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UK Ethical Food and Drinks Sales Hit £8.2 Billion

    UK Ethical Food and Drinks Sales Hit £8.2 Billion

British consumers are increasingly eating with a conscience as latest research from Mintel reveals that last year the nation spent £8.2 billion on ethical food and drink, including organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified products. Over the past five years, sales of ethical food and drink have shot up by 43% […]

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UK Restaurant Closures Accelerating as High Street Pressures Mount

    UK Restaurant Closures Accelerating as High Street Pressures Mount

The number of restaurants in Britain fell by 2.8% in the year to March 2019, the latest edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals — with high streets in the south of England, excluding London, hit especially hard by closures. The figure equates to net closures of 768 restaurants over 12 […]

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Easter Heatwave is Good For British Drink Sales, Bad For Eating Out

    Easter Heatwave is Good For British Drink Sales, Bad For Eating Out

The hot Easter weekend delivered starkly different outcomes for Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups, latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show. While pub sales surged in the sunshine, restaurants struggled in the heat. Pub and bar chains reported collective like-for-like sales up 5.3% for the four-day break compared to Easter 2018, with […]

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Ireland Experiences Boost in Alcohol Sales Over Easter Period

    Ireland Experiences Boost in Alcohol Sales Over Easter Period

Supermarket shoppers in Ireland spent €34.6 million on alcohol in the week leading to Easter, a 5.3% increase in sales compared to last year, reveals Nielsen data. The rise in alcohol sales was a significant uplift over last year where sales increased by 3.9%, and the second year that the alcohol category benefited from changes […]

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Clean Sweep For Irish Grocers as Bank Holidays Boost Growth

    Clean Sweep For Irish Grocers as Bank Holidays Boost Growth

Sales in the Irish grocery market hit record levels as shoppers splashed out €208.2 million in the Easter week alone helping the overall sector grow by 4.1% in the 12 weeks to 21 April 2019, according to the latest figures from Kantar. Meanwhile, SuperValu’s return to growth means all the major retailers are once again […]

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Late Easter Sunshine Heats Up the UK Grocery Market

    Late Easter Sunshine Heats Up the UK Grocery Market

The latest UK grocery market share figures from Kantar show total year-on-year sales increased by 2.0% during the 12 weeks to 21 April 2019. Bolstered by a record-breaking £2.5 billion spent during the Easter week, this is the fastest rate of growth the overall sector has experienced in 2019.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer […]

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UK Craft Beer Boom Sobers

    UK Craft Beer Boom Sobers

The craft beer boom in the UK has slowed sharply in the last year with the total number of breweries increasing by just 8 versus the 390 added in prior twelve months, research by UHY Hacker Young shows. The total number of UK breweries reached 2,274 at the end of 2018, up from 1,352 five […]

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Asian Grocery Market to be Worth US$4264 Billion by 2023

    Asian Grocery Market to be Worth US$4264 Billion by 2023

Asia will generate US$4264 billion of grocery sales by 2023 – almost the same as Europe and North America combined – according to new market forecasts from IGD Asia, the food and consumer goods research organisation.
Findings include:

Asia, the largest regional grocery market in the world, is expected to grow by a CAGR of 6% between 2018 and 2023
The grocery […]

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Easter Timing Slows Sales as St Patrick’s Day Provides a Boost For Irish Grocery Market

    Easter Timing Slows Sales as St Patrick’s Day Provides a Boost For Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures, published by Kantar, show that the Irish grocery market grew by 3.2% in the 12 weeks to 24 March 2019. Despite Easter falling three weeks later than last year, and the absence of the extreme weather which provided an unexpected boost for some retailers in 2018, strong overall performance means market […]

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Research Reveals Consumer Demand For Climate Change Labelling

    Research Reveals Consumer Demand For Climate Change Labelling

Two-thirds (67%) of consumers support the idea of a recognisable carbon label to demonstrate that products have been made with a commitment to measuring and reducing their carbon footprint, according to new international research released by the Carbon Trust.
The YouGov study of more than 9,000 consumers, across the USA, UK, Italy, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands […]

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Vertical ‘Container Farms’ Can Produce Bigger and Better Natural Crops

    Vertical ‘Container Farms’ Can Produce Bigger and Better Natural Crops

Two vertical ‘container farms’ capable of producing natural crops which are more nutritious, have far bigger yields – and are ready to harvest in at least half the time – have been created by Nottingham Trent University. The farms, thought to be the first of their kind in the UK and housed inside two converted […]

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Nestlé to Accelerate Innovation in China With a New R&D Centre

