Lidl Boosts Biodiversity with First Pollinator-Friendly Store in Limerick

Posted On Jun 4 2021 by

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsBusinessCommunityEnvironmentLimerickLidl Boosts Biodiversity with First Pollinator-Friendly Store in Limerick Email Minister of State for Agriculture with responsibility for land use and biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett, with Head of CSR at Lidl Ireland, Owen Keogh, pictured at Lidl Tullamore announcing the retailer’s plans to roll out 20 Pollinator-Friendly Stores across Ireland by the end of 2021.FOLLOWING the debut of the retailer’s first Pollinator-Friendly Store in Youghal, Co. Cork last summer, Lidl have committed to the roll out of 20 more Pollinator-Friendly Stores across Ireland by the end of 2021, with Lidl Childers Road set as the first location in Limerick. To launch the new initiative, Lidl Ireland’s Head of CSR, Owen Keogh, was joined by Minister of State for Agriculture, Pippa Hackett.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up  Building on its long-term environmental targets and comprehensive sustainability strategy ‘A Better Tomorrow’, this commitment shows Lidl Ireland’s leadership in the biodiversity field. As a member of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan since 2018, the retailer has been working collaboratively towards the protection of biodiversity and the conservation of native ecosystems in line with Ireland’s National Biodiversity Action Plan. Lidl’s Pollinator-Friendly Stores are an innovative concept whereby suitable surrounding areas at Lidl Ireland store locations are optimised to create an area of pollination promotion. Featuring reduced mowing practices, wildflower planting, an insect hotel and informative signage, these areas can look overgrown but are in fact a haven for pollinators like bees, butterflies and hoverflies, which are essential for the production of the fresh fruit and vegetables that Lidl Ireland is renowned for.  Encouraging customers to participate in the protection of Ireland’s natural biodiversity on an individual level, Lidl is selling a selection of pollinator-friendly plants and flowers in its 168 stores nationwide from Thursday 20th May, including potted sunflowers, lavender, shrub peony, lupins, climbing jasmine, pepper plants and strawberry hanging baskets to name but a few. Commending Lidl Ireland’s progressive work in the area of biodiversity, Minister of State for Agriculture with responsibility for land use and biodiversity, Pippa Hackett, said; “Encouraging our native biodiversity to flourish is incredibly important, and we all have a part to play in doing so. I am delighted to see Lidl Ireland taking the initiative and supporting Ireland’s national biodiversity with the roll out of their Pollinator-Friendly Stores, giving people across the country the opportunity to learn about and actively participate in the conservation and revitalisation of Irish biodiversity on an individual level.” Lidl Ireland also announced today that they have become the first and only retailer in Ireland to design a biodiversity-focused farming standard in collaboration with a certified body. Developed in partnership with GLOBALG.A.P., the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard, is an internationally recognised standard for sustainable agricultural practices and food production. This standard echoes years of research and stakeholder collaboration arriving at several essential compliance criteria which now include biodiversity specifications that the retailer is working alongside several of its more than 260 local Irish suppliers to integrate into its supply chain. Previous articleUpdated statement on service disruptions UL Hospitals GroupNext articleMayor welcomes announcement that work has begun at Ortec in Newcastle West Sarah Carr Linkedin Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Facebook WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSIreland’s National Biodiversity Action PlanKeeping Limerick PostedLidl IrelandlimerickLimerick Post By Sarah Carr – May 17, 2021 466 Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more

Private equity firm gives boost to Vandemoortele

Posted On Apr 21 2021 by

first_imgVandemoortele is to receive a E75m (£68m) investment from Belgian private equity firm Gimv. The additional share capital will allow the firm to continue its growth in the bakery and lipids market, following its decision in January to sell off its soya foods division, Alpro.The Gimv-XL fund is a recent initiative of Gimv, aimed at growing companies in Flanders – an area of Belgium. “This has been a long-mooted activity,” Adrian Roberts, UK commercial director at Vandemoortele, told British Baker.”The company’s intention has always been to expand its share capital. Gimv is specifically focused on growth companies, and Vandemoortele is a fast-growing food company, so it was a perfect fit.”The Belgian group’s bakery and lipids divisions currently make up around 80% of its turnover and Roberts said the additional share capital will allow the firm to continue with its expansion plans.”Gimv has seen the actions we’ve taken recently in the bakery sector, acquiring the French bakery business Panavi, and their involvement underlines the fact they agree with our strategy,” said Roberts.”The soya disposal is a strategic decision – we’ve grown it successfully, and we can now see it would be better realised by a larger organisation. At the same time, we’ve clearly marked out the bakery and lipids sectors as two areas where we have substantial growth opportunities, and we want to focus on those,” he said.”The acquisition of Panavi in France is another large step in implementing our strategy and we have further substantial growth ambitions in the bakery sector.”The integration of Panavi has been going very well, he added. “It is achieving all the objectives that we’ve set and we’re confident it will continue to do so.”last_img read more