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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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Rise in Moderate Alcohol Consumption Presents Opportunity For Adult Soft Drinks

    Rise in Moderate Alcohol Consumption Presents Opportunity For Adult Soft Drinks

As consumers across Europe embrace a healthier lifestyle, a growing trend for more moderate alcohol consumption is emerging. Research conducted by Kerry Taste and Nutrition shows that half of consumers are actively reducing their alcohol intake, with 40 per cent of those surveyed stating that their change in habit comes as a result of health […]

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75% of Chinese Mothers Feed Their Baby Organic Infant Milk Formula

    75% of Chinese Mothers Feed Their Baby Organic Infant Milk Formula

China’s infant milk formula (IMF) market is poised for impressive growth in the next five years as a result of the new “two-child” policy, and new regulations issued by the CFDA. New research from Mintel predicts that the market volume of infant milk formula in China will grow by a CAGR of 5.4% between 2016 […]

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Arla Foods Opens New State-of-the-art Global Innovation Centre

    Arla Foods Opens New State-of-the-art Global Innovation Centre

Arla Foods has officially opened its new state-of-the-art global innovation centre, built in the heart of one of the world’s fastest growing food clusters in Aarhus, Denmark. Arla has put open innovation at the centre of its growth plans for the next decade. The dairy farming co-operative aims to be the most collaborative innovator in […]

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Kerry Group, Glanbia and Irish Distillers Top the Ireland RepTrak 2017 Study of the Most Highly Regarded Organisations in Ireland in Food & Beverage

    Kerry Group, Glanbia and Irish Distillers Top the Ireland RepTrak 2017 Study of the Most Highly Regarded Organisations in Ireland in Food & Beverage

The Reputations Agency has announced the results of the annual Ireland RepTrak® 2017 study. Based on the perceptions of more than 4,500 respondents who completed the survey in the first quarter of 2017, the survey quantifies the emotional bond stakeholders have with 50 leading companies, and how these connections drive supportive behaviour such as a […]

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Price Rises and Private Label Drive Up Sales of Olive Oil Across Europe

    Price Rises and Private Label Drive Up Sales of Olive Oil Across Europe

The success of private label and the impact of price increases across European countries is driving up value sales of olive oil, according to the latest figures from IRI, the provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers. Despite challenging economic conditions and poor harvests in Spain, Italy and Greece during 2015, […]

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Deflation Continues to Impact the Irish Grocery Market

    Deflation Continues to Impact the Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 23 April 2017, show that deflation is limiting growth in the grocery market as supermarket prices continue to fall.  Having slipped into deflation for the first time in almost two years in the last period, the grocery market grew […]

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UK Grocery Sales Rise by Fastest Rate Since 2013

    UK Grocery Sales Rise by Fastest Rate Since 2013

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 23 April 2017, reveal the overall market has grown by 3.7% – the fastest rate since September 2013 and worth almost £1 billion in additional sales to the grocery sector.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: […]

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Major International Meat Science Congress to Take Place in Cork, Ireland

    Major International Meat Science Congress to Take Place in Cork, Ireland

Teagasc will host the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), in collaboration with University College Cork. This prestigious global Congress will be held in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, from August 13-18, 2017. ICoMST reconvenes in Ireland after an 11- year absence.
It’s the 63rd ICoMST and the theme this year is: ‘Nurturing […]

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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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A Focus on Premiumisation in the UK Milk Market

    A Focus on Premiumisation in the UK Milk Market

The UK dairy market had a strong twelve weeks to the 26th March, seeing its strongest growth in value (+2.3%) since March 2014, and growing ahead of total grocery (+1.3%). A strong driver of growth in dairy has been its single biggest sub category – milk – which sees its second consecutive period of volume […]

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China’s Online Grocery Market to More than Double by 2020

    China’s Online Grocery Market to More than Double by 2020

Online grocery in China could more than double in growth between now and 2020, according to figures released by international grocery research organisation IGD, with its current 3.1% share of the country’s total grocery market forecast to leap to 6.6% over the next three years.
Driven by the growth of the internet, greater smartphone usage, more […]

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One in Five Irish People are Regular Gluten Free Shoppers

    One in Five Irish People are Regular Gluten Free Shoppers

According to new Bord Bia research, gluten free has now gone mainstream with one in five (20%) Irish people shopping for gluten free food regularly. The gluten free market in Ireland is estimated to be worth some €66 million, experiencing a 36% increase since last year (Kantar Worldpanel).
Highlighting where the growth has come from, Paula […]

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Three Million UK Young Adults Putting Their Future Health in Danger

    Three Million UK Young Adults Putting Their Future Health in Danger

The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) is warning that the current eating habits of teenagers and young adults is a ticking time bomb for their bones and time is running out for them to prevent permanent damage. A survey carried out on behalf of the NOS has found that 70% of 18 – 35 year olds […]