    Nestlé to Accelerate Innovation in China With a New R&D Centre

Nestlé has inaugurated a new Research & Development centre (R&D) in Beijing and a System Technology hub in Shenzhen. The new R&D centre will enable Nestlé to accelerate trend-based innovation in China to meet fast-changing consumer demand. The systems hub will strengthen collaboration with Chinese partners and suppliers in the area of systems.
Nestlé R&D in […]

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Rising Prices Drive Irish Grocery Sales Growth

    Rising Prices Drive Irish Grocery Sales Growth

The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel show the Irish grocery market grew by 3.5% in the 12 weeks to 24 February 2019, putting the sector on a solid footing as the UK finalises preparations to leave the EU. After a prolonged period of deflation, an upward trajectory in grocery prices is making a significant contribution […]

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One in Four Consumers Supports a Ban on Meat-related Names For Vegetarian Products

    One in Four Consumers Supports a Ban on Meat-related Names For Vegetarian Products

One in four consumers believes vegetarian products should not be allowed to have meat-related names like sausage or burger, a survey has found. Specialist PR agency Ingredient Communications commissioned polling experts Surveygoo to explore attitudes to the way meat-free products are named. Nearly 1,000 consumers were surveyed (499 in the UK and 484 in the […]

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UK Grocery Growth Steady as Brexit Deadline Looms

    UK Grocery Growth Steady as Brexit Deadline Looms

As Brexit uncertainty intensifies and some customers start their preparations for a disorderly exit, the latest grocery market share figures, from Kantar Worldpanel, show year-on-year supermarket sales growth of 1.9% during the 12 weeks to 24 February 2019.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Despite one in ten shoppers saying […]

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Bühler and Alfa Laval Join Forces in Insect Processing

    Bühler and Alfa Laval Join Forces in Insect Processing

Bühler Insect Technology Solutions, a pioneering provider of integrated solutions for insect rearing and processing, is combining its strengths with Alfa Laval, a world leader in heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. Together, they will offer advanced modular insect plant solutions to the booming insect industry.
Rising costs of proteins, potential health and growth benefits of insect-based ingredients […]

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UK Managed Restaurant Numbers Drop For First Time in Nine Years

    UK Managed Restaurant Numbers Drop For First Time in Nine Years

Britain’s supply of casual dining restaurants dipped for the first time in nine years in 2018 as a sustained decline in the wider licensed sector continued, reveals the new edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners. The new research shows that Britain had 5,780 managed restaurants in December 2018—27.3% or 1,241 more than just five years ago.
But […]

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New Year’s Resolutions Lead to Healthy UK Grocery Sales

    New Year’s Resolutions Lead to Healthy UK Grocery Sales

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks to 27 January 2019 show the sector remains in growth – up 1.7% compared to this time last year – boosted in part by the strong performance of fresh produce for Veganuary.  However, despite an overall sales increase year-on-year, total till roll […]

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Irish Grocery Market Fends Off January Blues

    Irish Grocery Market Fends Off January Blues

The Irish grocery market followed up a record-breaking festive period by posting year-on-year sales growth of 3.4% during the 12 weeks to 27 January. Despite shoppers tightening the purse strings, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel show a strong start to 2019 as New Year’s resolutions shaped shopping baskets.
Douglas Faughnan, consumer insight director at Kantar […]

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Increase in Social Media Sharing Driving Shift in Beverage Trends, According to New Kerry Foodservice Research

    Increase in Social Media Sharing Driving Shift in Beverage Trends, According to New Kerry Foodservice Research

Social media has changed the way we eat and drink with consumers expecting every dish and beverage to be #Instaworthy. As part of its identification of future beverage trends, Kerry Foodservice has commissioned proprietary research to understand the evolution of beverage trends globally. The study, launched at the recent Sirha 2019 tradeshow, shows that social […]

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Start-ups Are More Successful Than ‘Big Food’

    Start-ups Are More Successful Than ‘Big Food’

Investors and consultants alike are full of excitement about the success potential of start-ups. Phrases like “there’s never been a better time to launch a start-up” pop up frequently.
“But the reality is that although start-ups are doing better than established companies, they are only doing a little bit better,” says food industry analyst Julian Mellentin, […]

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Big Nutrient Knowledge Gap Uncovered By New Research

    Big Nutrient Knowledge Gap Uncovered By New Research

The demand to live a healthier lifestyle is increasing, yet 4 in 5 people across Northern Europe do not know about the essential nutrients they have in their diet. New research from Arla Foods* has uncovered a big knowledge gap when it comes to our understanding about food, with 40 per cent also admitting they feel […]

