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Public Health England and Drinkaware Launch Drink Free Days

    Public Health England and Drinkaware Launch Drink Free Days

A YouGov poll has found that one in five of UK adults are drinking above the Chief Medical Officer’s low risk drinking guidelines and more than two thirds of these say they would find cutting down on their drinking harder to do than one or more other lifestyle changes – improving their diet, exercising more, […]

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Irish Heather Honey Buzzing With Health

    Irish Heather Honey Buzzing With Health

A research team from Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin has found that Irish heather honey is quite literally buzzing with health benefits. The findings showed that there was a similar overall presence of powerful antioxidants called phenolic compounds in Irish heather honey as in Manuka honey. These antioxidant compounds help to prevent damage […]

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Sunny Weather and Love Island Boost Irish Grocery Sales

    Sunny Weather and Love Island Boost Irish Grocery Sales

Despite an intensely competitive retail environment – with just 1.5 percentage points separating the market share of the three largest retailers – all the major Irish supermarkets have grown sales for the sixth period in a row. This is according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending […]

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Online Shopping Near Universal in Germany

    Online Shopping Near Universal in Germany

Online shopping is nearly universal in Germany, according to new research from Mintel. Over nine in ten (92%) German internet users have made an online purchase in the past 12 months. What’s more, almost all demographics have made the shift to buying online, as even 89% of those over age 65-year-old internet users have shopped […]

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Widespread Support For Plastic Packaging Tax

    Widespread Support For Plastic Packaging Tax

More than half of consumers in the UK and a third in the US are in favour of a tax on all plastic packaging on food products, new research has shown. The survey of 1,000 consumers, commissioned by specialist PR consultancy Ingredient Communications, also finds that many people are more likely to shop in supermarkets […]

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Sun Shines on Co-op and UK Grocery Brands

    Sun Shines on Co-op and UK Grocery Brands

The growth of branded products has outstripped that of own-label lines for the first time since May 2015 according to the latest UK grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks to 12 August 2018. Heavily branded categories – such as savoury snacks, ice cream and soft drinks – performed particularly well […]

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Germany Continues to Dominate Global Vegan New Product Development

    Germany Continues to Dominate Global Vegan New Product Development

Over the past few years, Germany has emerged as a leading force in the so-called ‘vegan revolution’. New research from Mintel shows that Germany has retained its crown as the country with the highest percentage of global vegan food and drink launches, accounting for 15% of global vegan introductions between July 2017 and June 2018.

Vegan […]

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Expect Indulgence, Alternative Concepts and ‘Premiumisation’ in Beverages This Festive Season

    Expect Indulgence, Alternative Concepts and ‘Premiumisation’ in Beverages This Festive Season

Dessert-inspired treats, iced drinks, premium ingredients and unexpected flavours will be prominent on beverage menus across Europe this Christmas, according to research from Kerry Taste & Nutrition. The festive season is a crucial sales period in the beverage market, and the company has announced this year’s consumer trends, key flavours and easy-to-make concepts, based on […]

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Hot Weather Proves Thirsty Work as Irish Drink Sales Boom

    Hot Weather Proves Thirsty Work as Irish Drink Sales Boom

The latest Irish grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 15 July 2018, show sales soaring by 3.1% in the midst of the recent summer heatwave.  Two of the big winners have been bottled water and lager, which have seen take home sales growth of 27.3% and 11.6% respectively, buoyed […]

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New BMJ Open Study Reveals Wide Variation in Sugar and Calories in Cakes and Biscuits, as Industry is Accused of Not Complying

    New BMJ Open Study Reveals Wide Variation in Sugar and Calories in Cakes and Biscuits, as Industry is Accused of Not Complying

A new study by Action on Sugar at Queen Mary University of London, published by the journal BMJ Open,1 has investigated and documented the wide variation of sugar and calorie content within the same category of cakes and biscuits sold in the UK in 2016. The shock findings highlight 97% of cakes and 74% of biscuits […]

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Sizzling Summer Lights Up the UK Grocery Market

    Sizzling Summer Lights Up the UK Grocery Market

UK supermarket sales have grown at their fastest rate this year – up 3.6% – thanks to football fever and the prolonged hot weather, according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks to 15 July 2018.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “England may […]

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Private Label Outperforms FMCG Brands in Europe

    Private Label Outperforms FMCG Brands in Europe

Private label continues to grow across Europe and is now outperforming brands in the majority of markets measured by big data and technology expert for consumer FMCG industries, IRI in its analysis of private label performance across eight major Western economies markets (UK, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and the US) during 2017.
Growing +4% year on […]

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Ready Meals – Not Ready For the Future

    Ready Meals – Not Ready For the Future

New research (1) published by Eating Better, a powerful alliance of more than 50 organisations, shows that supermarkets need to shake up their ready meal ranges. They are not catering for the growing number of flexitarian customers who are cutting back on their meat eating for their health and the health of the planet (2). […]

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Top 100 Largest Spirits Brands Revealed

    Top 100 Largest Spirits Brands Revealed

The world’s most popular alcoholic drink in 2017 was the South Korean soju brand Jinro, owned by Hite-Jinro, according to the IWSR Real 100, the definitive ranking of the world’s largest spirits brands by volume. Selling almost 76m nine-litre cases, Jinro retains its number one position from last year, and once again by a staggering […]

