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New Research Highlights Effects of MFGM Lipids During Pregnancy and Infancy

    New Research Highlights Effects of MFGM Lipids During Pregnancy and Infancy

NZMP, the global ingredients brand of Fonterra, has released new research showing the impact of NZMP SureStart™ MFGM Lipid100 (also known as NUELIPIDTM) supplementation to provide milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) complex lipids such as gangliosides (GA) and phospholipids during both pregnancy and separately during infancy. The latter research presents the effect this has on […]

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Innovia Films to Refocus on High Barrier

    Innovia Films to Refocus on High Barrier

Innovia Films is refocusing its research and development efforts on high barrier materials thanks to substantial investment in new assets. They will allow the company to produce a range of new Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) products with optimum barrier performance. The first to market will be high barrier metallised films, followed by AlOx clear high […]

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SuperValu Returns to Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

    SuperValu Returns to Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending 22 April 2018, show the Irish grocery market continuing to perform strongly, with overall sales up 3.1% on last year. SuperValu has returned to pole position with a 22.3% share of the market, the first time the retailer has held […]

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New Report – Out-of-home, Out of Mind?

    New Report – Out-of-home, Out of Mind?

Kantar Worldpanel’s new report on out-of-home (OOH) reveals that OOH consumption makes up nearly half (41%) of global spend on snacking and non-alcoholic beverages. In some categories, such as coffee, purchases outside the home make up as much as 70% of total spend, exposing a significant opportunity for retailers and manufacturers not currently considering OOH […]

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No More Big Four in UK Grocery?

    No More Big Four in UK Grocery?

The latest grocery market share figures, for the 12 weeks to 22 April 2018, reveal a market share of 15.9% and 15.5% for Sainsbury’s and Asda respectively, giving the proposed combined entity a potential share of 31.4%. Over the past 12 weeks, Sainsbury’s increased sales by 0.2% while Asda’s sales rose by 1.4%. Both Sainsbury’s and […]

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Restaurants Hold Up on British High Streets

    Restaurants Hold Up on British High Streets

Many casual dining brands continued to expand on British high streets over the last year, despite the host of challenges facing the eating and drinking out sector – fuelling concerns about market saturation. That is among the key findings from the latest edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners. It reveals that […]

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‘Webrooming’ Widespread in Consumer Food Purchasing Decisions

    ‘Webrooming’ Widespread in Consumer Food Purchasing Decisions

The food industry can no longer afford to ignore the influence of technology on consumer buying habits as ‘webrooming’ becomes widespread, recent research shows. The practice of scrutinising ingredient lists and verifying nutritional claims online before buying in store – also known as webrooming – is increasingly common. The survey indicates that 48% of respondents […]

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€22 Million Funding For New Bio-economy Research Project Led by Glanbia Ireland

    €22 Million Funding For New Bio-economy Research Project Led by Glanbia Ireland

The European Commission has announced €22 million in funding for a new bio-economy research project to be led by Glanbia Ireland. The project, called AgriChemWhey, will receive €22 million in funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
It is the first dairy industry project to […]

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EFSA Announces Major Step Forward on Food Consumption Data

    EFSA Announces  Major Step Forward on Food Consumption Data

EFSA has published a new release of its Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database, which for the first time includes data collected under EFSA’s EU Menu project. The updated database consists of the most recent data collected in Member States covering more population groups and new food categories, such as energy drinks.
The EU Menu project aims […]

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Alcohol Worth £16 Billion is UK’s Leading FMCG Category

    Alcohol Worth £16 Billion is UK’s Leading FMCG Category

Innovation in the drinks sector and a reduction in the amount of trade promotions has seen Alcohol retain its place as the top selling FMCG category in the UK, worth £16.1 billion (€18.2 billion) in value sales to the economy. This is according to big data and technology expert for consumer industries, IRI’s Top Categories Special Report – an analysis […]

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Irish Grocery Market Fends Off the Beast from the East

    Irish Grocery Market Fends Off the Beast from the East

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published today for the 12 weeks ending 25 March 2018, show that the Irish grocery market brushed off the Beast from the East to post strong sales growth of 3.8%.
Douglas Faughnan, consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Although shoppers had upped their spend in preparation for […]

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‘On-the-go’ Consumers Driving Sales of Snacks Across Europe

