Irwin’s boosts turnover by £1m

first_imgNorthern Irish bakery Irwin’s has added £1m to its turnover in the past year, after launching smaller loaf sizes of its key brands.The company launched 400g and 600g versions of its Nutty Krust brand for the first time last year, followed by 400g Sandwich and Hi-Fibre loaves in April a move that has led to the production of 1.5 million more loaves and £1m of new revenue on the company’s balance sheet in the past 12 months. Previously, the bakery’s bread was only available in 800g loaves. Irwin’s said that the introduction of the 400g Sandwich and Hi-Fibre loaves, along with soft pan Irwin’s Softee, had also boosted overall pan sales by 26% in the past six months.”More choice, shrinking household sizes, greater concern about food wastage and the recession itself are changing how we eat,” said Michael Murphy, Irwin’s commercial controller. “Our half-sized everyday loaves provide householders with more choice and control over how they purchase and use breads. It’s also a product innovation that is bringing smaller households back to bread and providing an effective ’trial size’ for completely new customers locally and in our target GB and ROI export markets.”last_img read more

Liat to close offices in Dominica and Caribbean

first_img Share Share Share Tweet The efforts of the Waterfront and Allied Workers Union (WAWU) and other trade unions of the Caribbean, were not enough to persuade airline LIAT to change plans to close its ticketing offices around the region.The trade unions met with the board of directors of LIAT Tuesday in Barbados, to seek to talk Antigua-based carrier out of the proposal which could see 100 workers including those at the LIAT office in Dominica, lose their jobs.WAWU Secretary-Treasurer Kertist Augustus argued that unemployment levels in the region are already worrying.“In our response we looked at the whole question of the high unemployment which exists within the Caribbean and that we cannot accept these redundancies because to our mind they would further aggravate an already serious situation,” Augustus stated.He disclosed Wednesday the WAWU also spoke of sacrifices that LIAT workers have made in order to keep LIAT flying, including surviving suspension of pension payments at one point, as well as cut backs. Sharing is caring! LocalNewsRegional Liat to close offices in Dominica and Caribbean by: – March 30, 2011 But LIAT maintained that the cuts would save the company $3 million, at a time when it is grappling to survive in a tougher financial period.Tuesday’s meeting concluded that the closure of LIAT ticketing offices is inevitable.Trade unions are now focusing on ensuring LIAT workers receive fair deals. Augustus said LIAT intends on making the closure effective May 04 but the WAWU has argued this is too short notice.He said LIAT’s plan will have to change in the case of Dominica. “People whose services with LIAT is more than 10 years must be given the minimum of two months notice so the intention of LIAT to try to have early closure effective the 4th of May would have to be reviewed in the case of Dominica for some of the staff, to be effective the 4th of June.”Dominica Vibes News 44 Views   no discussionslast_img read more