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Irish Consumers Favour Irish Brands

    Irish Consumers Favour Irish Brands

The fifth annual Brand Footprint Ireland ranking from Kantar Worldpanel, measuring which brands are being bought by the most consumers the most often, has revealed that the top four most chosen brands in the country are home-grown favourites, with Avonmore, Brennans, Denny and Jacob’s leading the way.
In Ireland, six of this year’s top 10 brands […]

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Britain Braces For Price Hikes

    Britain Braces For Price Hikes

While the outcome of Brexit may be uncertain, Mintel’s flagship British Lifestyles report reveals that consumers are braced for an expensive future ahead. Over four in five (83%) Brits are currently concerned about seeing price rises on goods and services, with 59% worried about the mounting cost of groceries, 35% worried about the climbing cost of holidays […]

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Ireland Still One of the Lowest Cash Cost Producers of Milk Internationally

    Ireland Still One of the Lowest Cash Cost Producers of Milk Internationally

A detailed report and analysis of trends in the competitiveness of the main sectors in Irish agriculture has been published by Teagasc, as part of an international workshop on measuring international competitiveness and efficiency in agriculture. Profitability, costs of production, value of output and some partial productivity indicators (such as milk yield, stocking density, cereal […]

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UK Coffee Shop Sales Enjoy a Growth High

    UK Coffee Shop Sales Enjoy a Growth High

New research from Mintel reveals that the UK coffee shop market has enjoyed its biggest period of growth since 2008, when the market was valued at £2.2 billion. Over the last five years, the market rose by 37%, up from £2.4 billion in 2011 to reach an impressive £3.4 billion in 2016. What is more, […]

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EU Agri-food Exports Start 2017 at High Level

    EU Agri-food Exports Start 2017 at High Level

The monthly value of EU agri-food exports in January 2017 reached a level of €10.3 billion, which is almost €1 billion higher than in January 2016, according to the latest agri-food trade report. USA remains the most important destination for EU agri-food exports with the highest increases in monthly export values (January 2017 compared to January […]

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Opportunities For Healthy Soft Drinks

    Opportunities For Healthy Soft Drinks

As global consumers’ attitudes towards soft drinks grow increasingly negative due to their high levels of sugar, calories, and ‘artificial’ ingredients, new opportunities are arising for companies to diversify their portfolios, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The company’s latest report states that healthy, ‘clean’ and functional soft drinks are in demand, with 89% of global consumers […]

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A Third of All British Drinkers Have Reduced or Limited Their Alcohol Intake

    A Third of All British Drinkers Have Reduced or Limited Their Alcohol Intake

While the majority of British adults enjoy a tipple, it seems today’s consumers are taking a more conservative approach towards their alcohol consumption. Indeed, new research from Mintel reveals that as many as one third (32%) of all Brits have reduced or limited their alcohol intake over the past 12 months* in comparison to what they would […]

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Spirit Drinkers Keen to Experiment With Novel Flavours But Crave Authenticity

    Spirit Drinkers Keen to Experiment With Novel Flavours But Crave Authenticity

As global spirit drinkers become more experimental, with at least 39% of them actively trying new varieties within each category, craft distillers are presented with an opportunity to diversify their product portfolio. This can be done by adding unique ingredients, trying unusual ingredient combinations, and using innovative processes, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The […]

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Child Obesity – Technical Guidance on Procurement For Healthy Food in Schools

    Child Obesity – Technical Guidance on Procurement For Healthy Food in Schools

The European Commission Joint Research Centre and Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety have presented a report to help authorities implement healthy food standards ensuring that they procure healthy school food. The report provides technical guidance on, among others, drafting clear specifications on foods and food services to be procured to make the healthy food the default […]

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Antimicrobial Resistance in Europe Remains High

    Antimicrobial Resistance in Europe Remains High

Bacteria found in humans, animals and food continue to show resistance to widely used antimicrobials, says the latest report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The findings underline that AMR poses a serious threat to public and animal […]

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A Positive Future for the UK Beet Sugar Industry

    A Positive Future for the UK Beet Sugar Industry

The lifting of European Union (EU) sugar quotas in October 2017 and leaving of the EU, offers exciting opportunities for great British businesses and industries, such as British Sugar and the wider UK beet sugar industry.
According to Paul Kenward, Managing Director of British Sugar: “We are one of Britain’s most globally competitive industries and we […]

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The Changing Shape of Socialising