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Meat Technology Ireland Launched

    Meat Technology Ireland Launched

Meat Technology Ireland, a new Enterprise Ireland, industry-led initiative that will build a strategic research and innovation base in beef and sheepmeat processing in Ireland, has been launched. The Centre will be a ‘one-stop shop’ for meat processing research and technology, serving as a hub to co-ordinate all beef and sheepmeat processing research needs.
Meat Technology […]

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Sweet Success For Seasonal Chocolate

    Sweet Success For Seasonal Chocolate

New research from Mintel reveals that seasonal launches accounted for one quarter (25%) of global chocolate new product launches in 2016. According to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), in 2016, some 28% of seasonal launches globally were positioned for Easter, highlighting the ongoing popularity of eggs, bunnies and other chocolate treats. Those countries accounting for […]

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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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Irish Grocery Market Returns to Deflation

    Irish Grocery Market Returns to Deflation

The Irish grocery market has slipped into deflation for the first time in almost two years, dropping 0.7 percentage points month-on-month to -0.2%. This is according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 26 March 2017.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Only now are we starting to […]

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Inflation Continues in UK Grocery as Lidl and Aldi Reach Record High Market Shares

    Inflation Continues in UK Grocery as Lidl and Aldi Reach Record High Market Shares

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 26 March 2017, show supermarket sales increased in value by 1.4% compared to the same time last year. Slower growth was primarily due to Easter falling outside the latest 12 weeks, while the celebration fell within the comparable period last year.
Fraser […]

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Social Media – Can It Connect Science and Society?

    Social Media – Can It Connect Science and Society?

In an article in the latest issue of TResearch (Teagasc’s research and innovation magazine), Dr Áine Regan, a researcher at Teagasc, highlights how there is an increasing need for the scientific community to have a more prominent role on social media, particularly when it comes to challenging false information spread online. “While ‘fake news’ may […]

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Researchers Show How to Navigate Complex EU Health Claim Regulations For Food and Drinks

    Researchers Show How to Navigate Complex EU Health Claim Regulations For Food and Drinks

EU regulations on health claims on food are complex but navigable, a study into food regulations has found. The study, led by Professor Monique Raats at the University of Surrey, working with researchers from Slovenia and Denmark, found that EU regulation, which is aimed at substantiating marketing claims of the health benefits of food, has […]

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94% of World’s 19,000+ Breweries are Craft

    94% of World’s 19,000+ Breweries are Craft

The craft beer revolution is taking hold in more countries across the globe. According to a new survey released by Alltech and The Brewers Journal, the number of breweries worldwide has surpassed 19,000, representing 209 countries and territories surveyed. Some 17,732, or 94 percent, of these breweries can be defined as craft beer producers. For […]

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Tests in Real-life Situation Increase Success Rate of Product Innovations

    Tests in Real-life Situation Increase Success Rate of Product Innovations

The context in which consumers eat, has a major impact on how they evaluate the taste of foods. This conclusion has been drawn following a study of airplane meals, carried out by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. The scientists demonstrated that real-life testing situations can be effectively simulated in a lab. The study, published in […]

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Kefir Formats Flourish in Fermented Dairy Drinks

    Kefir Formats Flourish in Fermented Dairy Drinks

Kefir appears to be bucking the trend that has seen launch activity in drinking yogurts and fermented beverages remain relatively static in recent years. While kefir launch numbers are still limited globally, Innova Market Insights data indicate that they grew more than three-fold between 2011 and 2016. This is despite launches in the overall drinking […]

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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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Dunnes Stores Remains Ireland’s Largest Grocer For a Second Month

    Dunnes Stores Remains Ireland’s Largest Grocer For a Second Month

For the first time Dunnes Stores has held its position as Ireland’s largest grocer for two consecutive months. This is according to the latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 26 February 2017.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Dunnes’ shoppers are adding more to their baskets, helping […]

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Irish Grocery Spending Rises For Seventh Consecutive Quarter

    Irish Grocery Spending Rises For Seventh Consecutive Quarter

The amount Irish consumers spent on everyday grocery items, such as food, drinks and toiletries, increased year-on-year for the seventh consecutive quarter, according to Nielsen retail performance data. The amount people spent on groceries increased +2.1% in Q4 2016 versus Q4 2015. The 2.1% rise was based on a 1.5% increase in the volume of groceries purchased and a 0.6% rise […]

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UK Grocery Market Grows as Price Rises Continue

    UK Grocery Market Grows as Price Rises Continue

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 26 February 2017, show supermarket sales grew at their fastest rate since June 2014 – up by 2.3% compared to the same time last year.