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EIB Lends €40 Million to Sodiaal to Fund Research and Innovation

    EIB Lends €40 Million to Sodiaal to Fund Research and Innovation

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a €40 million loan to Sodiaal, the leading dairy co-operative in France and the third largest in Europe, to support the financing of its Research and Development program. The transaction is part of the actions of the European Strategic Investment Fund (SIEF), also known as the ‘Juncker Plan’.
Sodiaal […]

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D Outshines C to Become UK’s Favourite Single Vitamin Supplement

    D Outshines C to Become UK’s Favourite Single Vitamin Supplement

As the UK struggles through the dark January days, with vitamin D in short supply, latest research from Mintel reveals some good news for the ‘sunshine drug’, as it is crowned Britain’s favourite single vitamin supplement. According to Mintel, usage of Vitamin D has risen a glowing 7 percentage points in the last year and today […]

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Nestlé Opens New €27 Million Global R&D Centre in Ireland

    Nestlé Opens New €27 Million Global R&D Centre in Ireland

Nestlé has opened its first Research and Development Centre in Ireland at its existing manufacturing facility at Askeaton in County Limerick, marking the completion of a three-year building programme with a capital investment of €27 million. The new R&D centre will focus on scientific research to support innovations in the development of milk-based maternal and […]

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Irish Grocery Market Hits Festive Record as Retailers Cash in on Christmas

    Irish Grocery Market Hits Festive Record as  Retailers Cash in on Christmas

The Irish grocery market grew by an impressive 3.0% over the 12 weeks to 30 December, ensuring a record festive period for retailers. The latest Kantar Worldpanel data shows value sales reached €995 million in the month of December – the highest monthly total ever recorded in the Irish grocery market. This was driven by […]

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UK Grocers Buck High Street With Record Christmas Spend

    UK Grocers Buck High Street With Record Christmas Spend

Amid negative headlines for the high street, supermarkets have painted a brighter picture, posting record sales of £29.3 billion over the Christmas trading period. Though lower inflation took its toll on sales, the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 30 December 2018, show consumers still spent an extra £450 […]

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AB InBev and Tilray Announce Research Partnership Focused on Non-Alcohol THC and CBD Beverages

    AB InBev and Tilray Announce Research Partnership Focused on Non-Alcohol THC and CBD Beverages

AB InBev, the world’s leading brewer, and Tilray, a global pioneer in cannabis production and distribution, have announced a partnership to research non-alcohol beverages containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The partnership is limited to Canada and decisions regarding the commercialization of the beverages will be made in the future.
The research partnership combines AB InBev’s […]

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Global Grocery Markets to Create $1.9 Trillion Opportunity By 2013

    Global Grocery Markets to Create $1.9 Trillion Opportunity By 2013

The leading 20 global grocery markets are set to generate an additional US$1.9 trillion in sales, growing by 28% between 2018 and 2023, new forecasts from global research organisation IGD predict. IGD’s forecast anticipates:

Europe will be the second most important region in terms of additional sales between 2018 and 2023. It is forecast to generate US$322.0bn […]

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35% of Food and Drink Businesses Impacted by Plant-Based Trend

    35% of Food and Drink Businesses Impacted by Plant-Based Trend

Plant-based food and veganism, the free-from movement and booze-free beverages have been identified as the top three trends which impacted food & drink businesses in 2018[1], according to new research by The International Food & Drink Event (IFE). The research, which surveyed members of the UK’s leading and largest food & drink event network, also […]

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Mothers Have High Awareness of Formula Ingredients From Whey

    Mothers Have High Awareness of Formula Ingredients From Whey

Mothers have high awareness of infant formula ingredients from whey, research has shown. Arla Foods Ingredients commissioned YouGov to survey 5,658 mothers in seven different countries. When asked whether they knew about specific formula ingredients, lactose topped the list – recognised by 66% of mothers – followed by probiotics (63%).
Ingredients from whey were also widely […]

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Irish Retailers Relish Run Up to Christmas as Dunnes Takes Top Spot

    Irish Retailers Relish Run Up to Christmas as Dunnes Takes Top Spot

Dunnes Stores has claimed pole position as Ireland’s leading retailer for the third consecutive period, boasting a market share of 22.4% in the 12 weeks to 2 December 2018.  The latest grocery market figures from Kantar Worldpanel show the retailer registered sales growth of 3.4% on last year.
Dunnes held on to top spot despite stiff competition from […]

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UK Restaurant Numbers Fall 2% in a Year

