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C&C confident cider sales will stabilise

After announcing a decision to adopt separate strategies for the Irish and UK markets, drinks group C&C is confident that sales of Bulmers and Magners cider will stabilise this year. John Dunsmore, chief executive, C&C, said. The drinks group pulled off a €205 million deal to buy the Irish and Scottish businesses of Anheuser-Busch InBev. […]

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Lisbon Yes gets Ryanair funds

Ryanair has promised to spend a total of €500,000 on media advertising and “deeply discounted seats” in support of a Yes vote, with €200,000 going on press, posters and online activity, the airline’s chief executive Michael O’Leary said at a press conference yesterday. O’Leary said that Ireland’s future success depends on being at the heart […]

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02 marketer spreads good vibrations

02’s head of brand and marketing communications in the UK, Shadi Halliwell, is launching a range of luxury sex toys with the full support of her employer. Halliwell launched Shy vibrators three years ago but she now hopes to secure retail shelf space for an extended line. She described Shy as the ‘Prada of sex […]

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Tayto onion crisps spring back

Largo Foods has done a Cadbury’s Wispa-style turnabout and is to bring back their Tayto spring onion crisps in limited edition packs next week. The move follows a public appeal on the Gerry Ryan Show on 2FM. Rita Kirwan, marketing director, Largo Foods, said spring onion-flavoured Tayto had been out of production for over a […]

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McDonald's arches towards golden oldies

Fast-food restaurants staffed by people over 60 help increase profits and improve customer satisfaction by an average of 20 per cent, McDonald’s has reported. The experience of older staff, their work ethic and dealing with people face-to-face were cited as reasons for the improvement. But despite the findings, which were based on studies at Lancaster […]

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Iceland to launch passion pizza

A report by sex columnist Anne Sexton in the current issue of Hot Press claims that Iceland, the British food retailer with stores in Ireland, is said to be developing an aphrodisiac pizza called Pizzagra – a sort of edible Viagra. Pizzagra toppings include artichoke, asparagus, ginger, garlic, onions, chocolate, strawberry and banana – all […]

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