    ‘On-the-go’ Consumers Driving Sales of Snacks Across Europe

Demand for convenience and food and drink ‘on-the-go’ is helping to drive sales of snacking products, particularly crisps and salty snacks, across Europe. This is according to IRI, the big data and technology expert for consumer industries, which has analyzed the Top FMCG Categories in 2017 across six major European countries (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands).
A key […]

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The Beast From the East Fails to Freeze UK Grocery Sales

    The Beast From the East Fails to Freeze UK Grocery Sales

The latest grocery market share figures, for the 12 weeks to 25 March 2018, show that grocery sales have increased in value by 2.5% compared to this time last year despite adverse weather conditions disrupting shoppers. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “The Beast from the East played havoc […]

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Five Trends Shaping Dairy Food and Beverage Manufacturing

    Five Trends Shaping Dairy Food and Beverage Manufacturing

NZMP, the global dairy ingredients brand of New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra, has released a list of the top five global consumer food and beverage trends that it recommends manufacturers address to stay relevant.
Gillian Munnik, NZMP Marketing Director, says, “NZMP teams in over 130 markets are seeing a renewed focus on foods that suit individual […]

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Lipogen’s Natural Formula Clinically Shown to Reduce PMS Symptoms

    Lipogen’s Natural Formula Clinically Shown to Reduce PMS Symptoms

A new clinical study has confirmed the positive effects of Lipogen PMS™, a natural phospholipid formulation, in treating and relieving premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. PMS defines physical and/or emotional symptoms that occur one to two weeks before a woman’s period.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study was directed by Juliane Hellhammer, PhD, the CEO of daacro GmbH […]

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Nestlé’s New Milkybar is World First

    Nestlé’s New Milkybar is World First

Nestlé UK and Ireland has unveiled Milkybar Wowsomes, the first chocolate bar in the world to use Nestlé’s innovative sugar reduction technique. Nestlé researchers made a scientific breakthrough when they transformed the structure of sugar through a newly developed process using only natural ingredients. Inspired by candy floss, experts created aerated, porous particles of sugar […]

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Global Easter Chocolate Launches Up 23% on 2017

    Global Easter Chocolate Launches Up 23% on 2017

When it comes to chocolate eggs, bunnies and other treats, it seems there has never been so much choice for chocolate lovers around the world. According to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), there has been a 23% rise in Easter chocolate launches over the past year* providing a plethora of chocolate choice for Easter egg […]

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Guinness Remains Ireland’s Most Valuable Brand at €2.1 Billion

    Guinness Remains Ireland’s Most Valuable Brand at €2.1 Billion

Guinness remains Ireland’s most valuable brand after growing by 5% over the last year to a brand value of €2.1 billion on the back of new product innovations and steady sales of the world-famous draught, according to the latest report by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation and strategy consultancy.
Guinness’s brand value has […]

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1 in 5 Meals Eaten Out of Home as European Consumers Favour Service Over Home Cooking

    1 in 5 Meals Eaten Out of Home as European Consumers Favour Service Over Home Cooking

More flexible menus and an increase of meal occasions from breakfast and all day brunch through to dinner has led to a €4.1 billion increase in food service sales in 2017 to €335.9 billion according to a new report launched by IRI GIRA Foodservice. One in five meals (18% of all meals) are consumed outside the […]

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European Commission Launches Knowledge Centre to Boost Food Quality

    European Commission Launches Knowledge Centre to Boost Food Quality

Responding to consumer concerns about food quality and fraudulent practices concerning food, the European Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality, operated by the Joint Research Centre. The Knowledge Centre, a network made up of experts in and outside the Commission, will support EU policymakers and national authorities by providing access […]

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Dunnes Stores Comes Out on Top of a Growing Irish Grocery Market

    Dunnes Stores Comes Out on Top of a Growing Irish Grocery Market

The latest Irish grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 25 February 2018, show continued positive momentum among Irish supermarkets, with growth hitting 3.9%. David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Shoppers have spent an additional €96 million on groceries over the latest 12 weeks compared to last year […]

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Tesco and Morrisons Rise to Top the UK’s Big Four

    Tesco and Morrisons Rise to Top the UK’s Big Four

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 25 February 2018, show that grocery sales have increased in value by 3.2% compared to the same time last year. This marks the 12th consecutive period in a row that total market sales have exceeded 3%, and that each of the […]