    UK Restaurant Numbers Fall 2% in a Year

The number of restaurants in Britain slipped by 2.0% over the year to September 2018, the new edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals – equivalent to more than 10 closures a week. The exclusive research shows that Britain had a total of 26,892 restaurants at September. The net fall of 539 […]

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UK Grocery Market Growth Cools as Christmas Nears

    UK Grocery Market Growth Cools as Christmas Nears

Despite retailers and shoppers getting into the festive spirit, the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 2 December 2018, show the sector is now growing at 2.0% – its slowest rate since March 2017.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Consumers are benefiting […]

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Cleveland Clinic Studies Reveal Role of Red Meat in Gut Bacteria, Heart Disease Development

    Cleveland Clinic Studies Reveal Role of Red Meat in Gut Bacteria, Heart Disease Development

In concurrent studies, Cleveland Clinic researchers have uncovered new mechanisms that demonstrate why and how regularly eating red meat can increase the risk of heart disease, and the role gut bacteria play in that process. The research, led by Stanley Hazen, M.D., Ph.D., builds upon previous work showing TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) – a gut bacteria […]

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Irish Grass-fed Beef – Opportunities For Healthier Diets

    Irish Grass-fed Beef – Opportunities For Healthier Diets

Ireland’s climate means that the country is good at growing grass. It is well known that producing beef from grass results in lower costs than feeding animals on concentrates. But what about the consumer? Is grass-fed beef better than other types of beef for consumers?
This was the focus of a Department of Agriculture, Food and […]

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Mondelēz International Expands its Global Technical Center in Poland

    Mondelēz International Expands its Global Technical Center in Poland

Mondelēz International has announced a new investment in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland. Only 1.5 years after the center opening, the company invested a further $5 million, in addition to the initial $17 million investment, to expand the research and development activities beyond Chocolate and Bakery and serve Gum and Candy innovation. This state-of-the-art facility will now serve […]

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UK Shoppers Set to Spend £21.6 Billion on Food and Groceries This Christmas

    UK Shoppers Set to Spend £21.6 Billion on Food and Groceries This Christmas

The UK grocery market is set to experience 2.4% growth this Christmas, with shoppers predicted to spend £21.6 billion over the festive period, according to the latest forecast from research organisation IGD. With nearly half (48%) of shoppers agreeing that food and drink is the most important part of Christmas Day, grocery has a key role to […]

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Quality is King in China’s Infant Formula Market

    Quality is King in China’s Infant Formula Market

Chinese parents care much more about the quality and nutritional value of infant formula than its price, new research by Advanced Lipids has shown. China accounts for almost half of all infant formula sales globally.
To gain new market insights, Advanced Lipids, manufacturer of the fat ingredient INFAT®, surveyed 211 urban Chinese parents. All fed their children […]

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Global Premium Water Growing 8% a Year

    Global Premium Water Growing 8% a Year

Global sales of premium bottled water reached US$16.5 billion at consumer prices in 2017, 48% more than five years ago, according to a new report from Zenith Global, the global food and drink experts. Consumption volume also rose strongly by 26% over the five years to 11.2 billion litres.
“This 8.1% annual value growth, compared with […]

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Exports Boost Europe’s Beer Production to Eight-year High

    Exports Boost Europe’s Beer Production to Eight-year High

Europe’s beer production rose to an eight-year high in 2017 bolstered by record exports, a rise in micro-breweries and increased low-alcohol products. According to The Brewers of Europe’s latest report on Europe’s beer sector, production increased by 2 million HL 39.6 billion litres, exports reached an all-time high, with one in five beers shipped abroad and […]

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Launch of the Inaugural Irish Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019

    Launch of the Inaugural Irish Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019

Manufacturing excellence, teamwork and professionalism are set to be celebrated and acknowledged at the upcoming IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019. The event, which was officially launched in Dublin recently, will showcase exceptional achievement, teamwork and innovation in Irish manufacturing industry. Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) is an independent not-for-profit Research Organisation, funded under the Enterprise […]

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Irish Grocery Shoppers Cross the Border to Spend €65 Million

    Irish Grocery Shoppers Cross the Border to Spend €65 Million

As Brexit continues to dominate the headlines, debate rages on about the implications of a hard border in Ireland. The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel show the value of cross-border trade is at its highest level for five years.  Over the 12 months to 4 November 2018, shoppers from the Republic of […]

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UK Discounters Off to a Strong Start in Race For Christmas

    UK Discounters Off to a Strong Start in Race For Christmas

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 4 November 2018, show shoppers have made an additional 14 million trips to Aldi and Lidl compared with last year.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Five years ago, just under half of British households were […]

