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Irish Grocery Market Hits Festive Record as Retailers Cash in on Christmas

    Irish Grocery Market Hits Festive Record as  Retailers Cash in on Christmas

The Irish grocery market grew by an impressive 3.0% over the 12 weeks to 30 December, ensuring a record festive period for retailers. The latest Kantar Worldpanel data shows value sales reached €995 million in the month of December – the highest monthly total ever recorded in the Irish grocery market. This was driven by […]

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UK Grocers Buck High Street With Record Christmas Spend

    UK Grocers Buck High Street With Record Christmas Spend

Amid negative headlines for the high street, supermarkets have painted a brighter picture, posting record sales of £29.3 billion over the Christmas trading period. Though lower inflation took its toll on sales, the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 30 December 2018, show consumers still spent an extra £450 […]

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AB InBev and Tilray Announce Research Partnership Focused on Non-Alcohol THC and CBD Beverages

    AB InBev and Tilray Announce Research Partnership Focused on Non-Alcohol THC and CBD Beverages

AB InBev, the world’s leading brewer, and Tilray, a global pioneer in cannabis production and distribution, have announced a partnership to research non-alcohol beverages containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The partnership is limited to Canada and decisions regarding the commercialization of the beverages will be made in the future.
The research partnership combines AB InBev’s […]

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Global Grocery Markets to Create $1.9 Trillion Opportunity By 2013

    Global Grocery Markets to Create $1.9 Trillion Opportunity By 2013

The leading 20 global grocery markets are set to generate an additional US$1.9 trillion in sales, growing by 28% between 2018 and 2023, new forecasts from global research organisation IGD predict. IGD’s forecast anticipates:

Europe will be the second most important region in terms of additional sales between 2018 and 2023. It is forecast to generate US$322.0bn […]

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35% of Food and Drink Businesses Impacted by Plant-Based Trend

    35% of Food and Drink Businesses Impacted by Plant-Based Trend

Plant-based food and veganism, the free-from movement and booze-free beverages have been identified as the top three trends which impacted food & drink businesses in 2018[1], according to new research by The International Food & Drink Event (IFE). The research, which surveyed members of the UK’s leading and largest food & drink event network, also […]

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Mothers Have High Awareness of Formula Ingredients From Whey

    Mothers Have High Awareness of Formula Ingredients From Whey

Mothers have high awareness of infant formula ingredients from whey, research has shown. Arla Foods Ingredients commissioned YouGov to survey 5,658 mothers in seven different countries. When asked whether they knew about specific formula ingredients, lactose topped the list – recognised by 66% of mothers – followed by probiotics (63%).
Ingredients from whey were also widely […]

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Irish Retailers Relish Run Up to Christmas as Dunnes Takes Top Spot

    Irish Retailers Relish Run Up to Christmas as Dunnes Takes Top Spot

Dunnes Stores has claimed pole position as Ireland’s leading retailer for the third consecutive period, boasting a market share of 22.4% in the 12 weeks to 2 December 2018.  The latest grocery market figures from Kantar Worldpanel show the retailer registered sales growth of 3.4% on last year.
Dunnes held on to top spot despite stiff competition from […]

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UK Restaurant Numbers Fall 2% in a Year

    UK Restaurant Numbers Fall 2% in a Year

The number of restaurants in Britain slipped by 2.0% over the year to September 2018, the new edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals – equivalent to more than 10 closures a week. The exclusive research shows that Britain had a total of 26,892 restaurants at September. The net fall of 539 […]

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UK Grocery Market Growth Cools as Christmas Nears

    UK Grocery Market Growth Cools as Christmas Nears

Despite retailers and shoppers getting into the festive spirit, the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 2 December 2018, show the sector is now growing at 2.0% – its slowest rate since March 2017.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Consumers are benefiting […]

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Cleveland Clinic Studies Reveal Role of Red Meat in Gut Bacteria, Heart Disease Development

    Cleveland Clinic Studies Reveal Role of Red Meat in Gut Bacteria, Heart Disease Development

In concurrent studies, Cleveland Clinic researchers have uncovered new mechanisms that demonstrate why and how regularly eating red meat can increase the risk of heart disease, and the role gut bacteria play in that process. The research, led by Stanley Hazen, M.D., Ph.D., builds upon previous work showing TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) – a gut bacteria […]

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Irish Grass-fed Beef – Opportunities For Healthier Diets

    Irish Grass-fed Beef – Opportunities For Healthier Diets

Ireland’s climate means that the country is good at growing grass. It is well known that producing beef from grass results in lower costs than feeding animals on concentrates. But what about the consumer? Is grass-fed beef better than other types of beef for consumers?
This was the focus of a Department of Agriculture, Food and […]

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Mondelēz International Expands its Global Technical Center in Poland