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India Vies With China For Title of World’s Biggest Packaged Tea Market

    India Vies With China For Title of World’s Biggest Packaged Tea Market

While the story of tea begins in China, India took the top spot as the global leader in volume sales of packaged tea last year, with the two countries regularly vying for the number one position, according to the latest Mintel research. In 2017*, India consumed a total retail volume of 678,200 tonnes worth of packaged […]

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Nearly One in Three Consumers Willing to Eat Lab-grown Meat

    Nearly One in Three Consumers Willing to Eat Lab-grown Meat

Almost a third of consumers say they would be happy to eat so-called ‘cultured meat’ – with vegans the group most likely to do so, according to new research. Specialist PR agency Ingredient Communications commissioned Surveygoo to conduct an online survey of 1,000 consumers in the UK and USA.
Respondents were told that cultured meat was real […]

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The Best and Worst UK Supermarkets

    The Best and Worst UK Supermarkets

Aldi is the UK’s favourite supermarket for 2018, according to exclusive Which? research. The budget retailer has knocked Waitrose from the top spot, which it held for three years.
Sainsbury’s finished in last position, with the least-satisfied in-store customers overall. Asda, Morrisons and Tesco, the other three largest supermarkets, complete the bottom half of the rankings.
The […]

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Branded Sales Outpace Own Label For First Time Since 2014 as Irish Shoppers Show Their Loyal Side

    Branded Sales Outpace Own Label For First Time Since 2014 as Irish Shoppers Show Their Loyal Side

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 28 January 2018, show continued growth for Irish supermarkets with branded goods leading the way. David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “The recovery of branded sales began in late 2017 and has continued apace in the new year. Sales […]

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1 in 4 Consumers Prepare and Consume Breakfast in Less than 5 Minutes per Day

    1 in 4 Consumers Prepare and Consume Breakfast in Less than 5 Minutes per Day

DSM, the global health, nutrition and materials company, has published the first part of a new report in its Global Insight Series, focused on breakfast habits and behavior in Europe and the US. The report, drawn from a survey conducted in seven countries, shows that breakfast is a meal under pressure. Around a quarter of […]

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Health Hits the Aisles as UK Supermarket Sales Grow

    Health Hits the Aisles as UK Supermarket Sales Grow

Despite a seasonal dip in shopper spend post-Christmas, the latest grocery market share figures, for the 12 weeks to 28 January 2018, show that grocery sales increased in value by 3.4% compared with this time last year. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Following a record-breaking Christmas, January saw customers […]

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New Research Highlights Personalised Packaging Trends

    New Research Highlights Personalised Packaging Trends

New research suggests that demand for personalised packaging is becoming an industry norm and is increasingly being integrated into companies’ packaging strategies. 66% of packaging professionals who took part in the study stated that the personlisation of packaging is something they are currently implementing into their offering, or at least considering. In addition to this […]

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Nestlé and Nuritas to Work Together on Discovery of Food-Derived Bioactive Peptides Through Artificial Intelligence

    Nestlé and Nuritas to Work Together on Discovery of Food-Derived Bioactive Peptides Through Artificial Intelligence

Nestlé and Nuritas, the Irish biotechnology company, have entered into a collaboration aiming at discovering bioactive peptide networks within specific target areas of significant value. In order to achieve the common goal, Nuritas will deploy its award-winning and novel technology platform, which uses Artificial Intelligence and DNA analysis to predict, unlock, and validate highly efficacious […]

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Mondelez International Unveils State-of-the-Art Technical Centre in Singapore

    Mondelez International Unveils State-of-the-Art Technical Centre in Singapore

Mondelēz International has unveiled its newest global Technical Centre in Jurong, Singapore. This advanced facility focuses on innovation, developing new products and technologies for some of the company’s iconic brands like Clorets, Halls and The Natural Confectionery Company candy; Stride, Trident and Dentyne gum; Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate and Oreobiscuits.
The Singapore Technical Centre is part […]

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Irish Scientists Reveal How Food Affects Our Mood

    Irish Scientists Reveal How Food Affects Our Mood

A new book, ‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’, is having a major impact in the field of biomedicine. It reveals that our brain health and state of mind are intimately connected to our gut bacteria (microbiome). The discoveries could help change the way we treat conditions such as depression and anxiety.
More oily fish and fibre-rich vegetables could help improve […]

