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Maxol

Maxol has big plans for 2018

CEO Brian Donaldson speaks to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer about Maxol’s strategic plan to take the brand to dizzying heights. 2017 was not only an exciting year for the Maxol brand, but also for CEO Brian Donaldson, who in May, celebrated a full year at the helm of the company. Over the past 12 months, Maxol has invested close to €22m ...

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Pearl Clarke, PostPoint

PostPoint outlines plans for development

Pearl Clark, retail product director, An Post speaks to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer about PostPoint continued development over 2017. In 2017 PostPoint continued to broaden our product portfolio and diversifying outside of our core market of convenience retailers. In addition to our primary products of mobile phone top up, bill payment, Gift Cards and stamps, last year we launched ...

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Karen Kelso, Moy Park

Initiating Irish expansion

Director of business for Moy Park, Karen Kelso tells Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer why she thinks Moy Park is in the perfect position to expand with the RoI market. 2018 promises to be a busy year for the Moy Park Brand with a key focus to develop sales within the ROI convenience sector. Speaking to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience ...

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Not just meat free millennials

Neighbourhood Retailer speaks to business manager Ireland for Quorn Foods, Glenn McCracken on how their innovative range of alternative proteins is well placed to be ahead of the curve as consumers become increasingly more susceptive to a meat free lifestyle. In Neighbourhood Retailer’s experience, speaking to retailers across the region has unveiled a clear consumer trend for leading a healthier ...

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Costcutter Charleville has the X-factor

Retail area manager for Amber Charleville, Micheal O’Sullivan, sings the praises of the impressive range at the site’s Costcutter to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer It has only been opened since February 2016 but, already, the Costcutter outlet at Amber Charleville has become a star store for the symbol group. Its formidable talents were highlighted on the store’s first birthday ...

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Top of the food chain

Brian Herlihy’s Centra network is reinventing modern convenience, putting food firmly on the table. He speaks to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer about his strategy’s success The importance of food service in today’s convenience store will not be lost on regular readers of these pages, but few have pursued the concept as wholeheartedly as the Herlihy group. Herlihy’s Centra Fermoy ...

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Feeding the network – Thomas Ennis on his stunning Spar stores

Thomas Ennis has built an astonishing network of Spar stores, and tells Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer how he’s embraced his mistakes to create success “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” Dublin playwright George Bernard Shaw’s approach to the art of mistake making still rings true 67 ...

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Freshii founder looks forward to Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit

One of the world’s most recognised food-service entrepreneurs speaks about his forthcoming visit to Ireland as one of the world-class speakers featuring at this year’s Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit. Matthew Corrin, the founder of Freshii and an international star of food-to-go, believes the spirit of entrepreneurship is “alive and well” in Ireland as he plans his return. Speaking to Ireland’s Forecourt ...

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Ibec confident of Irish success despite Brexit

As Ibec CEO Danny McCoy is revealed as one of the top speakers at this September’s Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit, the respected economist provides a no-holds-barred account of the state’s post-Brexit outlook Brexit may be the biggest challenge to face Ireland since the foundation of the state, according to Ibec CEO Danny McCoy, but he has some reasons to be cheerful. ...

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Applegreen ambition still strong

As Applegreen opened its latest motorway monolith on the way to Lisburn, Joe Barrett told Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer the company is not short on ambition Applegreen’s 2016 was huge. Along with adding a wealth of new dealerships, strengthening its hold in England and developing its presence in the US, the company managed to stop the traffic on opening ...

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Freshii enjoying healthy growth

Freshii Ireland master franchise holder Dave O’Donoghue speaks to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer about the exciting new concept that’s energising the market Freshii is one of the fastest-growing food-to-go brands in the world, serving a healthy and customizable menu built around fresh ingredients. Since opening its first store in the US in 2005, Freshii has grown to over 300 ...

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The Fifth Element – Jonathan Diver reveals Topaz road map to Circle-K

Topaz’s Senior Director of Retail Sales and Operations, Jonathan Diver, reveals plans to introduce Circle-K and discusses the elements of the plan that will put the company on the world map “At Topaz, we never slow down,” said senior director of retail sales and operations dealers at Topaz, Jonathan Diver. And it’s no wonder. The company has been on a ...

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