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1 in 5 Meals Eaten Out of Home as European Consumers Favour Service Over Home Cooking

    1 in 5 Meals Eaten Out of Home as European Consumers Favour Service Over Home Cooking

More flexible menus and an increase of meal occasions from breakfast and all day brunch through to dinner has led to a €4.1 billion increase in food service sales in 2017 to €335.9 billion according to a new report launched by IRI GIRA Foodservice. One in five meals (18% of all meals) are consumed outside the […]

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European Commission Launches Knowledge Centre to Boost Food Quality

    European Commission Launches Knowledge Centre to Boost Food Quality

Responding to consumer concerns about food quality and fraudulent practices concerning food, the European Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality, operated by the Joint Research Centre. The Knowledge Centre, a network made up of experts in and outside the Commission, will support EU policymakers and national authorities by providing access […]

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Dunnes Stores Comes Out on Top of a Growing Irish Grocery Market

    Dunnes Stores Comes Out on Top of a Growing Irish Grocery Market

The latest Irish grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 25 February 2018, show continued positive momentum among Irish supermarkets, with growth hitting 3.9%. David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Shoppers have spent an additional €96 million on groceries over the latest 12 weeks compared to last year […]

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Tesco and Morrisons Rise to Top the UK’s Big Four

    Tesco and Morrisons Rise to Top the UK’s Big Four

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 25 February 2018, show that grocery sales have increased in value by 3.2% compared to the same time last year. This marks the 12th consecutive period in a row that total market sales have exceeded 3%, and that each of the […]

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India Vies With China For Title of World’s Biggest Packaged Tea Market

    India Vies With China For Title of World’s Biggest Packaged Tea Market

While the story of tea begins in China, India took the top spot as the global leader in volume sales of packaged tea last year, with the two countries regularly vying for the number one position, according to the latest Mintel research. In 2017*, India consumed a total retail volume of 678,200 tonnes worth of packaged […]

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Nearly One in Three Consumers Willing to Eat Lab-grown Meat

    Nearly One in Three Consumers Willing to Eat Lab-grown Meat

Almost a third of consumers say they would be happy to eat so-called ‘cultured meat’ – with vegans the group most likely to do so, according to new research. Specialist PR agency Ingredient Communications commissioned Surveygoo to conduct an online survey of 1,000 consumers in the UK and USA.
Respondents were told that cultured meat was real […]

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The Best and Worst UK Supermarkets

    The Best and Worst UK Supermarkets

Aldi is the UK’s favourite supermarket for 2018, according to exclusive Which? research. The budget retailer has knocked Waitrose from the top spot, which it held for three years.
Sainsbury’s finished in last position, with the least-satisfied in-store customers overall. Asda, Morrisons and Tesco, the other three largest supermarkets, complete the bottom half of the rankings.
The […]

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Branded Sales Outpace Own Label For First Time Since 2014 as Irish Shoppers Show Their Loyal Side

    Branded Sales Outpace Own Label For First Time Since 2014 as Irish Shoppers Show Their Loyal Side

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 28 January 2018, show continued growth for Irish supermarkets with branded goods leading the way. David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “The recovery of branded sales began in late 2017 and has continued apace in the new year. Sales […]

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1 in 4 Consumers Prepare and Consume Breakfast in Less than 5 Minutes per Day

    1 in 4 Consumers Prepare and Consume Breakfast in Less than 5 Minutes per Day

DSM, the global health, nutrition and materials company, has published the first part of a new report in its Global Insight Series, focused on breakfast habits and behavior in Europe and the US. The report, drawn from a survey conducted in seven countries, shows that breakfast is a meal under pressure. Around a quarter of […]

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Health Hits the Aisles as UK Supermarket Sales Grow

    Health Hits the Aisles as UK Supermarket Sales Grow

Despite a seasonal dip in shopper spend post-Christmas, the latest grocery market share figures, for the 12 weeks to 28 January 2018, show that grocery sales increased in value by 3.4% compared with this time last year. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Following a record-breaking Christmas, January saw customers […]

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New Research Highlights Personalised Packaging Trends

    New Research Highlights Personalised Packaging Trends

New research suggests that demand for personalised packaging is becoming an industry norm and is increasingly being integrated into companies’ packaging strategies. 66% of packaging professionals who took part in the study stated that the personlisation of packaging is something they are currently implementing into their offering, or at least considering. In addition to this […]

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Nestlé and Nuritas to Work Together on Discovery of Food-Derived Bioactive Peptides Through Artificial Intelligence