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UK Consumers are Confused About Food and Health

    UK Consumers are Confused About Food and Health

UK consumers think that information about diet and health is confusing, and they would rather believe the internet than a dietitian. In a survey of 2,000 consumers in the UK, US, Spain and Australia, conducted by New Nutrition Business, 79% said they find messages surrounding health, food and nutrition confusing.
Because of changing dietary advice, more and […]

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Irish Supermarkets Benefit From the Christmas Spirit

    Irish Supermarkets Benefit From the Christmas Spirit

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017, reveal that shoppers spent an extra €90 million on groceries over the festive period.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Over the Christmas period the average household spent a record €1,532 on groceries – an increase of […]

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‘Latte Levy’ – Coffee Drinkers Want to Go Green, But Price is a Barrier

    ‘Latte Levy’ – Coffee Drinkers Want to Go Green, But Price is a Barrier

As the UK Government aims to eliminate avoidable waste with the announcement of its 25-Year Environmental Plan, Mintel research reveals that Britain’s coffee shop drinkers are happy to do their bit for the environment, but not at any cost.

40% of out of home hot drinks consumers wouldn’t mind paying extra for drinks served in 100% […]

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US Beverage Alcohol Volumes Decline Again in 2017

    US Beverage Alcohol Volumes Decline Again in 2017

The IWSR, the leading provider of data and analysis on the global beverage alcohol market, has released initial 2017 category results for the US market as part of its US Beverage Alcohol Review (US BAR) database. After analyzing preliminary 2017 volume, the IWSR says total US beverage alcohol consumption declined for the second consecutive year […]

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UK Food and Grocery Convenience Market Will Grow by 22.0% by 2022

    UK Food and Grocery Convenience Market Will Grow by 22.0% by 2022

The UK food and grocery convenience market will grow 4.1% in 2018, outperforming the total UK food and grocery market by 0.9 percentage points (ppt), according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
The company’s latest report: ‘Convenience Retailing in the UK 2017’ states that the highest growth category in convenience retail* will be food, […]

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Bumper Christmas as UK Shoppers Spend £1 Billion More

    Bumper Christmas as UK Shoppers Spend £1 Billion More

The latest UK grocery market share figures, for the 12 weeks to 31 December 2017, show that the average household shrugged off economic worries to spend a record £1,054 on groceries over the three months including the Christmas period. Despite tightening household budgets, shoppers continued to trade up to more expensive options: a record £469 […]

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UK Grocery Sector Wasting £30 Million Annually on Failed Product Launches

    UK Grocery Sector Wasting £30 Million Annually on Failed Product Launches

FMCG suppliers need to work harder on the basics of demonstrating how new products will drive sales for retailers, online and in-store, after recent research suggested that the UK’s grocery retail sector wastes an estimated £30.4 million on failed product launches per year.
Category management and shopper marketing specialist Bridgethorne was commenting after research from E […]

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Salmonella Cases No Longer Falling in the EU

    Salmonella Cases No Longer Falling in the EU

The declining trend of salmonellosis cases in the EU has levelled off according to the annual report on zoonotic diseases published recently.
Cases of Salmonella Enteritidis acquired in the EU have increased in humans by 3% since 2014 says the report, which is compiled by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food […]

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Mintel Announces Five Global Packaging Trends For 2018

    Mintel Announces Five Global Packaging Trends For 2018

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has announced five trends set to impact the global packaging industry over the coming year.
In 2018:

Packaging will play a pivotal role in reducing global food and product waste.
Online brands will reinvigorate their packaging in order to enhance the e-commerce experience.
Brands who adopt clear and succinct package messaging will be […]

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British Shoppers Splash Out as Christmas Countdown Begins

    British Shoppers Splash Out as Christmas Countdown Begins

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 3 December 2017, show supermarket sales increased in value by 3.1% year on year.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “With Christmas just around the corner, prices are still rising. Like-for-like grocery inflation now stands at […]

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Quality and Digitisation Major Factors For Future Success

    Quality and Digitisation Major Factors For Future Success

Increased quality and a greater focus on digitisation in factories are two key trends identified in a recent global survey of 120 decision-makers in the international food and beverage industry.
The research, carried out by food and drink IT specialist CSB-System, revealed that respondents were optimistic about future prospects, expecting the economic situation for their businesses […]

