The Punt: Who'll clean up at the awards?
Can you cut the crap? If so, read on. The second annual Pakman awards have been announced, with the aim of rewarding excellence in waste management and recycling.
The awards will be held in the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge in October, and will recognise businesses and institutions that can show themselves as best in class for reducing and managing waste.
Happily, Ireland is now among the best-performing EU countries in terms of recycling rates, and the awards aim to highlight innovative schemes and prevention methods to help further boost our standings on the league table. Nominations close at midnight on August 31 next, and further information can be found at www.repak.ie/pakmanawards.
Repak chief executive Seamus Clancy said there was a record number of entries last year, calling the awards a "showcase for innovation".
The scheme is open to businesses, communities groups and individuals.
The overall winner from 11 categories will be presented with the Pakman award. The Irish Independent is media sponsor of the event.
Takeaway sector feeling chipper
Online delivery portal Just Eat, whose shares jumped last week as it posted a profit rise on the back of higher restaurant commissions, was busy yesterday lauding the takeaway sector.
It commissioned a report from DKM Economic Consultants which found that Ireland's takeaway sector contributes over €1bn to the economy annually and delivers €450m to the Exchequer every year.
Forget about soggy chips, that's the kind of delivery the Punt would like to get.
And incredibly, the research found that 25 to 34-year-olds spend an average of €56.33 a month on takeaways, with men spending an average of €48.86 a month, and women spending €31.93.
No wonder we're all piling on the pounds. Indeed, the report for Just Eat found that we're spending a whopping €1.48bn a year on takeaways.
The research also claimed that the takeaway market here is set to expand by 17pc by 2020, so break out the eating pants.
This, the report says, takes into account overall household consumption growth, expected changes in population structure and using of technology such as smartphones to place orders.
Mars woman lands top job
Irish Distillers has appointed a new managing director for Ireland.
Louise Ryan will take up the post on July 1, and, as a member of the Irish Distillers leadership team, will report to Jean-Christophe Coutures, incoming chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers.
Ryan, inset, holds a degree in Business Studies from Trinity College, and an MBS from the UCD graduate business school.
Prior to joining Irish Distillers she held a number of senior marketing and sales roles, including that of commercial director at Mars Ireland.
In 2011 she joined Irish Distillers as head of business development and most recently has worked as strategy & insights director with dual reporting to the CEO and marketing director.
She replaces Pat Magee, who is off to the sun as general manager - Florida at Pernod Ricard USA.
Irish Distillers produces Jameson, sales of which soared during the first half of Pernod Ricard's financial year. The whiskey is one of the group's key brands.
In the Irish market, sales of Pernod Ricard brands struggled in the first half, with sales volumes rising 1.1pc, and 2.2pc in value terms.