    Mondelēz International Expands its Global Technical Center in Poland

Mondelēz International has announced a new investment in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland. Only 1.5 years after the center opening, the company invested a further $5 million, in addition to the initial $17 million investment, to expand the research and development activities beyond Chocolate and Bakery and serve Gum and Candy innovation. This state-of-the-art facility will now serve […]

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UK Shoppers Set to Spend £21.6 Billion on Food and Groceries This Christmas

    UK Shoppers Set to Spend £21.6 Billion on Food and Groceries This Christmas

The UK grocery market is set to experience 2.4% growth this Christmas, with shoppers predicted to spend £21.6 billion over the festive period, according to the latest forecast from research organisation IGD. With nearly half (48%) of shoppers agreeing that food and drink is the most important part of Christmas Day, grocery has a key role to […]

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Quality is King in China’s Infant Formula Market

    Quality is King in China’s Infant Formula Market

Chinese parents care much more about the quality and nutritional value of infant formula than its price, new research by Advanced Lipids has shown. China accounts for almost half of all infant formula sales globally.
To gain new market insights, Advanced Lipids, manufacturer of the fat ingredient INFAT®, surveyed 211 urban Chinese parents. All fed their children […]

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Global Premium Water Growing 8% a Year

    Global Premium Water Growing 8% a Year

Global sales of premium bottled water reached US$16.5 billion at consumer prices in 2017, 48% more than five years ago, according to a new report from Zenith Global, the global food and drink experts. Consumption volume also rose strongly by 26% over the five years to 11.2 billion litres.
“This 8.1% annual value growth, compared with […]

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Exports Boost Europe’s Beer Production to Eight-year High

    Exports Boost Europe’s Beer Production to Eight-year High

Europe’s beer production rose to an eight-year high in 2017 bolstered by record exports, a rise in micro-breweries and increased low-alcohol products. According to The Brewers of Europe’s latest report on Europe’s beer sector, production increased by 2 million HL 39.6 billion litres, exports reached an all-time high, with one in five beers shipped abroad and […]

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Launch of the Inaugural Irish Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019

    Launch of the Inaugural Irish Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019

Manufacturing excellence, teamwork and professionalism are set to be celebrated and acknowledged at the upcoming IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019. The event, which was officially launched in Dublin recently, will showcase exceptional achievement, teamwork and innovation in Irish manufacturing industry. Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) is an independent not-for-profit Research Organisation, funded under the Enterprise […]

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Irish Grocery Shoppers Cross the Border to Spend €65 Million

    Irish Grocery Shoppers Cross the Border to Spend €65 Million

As Brexit continues to dominate the headlines, debate rages on about the implications of a hard border in Ireland. The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel show the value of cross-border trade is at its highest level for five years.  Over the 12 months to 4 November 2018, shoppers from the Republic of […]

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UK Discounters Off to a Strong Start in Race For Christmas

    UK Discounters Off to a Strong Start in Race For Christmas

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 4 November 2018, show shoppers have made an additional 14 million trips to Aldi and Lidl compared with last year.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Five years ago, just under half of British households were […]

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The Hunt For Flavour-giving Fragments

    The Hunt For Flavour-giving Fragments

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology, and the University of Hohenheim have developed a new methodical approach. It allows for the faster identification of flavour-giving protein fragments in foods such as cheese or yogurt, thus optimizing production processes.
The taste of fermented foods such as cheese, yogurt, beer, […]

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Discovery, Plant-Based and Alternatives Lead the Top Ten Trends For 2019

    Discovery, Plant-Based and Alternatives Lead the Top Ten Trends For 2019

Targeting increasingly adventurous consumers, set on new discoveries and experiences, will be key to developments in the food and beverage industry in 2019. The connected world has led consumers of all ages to become more knowledgeable of other cultures, contributing to 35 percent growth of “discovery” claims, when comparing 2017 and 2016 new product launch […]

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Leading Global Online Grocery Markets to Create a $227 Billion Growth Opportunity by 2023

    Leading Global Online Grocery Markets to Create a $227 Billion Growth Opportunity by 2023

Ten leading global online grocery markets are predicted to experience combined growth of $227 billion, at an annual rate of 20%, by 2023, according to new figures unveiled by IGD. As the global leader in grocery eCommerce, China will grow at a 31% CAGR over the next five years, taking market share from 3.8% to 11.2%. […]

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More than Half of All UK Meat-free New Product Launches Carry a Vegan/no Animal Ingredients Claim

    More than Half of All UK Meat-free New Product Launches Carry a Vegan/no Animal Ingredients Claim

Latest research from Mintel reveals a surge in vegan claims in the UK meat-free foods market. According to Mintel research, the share of meat-free new products carrying a vegan/no animal ingredients claim nearly doubled between 2014-17.
This growing profile of vegan foods is reflected by the fact that in 2017, more than half (52%) of new […]

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Mondelēz International Unveils New Global Technical Centre in India

