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Britons Drinking Less But Drinking Better

    Britons Drinking Less But Drinking Better

British drinkers are increasingly favouring premium drinks from branded pubs and upmarket bars, new data from CGA’s exclusive Alcohol Sales Tracker reveals.  The research estimates the total value of the out-of-home alcoholic drinks market at £24.6 billion in the year to mid-June – a year-on-year increase of just 0.6%, but against a decline of 2.6% in […]

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New Bord Bia Study Brings High End Culinary Inspiration to Irish Food and Drink Industry

    New Bord Bia Study Brings High End Culinary Inspiration to Irish Food and Drink Industry

Personalized dishes, tapping trees to flavour water and multi-sensory experiences are just some of the innovations being undertaken by the world’s leading chefs and restaurants according to a new ‘Culinary Inspiration’ magazine launched by Bord Bia. Michelin star chefs and high end restauranteurs from London and Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, Tokyo and New […]

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Discount Retailers to Grab a Further £9 Billion of UK Consumer Spending by 2022

    Discount Retailers to Grab a Further £9 Billion of UK Consumer Spending by 2022

The UK Discount Retail market is set to grow by 36.1% reaching a total value of £32.5 billion by 2022 according to GlobalData, a recognized leader in providing business information and analytics. The company’s latest report: ‘UK Discounters 2017-2022e‘ reveals that discount retailers could gain an extra £9 billion slice of the total retail market […]

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Nielsen Launches Grocery Sales Measurement in Northern Ireland

    Nielsen Launches Grocery Sales Measurement in Northern Ireland

Grocery retailers and FMCG manufacturers in Northern Ireland will now have access to weekly granular sales data across supermarkets and convenience retailers, courtesy of Nielsen’s Scantrack service launching in the country. The Scantrack scanning service uses actual EPOS data from retailers to quantify total store sales every week by SKU across the major food and drink […]

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UK Food Service Price Inflation Falls to 7% But Prices Still Rising in Key Categories

    UK Food Service Price Inflation Falls to 7% But Prices Still Rising in Key Categories

The latest edition of the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index reveals that in some categories actual prices are starting to come down slightly compared with previous months, although in other key sectors the trend is still up. Inflation in wholesale food service prices fell in July 2017, welcome news to the UK’s eating out operators who […]

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SuperValu Remains Ireland’s Top Grocer Despite Tesco Turnaround

    SuperValu Remains Ireland’s Top Grocer Despite Tesco Turnaround

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 13 August 2017, show that despite strong sales growth of 3.4% by Tesco, SuperValu has retained the position of Ireland’s largest grocery retailer.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “A year-on-year sales growth of 0.4% was enough for SuperValu to […]

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Lidl Becomes the UK’s Seventh Largest Supermarket

    Lidl Becomes the UK’s Seventh Largest Supermarket

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 13 August 2017, show Lidl has increased its market share to a new record high of 5.2% – up 0.7 percentage points year on year – to become the UK’s seventh largest grocer.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retailer and consumer insight at […]

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Nurturing Locally, Growing Globally – International Meat Congress ICoMST 2017 in Cork

    Nurturing Locally, Growing Globally – International Meat Congress ICoMST 2017 in Cork

The 63rd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST 2017) took place at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, during August 13-18, 2017 and was chaired by Teagasc’s Assistant Director of Research Declan Troy. Over 450 papers were presented at the congress, many by Teagasc researchers.
The role of meat in strategies to achieve a sustainable diet […]

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Changing Consumer Tastes Drive Long-term Global Sugar Market Slowdown

    Changing Consumer Tastes Drive Long-term Global Sugar Market Slowdown

The consumers’ shift away from sugar consumption is an important driver behind significant changes in the food and beverage industry. These changes will have long-term ramifications, including a likely slowdown in the worldwide sugar market, according to the latest report of Rabobank ‘Sweetness and Lite’.
A combination of changing preferences, product reformulations and government pressure have […]

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Younger British Consumers Turn Over a New Leaf on Tea

