Ireland news

10 March 2020
In a unique venture Lidl is looking to open its first pub, in a new store in Belfast, Ireland, according to The Irish News. We look at this in more detail and consider the future evolution of Lidl stores.  What will it look like? Lidl has submitted a planning application to turn part of its new store in Dundonald, Belfast into an off-licence and public house, with a bar and seating area. ...
28 February 2020
Just Eat, the online food delivery company, will launch an aerial drone delivery trial in Ireland.  The company has partnered with drone delivery company Manna Drone Delivery for the trial which is set to take place in Dublin in March 2020.  How it works Manna claim to be the world’s first aviation-grade B2B drone delivery ‘as-a-service’ platform.  It will pilot its airborne logistics platf...
12 February 2020
SPAR South Africa said group sales rose 5.4% to ZAR39.79 bn (US$2.67 bn) as part of a trading update covering the 18 weeks to 31 January 2020. The group noted it had been a ‘ challenging start to the year ’, with a relatively weak position across all the markets in which it operates. Growth driven by core business SPAR said its operations Southern Africa saw sales growth of 4.9%, with its c...
04 February 2020
Ireland's leading convenience retailer Centra achieved sales of €1.7bn (£1.4bn) in 2019, showing strong growth of 4% on 2018. Updated proposition continuing to deliver growth Centra's success continues to be driven by its brand repositioning that began in 2016. The retailer aimed to redefine the traditional convenience store experience to be more healthy, with a more innovative offering. Th...
23 January 2020
Aldi Ireland has announced it will be running its 'Grow with Aldi' supplier development programme for the third year in a row, in 2020. So far the retailer has invested €1.5m in this initiative over three years, in association with Bord Bia. We look at what this means for Irish suppliers in more detail. Source: Aldi Ireland What? The 'Grow with Aldi'...
15 January 2020
Despite growth slowing in the lead up to Christmas, sales in the Irish grocery market reached over €1bn in December for the first time on record, according to Kantar. Overall market sales growth was 1.5% in the 12 weeks to December 29th. Discounters lead the way Aldi was the strongest performer of the festive season, with sales +6.3%. Lidl reached its highest ever market share in the period...
09 January 2020
Tesco has delivered a solid performance in a challenging UK market and continued to progress major changes to its European and Asian operations. Headline LFL results     Q3: 13 weeks to 23 Nov   Christmas: 6 weeks to 4 Jan Combined: 19 weeks to 4 Jan UK -0.4 +0.1 -0.2 ROI +2.0 +1.9 ...
05 December 2019
This week we have seen Irish retailer Musgrave acquire Drinks Inc and wholesaler BWG Group acquire Heaney Meats. We look at these deals in more detail. 1. Musgrave: expanding its portfolio to strengthen offer Musgrave has acquired the brand and assets of Northern Ireland drinks distributor Drinks Inc. This is part of the retailer's Growing Good Business strategy to ensure sustainable growth...
05 December 2019
Lidl Ireland has launched its 'Waste Not, Want Not' initiative in Ireland in a bid to combat food waste, according to Shelflife Ireland. What? A range of chilled food will have prices reduced by up to 90% on the day they reach their best before date, with prices as low as €0.90. The range will include fresh meat, poultry, fish, salads, cooked meats, milk and yoghurts. They are products that...
28 November 2019
We review Couche-Tard’s second quarter performance and the range of programmes and pilots underway which could underpin future growth for the Circle K operator. Strong Q2 performance Total Q2 merchandise and service revenue increased by 2.3% to $3.5bn, with same-store merchandise revenues up 3.3% in Europe, 3.2% in the US and 2.1% in Canada. Net earnings increased 22.3% to $578.6m. These re...