    Mondelēz International Unveils New Global Technical Centre in India

Mondelēz International has inaugurated its newest global Technical Centre in India located in Thane, Maharashtra. The India Technical Centre has been set up with an investment of $15 million and will support new products and technologies for the company’s global brands in Chocolate and Beverages. The Technical Centre will also focus on improving consumer science, […]

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Sugar Reduction and Clean Labeling Significant But Not Predominant in Sugar Confectionery Choices

    Sugar Reduction and Clean Labeling Significant But Not Predominant in Sugar Confectionery Choices

Across the ten highest consuming nations for both sugar confectionery and gum, consumption is increasing, with CAGRs ranging from 0.5 percent to 3.0 percent over the 2010-2022 forecasted period. Global sales were worth US$85.8 billion in 2017 and expected to reach around US$100 billion by 2022 (Innova Market Insights, 2018).
“While concerns about the unhealthiness of […]

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Bottled Water to Overtake All Other Soft Drinks Worldwide

    Bottled Water to Overtake All Other Soft Drinks Worldwide

“Bottled water consumption is set to overtake all other soft drinks worldwide this year,” according to Richard Hall, Chairman of Zenith Global, the global food and drink experts, when speaking at the recent 15th Global Bottled Water Congress in Evian. “This is all the more remarkable because other soft drinks include carbonates, juices, energy, sports, […]

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Dunnes Takes Top Spot in Irish Grocery While Aldi Hits Record Share

    Dunnes Takes Top Spot in Irish Grocery While Aldi Hits Record Share

Dunnes Stores has claimed the top spot in the Irish grocery market for the first time since February this year, according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 7 October 2018. Dunnes posted strong sales growth of 3.4% over the latest period, propelling the retailer to an overall […]

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Synergy Flavours Uncovers Flavours of the Future in Sports Nutrition

    Synergy Flavours Uncovers Flavours of the Future in Sports Nutrition

Synergy Flavours, a leading global flavour expert, has revealed the findings of its recent research project that has highlighted new and inspirational flavours for the sports nutrition market. The company’s ‘Flavours of the Future’ research has revealed a hotlist of emerging, growing, mainstream and established flavour trends that look set to excite the sports nutrition […]

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Patent War Looms as Cannabis Legalisation Spreads

    Patent War Looms as Cannabis Legalisation Spreads

The recent legalisation of recreational marijuana use in Canada indicates a broader trend of a move towards legalisation, opening up a brand new multi-billion dollar market. Currently, 22 states in the USA have legalised marijuana for medicinal use, with nine states and the District of Columbia having legalised marijuana for both recreational and medicinal use. […]

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Over 90% of Sampled Salt Brands Globally Found to Contain Microplastics

    Over 90% of Sampled Salt Brands Globally Found to Contain Microplastics

Over 90% of sampled salt brands globally were found to contain microplastics, with the highest number coming from salt sourced in Asia, according to a new study co-designed by Kim, Seung-Kyu, Professor at Incheon National University and Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org) East Asia.[1]
The study, which has been published in Environmental Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, […]

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€40 Million VistaMilk SFI Research Centre Launched in Ireland

    €40 Million VistaMilk SFI Research Centre Launched in Ireland

The Irish Government has launched the new VistaMilk SFI Research Centre which is jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The VistaMilk Centre will be hosted by Teagasc Moorepark, in partnership with a number of research performing organisations. Multinational and SME companies in the food and ICT […]

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Autumn Chill Puts Sunday Lunch Back on the Menu For UK Shoppers

    Autumn Chill Puts Sunday Lunch Back on the Menu For UK Shoppers

UK shoppers have returned to seasonal favourites as supermarket spending cools off, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 7 October 2018. Overall sales grew 3.2% compared to the same 12 weeks last year. Though this is a slight slowdown from the highs reached during 2018’s hot summer, sales […]

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New Clean Label Research Shows the Power of Clean Ingredient Lists

    New Clean Label Research Shows the Power of Clean Ingredient Lists

New research, commissioned by functional ingredients manufacturer BENEO, shows that consumers pay more attention to what is inside the products they are buying, than to either the product’s description, or the brand name itself. This highlights the drive by consumers to make healthier choices and shows the continued importance of manufacturers offering cleaner label, product […]

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Software Expert Leading Health Matters Research in UK Food Manufacturing

    Software Expert Leading Health Matters Research in UK Food Manufacturing

Research by a leading software company has been shared with UK food manufacturers in a bid to improve the UK’s health by reducing the amount of antibiotics used on livestock. Trade Interchange, a leading supplier management solutions provider that specialises in the industry, collated the findings into the white paper ‘Anticipating Change: Antibiotics in the Food […]

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UK Shoppers Spend Extra Half a Billion Enjoying the Summer

    UK Shoppers Spend Extra Half a Billion Enjoying the Summer

Widely touted as the hottest summer on record, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks to 9 September, show it has been an indulgent one for UK consumers. Spanning the World Cup kick off in June through to the August bank holiday and beyond, the figures show consumers spent £228 million more […]

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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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