    The Changing Shape of Socialising

Diageo’s first ‘Future Series’ trend report reveals the shape of socialising in the year ahead. In the report, the team responsible for innovation and future-gazing at Diageo, the world leading drinks company behind brands like Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Baileys and Guinness, isolates three main social trends expected to accelerate into the mainstream in […]

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Positive Economic Trends For EU Fishing Fleet

    Positive Economic Trends For EU Fishing Fleet

The economic performance of the EU fleet improved significantly again in 2014, according to the latest Annual Economic Report. Between 2008 and 2014, the EU fleet moved from a loss-making position in 2008 to registering record-high net profits of €770 million in 2014 – up from €500 million in 2013. The EU fleet’s gross value […]

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The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Has Published its 2016 Impact Report

    The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Has Published its 2016 Impact Report

The RSPO has published its 2016 RSPO Impact Report, providing a detailed look at RSPO’s sustainability efforts and outcomes from the past year. Over the years, the RSPO’s focus has remained constant: transforming the market to make sustainable palm oil the norm. To ensure the vision is achieved, the RSPO vigilantly monitors the impact of RSPO […]

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Irish Food and Drink Exports Increase by 2% to Reach Record High of €11.15 Billion

    Irish Food and Drink Exports Increase by 2% to Reach Record High of €11.15 Billion

The value of Irish agri-food and drink exports exceeded €11 billion for the first time ever in 2016, according to Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects 2016-2017 report. “2016 marked the 7th successive year of growth of Irish food and drink exports, with a further 2% increase recorded to reach a record high of €11.15 […]

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Increasingly Health-conscious Consumers Present New Opportunities For Superfoods Beyond Conventional Sectors

    Increasingly Health-conscious Consumers Present New Opportunities For Superfoods Beyond Conventional Sectors

Superfoods, typically of high demand in the food, drink and beauty sectors, will soon see a distinct shift towards more diverse categories, driven by increasing health-consciousness, according to consumer insight firm Canadean.
The company’s latest report finds that consumers are more conscious of their health than ever before and aim to improve it proactively through healthy living rather […]

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2016 the Year of Gin in Britain

    2016 the Year of Gin in Britain

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s latest Market Report shows that Britain’s love for a gin and tonic is not restricted to the summer months as sales continue to fizz into the festive season. The report reveals gin sales in pubs, bars and restaurants (on trade) in 12 months (to 1/10/16) went up +19%, on […]

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Low Incidence of TSEs in the EU, Says EFSA Report

    Low Incidence of TSEs in the EU, Says EFSA Report

EFSA has published its first EU summary report on the monitoring of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) in cattle, sheep and goats. Previously, the annual reports on TSEs were compiled by the European Commission.
TSEs are a group of diseases that affect the brain and nervous system of humans and animals.  With the exception of Classical BSE, there is no scientific evidence that other […]

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Europe’s Brewers Keep Trade and the Economy Flowing

    Europe’s Brewers Keep Trade and the Economy Flowing

At their recent sixth annual Beer Serves Europe event, The Brewers of Europe emphasised how their 7,500 breweries not only underpin economic growth in Europe but also make a significant contribution to trade with the rest of the world. Two new publications, the 180-country study Beer Connects Europe with the World and the 2016 edition […]

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Report Highlights Economic Importance of Scottish Red Meat Industry

    Report Highlights Economic Importance of Scottish Red Meat Industry

The importance of red meat production to both the national economy of Scotland and the country’s rural areas, is very clearly highlighted in an independent new report commissioned by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). The report, ‘An Assessment of the Economic Contribution of Scotland’s Red Meat Supply Chain’, reveals that the red meat supply chain in […]

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Almonds are Number One Nut in New Product Introductions Across Europe

    Almonds are Number One Nut in New Product Introductions Across Europe

According to Innova Market Research’s latest Global New Product Introductions Report, almonds are now the number one nut in new introductions in Europe with a 48% regional share and a new record high of 42% globally. Germany, the UK and France follow the US as the top leading countries introducing new almond products. With 4,313 […]

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UK Catering Firms to Overcome Brexit Uncertainty

    UK Catering Firms to Overcome Brexit Uncertainty

The majority of UK catering companies are in surprisingly good shape to cope with any Brexit fallout, a new report from market analysts Plimsoll Publishing argues. Having carried out a financial health check on the UK’s 1477 top catering firms, the new report has found that 486 firms are performing well in current market conditions […]