    Younger British Consumers Turn Over a New Leaf on Tea

New research from Mintel reveals that as many as 37% of British consumers aged 25-34 have drunk 5-6 different types of tea at home or in the workplace over the past month*, compared to just 3% of those aged 55+. Furthermore, Brits aged 25-34 are the most likely to drink every variety of tea tracked by […]

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Irish Consumer Confidence Hits New High

    Irish Consumer Confidence Hits New High

Consumer confidence in Ireland has hit its highest level since the recession and is now the fourth most confident country in Europe, according to the latest Nielsen Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending Intentions.
The Republic of Ireland’s Consumer Confidence Index score – which measures attitudes each quarter on topics including personal finances and job prospects […]

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UK Food-to-go Market to Reach £23.5 Billion by 2022

    UK Food-to-go Market to Reach £23.5 Billion by 2022

The UK’s food-to-go sector is in rude health and will be worth £23.5 billion by 2022, up from £17.4 billion in 2017, according to IGD, as shoppers’ preference for eating on the move shows no signs of slowing down. IGD’s food-to-go research splits the market into five segments, with the organisation’s latest forecasts suggesting particularly strong […]

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Norwegians Sceptical About Ready-to-eat Food

    Norwegians Sceptical About Ready-to-eat Food

Around 40% of Norwegian consumers agree with the statement that industrially produced food is unhealthy, according to the results of a survey conducted by Kantar TNS on behalf of Orkla. Nine out of 10 think that the food they prepare themselves is better than industrially produced food, while close to half think that the industry […]

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£3.7 Billion Worth of Discounts Disappear From UK Supermarket Shelves as Promotions Fall to Lowest Levels in 10 Years

    £3.7 Billion Worth of Discounts Disappear From UK Supermarket Shelves as Promotions Fall to Lowest Levels in 10 Years

The pressure on UK retailers to be more transparent in their pricing has seen the number of trade promotions fall to their lowest levels for 10 years, and in 2017, shoppers will receive £3.7 billion less in promotional savings. This is according to a new report by IRI, the provider of big data and predictive analytics […]

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Whisky, Tequila and Gin to Drive Global Spirits Category Growth to 2021

    Whisky, Tequila and Gin to Drive Global Spirits Category Growth to 2021

Just released data from the IWSR 2017-2021 Forecast suggests global volumes of whisky, gin and tequila are expected to make gains of 55.2m, 7.1m and 5.8m nine-litre cases respectively over the next five years, following their rapid growth in 2016. These categories together with baijiu (+48.2m cases between 2016 and 2021), will contribute the most in the […]

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British Consumers Cut Back on Meat

    British Consumers Cut Back on Meat

New research from Mintel finds that over a quarter (28%) of meat eating Brits have reduced or limited their meat consumption in the last six months*. What is more, a further one in seven (14%) adults say they are interested in limiting or reducing their consumption of meat or poultry in the future, proving that […]

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New Research By Action on Sugar Reveals Cereal Manufacturers Are Using Poor Nutrition Labelling

    New Research By Action on Sugar Reveals Cereal Manufacturers Are Using Poor Nutrition Labelling

Leading sugar and health expert group Action on Sugar, based at Queen Mary University of London, is calling for colour-coded ‘traffic light’ front of pack (FOP)1 nutrition labelling to be introduced across all food and drink products after exposing many perceived ‘healthy’ cereal brands who have failed to include the Department of Health endorsed colour-coded labelling […]

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British Men Shun Social Media For an Old-fashioned Chat Down the Pub

    British Men Shun Social Media For an Old-fashioned Chat Down the Pub

According to new research from Macmillan Cancer Support and charity partner Greene King, when it comes to catching up, men are switching screen time for face-to-face time, preferring to chat with mates in their local rather than Whatsapping their worries. When asked how they would share important news with friends, men revealed that they are […]

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Research Highlights Irish Attitudes Towards Diet, Grocery Shopping & Cooking

