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Irish Consumers Favour Irish Brands

Irish Consumers Favour Irish Brands
May 25
10:44 2017

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 – Avonmore, Brennans, Jacob’s, Heinz, Coca Cola and Tayto – have seen the frequency at which their goods are bought increase by an average of 6.6%.  However, across eight of the top ten names the percentage of the population buying the brand has gone down, and overall branded sales have decreased by 0.2% in comparison to private label growth.

David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel.

David Berry, director of Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, says: “Brands across all sectors are finding the Irish retail landscape more challenging.  Traditional retailers have responded to a more competitive marketplace by expanding and improving their own-label lines – and brands and manufacturers are feeling the impact.  While own label is growing by almost 6.2%, the proportion of the population buying the top 10 branded products is down by an average 2.8%. Consumer behaviour is changing at a rapid pace.  To keep up, brands and manufacturers will need to recognise consumer needs which aren’t being met or demographic group which are under-performing and come up with innovative new products and experiences that can successfully tap into these markets.”

Native Successes

Avonmore leads the Irish ranking for the fifth consecutive year thanks to 73.4% of the population picking it from supermarket shelves an average of 28.8 times a year.  Brennans and Denny remain in second and third place respectively while Jacob’s has climbed one place to fourth as consumers buy its products 3.4% more often than the year before.

The biggest success story of this year’s ranking is everyday fish specialist John West, which has risen 16 places to 37th in the overall Irish ranking by achieving the highest penetration increase among any brand in the top 50.  This has been driven by a strong consumer response to new product innovation such as its John West Steam Pots range, which meet the growing trend for convenient food options among consumers.

The top 10 Irish FMCG brands revealed by the Brand Footprint study are:

Rank Brand Penetration, % Frequency, % Consumer reach points, m Consumer reach points y-o-y growth, %
1 Avonmore 73.4 28.8 36 3
2 Brennans 75.6 27.5 35 15
3 Denny 70.8 16.3 20 -7
4 Jacob’s 82.7 12.9 18 2
5 Knorr 81.8 12.9 18 -4
6 Muller 62.1 14.8 16 -10
7 Heinz 82.6 10.5 15 1
8 Coca-Cola 64.5 13.4 15 7
9 Tayto 72.7 10.9 13 11
10 Birds Eye 66.2 11.6 13 -11

 

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