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Mixed Growth For Private Label Soft Drinks Across East and West Europe

Private Label soft drinks have faced turbulent times in recent years, with periods of economic uncertainty boosting consumption, and periods of prosperity seeing volumes fall, according to consumer insight firm Canadean. The company’s latest Q2 beverage trackers for East Europe and West Europe state that Private Label soft drinks, a relatively new phenomenon in some East […]

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The Male Market Remains a Big Opportunity For Savory Snacks Manufacturers in Russia

    The Male Market Remains a Big Opportunity For Savory Snacks Manufacturers in Russia

Currently, the average Russian man consumes savory snacks less often than his female counterpart, presenting new opportunities for manufacturers to appeal to indulgence-seeking men, according to a new study published by consumer insight firm Canadean. The company’s latest report states that the Russian savory snacks market was valued at US$2.7 billion in 2015, and is forecast […]

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Tetra Pak Sees Growth Opportunities For 100% Juice

    Tetra Pak Sees Growth Opportunities For 100% Juice

The market for 100% juice should return to growth despite global economic slowdown and the recent debate around sugar, according to Tetra Pak’s 100% Juice Index report. According to the company, the combination of emerging growth hot-spots and slowing decline in established markets is stabilising 100% juice and bringing it back to growth going forward […]

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Global Savoury Snacks Market to Reach Over $138 Billion by 2020 as ‘Snackification’ Trend Grows

    Global Savoury Snacks Market to Reach Over $138 Billion by 2020 as ‘Snackification’ Trend Grows

The global savoury snacks market will rise from US$94.5 billion in 2015 to US$138.2.billion by 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9%, according to consumer insight firm Canadean. The company’s latest report states that such growth is expected to come mainly from developing countries in the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European regions, with CAGRs […]

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The Impact of Sugar Tax on the UK Sports and Energy Drinks Market

    The Impact of Sugar Tax on the UK Sports and Energy Drinks Market

With the tax on sugary soft drinks due to come into effect in April 2018, the majority of UK sports and energy drink users say they expect their purchasing of these products to be affected as a result of any price increases. Indeed, new Mintel research reveals that one in three (32%) British consumers who […]

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Daypart-specific Targeting Can Unlock New Food Consumption Occasions

    Daypart-specific Targeting Can Unlock New Food Consumption Occasions

Over a quarter of global consumers (27%) consider food and drink to be appealing if products are advertised for consumption at a specific time of day, according to research by consumer insight firm Canadean. The company’s latest report states that while demographic segmentation is commonly used in food and drink marketing, brands are increasingly launching […]

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Ireland’s Craft Brewers to Turnover €60 Million This Year

    Ireland’s Craft Brewers to Turnover €60 Million This Year

Ireland’s craft beer market is continuing to grow both domestically and internationally, according to a new Bord Bia report. The ‘Craft Beer and Microbreweries in Ireland Survey 2016’ found there are 62 microbreweries operating in Ireland, of which 48 are production microbreweries and 16 are contracting companies. In 2015, the total turnover of craft beer […]

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Bord Bia Study Reveals Ireland’s Home Baking Trends

    Bord Bia Study Reveals Ireland’s Home Baking Trends

Weekend baking and smaller portion sizes are among the top global trends identified in a new Bord Bia bakery study. The home baking market in Ireland is valued at almost €120 million per year and the Bord Bia report shows the sector is continuing to remain a favourite with Irish consumers.
Paula Donoghue, Consumer Insight Manager, […]

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Busy Brits Present Major Opportunity For On-the-go Dairy Products

    Busy Brits Present Major Opportunity For On-the-go Dairy Products

British consumers are increasingly looking for food and drink that saves time and allows them to feel they have a better work-life balance. Indeed, 50% of British people feel there are not enough hours in the day to fit in all their desired activities, while 56% report making attempts to reduce the time spent on […]

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Global Juice Drink Consumption to Rise by 5% a Year

    Global Juice Drink Consumption to Rise by 5% a Year

Global fruit juice and drink consumption exceeded 80 billion litres in 2015, representing 10% of overall soft drink volume, according to a new report from specialist food and drink consultancy Zenith International. Sales were up 4% during the year, with growth in Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America offsetting declines in the […]

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Overall UK Tea Sales to Drop by 5% in 2016 As Cake Sales Rise