    Research Highlights Irish Attitudes Towards Diet, Grocery Shopping & Cooking

New research from Bord Bia’s Insight Centre, The Thinking House, highlights Irish consumer attitudes towards diet, grocery shopping, eating habits and cooking. Since 2001, Bord Bia’s PERIscope study, the largest quantitative study of its kind in Ireland, has been exploring consumer attitudes  including local food, the environment, and health and well-being. The comprehensive study is carried […]

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SuperValu Remains in First Place as Irish Grocery Growth Continues

    SuperValu Remains in First Place as Irish Grocery Growth Continues

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, published for the 12 weeks ending 16 July 2017, show that the market continues to grow despite deepening price deflation.  The value of the grocery market rose by 2.0% during the past quarter compared to last year, with the sector worth €2.34 billion over […]

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UK Grocery Inflation Stabilises a Year on From Brexit Referendum

    UK Grocery Inflation Stabilises a Year on From Brexit Referendum

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 16 July 2017, show market growth has exceeded 3% for the fourth consecutive period – the first time since November 2013. Supermarket sales increased by 3.9% compared to the same period last year.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at […]

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Growing British Appetite For Sports Nutrition

    Growing British Appetite For Sports Nutrition

Once the preserve of athletes and bodybuilders, new research from Mintel finds that many of the UK’s fitness lovers are using sports nutrition products. Indeed, almost three in 10 Brits (27%) use sports nutrition products*, rising to two in five (39%) Brits who exercise more than once a week. Overall, it is the UK’s young men who […]

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Scientists Investigate Origin of Isolated BSE Cases

    Scientists Investigate Origin of Isolated BSE Cases

The European response to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) after the crisis of the 1980s has significantly reduced prevalence of the disease in cattle. However, isolated cases are still being reported in the EU and for this reason the European Commission has asked EFSA to investigate their origin. The key measure for controlling BSE in the EU is […]

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UK Not Ready For Brexit’s Impact on Food

    UK Not Ready For Brexit’s Impact on Food

The UK is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit, according to a new briefing paper published by SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. The report, by leading food policy specialists Professor Erik Millstone (University of Sussex), Professor Tim Lang […]

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Ice Cream Whips Up Global Sales of 13 Billion Litres in 2016

    Ice Cream Whips Up Global Sales of 13 Billion Litres in 2016

New research from Mintel reveals that the global ice cream market is expected to scoop sales of 13 billion litres in 2016, with India, Indonesia and Vietnam among the world’s fastest growing markets. While India’s ice cream market has experienced a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13% over the past five years, in 2017, […]

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Political Uncertainty Drives Consumer Goods M&A to Lowest Level Since 2011

    Political Uncertainty Drives Consumer Goods M&A to Lowest Level Since 2011

Mergers and acquisitions among the top 50 consumer goods giants have fallen sharply from $226 billion in 2015 to $50 billion in 2016. This is according to OC&C Strategy Consultants’ 15th annual Global 50 report in collaboration with The Grocer, which examines the financial performance of the world’s 50 largest consumer goods companies – the likes of […]

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Scottish Aquaculture is Thriving

    Scottish Aquaculture is Thriving

Fish and shellfish farming contribute £620 million to the Scottish economy every year, according to new research. The industry now supports more than 12,000 jobs and Scottish aquaculture production has increased by a third in the ten years to 2015, from 142,000 to 188,000 tonnes, according to a Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise […]

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SuperValu Still on Top as Irish Supermarket Growth Continues

    SuperValu Still on Top as Irish Supermarket Growth Continues

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, published for the 12 weeks ending 18 June 2017, show the highest market growth since January 2017.  The latest figures reflect the impact of Easter on consumers and retailers alike, with the holiday falling outside of the comparable time period in 2016. Price deflation, which has […]

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80% of Irish Exporters Believe UK Still Offers Significant Potential

    80% of Irish Exporters Believe UK Still Offers Significant Potential

A new report launched by Bord Bia shows a renewed optimism for the Irish food and drink industry’s trading relationship with the UK market, worth over €4 billion last year. According to Bord Bia’s Brexit Barometer, almost 80% exporters surveyed believe there is still significant potential for future growth in the UK market, despite the […]

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Dairy – How do You Take Yours?

    Dairy – How do You Take Yours?

