News & Events

Pat Curran Award 🏆🏆

Posted on Oct 18, 2021 in News & Events

Joint Winners: Jill Bell, Well & Good in Midleton and Hannah Dare, Organico in Bantry. In Summer 2021, Eskimo-3 in collaboration with Rude Health Magazine, the official magazine of the Irish association of Health Stores, launched the annual “Pat Curran Award for Excellence in Customer Service.” We asked customers and readers to nominate an exceptional person working in an Independent Irish Health Store. The award is decided by national poll, voted by the readers of Rude Health Magazine, and this year there was a tie for first place. Rather than share the prize, we decided to double...

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Here we are still, all in this together! ❤️

Posted on Sep 15, 2020 in News & Events

All hoping to stay well like never before. As we head into winter we are all looking to keep healthy in a broader sense than most of us have ever considered before. We do know how important it is to be physically healthy, with a well functioning immune system. But also now, more than ever, we are aware of how we need to care for our mental and emotional health as we face into more months of living with Covid19. Within each of our member stores, found in almost every town across the country, there is a friendly face ready to give the best advice on how to stay well in the months. Our Health...

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Offering essential services in a time of crisis 😷

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in News & Events

Health food stores carry essential food items like rice, pasta, cereals, milk, eggs, bread, vegetables, hygiene and cleaning products. Importantly, they are a source for special dietary products for allergy sufferers and people on restricted diets for long term illness reasons. Health Stores Ireland member stores are making important and sometimes difficult changes to their working practices to protect customers, staff, owners and the wider community. Depending on the size and nature of their stores, businesses are offering call & collect options, limiting access numbers to their shops...

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Customer care during virus 💁‍♀️

Posted on Mar 12, 2020 in News & Events

Message to members health stores during virus: “Health Stores Ireland is now calling on all member stores to take action to ensure that 2m person to person advisory can be practised. This may involve closing your shop door and limiting the number of customers in your shop at any one time, putting up signage and placing guidance floor tape near checkouts and offering phone-in and click & collect services. Consider providing free delivery of goods to customer’s cars and homes. Many stores have already started taking these types of actions. It is vital that we, as a sector,...

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Taxing Food Supplements is Immoral

Posted on Nov 4, 2019 in News & Events, Photos

Health Stores Ireland, the organisation for which represents over 200 Irish Health Stores, has welcomed the timely interjection on the issue of VAT on food supplements by Professor John Nolan on Newstalks’ Pat Kenny Radio Show, which is aired today. Discussing the Minister for Finance’s intention to introduce 13.5% VAT on all Food Supplements, Professor Nolan explained the vital importance of the use of some Food Supplements in the reduction of sight loss for those suffering with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) an eye condition which causes the gradual deterioration of vision...

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Anger at VAT Hike

Posted on Oct 16, 2019 in News & Events

Health Stores Ireland angry at Minister’s decision to impose 13.5% VAT on health food supplements. Health Stores Ireland has expressed anger at the news that Minister Paschal Donohoe is to implement VAT of 13.5% on health food supplements in the Finance Bill to be published tomorrow. Matt Ronan, Health Stores Ireland, “The move from the Minister flies in the face of this Government’s so called ‘Healthy Ireland’ initiative and will have a detrimental impact on the health of many people.” “There is a real danger that customers will be forced to buy their health food supplements...

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