    Nestlé and Nuritas to Work Together on Discovery of Food-Derived Bioactive Peptides Through Artificial Intelligence

Nestlé and Nuritas, the Irish biotechnology company, have entered into a collaboration aiming at discovering bioactive peptide networks within specific target areas of significant value. In order to achieve the common goal, Nuritas will deploy its award-winning and novel technology platform, which uses Artificial Intelligence and DNA analysis to predict, unlock, and validate highly efficacious […]

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Mondelez International Unveils State-of-the-Art Technical Centre in Singapore

    Mondelez International Unveils State-of-the-Art Technical Centre in Singapore

Mondelēz International has unveiled its newest global Technical Centre in Jurong, Singapore. This advanced facility focuses on innovation, developing new products and technologies for some of the company’s iconic brands like Clorets, Halls and The Natural Confectionery Company candy; Stride, Trident and Dentyne gum; Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate and Oreobiscuits.
The Singapore Technical Centre is part […]

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Irish Scientists Reveal How Food Affects Our Mood

    Irish Scientists Reveal How Food Affects Our Mood

A new book, ‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’, is having a major impact in the field of biomedicine. It reveals that our brain health and state of mind are intimately connected to our gut bacteria (microbiome). The discoveries could help change the way we treat conditions such as depression and anxiety.
More oily fish and fibre-rich vegetables could help improve […]

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UK Consumers are Confused About Food and Health

    UK Consumers are Confused About Food and Health

UK consumers think that information about diet and health is confusing, and they would rather believe the internet than a dietitian. In a survey of 2,000 consumers in the UK, US, Spain and Australia, conducted by New Nutrition Business, 79% said they find messages surrounding health, food and nutrition confusing.
Because of changing dietary advice, more and […]

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Irish Supermarkets Benefit From the Christmas Spirit

    Irish Supermarkets Benefit From the Christmas Spirit

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017, reveal that shoppers spent an extra €90 million on groceries over the festive period.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Over the Christmas period the average household spent a record €1,532 on groceries – an increase of […]

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‘Latte Levy’ – Coffee Drinkers Want to Go Green, But Price is a Barrier

    ‘Latte Levy’ – Coffee Drinkers Want to Go Green, But Price is a Barrier

As the UK Government aims to eliminate avoidable waste with the announcement of its 25-Year Environmental Plan, Mintel research reveals that Britain’s coffee shop drinkers are happy to do their bit for the environment, but not at any cost.

40% of out of home hot drinks consumers wouldn’t mind paying extra for drinks served in 100% […]

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US Beverage Alcohol Volumes Decline Again in 2017

    US Beverage Alcohol Volumes Decline Again in 2017

The IWSR, the leading provider of data and analysis on the global beverage alcohol market, has released initial 2017 category results for the US market as part of its US Beverage Alcohol Review (US BAR) database. After analyzing preliminary 2017 volume, the IWSR says total US beverage alcohol consumption declined for the second consecutive year […]

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UK Food and Grocery Convenience Market Will Grow by 22.0% by 2022

    UK Food and Grocery Convenience Market Will Grow by 22.0% by 2022

The UK food and grocery convenience market will grow 4.1% in 2018, outperforming the total UK food and grocery market by 0.9 percentage points (ppt), according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
The company’s latest report: ‘Convenience Retailing in the UK 2017’ states that the highest growth category in convenience retail* will be food, […]

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Bumper Christmas as UK Shoppers Spend £1 Billion More

    Bumper Christmas as UK Shoppers Spend £1 Billion More

The latest UK grocery market share figures, for the 12 weeks to 31 December 2017, show that the average household shrugged off economic worries to spend a record £1,054 on groceries over the three months including the Christmas period. Despite tightening household budgets, shoppers continued to trade up to more expensive options: a record £469 […]

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UK Grocery Sector Wasting £30 Million Annually on Failed Product Launches

    UK Grocery Sector Wasting £30 Million Annually on Failed Product Launches

FMCG suppliers need to work harder on the basics of demonstrating how new products will drive sales for retailers, online and in-store, after recent research suggested that the UK’s grocery retail sector wastes an estimated £30.4 million on failed product launches per year.
Category management and shopper marketing specialist Bridgethorne was commenting after research from E […]

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Salmonella Cases No Longer Falling in the EU