Researchers at Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority) and University College Cork are analysing dairy consumption patterns in Irish adults and have found that those who consume dairy tend to have healthier dietary behaviours.
We all know the benefits of consuming dairy foods in our diets but not all consumers eat dairy in the same way […]

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Highest UK Supermarkets Sales Growth in Five Years

    Highest UK Supermarkets Sales Growth in Five Years

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 18 June 2017, show a marked turnaround for the sector. Supermarket sales growth accelerated to 5.0% – the strongest increase since March 2012 and a stark contrast to the 0.2% decline seen this time last year, despite the political and economic […]

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Emerging-market Brands Dominate the IWSR’s Top 100 List

    Emerging-market Brands Dominate the  IWSR’s Top 100 List

The 2017 edition of the IWSR’s annual Top 100 rankings has been published in the IWSR Magazine. It lists the world’s 100 largest spirits brands by volume, pitting famous international brands against local spirits titans that dominate in their home markets. The Top 100 list is uniquely based on the IWSR’s proprietary database, the authoritative […]

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Organic Conditions Boost Flavonoids and Antioxidant Activity in Onions

    Organic Conditions Boost Flavonoids and Antioxidant Activity in Onions

Five years ago, a highly publicised meta-analysis of more than 200 studies concluded that organic food was no more nutritious than conventionally grown food. Since then, however, additional work has suggested the organic foods contain more health-benefiting phytochemicals. Now, researchers have found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions are higher than in […]

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IRI Launches New Growth Solutions Team to Unlock Opportunities for Manufacturers

    IRI Launches New Growth Solutions Team to Unlock Opportunities for Manufacturers

IRI, the global provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers, has launched a new Growth Solutions team providing specialist assistance for manufacturers. The Growth Solutions team is being set up to support IRI’s clients across five specific focus areas: Media Strategy and Optimisation, Shopper Marketing Effectiveness, Price and Promotions, In-Store Activation […]

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German Grocery Market to Grow 10.5% to 2021

    German Grocery Market to Grow 10.5% to 2021

Germany’s grocery market is forecast to be worth €259 billion by 2021, a growth rate of 10.5%, according to new figures released by IGD, the international grocery research organisation.
Key findings include:

All of Germany’s major grocery channels are expected to grow over the next four years, primarily driven by inflation combined with population growth, plus retailers […]

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Global Plant Milk Market to Top US$16 Billion in 2018

    Global Plant Milk Market to Top US$16 Billion in 2018

The global market for dairy alternative drinks is expected to reach US$16.3 billion in 2018, up dramatically from US$7.4 billion in 2010, according to Innova Market Insights. Significant developments in this area include the acquisition of WhiteWave in 2016, presenting Danone with the opportunity to further developing its interests in this dynamic market in both […]

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Online Grocery Clicks in the UK – Sales Set to Surpass £11 Billion in 2017

    Online Grocery Clicks in the UK – Sales Set to Surpass £11 Billion in 2017

British consumers are increasingly taking advantage of fresh milk and frozen peas being just a click away. Indeed, new research from Mintel forecasts UK online grocery sales to reach £11.1 billion in 2017, up from an estimated £9.9 billion in 2016.
With the market forecast to grow by 12% this year, the value of virtual shopping […]

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Supermarket Range Cuts Drive Decline in Sales of New Product Launches in the UK

    Supermarket Range Cuts Drive Decline in Sales of New Product Launches in the UK

As supermarkets across the UK continue to cut the number of products they stock, sales from branded new products were down by -6.5%, which equated to losses in revenue from new product development of £99.6 million. According to a new study by IRI, a leading provider of big data and predictive analytics for retailers and suppliers, […]

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Managed Restaurant Brands Grow in the UK as Sector Costs Mount

    Managed Restaurant Brands Grow in the UK as Sector Costs Mount

Rising input costs are putting the brakes on pub and restaurant openings – but many managed and branded casual dining operators continue to expand. That is one of the key messages from the eighth edition of the AlixPartners CGA Peach Market Growth Monitor, just published. The report provides authoritative data and extensive insights into Britain’s […]

