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New MD appointed as Topaz and Couche-Tard deal agreed

Niall Anderton has been appointed Topaz Energy’s new managing director following today’s European Commission approval of its sale to a Canadian retail giant. Alimentation Couche-Tard and Topaz announced the acquisition on December 2, with the deal subject to competition considerations by the EU Commission. However, on Monday, Topaz confirmed the deal had been approved, and that Niall Anderton, formerly the ...

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Irish women still the main grocery shopper

Some 69 per cent of women remain the main grocery shopper in Irish households. The Grocery Retailing – Ireland December 2015 report from market analysts Mintel found 77 per cent of NI women and 69 per cent of those in the Republic stated they are wholly or mainly responsible for grocery retailing in the home. In comparison, just 46 per cent ...

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Dry Good Friday ‘archaic’

The ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday is “archaic” and hurting the tourism industry, a major hospitality body has said. The sale of alcohol is banned in the Republic on both Good Friday and Christmas Day, but the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) have hit out at the ban saying the law is unacceptable at such a busy time ...

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Save the date for Summit 2016

Fuel and convenience retailers are being urged to save September 15 in their diaries, as preparations enter their final stages for one of the Irish industry’s biggest ever events. The Forecourt & Convenience Summit 2016 will take place on September 15 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin, representing a huge opportunity for independent retailers and those in the ...

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Tokheim becomes OPW’s fifth acquisition

The Tokheim Group´s dispenser and systems businesses has been acquired by a leading fluid-handling equipment manufacturer. OPW, a business unit of Dover Company, acquired the two Tokheim departments for €425 million, following initial agreement on September 2015. The deal sees OPW close its fifth major acquisition in the past two-and-a-half years after purchasing four brands Fibrelite, KPS, Jump, and Liquip. ...

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Gala backs Disney’s O’Connell Street lightsaber stunt

An Irish convenience group has spoken of its pride over helping Disney turn the iconic O’Connell Street Spire into a Lightsaber during the latest Star Wars release. Gala has partnered with Disney over the last two years, with its shoppers availing of pre-screenings for some of the biggest movies of the year, including Inside Out and the Good Dinosaur.   Now ...

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