Costa loyalty card

The UK’s biggest coffee chain Costa has launched a supermarket-style reward card scheme that will see customers accumulating points with each purchase of any food, drink or merchandising product sold in its Costa stores nationwide. The scheme has been on a year-long trial in Scotland.

Donegal firm to grow

Co Donegal bakery company, Galard Teo, has received a E0.8m investment from government agency Údáras na Gaeltachta for new product development. The cash injection will fund 36 new jobs over the next three years, bringing the job total in the bakery to 207.

Tesco pulls products

Tesco withdrew four varieties of its sandwiches with use-by dates of 5 March 2010 and 6 March 2010, because the lettuce used in the filling might have been contaminated with slug pellets. Big & Tasty Meatball & Cheese Sandwich, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Finest Club Sandwich and Fresh in the Capital Club Sandwich were affected.

Welsh birthday

Welsh cake firm Siwgr a Sbeis, started by two schoolfriends Rhian Williams and Rhian Owen in Llanrwst, is celebrating its 21st birthday with the launch of a range of branded cakes and desserts, starting with cupcakes made with cinnamon spice and topped with nib sugar.

Sandwich waste

New research by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is set to uncover how much waste is generated by pre-packed sandwiches. It is the first big study into the amount of waste in the UK retail supply chain created by pre-prepared food and aims to identify how this can be reduced, so that businesses can make cost and environmental savings.