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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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UK Demand For Soft Drinks Set to Soar This Christmas as Alcohol Consumption Declines

    UK Demand For Soft Drinks Set to Soar This Christmas as Alcohol Consumption Declines

New research from Britvic, the largest supplier of branded still soft drinks and the number two supplier of branded carbonated soft drinks in Great Britain, reveals that almost half of consumers (45%) are set to buy more soft drinks at Christmas1 as figures show that over a fifth (21%) plan to drink less alcohol. With […]

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Coonlocken Makes On-the-go Snacking Easier

    Coonlocken Makes On-the-go Snacking Easier

Coonlocken Ltd, an Irish convenience packaging supplier, is making it their mission to make on-the-go snacking easier for busy consumers and more lucrative for retailers. The packaging company conducted recent research in the yogurt market to establish the effect on yogurt sales when one of their fully recyclable spoons was attached to a yogurt pot. […]

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Value of Irish Foodservice Market Rises to Reach Record €7.8 Billion in 2017

    Value of Irish Foodservice Market Rises to Reach Record €7.8 Billion in 2017

Bord Bia released the findings of its 2017 Irish Foodservice Channel Insights Report in advance of its annual foodservice seminar which took place in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The report shows that Ireland’s foodservice market continues to grow and is now valued at a record €7.8 billion, comprising over 33,000 individual outlets. The foodservice market […]

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British Consumers Increasingly Opt For Premium Drinks

    British Consumers Increasingly Opt For Premium Drinks

Increasing numbers of British consumers are choosing premium drinks when they go out, new research from CGA reveals—leading to a surge in sales of craft and luxury spirits and beers. The ‘Going Premium’ report shows that more than two in five (43%) consumers now choose high-quality drinks or say they are likely to upgrade to […]

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Slippery Slope For Yellow Fats and Edible Oils in the UK

    Slippery Slope For Yellow Fats and Edible Oils in the UK

Many UK consumers are frying, baking and eating less bread today, which is melting volume sales of yellow fats and edible oils. Indeed, new research from Mintel reveals that over three in five (62%) Brits who buy butter, spread, oil and fat say they are frying less food at home now compared to a few years ago, […]

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Product Range Rather Than Convenience or Price Drives Consumers In-store

    Product Range Rather Than Convenience or Price Drives Consumers In-store

Product range continues to drive shoppers into stores, with the majority of shoppers preferring a ‘wide range of products’ over convenience, quality and store services in many cases. This is according to a new Shopper Insights Report of 2,600 European consumers across seven countries conducted by IRI, the big data and technology expert for consumer industries.
The report indicates […]

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Volatility Creates Opportunity in Global Drinks Market

    Volatility Creates Opportunity in Global Drinks Market

The global drinks market is changing at an unprecedented rate with consumption swings and market preferences both unpredictable and surprising. The recently-released IWSR Global Trends Report 2017 highlights some of the key trends that are creating both opportunities and challenges for industry executives. These include ever-changing consumer tastes, the role of digitization in driving both preference and […]

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IGD Chief Executive Urges Grocery Industry to Seize the Moment

    IGD Chief Executive Urges Grocery Industry to Seize the Moment

Global grocery retailing is undergoing a period of momentous change, according to Joanne Denney-Finch, Chief Executive of international researcher IGD, giving the industry an unprecedented opportunity to deliver an inspirational, exciting future for shoppers.
Speaking to delegates at APRCE in Kuala Lumpur, two years after last addressing the global retail summit in Manila, Joanne said: “I’m […]

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SuperValu and Tesco Tied For Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

    SuperValu and Tesco Tied For Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 8 October 2017, reveal that SuperValu and Tesco are neck and neck in the race to be Ireland’s largest supermarket – both with a 22.0% share of the market.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “It’s tight at the top […]

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The Price is Right For 77% of Brits Earning £50,000+ Who Shop at Food Discounters

    The Price is Right For 77% of Brits Earning £50,000+ Who Shop at Food Discounters

Latest research from Mintel finds better off British shoppers are flocking to UK food discounters. Indeed, today, as many as 77% of British consumers with a household income of £50,000 or more visit food discounters, compared to 73% of those with a household income of £15,500 or less.
And it appears that premium products are pulling […]

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UK Supermarkets Sweep Up 17 Months of Growth

    UK Supermarkets Sweep Up 17 Months of Growth

UK supermarket sales have increased in value by 3.1% compared with last year according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 8 October 2017. This marks the 17th period of growth in a row for Britain’s grocers. Like-for-like grocery inflation remains at 3.2% but consumers could be […]

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Tough September Trading Hits British Restaurant, Pub and Bar Groups

    Tough September Trading Hits British Restaurant, Pub and Bar Groups

Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants saw like-for-like sales decline 0.9% in September as the public appeared to pull back on spending on eating and drinking out, latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker reveal. Restaurants in London were worst hit, suffering a 3.2% fall in collective like-for-like sales compared to September last year. […]

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Rising Drinking Culture Will Boost Chinese Spirits Through to 2021

    Rising Drinking Culture Will Boost Chinese Spirits Through to 2021

The rise of a drinking culture at Chinese social gatherings, along with increased disposable income among younger consumers, are set to drive the Chinese spirits market through a CAGR of 15% over 2016-21, says GlobalData, a recognized leader in business intelligence and analytics. According to its latest report, the market is expected to reach over $450 […]

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Tesco Sees Strongest Growth in Five Years in Ireland

    Tesco Sees Strongest Growth in Five Years in Ireland

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 10 September 2017, reveal that SuperValu has managed to retain its position as the largest supermarket in Ireland – growing sales by 0.9% year on year – despite another strong performance from Tesco. David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, […]

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Stalling Productivity Cost UK Food & Drink Industry £400 Million in 2016

    Stalling Productivity Cost UK Food & Drink Industry £400 Million in 2016

The UK food and drink industry has seen falling productivity as an era of cheap labour has reduced incentives to invest in efficiency-enhancing technologies, according to new research from OC&C Strategy Consultants. The drop in productivity cost food and drink producers an extra £400 million in labour costs in 2016, bringing the total labour cost […]

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Consumers Being Drawn Towards Moderate Beer Options

    Consumers Being Drawn Towards Moderate Beer Options

New research from Mintel reveals that over a quarter of consumers in France (28%) and Germany (27%) agree that low or no alcohol beer* tastes just as good as full-strength beer. And while younger consumers may have been the most enthusiastic drinkers in previous generations, this group are among the most likely to see the merits […]

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European Grocery Shoppers Become Digital Infoseekers as Cost of Shopping Continues to Rise

    European Grocery Shoppers Become Digital Infoseekers as Cost of Shopping Continues to Rise

According to a survey of European shoppers by IRI, the big data and technology expert for consumer industries, the increasing use of the Internet, particularly via smart phones, is helping shoppers to find information on promotions and offers that will help them reduce the cost of their grocery shop. The survey, which was conducted among shoppers […]

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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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