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Heading for success in 2019 with Top Oil, a trusted fuel partner

Dealer Johnny Brady tells IF&CR why Top Oil switching to Top Oil was the best move he could have made. 2018 has been a year of various challenges for many forecourt and convenience retailers across the island of Ireland, with uncertainties over Brexit and how it will affect trade creating concern. However, for Johnny Brady, the future looks bright following ...

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Gala Retail

Big Apple Giveaway boosts Gala social media

The Gala Retail Facebook page has entered 2019 on a high, following a huge Facebook giveaway which deliver an impressive increase in page likes and engagement rates bringing the Gala Facebook audience to almost 175,000. Launched in December, the competition consisted of five separate posts and questions and invited fans of the Gala Retail Facebook page to answer the questions ...

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Tayto Snacks

New era for Irish snack-food manufacturer Largo Foods

Snack-food manufacturer, Largo Foods has announced its rebrand and name change to Tayto Snacks. The company, previously known as Largo Foods, will henceforth be known as Tayto Snacks, in homage to the strength, longevity, and recognition of its flagship brand. Headquartered in Ashbourne, Co. Meath adjacent to its 80,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, the company employs almost 400 staff and ...

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Irish grocery market off to a strong start in 2019

The Irish grocery market followed up a record-breaking festive period by posting year-on-year sales growth of 3.4% during the 12 weeks to 27 January.  Despite shoppers tightening the purse strings, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel show a strong start to 2019 as New Year’s resolutions shaped shopping baskets. Douglas Faughnan, consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “While families ...

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Centra to open 25 new stores and create 375 jobs

One of Ireland’s leading convenience retailers, Centra, has registered a new record after hitting sales of €1.63 billion in 2018. The convenience retailer plans to build on this momentum by opening 25 new stores across the country this year, as well as refreshing 80 stores, as part of a €35 million investment, which will see 375 jobs added to the Centra ...

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Maxol customers raise €62,000 for charity Aware

€62,000 has been raised by Maxol’s customers on the run up to Christmas for charity Aware. The latest figure brings the total funds raised by Maxol to €120,000 for 2018. Getting onboard with Maxol’s ROSA coffee charity campaign meant that a 10-cent donation was made for every purchase of Maxol’s exclusive ROSA coffee, as well as tea and other hot drinks, ...

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Barclays to transfer €190 billion to Ireland ahead of Brexit

Banking giant Barclays is to transfer 190 billion euros (£160 billion) worth of assets to Ireland in preparation for Brexit.   According to the press association, the bank received approval from the High Court on Wednesday for the move, which involves 5,000 clients. A spokesperson from the company said: “As we announced in 2017, Barclays will use our existing licensed EU-based ...

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Brexit: What’s next for independent retailers?

In a time of political turbulence for retailers and traders across the country, we bring you the latest of all you need to know regarding Brexit. Last night, there were two significant votes. In one, MPs in the House of Commons voted in favour of an amendment that made it clear that a “No Deal” Brexit is simply not an ...

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Costcutter puts store standards to the test

Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) has revealed that a recent store standards audit of stores stocking Co-op own brand has seen over 97% of retailers pass the standards tests. The audit, the first stage of plans to improve store standards and consistency across the Group, has so far seen more than 600 retailers work with their Business Development Managers (BDMs) to ...

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Big Mac trademark revoked on foot of Supermac’s application

Supermac’s has won its long running case against the fast food giant, McDonald’s, to have the use of the iconic Big Mac trademark cancelled.  In a landmark judgement by European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), where trademark disputes are adjudicated, the office said that the multinational had not proven genuine use of the contested trademark as a burger or as ...

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Freshly Chopped launches Belfast’s first Sweat Party

Healthy fast food chain Freshly Chopped has announced the launch of Northern Ireland’s first sweat party, a phenomenon from the US that invites people to take part in a group workout session to promote healthy bodies and minds. The Freshly Chopped Sweat Party will be in aid of AWARE – The Depression Charity for Northern Ireland, and will take place ...

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Sensory experiences drive 9 out of 10 shoppers back to stores

9 out of 10 shoppers say they are more likely to revisit stores that leverage music, visuals and scent, according to new research. A recent survey from Mood Media reveals consumer attitudes toward the in-store customer experience as well as in-store shopping behaviours. The report, entitled  “Elevating the Customer Experience: The Impact of Sensory Marketing,” found that 78 percent of shoppers globally ...

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