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Local herbal blends hits Aldi shelves

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ALL NATURAL: The Busy Botanist range of infusions has won a place on the Grow with Aldi supplier development programme. Pictured are best friends and founders, Jo Arbon and Clair Kelly. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

 

A local business, which is helping to improve people’s health one cup at a time, has been chosen for the shelves of 137 Aldi Stores – including Killarney.

The Busy Botanist, based in Killorglin, founded by two best friends, Jo Arbon and Clair Kelly,

specialises in caffeine free herbal tea, has been chosen for the Grow with Aldi supplier development programme as Aldi Specialbuys for a number of weeks.

Their innovative and healthy drinks are handmade and with a range of 14 different types – they target a wide range of health issues. And if popular enough they could see their range on the shelves of the food giant’s stores permanently.

Developed in partnership with Bord Bia, Grow with Aldi has been designed to help small to medium Irish food and drink businesses secure a retail listing with a national retailer.

Applicants attended a special Aldi Immersion Day with Bord Bia to pitch their products and meet existing Aldi suppliers. Extensive product sampling followed, and after careful consideration judges selected the 68 exceptional products to take part in the Aldi Specialbuys event.

 

The idea for the business came about as herbalist Jo was running Holistic Hound, making herbal blends for dogs.

However, after meeting Clair in a local slimming group, they came up with the idea of making herbal infusions which could help people with their health issues.

“The whole idea of the tea was to take away the tannins so you’re just getting the benefits of the herbs,” Jo told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The idea was really to give people an easy way of accessing herbs.”

 

Their range of teas, which include Sweet Dreams, Stressed Out, New Mammy, Pick Me Up amongst others, tells you the exact health benefits right on the front of the product.

“When we started we asked the slimming group what were their main issues,” Clair said.

“They came up with really common every issues. We said we’d start with a range of 10 targeting bloating and bone problems. Now we have 14.”

 

 

 

 

 

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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