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The Hunt For Flavour-giving Fragments

    The Hunt For Flavour-giving Fragments

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology, and the University of Hohenheim have developed a new methodical approach. It allows for the faster identification of flavour-giving protein fragments in foods such as cheese or yogurt, thus optimizing production processes.
The taste of fermented foods such as cheese, yogurt, beer, […]

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Discovery, Plant-Based and Alternatives Lead the Top Ten Trends For 2019

    Discovery, Plant-Based and Alternatives Lead the Top Ten Trends For 2019

Targeting increasingly adventurous consumers, set on new discoveries and experiences, will be key to developments in the food and beverage industry in 2019. The connected world has led consumers of all ages to become more knowledgeable of other cultures, contributing to 35 percent growth of “discovery” claims, when comparing 2017 and 2016 new product launch […]

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Leading Global Online Grocery Markets to Create a $227 Billion Growth Opportunity by 2023

    Leading Global Online Grocery Markets to Create a $227 Billion Growth Opportunity by 2023

Ten leading global online grocery markets are predicted to experience combined growth of $227 billion, at an annual rate of 20%, by 2023, according to new figures unveiled by IGD. As the global leader in grocery eCommerce, China will grow at a 31% CAGR over the next five years, taking market share from 3.8% to 11.2%. […]

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More than Half of All UK Meat-free New Product Launches Carry a Vegan/no Animal Ingredients Claim

    More than Half of All UK Meat-free New Product Launches Carry a Vegan/no Animal Ingredients Claim

Latest research from Mintel reveals a surge in vegan claims in the UK meat-free foods market. According to Mintel research, the share of meat-free new products carrying a vegan/no animal ingredients claim nearly doubled between 2014-17.
This growing profile of vegan foods is reflected by the fact that in 2017, more than half (52%) of new […]

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Mondelēz International Unveils New Global Technical Centre in India

    Mondelēz International Unveils New Global Technical Centre in India

Mondelēz International has inaugurated its newest global Technical Centre in India located in Thane, Maharashtra. The India Technical Centre has been set up with an investment of $15 million and will support new products and technologies for the company’s global brands in Chocolate and Beverages. The Technical Centre will also focus on improving consumer science, […]

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Sugar Reduction and Clean Labeling Significant But Not Predominant in Sugar Confectionery Choices

    Sugar Reduction and Clean Labeling Significant But Not Predominant in Sugar Confectionery Choices

Across the ten highest consuming nations for both sugar confectionery and gum, consumption is increasing, with CAGRs ranging from 0.5 percent to 3.0 percent over the 2010-2022 forecasted period. Global sales were worth US$85.8 billion in 2017 and expected to reach around US$100 billion by 2022 (Innova Market Insights, 2018).
“While concerns about the unhealthiness of […]

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Bottled Water to Overtake All Other Soft Drinks Worldwide

    Bottled Water to Overtake All Other Soft Drinks Worldwide

“Bottled water consumption is set to overtake all other soft drinks worldwide this year,” according to Richard Hall, Chairman of Zenith Global, the global food and drink experts, when speaking at the recent 15th Global Bottled Water Congress in Evian. “This is all the more remarkable because other soft drinks include carbonates, juices, energy, sports, […]

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Dunnes Takes Top Spot in Irish Grocery While Aldi Hits Record Share

    Dunnes Takes Top Spot in Irish Grocery While Aldi Hits Record Share

Dunnes Stores has claimed the top spot in the Irish grocery market for the first time since February this year, according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 7 October 2018. Dunnes posted strong sales growth of 3.4% over the latest period, propelling the retailer to an overall […]

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Synergy Flavours Uncovers Flavours of the Future in Sports Nutrition

    Synergy Flavours Uncovers Flavours of the Future in Sports Nutrition

Synergy Flavours, a leading global flavour expert, has revealed the findings of its recent research project that has highlighted new and inspirational flavours for the sports nutrition market. The company’s ‘Flavours of the Future’ research has revealed a hotlist of emerging, growing, mainstream and established flavour trends that look set to excite the sports nutrition […]

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Patent War Looms as Cannabis Legalisation Spreads

    Patent War Looms as Cannabis Legalisation Spreads

The recent legalisation of recreational marijuana use in Canada indicates a broader trend of a move towards legalisation, opening up a brand new multi-billion dollar market. Currently, 22 states in the USA have legalised marijuana for medicinal use, with nine states and the District of Columbia having legalised marijuana for both recreational and medicinal use. […]

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