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EU Beer Sector’s Renaissance Continues

    EU Beer Sector’s Renaissance Continues

With EU beer production rising above 40 billion litres for the first time since the economic crisis, The Brewers of Europe confirm that the growth trend continues for the EU beer sector at the 7th Beer Serves Europe event. A successful mix of world-leading multinationals, deeply-rooted regional breweries, and thriving SMEs, Europe’s breweries support the delivery […]

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Asia Continues to Dominate Growth in Global Grocery Retailing

    Asia Continues to Dominate Growth in Global Grocery Retailing

The global grocery retail market will add $2.7 trillion in sales to 2022, with growth in the next five years dominated by Asia, according to new forecasts released today by international grocery research organisation IGD. Asia’s grocery retail market will be significantly boosted by a rising population and increased shopper spend, with consumer spending in the region accounting […]

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Total Lifetime Cost of Childhood Overweight and Obesity in Ireland Estimated at €7.2 Billion

    Total Lifetime Cost of Childhood Overweight and Obesity in Ireland Estimated at €7.2 Billion

New safefood funded research into the cost of childhood overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland has estimated the total lifetime cost to be €7.2 billion (€4.6 billion in the Republic of Ireland; £2.1 billion in Northern Ireland). The study¹, led by University College Cork (UCC) and involving leading academic institutions and multidisciplinary research […]

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Premium Beer Consumption in Vietnam More Than Doubled Between 2011 and 2016

    Premium Beer Consumption in Vietnam More Than Doubled Between 2011 and 2016

A storm is brewing for discount brands selling lower-quality products as Vietnamese beer drinkers are increasingly picking up premium and superpremium products from shelves, with premium beer consumption rocketing to 10 million hectoliters in 2016, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
GlobalData’s latest report ‘Vietnam Beer and Cider Market Insights 2017’ states that the […]

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Chocolate Versus Cheese Choice Grates on British Consumers

    Chocolate Versus Cheese Choice Grates on British Consumers

New research from Mintel reveals that when asked if they had to “choose between never being able to eat cheese again or never being able to eat chocolate again”, 50% of British consumers say they would never eat chocolate, compared to 47% who would give up on cheese. Meanwhile, a contrarian 3% say they don’t like […]

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Dunnes Reclaims Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

    Dunnes Reclaims Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 5 November 2017, reveal that Dunnes Stores has returned to the top spot for the first time in nine months, capturing a 22.4% share of the market.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Dunnes Stores traditionally posts a strong performance towards […]

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GNT Group Supports Next Generation of Food Scientists

    GNT Group Supports Next Generation of Food Scientists

The GNT Young Scientist Award 2017 goes to Caroline Buvé of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. At the 31st EFFoST International Conference, which was held in Sitges, Spain, from 13th to 16th November, she stood out with her research on quantifying colour changes of pasteurized strawberry juices during storage by integrating analytical and acceptability data.
Second and third place went […]

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Irish Craft Beer Sustaining Growth

    Irish Craft Beer Sustaining Growth

A new Bord Bia report has revealed that Irish craft beer is performing well across all fronts, from the number of production facilities to production output, market share and exports. The number of craft breweries in Ireland has grown by more than 500% in the last 5 years, with 72 now in operation, up from […]

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UK Grocery Prices Rising at Fastest Rate in Four Years

    UK Grocery Prices Rising at Fastest Rate in Four Years

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 5 November 2017, show UK supermarket sales have increased in value by 3.2% year-on-year in the run up to Christmas.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Volume sales have increased by less than 1%, meaning it’s […]

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76% of British Consumers Now Buy Lunch Out For an Everyday Occasion

    76% of British Consumers Now Buy Lunch Out For an Everyday Occasion

According to new research from Mintel, the number of British consumers buying lunch to eat out of the home for an everyday occasion has risen to 76% in 2017, up from 64% in 2016. Additionally, the percentage buying lunch out of home for a leisure occasion has grown to 75%, up from 68% in in […]

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Mindful Choices – The Key Food Driver For 2018

    Mindful Choices – The Key Food Driver For 2018

The increasingly thoughtful and mindful consumer will continue to catalyze changes in the way that companies produce, package and label their products. More conscious than ever about making responsible food choices, 4 in 10 US and UK consumers increased their consumption of “healthy foods,” 7 in 10 want to know and understand the ingredient list, […]

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