share of challenges brought on by the recession and lack of investment in non-urban areas in the West of Ireland. Thankfully, owner John Blaney tells Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer that ...

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Coming out on top in Cavan

Padraig Rudden, owner of Costcutter Rudden’s Service Station tells IF&CR why Top Oil is the only network for him. The site on the popular Railway Road in Cavan had been trading for thirty years and in October of last year went under an extensive redevelopment, switching to Costcutter and adding a host of new facilities. Despite feeling the need for ...

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Smooch

Make it special, make it simple.

Smooch ice cream’s refreshed brand identity presents more opportunities nationwide. Smooch ice cream concept was introduced by Dairyglen in 2005 and has quickly become one of the most recognisable brands in the category. After six years of unprecedented growth, as a forward-thinking company Smooch has decided to change and contemporise their brand identity in reaction to consumer demand and a ...

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Baking up a new site in Maynooth

Eurospar retailer Luke Creighan opens the latest The Natural Bakery Store in Manor Mills Shopping Centre. Ireland’s largest independent bakery chain, The Natural Bakery opened the doors to its 13th shop this month in Maynooth creating 10 new jobs. While the majority of The Natural Bakery sites are in Dublin, this will be the retailer’s second shop in Kildare. The ...

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Jacob Schram

The essence of business

As Circle K begins rebranding all Topaz sites in Ireland, Group President Europe, Jacob Schram outlines his approach to chasing success in any market. Great leaders are born of a desire to succeed, to make a difference, and in Jacob Schram’s case the passion to create a company culture like no other. For Schram, Group President for Circle K in ...

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Ice cream Ireland

Consumers pay more for local ice cream

A report conducted by Mintel reveals that Irish shoppers are willing to spend more on ice cream if it is made traditionally or has local links. Spring has finally sprung in Ireland and as we prepare for the [somewhat] warmer months, retailers are prepped and ready to stock up on supplies of ice cream and chilled desserts. Sales in this ...

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Moy Park

Moy Park relaunches breaded range in 75th year

Ireland’s number one poultry brand, Moy Park, has relaunched its branded breaded product range to coincide with the company’s 75th anniversary. “Given our 75th anniversary, 2018 is an important year for Moy Park, and we wanted to celebrate from a brand perspective through the relaunch,” explains Karen Kelso, Director of Business. “The relaunch includes a packaging refresh – featuring a ...

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BWG Foods

Growing the empire

Willie O’Byrne, managing director for BWG Foods tells IF&CR how he believes every challenge presents an opportunity. While you might expect the managing director of an Ireland-wide company, with an annual turnover of €1.3bn, to keep more than a watchful eye over proceedings, Willie O’Byrne, managing director of BWG Foods in Ireland pleasantly surprises Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer by his ...

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Bank of Ireland

Retail investment on track for 2018

According to the Bank of Ireland’s head of retail convenience this year will be a strong one for Ireland’s grocery and convenience retail sector Figures suggest Ireland’s grocery and convenience retail sector is due a positive year ahead, according to the Bank of Ireland’s head of retail convenience, Owen Clifford. “Investment generally has picked up over the past couple of ...

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Reinventing old traditions at Today’s Express

Retailer Mark Malone tells Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer why he made the switch to the Today’s Express brand after so many years in the business. Having worked in the retail trade from the age of 15, retailer Mark Malone is no stranger to the convenience model and has experience working under a number of symbol groups in Ireland. Mark ...

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