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Emerging Markets Overtake Developed in FMCG Spend

    Emerging Markets Overtake Developed in FMCG Spend

Emerging markets now account for 51% of global spend on fast-moving-consumer-goods, rising from 48% in just three years. This is the key finding from the latest Kantar Worldpanel Brand Footprint report, which includes its annual Top 50 ranking of the world’s most chosen FMCG brands.
Kantar Worldpanel’s analysis also shows that, with developed markets barely growing, […]

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Irish Grocery Market Growth Continues Despite Deflation

    Irish Grocery Market Growth Continues Despite Deflation

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland for the 12 weeks ending 21 May 2017 show that the market continues to grow despite continued price deflation. The value of the grocery market has increased by 2.2% during the past quarter compared with last year, making the sector worth €2.37 billion over […]

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Mondelez International Opens New R&D Hub in Poland

    Mondelez International Opens New R&D Hub in Poland

Mondelēz International has inaugurated its latest global Technical Centre in Wroclaw, Poland. This state-of-the-art facility will support new products and technologies for many of the company’s iconic Power Brands, including Milka and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate as well as Oreo, belVita and Barni biscuits.
The Wroclaw Technical Centre is part of the company’s previously announced $65 million investment in nine large R&D hubs, strategically […]

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UK Food and Grocery Forecast to Grow by 15% by 2022

    UK Food and Grocery Forecast to Grow by 15% by 2022

The UK food and grocery market is forecast to grow by 15% between now and 2022, giving it a value of £213 billion, according to the latest forecasts released today by grocery research organisation IGD. IGD is predicting growth across all the major grocery channels, with the discounters set to put in a particularly strong […]

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Pub-grub Props Up UK Bar Sales

    Pub-grub Props Up UK Bar Sales

According to new research from Mintel, sales of pub meals in the UK grew by an estimated 14% between 2012 and 2016 to reach £7.4 billion. In the same time period, sales of alcoholic drinks grew by 6%, while soft drink sales rose by 7%.
Indeed, it is increasingly likely that pub punters will be there for […]

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Fall in Milk Prices and Crop Yields Lead to Lower Average Irish Farm Income in 2016

    Fall in Milk Prices and Crop Yields Lead to Lower Average Irish Farm Income in 2016

A preliminary estimate of the Teagasc National Farm Survey results show that Irish family farm income decreased by 9% in 2016, bringing the average income figure for the farming sector to €24,060. This is the return for the farmers’ labour and for the land and capital employed in the business.
Dr. Emma Dillon, Economist with the […]

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Organic Milk Continues to Buck the Trend in the UK

    Organic Milk Continues to Buck the Trend in the UK

UK organic milk volumes increased by 4.4% in 2016, in contrast to the standard milk category which fell by 1.9% during the same period. The increase is being attributed to an organic milk recovery, in spite of reducing conventional prices and increasing organic shelf premiums.
According to the 2017 organic milk market report, produced by the Organic […]

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Italy’s Love of Pasta Goes Off the Boil

    Italy’s Love of Pasta Goes Off the Boil

New research from Mintel reveals that sales of pasta in Italy had a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -2% between 2011 and 2015, with sales falling to 908,100 tonnes in 2016. According to Mintel, health is the reason this national cuisine has fallen on hard times. Indeed, today, almost one quarter (23%) of Italians say […]

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New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

    New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

An online knowledge-sharing platform designed to maximise the potential of whey protein and lactose has been set up
by Arla Foods Ingredients. The new Whey & Protein Blog – thewheyprotein.blog – will act as an impartial, non-commercial focal point where individuals, businesses and experts with an interest in whey protein and lactose can share information.
Writing in the […]

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UK Consumers Favour British Brands

    UK Consumers Favour British Brands

British consumers are developing a growing taste for home-grown brands, according to Kantar Worldpanel’s fifth annual barometer of the nation’s most chosen FMCG brands. The latest UK ranking, which measures which brands are being bought by the most consumers the most often, has revealed that the number of British favourites among the top 10 UK […]

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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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