    Salmonella Cases No Longer Falling in the EU

The declining trend of salmonellosis cases in the EU has levelled off according to the annual report on zoonotic diseases published recently.
Cases of Salmonella Enteritidis acquired in the EU have increased in humans by 3% since 2014 says the report, which is compiled by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food […]

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Mintel Announces Five Global Packaging Trends For 2018

    Mintel Announces Five Global Packaging Trends For 2018

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has announced five trends set to impact the global packaging industry over the coming year.
In 2018:

Packaging will play a pivotal role in reducing global food and product waste.
Online brands will reinvigorate their packaging in order to enhance the e-commerce experience.
Brands who adopt clear and succinct package messaging will be […]

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British Shoppers Splash Out as Christmas Countdown Begins

    British Shoppers Splash Out as Christmas Countdown Begins

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 3 December 2017, show supermarket sales increased in value by 3.1% year on year.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “With Christmas just around the corner, prices are still rising. Like-for-like grocery inflation now stands at […]

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Quality and Digitisation Major Factors For Future Success

    Quality and Digitisation Major Factors For Future Success

Increased quality and a greater focus on digitisation in factories are two key trends identified in a recent global survey of 120 decision-makers in the international food and beverage industry.
The research, carried out by food and drink IT specialist CSB-System, revealed that respondents were optimistic about future prospects, expecting the economic situation for their businesses […]

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EU Beer Sector’s Renaissance Continues

    EU Beer Sector’s Renaissance Continues

With EU beer production rising above 40 billion litres for the first time since the economic crisis, The Brewers of Europe confirm that the growth trend continues for the EU beer sector at the 7th Beer Serves Europe event. A successful mix of world-leading multinationals, deeply-rooted regional breweries, and thriving SMEs, Europe’s breweries support the delivery […]

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Asia Continues to Dominate Growth in Global Grocery Retailing

    Asia Continues to Dominate Growth in Global Grocery Retailing

The global grocery retail market will add $2.7 trillion in sales to 2022, with growth in the next five years dominated by Asia, according to new forecasts released today by international grocery research organisation IGD. Asia’s grocery retail market will be significantly boosted by a rising population and increased shopper spend, with consumer spending in the region accounting […]

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Total Lifetime Cost of Childhood Overweight and Obesity in Ireland Estimated at €7.2 Billion

    Total Lifetime Cost of Childhood Overweight and Obesity in Ireland Estimated at €7.2 Billion

New safefood funded research into the cost of childhood overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland has estimated the total lifetime cost to be €7.2 billion (€4.6 billion in the Republic of Ireland; £2.1 billion in Northern Ireland). The study¹, led by University College Cork (UCC) and involving leading academic institutions and multidisciplinary research […]

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Premium Beer Consumption in Vietnam More Than Doubled Between 2011 and 2016

    Premium Beer Consumption in Vietnam More Than Doubled Between 2011 and 2016

A storm is brewing for discount brands selling lower-quality products as Vietnamese beer drinkers are increasingly picking up premium and superpremium products from shelves, with premium beer consumption rocketing to 10 million hectoliters in 2016, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
GlobalData’s latest report ‘Vietnam Beer and Cider Market Insights 2017’ states that the […]

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Chocolate Versus Cheese Choice Grates on British Consumers

    Chocolate Versus Cheese Choice Grates on British Consumers

New research from Mintel reveals that when asked if they had to “choose between never being able to eat cheese again or never being able to eat chocolate again”, 50% of British consumers say they would never eat chocolate, compared to 47% who would give up on cheese. Meanwhile, a contrarian 3% say they don’t like […]

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Dunnes Reclaims Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

    Dunnes Reclaims Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 5 November 2017, reveal that Dunnes Stores has returned to the top spot for the first time in nine months, capturing a 22.4% share of the market.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Dunnes Stores traditionally posts a strong performance towards […]

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GNT Group Supports Next Generation of Food Scientists

    GNT Group Supports Next Generation of Food Scientists

The GNT Young Scientist Award 2017 goes to Caroline Buvé of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. At the 31st EFFoST International Conference, which was held in Sitges, Spain, from 13th to 16th November, she stood out with her research on quantifying colour changes of pasteurized strawberry juices during storage by integrating analytical and acceptability data.
Second and third place went […]

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Irish Craft Beer Sustaining Growth

    Irish Craft Beer Sustaining Growth

A new Bord Bia report has revealed that Irish craft beer is performing well across all fronts, from the number of production facilities to production output, market share and exports. The number of craft breweries in Ireland has grown by more than 500% in the last 5 years, with 72 now in operation, up from […]

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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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