    Overall UK Tea Sales to Drop by 5% in 2016 As Cake Sales Rise

New research from Mintel reveals that over one in three (35%) tea drinkers aged between 55 and 64 drink five or more cups of standard black tea a day, compared to just 16% of those aged between 25 and 34. While a cuppa has been something of a national favourite in the British Isles throughout […]

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Irish Beverage Council Highlights Costs of Proposed Sugar Tax

    Irish Beverage Council Highlights Costs of Proposed Sugar Tax

The Irish Beverage Council (IBC), the Ibec group that represents companies that produce, distribute and market soft drinks, juices, bottled waters and sports and energy drinks in Ireland, has published a new analysis of the impact of a possible sugar tax, which sets out the economic damage to consumers, business and the Irish economy that […]

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Kvass, East Europe’s Traditional Fermented Soft Drink, Ticks Health Trend Boxes

    Kvass, East Europe’s Traditional Fermented Soft Drink, Ticks Health Trend Boxes

Kvass, traditional to markets such as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and the Baltic States, accounts for 6% of the East European carbonates market, and has evolved over the years, according to consumer insight company Canadean.
The company’s report states that there are two distinct types of kvass, with overall volumes of around one billion liters in East Europe. Traditionally, […]

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Drinks and Hospitality Industry Vital For Ireland’s Tourism Offer in Wake of Brexit

    Drinks and Hospitality Industry Vital For Ireland’s Tourism Offer in Wake of Brexit

A new report by DCU economist Tony Foley, commissioned by the Support Your Local campaign, ‘The Contribution of the Drinks Industry to Tourism’, has highlighted the massive and far-reaching role of the drinks and hospitality sector in supporting Ireland’s tourism offer. The report states that the UK vote to leave the EU will impact on […]

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Fibre and speciality carbohydrates market to rise

According to a new report from Grand View Research, the global market for fibres and speciality carbohydrates is expected to reach $9.84 billion by 2024.
Increasing awareness of gut health among consumers in the US, Germany and China is expected to upscale the requirement of fibres over the next eight years, the insights company said. Furthermore, […]

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Chocolate Flavour Scoops Top Spot in UK Ice Cream Innovation

    Chocolate Flavour Scoops Top Spot in UK Ice Cream Innovation

New research from Mintel reveals that there were more chocolate flavoured ice cream products launched in the UK in the past year than vanilla for the first time in eight years. According to Mintel’s Global New Products Database (GNPD) as many as 22% of all new ice cream products launched in the UK in the […]

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Changing Lifestyles Grow Turkish Desire For Packaged Food and Drink

    Changing Lifestyles Grow Turkish Desire For Packaged Food and Drink

Turkey is experiencing a number of big shifts in its demographics which is having a positive effect on the packaged food market. Since the 1950s, the urban population has expanded. 75% of Turkey’s total population now live in urban areas. Over 20 cities across the country are home to a million or more inhabitants.
Turkey’s population […]

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Consumer Goods M&A Quadrupled in 2015 With Deal Value Topping $226 Billion

    Consumer Goods M&A Quadrupled in 2015 With Deal Value Topping $226 Billion

M&A has become the primary source of revenue growth among the top 50 global consumer goods companies as sales growth in the sector slumped to 3.4%, half what it was just five years ago in 2011 (6.7%). This is according to OC&C Strategy Consultants’ 14th annual Global 50 report, in collaboration with the Grocer, which analyses […]

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British Attitudes Towards Cooking in the Home

    British Attitudes Towards Cooking in the Home

New research from Mintel reveals three in five (60%) 16-34s like experimenting with new cooking trends and ingredients, compared to 51% of UK consumers overall. However, whilst young consumers show a passion for experimental cooking, they appear to be in hot water in the kitchen as many struggle to master the basics.
Two in five (39%) […]

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Over 40% of Young Consumers Snack Regularly

    Over 40% of Young Consumers Snack Regularly

Over a third of consumers globally say they snack regularly, with the figure rising to just over 40% for young people aged 18-34, as the practice of modular eating becomes more accepted as an alternative to eating three main meals a day, according to consumer insight firm Canadean.
The company’s latest report finds that consumers snack for a […]

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Developing Economies Set to Drive 4.6% Growth in Global Dairy and Soy Food Market by 2020

    Developing Economies Set to Drive 4.6% Growth in Global Dairy and Soy Food Market by 2020