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Green Credentials of Ireland’s Dairy Sector Could be Key to Addressing Climate Change Challenge

    Green Credentials of Ireland’s Dairy Sector Could be Key to Addressing Climate Change Challenge

The impact of climate change represents a significant opportunity for Ireland’s dairy Sector but also poses a threat, a special industry conference held recently at the Teagasc Ashtown conference centre, Dublin, heard. The conference included details of a safefood sponsored research project which surveyed dairy industry stakeholders to determine their level of awareness of the potential impacts […]

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‘Snackification’ of Mealtimes is Now Widespread Among Millennials

    ‘Snackification’ of Mealtimes is Now Widespread Among Millennials

Most American Millennial snackers eat a snack in place of a standard meal at least once a week, a new survey reveals[1].
Researchers in the US questioned snackers between the ages of 18 and 35 about their snacking habits and preferences. When asked how often they eat a snack instead of having breakfast, lunch or dinner, […]

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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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IGD Reveals Top Five Food-to-go Trends

    IGD Reveals Top Five Food-to-go Trends

With food-to-go taking a bigger bite of grocery markets around the world, Gavin Rothwell, Senior Retail Insight Manager at grocery research organisation IGD, identifies the top five trends he believes will shape this sector in the future.

The rise and rise of health and wellness

Gavin Rothwell says: “Shoppers are increasingly aware of health and wellness, […]

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Irish Food Research Presented to Chinese Food Companies

    Irish Food Research Presented to Chinese Food Companies

Teagasc, the Irish agriculture and food development authority, recently outlined its dairy and nutrition research to Chinese food companies at seminars organised by Enterprise Ireland in Shanghai and Beijing in China. The seminars were planned to promote Ireland’s dairy product offerings on the Chinese market and to champion Ireland as a location for Chinese investment […]

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Best and Worst UK Supermarkets Revealed

    Best and Worst UK Supermarkets Revealed

Waitrose and Iceland have been rated as the best UK supermarkets for in-store and online experience respectively, while Marks and Spencer has topped the first ever Which? convenience store satisfaction survey with its Simply Food stores.

In a Which? survey of more than 7,000 shoppers, Waitrose secured the in-store accolade just ahead of closest competitor Marks […]

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Research Reveals a Clear East-West Divide in Attitudes to Nutrition and Healthy Eating

    Research Reveals a Clear East-West Divide in Attitudes to Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Consumers in Asia are far more likely to be interested in healthy eating than those in the western world, according to a new survey of people’s attitudes to diet and nutrition. Researchers asked 600 consumers in Asia and 700 in the western hemisphere, plus Australia and New Zealand, about their views on a range of […]

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IGD Reveals Top UK Grocery Shopper Saving Tactics

    IGD Reveals Top UK Grocery Shopper Saving Tactics

New research from IGD reveals food prices top the list of factors UK shoppers think will have the most impact on their financial circumstances in the coming year, with two thirds (65%) saying this will have an impact. Meanwhile, energy bills (58%), petrol prices (53%), not having a wage increase (31%) and interest rates (28%) […]

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Irish Grocery Growth Dips Following Bumper Christmas

    Irish Grocery Growth Dips Following Bumper Christmas

The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 29 January 2017, reveal that retailers have not sustained the same level of strong growth achieved over the Christmas period. Grocery sales growth fell to 3.0%, down from 4.6% last month.

David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Dunnes Stores has […]

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University College Cork Appoints New Head of Food Business

    University College Cork Appoints New Head of Food Business

University College Cork has named Professor Thia Hennessy as the new Head of the University’s Department of Food Business and Development. The Department, which is part of the Cork University Business School (CUBS), undertakes teaching and research in the subjects of food business and marketing, international development and co-operative studies.
Professor Ciaran Murphy, head of the […]

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Scientists Set Sights on Large-scale Output of Sought-after Blue Dye

    Scientists Set Sights on Large-scale Output of Sought-after Blue Dye

The ability to mass produce a high-value natural blue dye for use in the food, pharmaceutical and other industries is being developed with help from research scientists. The team will work on scaling the ability to produce large quantities of a blue pigment-protein, called C-phycocyanin (C-PC). The colorant, which is derived from spirulina algae, is […]

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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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New Research Reveals New Information About Sea Trout in Irish Sea

    New Research Reveals New Information About Sea Trout in Irish Sea

Inland Fisheries Ireland has published a new report called The Celtic Sea Trout Project (CSTP) which addresses significant knowledge gaps around sea trout. This migratory trout has a significant fisheries value however some sea trout fisheries in parts of Ireland and the UK bordering the Irish Sea are suffering decline.
The project, which consisted of a […]

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Two-thirds of Irish Consumers Believe it is ‘Important to Buy Local Food’