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M&A Deals Amongst the World’s Largest Consumer Goods Businesses Reached a 15-year High in 2017

    M&A Deals Amongst the World’s Largest Consumer Goods Businesses Reached a 15-year High in 2017

The number of mergers and acquisition deals among the top 50 consumer goods giants reached a 15-year high in 2017 – a 45% increase from the previous year. This is according to OC&C Strategy Consultants’ annual Global 50 report which, in collaboration with the Grocer, examines the financial performance of the world’s largest consumer goods […]

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Summer Sun Heats Up the Irish Grocery Market

    Summer Sun Heats Up the Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 17 June 2018, reveal that the soaring temperatures have increased sales of summer grocery favourites by 9% – ahead of the overall market at 2.1%.  This surge in summer essentials, such as sun care products and ice cream, has boosted the Irish […]

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This ‘Whey’ to Make Vodka Could Add Value to Creameries

    This ‘Whey’ to Make Vodka Could Add Value to Creameries

As much as 90 percent of the milk that goes into a cheese-making facility comes out as whey, which can be expensive to dispose of in landfills and potentially harmful to the environment. Large companies can turn a nice profit by turning some of that whey into protein powders and other nutrition-enhancing products – but […]

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Record High Number of New UK-based Wine Producers Opening

    Record High Number of New UK-based Wine Producers Opening

The number of new wine producers opening within the UK in a year hit a record high last year with 80 new wine producers starting up – a rise of 25% from 64 in 2016, and more than double the 36 that opened five years ago, according to research by chartered accountants UHY Hacker Young […]

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We’ll Pay Extra For More Protein, Say South American Consumers

    We’ll Pay Extra For More Protein, Say South American Consumers

Nearly two thirds of shoppers in South America are willing to pay extra for a food or beverage product that is higher in protein, according to a survey commissioned by Arla Foods Ingredients. Researchers from Lindberg International asked 4,000 consumers in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia if they would spend more on buying a product if it […]

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AllinAll Ingredients Officially Opens New €5 Million Facility in Dublin

    AllinAll Ingredients Officially Opens New €5 Million Facility in Dublin

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD (pictured above left), has officially opened AllinAll Ingredient’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing and Research and Development facility in Rosemount, Dublin. The company, which has been in the food industry for over 20 years, develops and manufactures ingredients, sauces and blends for the processed food market. Its R&D lead team have developed […]

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More Milk Needed to Cover Demand in 2030 – New Technologies Will Help

    More Milk Needed to Cover Demand in 2030 – New Technologies Will Help

Between now and 2030 worldwide demand growth for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current US milk production. This was one of the main findings of the latest publication, from the IFCN – the Dairy Research Network – discussed at the 19th IFCN Dairy Conference, held at Teagasc, Moorepark, Cork […]

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Tesco Back on Top in Ireland For First Time Since 2015

    Tesco Back on Top in Ireland For First Time Since 2015

The latest Irish grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 20 May 2018, show Tesco reclaiming the top spot on its own for the first time in more than two years with an overall share of 22.3%.  The retailer grew sales by 4.5% – far ahead of the overall market, which […]

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Warm Weather and the ‘Markle Sparkle’ Dazzle UK Grocery

    Warm Weather and the ‘Markle Sparkle’ Dazzle UK Grocery

The latest UK grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 20 May 2018, reveal that the recent hot weather combined with the Meghan Markle effect sparked strong market growth – up 2.7% on last year. Chris Hayward, consumer specialist at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “The sun shone on the grocery market over the past month […]

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Dairy Processing Equipment Market Size to Hit $13 Billion by 2024

    Dairy Processing Equipment Market Size to Hit $13 Billion by 2024

Global Dairy Processing Equipment Market size is expected to exceed US$13 billion by 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights. Growth in geriatric population accompanied by prevailing health conditions including joint issues, obesity, diabetes, calcium deficiency has increased milk & milk products consumption which is likely to drive dairy processing equipment […]

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UK Sugar Tax Adds £5 Million in Soft Drink Retail Sales

    UK Sugar Tax Adds £5 Million in Soft Drink Retail Sales

Since the UK soft drinks sugar levy came into force on 6th April 2018, market data from IRI, the provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers, indicates that in the two weeks following the introduction of the sugar levy, sales of soft drinks rose in value by £5 million to […]

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Scientific Study Shows Improved Fat Oxidation and Better Performance in Athletes When Using BENEO’s Palatinose™

    Scientific Study Shows Improved Fat Oxidation and Better Performance in Athletes When Using BENEO’s Palatinose™

A scientific study by Professor Daniel König[i] and his team at the Department of Sports and Sport Sciences of the University of Freiburg, Germany, has shown that with a pre-load of Palatinose™ endurance athletes “maintained a more stable blood glucose profile and higher fat oxidation, which resulted in improved cycling performance compared with maltodextrin.”
The study used a […]

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China’s Yoghurt and Cheese Markets Experience Steady High Value Retail Sales Growth

    China’s Yoghurt and Cheese Markets Experience Steady High Value Retail Sales Growth

While the overall dairy market in China is growing stably, the various categories are experiencing differing performance. New research from Mintel reveals that yoghurt and cheese are the market’s winning categories in recent years with yoghurt maintaining an annual retail sales growth of over 20% since 2014. Meanwhile, the cheese category has seen a growth […]

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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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