The global dairy and soy food market will rise from US$617.9 billion in 2015 to US$773.4 billion by 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate of 4.6%, according to consumer insight firm Canadean.
The company’s latest report states that this cautious growth will be driven primarily by emerging and developing markets in Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East […]

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UK Sports Nutrition Market Bulks Up

    UK Sports Nutrition Market Bulks Up

Muscle milks, protein bars and energy gels, while once sports nutrition products were solely used by bodybuilders and Olympic athletes, it seems today the appeal of these products has stretched out to the UK’s everyday exercisers. New research from Mintel finds that as many as one in four (24%) Brits have consumed a sports nutrition […]

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Record Value For the EU Agri-food Trade Balance in April 2016

    Record Value For the EU Agri-food Trade Balance in April 2016

The EU agri-food trade balance stood at the record value of €1.5 billion in April 2016, compared to €1 billion in April 2015, according to the latest monthly statistical report. In the same month, exports were worth almost €11 billion.
For the past 12 months, EU agri-food exports reached a value of almost €129 billion, representing […]

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Teagasc Technology Foresight Report

    Teagasc Technology Foresight Report

The Teagasc Technology Foresight 2035 report has been presented to the European Commission. The Technology Foresight Project involved consultation with over 200 experts and industry stakeholders to identify the technologies which will transform the Irish agri-food and bioeconomy sector over the next twenty years.
According to Dr Noel Cawley, chairman of Teagasc: “The Teagasc foresight report […]

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West Europe Water Coolers Up 2%

    West Europe Water Coolers Up 2%

64,000 extra water coolers were installed across West Europe in 2015, marking a 2.3% increase and taking the total to 2.9 million, according to a new report from the sector’s leading specialist consultancy Zenith International.
The number of bottled water coolers edged up by 0.1%, their first growth since 2006.  The figure for point of use […]

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Well-off British Consumers Bankroll the Good Life

    Well-off British Consumers Bankroll the Good Life

Jet-setting, gourmet dining and sparkling wine – new research from Mintel finds that certain markets are flourishing as a result of the UK’s two-track recovery. Indeed, as higher earners are feeling better-off, they’re indulging themselves by spending on experiences and enjoying themselves. Holidays, leisure and entertainment are all doing well, while the recession-era ‘lipstick effect’ […]

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Gourmet Teas in Pouches Will Appeal to Busy Consumers Craving Quality Hot Drinks

    Gourmet Teas in Pouches Will Appeal to Busy Consumers Craving Quality Hot Drinks

Hot drinks such as tea and coffee are a staple of busy consumers’ lives. However, an apparent lack of time means consumers often turn to “quick” options such as microwaveable products, which are often perceived to compromise on taste. To target those looking for a higher quality on-the-go beverage, brands have started devising novel packaging […]

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McCormick predicts grilling trends

The annual McCormick Flavor Forecast has been released and this year is GRILLING EDITION. This grilling-specific report reveals the flavours and techniques that McCormick believes will be firing up grills and inspiring backyard bashes all season long — from bold Brazilian sauces to brazen burger rubs and elevated Japanese marinades.
“The summer of 2016 will be all […]

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Report analyses sports drink opportunity

A new report from beverage development consulting company MyDrink Beverages notes that functional sports drinks have been used by athletes for decades – but now, an increasing number of non-athletes are turning to them as a low-calorie way to stay energised. The report suggests that as more people become health-conscious and seek an active lifestyle, […]

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Report: organic contains 50% more omega-3

A new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic. In addition to organic milk and meat, the nutritional differences also apply to organic dairy like butter, cream, cheese and yoghurt. The study is said to be the largest systematic […]

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UK Sales of Crisps Lose Their Crunch

    UK Sales of Crisps Lose Their Crunch

Healthy lifestyles and the rise of the discounter appear to be chipping away at sales of crisps. Indeed, new research from Mintel reveals that sales of potato-based and other snacks, such as tortilla chips and popped chips, overtook sales of potato crisps in 2015. Whilst sales of potato crisps are estimated to have declined to […]

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Lager Struggles to Retain its Fizz as Consumption Drops in Britain

    Lager Struggles to Retain its Fizz as Consumption Drops in Britain

It seems that Britain’s lager segment is struggling to retain its fizz, as it faces particularly strong competition from the rising popularity of ales and bitters, whose success has been fuelled by the craft beer boom. Indeed, new research from market intelligence agency Mintel reveals that 49% of British consumers drank lager in 2015, down […]

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