    Two-thirds of Irish Consumers Believe it is ‘Important to Buy Local Food’

A new Bord Bia study has revealed that two thirds of Irish consumers believe it is important purchase local food. The results of Bord Bia’s research into consumer attitudes to local food were presented to over 200 small food and drink producers at Bord Bia’s Small Business Open Day in Enfield, County Meath. Bord Bia […]

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Brexit and Alcohol Bill Create Huge Challenge For Irish Drinks Sector

    Brexit and Alcohol Bill Create Huge Challenge For Irish Drinks Sector

An economic study has found that the combination of a hard Brexit and the Public Health Alcohol Bill (PHAB) will create the perfect storm for the drinks sector, which is the powerhouse of the Irish Agri-Food and Drinks industry. The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), which represents brewers, distillers, brand owners and distributors is […]

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Seafood – Investigation into EU Consumers’ Attitudes Shows Sustainable Supply is Essential

    Seafood – Investigation into EU Consumers’ Attitudes Shows Sustainable Supply is Essential

The majority of Europeans say they eat fish because its healthy. Fish consumption is increasing, with 42% Europeans eating fish/aquaculture products at least once a week at home. This underlines the need to ensure sustainable supply of fish to the EU market.
A new Eurobarometer survey on EU consumer choices regarding fishery and aquaculture products reveals […]

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Gin & Tonic Flies Off UK Supermarket Shelves

    Gin & Tonic Flies Off UK Supermarket Shelves

Supermarket sales of gin are booming in the UK, according to the latest annual and Christmas sales figures from IRI, the provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers. Often referred to as ‘mother’s ruin’, gin has become increasingly popular and is now the biggest growth driver in the Spirits category, […]

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ABP Food Group Part of Winning European Food Innovation Consortium

    ABP Food Group Part of Winning European Food Innovation Consortium

ABP Food Group, the largest beef processor in Ireland and the UK, has been selected as part of a winning pan-European consortium to lead ground breaking food research. The consortium includes fifty partners spanning market-leading businesses, technology innovators, best-in-class research institutions and consumer facing organisations.
The winning consortium was chosen by the European Institute of Innovation […]

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English Children Consuming Half Daily Recommended Sugar Intake at Breakfast

    English Children Consuming Half Daily Recommended Sugar Intake at Breakfast

Children consume half the daily recommended sugar intake before the morning school bell rings, according to Public Health England (PHE). Children in England consume more than 11g of sugar at breakfast time alone, almost 3 sugar cubes. The recommended daily maximum is no more than 5 cubes of sugar for 4 to 6 year olds […]

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Overseas Investors’ Appetite For UK and Irish Food and Drink Firms Grows

    Overseas Investors’ Appetite For UK and Irish Food and Drink Firms Grows

According to the latest research conducted by business and financial advisory firm Grant Thornton UK LLP, overseas investors are demonstrating an increased appetite for UK and Irish firms in the food and beverage sector.
Grant Thornton’s analysis shows a jump in the number of UK and Irish businesses acquired by overseas investors, accounting for over a […]

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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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Dairy Crest Announces Animal Nutrition Research Partnership

    Dairy Crest Announces Animal Nutrition Research Partnership

Dairy Crest has entered a research partnership with Danisco Animal Nutrition, part of DuPont’s Industrial Biosciences business. DuPont is a leading global science and innovation company.
Under the partnership agreement, Danisco Animal Nutrition will support further product development and trials, commencing in January 2017. These trials will ascertain the efficacy of Dairy Crest’s galacto-oligosaccharide “GOS” for […]

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SuperValu Joins Dunnes Stores in Top Spot in Irish Grocery

    SuperValu Joins Dunnes Stores in Top Spot in Irish Grocery

The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 4 December 2016, reveal tight competition at the top as SuperValu and Dunnes Stores draw level to share the crown of Ireland’s largest grocer. SuperValu and Dunnes Stores now capture 22.5% of the Irish grocery market each.

David Berry, director at […]

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Zoonoses Report – Listeria Infections Stable But Frequently Reported Among the Elderly

    Zoonoses Report – Listeria Infections Stable But Frequently Reported Among the Elderly

European experts have noted an increasing trend of listeriosis since 2008, but they highlight that the number of affected people stabilised from 2014 to 2015. Infections were mostly reported in people over 64 years of age. These are some of the findings of the latest annual report by EFSA and ECDC on zoonotic diseases, which […]

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Christmas Comes Early For Premium Own Label Grocery Lines in the UK

    Christmas Comes Early For Premium Own Label Grocery Lines in the UK

The latest UK grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 4 December 2016, reveal a particularly strong performance for premium own label ranges in the run up to the festive period. Shoppers are spending 13% more on these lines than they did last year against a backdrop of continued slow […]

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