Ireland news

18 October 2018
Big store reinvention is a major focus right now for many retailers globally. And many have identified food-to-go, and wider foodservice, as a key opportunity through which to boost dwell time, increase spend, drive customer experience and deepen the relationship with those visiting the store. But delivering great food-to-go and foodservice solutions is not easy. Globally we’ve helped a number...
05 October 2018
Subway has appointed Colin Hughes as country director for the UK and Ireland. 25 years’ experience in the retail and food industries Hughes brings a wealth of experience, having previously worked in several senior roles in the retail and food industries. At Wyevale Garden Centres, Hughes led 145 restaurants across four different concepts, both company-owned and franchised. He was also re...
03 October 2018
Tesco has delivered strong interim results driven by improved trading in the UK and Ireland business and the consolidation of Booker into the Group. Headline results Group sales: +12.8% to £28.3bn (+12.5% at constant exchange rates) UK & Ireland LFL sales +3.8%, (Q1 +3.5%, Q2 4.2%) Tesco UK LFL +2.3% (Q1 +2.1%, Q2 +2.5%) Booker LFL sales +14.7% (Q1 +14.3%, Q2 +15.1%) Central ...
27 September 2018
Lidl Ireland teams with local delivery company, Buymie, to offer one-hour grocery delivery. One hour grocery delivery trial in Dublin According to a quote in The Grocer, Lidl is offering a one-hour grocery delivery service in Dublin via Irish start-up, Buymie. Buymie allows shoppers to order goods from a selection of local stores in the city, which are then delivered in a short time frame (...
24 September 2018
Ahead of our Food-to-go Summit on November 8, where one of the key themes will be future food-to-go formats, we take a look at some of the retail formats across Europe that are leading the way  in how they see the opportunity for food-to-go. 1. Franprix and Franprix noé, Paris – creating the next generation premium convenience store Casino owned Franprix has long been a feature on the pre...
07 September 2018
We review Couche-Tard’s first quarter performance and the improvements it’s making to its food and coffee programs. Strong sales and profit growth First quarter merchandise and service revenues increased by 27.6% to $3.5bn. While acquisitions underpinned the strong sales growth, the retailer also delivered a much improved same-store sales performance. Same-store sales were up 7.3% in Europe...
30 August 2018
The discounter launches a pop-up bakery in Ireland and innovates with its range in the UK.  Ireland: pop-up bakery raises awareness of mental wellbeing The discounter's mobile pop-up bakery will visit Dublin, Limerick and Cork over a four-week period beginning on 21st August. Visitors can enjoy hot drinks and baked product whilst finding out more about youth mental health, supported by L...
02 August 2018
Irish forecourt operator Applegreen is to acquire a 55% stake in UK motorway service areas operator Welcome Break for €362m, from NIBC Infrastructure Partners. Excellent strategic fit The deal will see Applegreen gain control of Welcome Break's 24 Motorway Service Areas (MSAs) and two trunk road service areas, as well as 29 Days Inn and Ramada hotels in 35 locations across the UK. Welcome B...
25 July 2018
Tesco has promoted Kari Daniels to become CEO of its Irish business. She succeeds Andrew Yaxley following his appointment earlier this month as group chief product officer. 16 year career at Tesco Kari Daniels joined Tesco in 2002 and since 2015 has been commercial director for packaged products in the UK. Her role was expanded in 2017 to include responsibility for the Food Technical Team, ...
20 July 2018
As we move firmly into the second half of the year, we round up the best retail/food-to-go fusion formats we’ve seen so far this year, and highlight a couple we are looking forward to seeing in H2. Fresh the Good Food Market, Camden St, Dublin This store lives and breathes food-to-go. The run of counters down one side of the store is a common feature in Fresh stores, and helps demonstrate t...