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The FoodAlert is a weekly newsletter that offers breaking news from our overseas offices and category specialists about developments in the food business that have implications for Irish suppliers.

Brexit Update 15th November

18 November 2019

EU commissioner Phil Hogan has said British consumers will expect the UK to sign up to the EU’s labour, environmental and food standards as part of a free trade agreement (FTA) for which he will be chief negotiator next year. Speaking to RTÉ, Mr Hogan stated that "The British public will demand and expect that their government will sign on to EU standards because we have the highest standards in the world."

Up to Speed – Understanding China’s New Values for New Opportunities

18 November 2019

China is dynamic, captivating, ever changing and a country totally at odds. Is it communist or capitalist? Modernist or traditionalist? A champion of globalisation or protectionist? Experience driven or materialist? The list goes on…

Fish – Latest Category under the Spotlight

18 November 2019

The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN), under the Ministry of Health, has issued a recommendation that the intake of fish with a high content of mercury (like swordfish, Northern Bluefin tuna, seal shark, shortfin mako, spiny dogfish, lesser spotted dogfish, blue dogfish and pike, among others) be limited to 3 or 4 servings per week.

Irish consumers to spend €8.55 billion on out of home food and beverage in 2019

18 November 2019

On Wednesday, 13th November, Bord Bia welcomed 350 delegates to their annual foodservice seminar. Findings from the 2019 Irish Foodservice Insights Report were presented at the event confirming that Irish consumers will spend €8.55 billion on out of home food & beverage in 2019, up 4.5% on last year.

The French whisky market in decline while growth in the gin market speeds up

18 November 2019

The French whisky market, which is one of the largest in the world in terms of consumption, with total off-trade sales of over 110 million litres , is starting to show signs of slow down with a decrease of 4% in volume and 1.5% in value in the June 2018 to June 2019 period, according to Nielsen.

Celery Juice, Mindful Consumers & Drinking Cans – Waitrose 2019 Food Report

11 November 2019

Celery Juice, mindful consumers and drinking beer from cans were all on trend in the UK in 2019 as shoppers looked to simplify their lives, according to the Waitrose 2019-2020 Food & Drink Report. Nearly one in 10 shoppers say they now take refillable containers to the supermarket for loose produce or deli items, in what is described as the rise of the “mindful consumer.”

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Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

Brexit Update 15th November

18 November 2019

EU commissioner Phil Hogan has said British consumers will expect the UK to sign up to the EU’s labour, environmental and food standards as part of a free trade agreement (FTA) for which he will be chief negotiator next year. Speaking to RTÉ, Mr Hogan stated that "The British public will demand and expect that their government will sign on to EU standards because we have the highest standards in the world."

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Bord Bia Brexit Update: 25th October 2019 – 1st November 2019

01 November 2019

The EU27 have formally accepted a UK extension meaning the UK did not leave on the 31st of October. The new extension will now end on the 31st of January 2020. There will now be a General Election taking place on the 12th of December.

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Bord Bia Brexit Update: 19th Oct - 25th Oct 2019

25 October 2019

Following on from the request by Boris Johnson’s government to extend the Brexit deadline, the EU27 are yet to deliver a response on how much time they are willing to give the UK, if they will provide any time at all. It is likely that one of three scenarios will take place:

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Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 12th October – 18th October 2019

18 October 2019

UK and EU Reach Agreement on Brexit Deal British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker both announced Thursday morning that agreement had been reached between the UK and EU on a new withdrawal deal.

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Product Innovation

German based Hellofresh continues to grow

02 February 2018

Hellofresh, a meal-kit delivery company which was established in Berlin in 2011 has experienced year-on-year growth since then. Hellofresh now has approximately 1.5m customers globally with 2,000 employees worldwide.

Death of hypermarkets? How did Carrefour Poland achieve over 5% growth in a declining market?

06 April 2018

Poland is still very fragmented, and one of the most competitive retail markets in Europe. Euromonitor reports that the grocery retail market grows at 4.2% (2017).

Building Enduring Brands

24 May 2019

The second Brand Forum meeting of 2019 took place in the now familiar RDS Minerva Suite and featured speakers who at first glance appeared to have little in common; Tom Stancliffe and Guy Hacking; two of the co-founders of Tribe a young digitally inspired food start up making a range of performance nutrition products from London and Kelly Rafferty Vice President for Global Marketing Capability from Kellogg’s, the venerable one hundred and thirteen year old food behemoth from Battle Creek Michigan.

Augmented Reality – The future is now

26 April 2019

Augmented Reality is no longer a concept of the future, it is now part of the day to day. Social media platforms and mobile gaming applications, such as Snapchat and Pokémon Go, have made AR more accessible than ever before.

Market Watch

Ten characteristics of a good food market

09 May 2014

In the development of Bord Bia’s recently published ‘Guide to Food Markets in Ireland’, research was undertaken with stall holders and market managers and organizers in Ireland as well as identifying international best practice to define what factors are critical and common to successful food markets.

Lactose-Free Continues to Grow in Spain

22 June 2018

The market for lactose-free products in many countries across Europe remains highly under-represented and for many lactose-intolerant consumers, products catering to their dietary needs can still be difficult to come across. The Spanish market however is one of the exceptions to this trend as growth in recent years has outperformed all but one other European country.

Spain – Highest Seafood Consumption in the EU

05 May 2017

According to a Eurobarometer data report on "Habits of consumption of fish and aquaculture products" by Kantar TNS for the European Commission, 3 out of 4 Spaniards aged 15 and over consume fish or fish products at least once a week at home.

The Spanish Livestock Trade

23 November 2017

Spain, with a total bovine herd of 6.18m heads, (of which 1.9m are suckler cows and 0.84m are dairy cows), and a production of 640,000tn of beef, is a relevant cattle importer (nearly 584,000 heads in 2016) both for its beef industry but more recently it has also started playing an important role as a livestock exporter to third countries.

Consumer Insights

Alcohol Trends 2018

A snapshot of some of the latest alcohol trends highlighted at the recent Imbibe Live event in London (Stylus, 2018).

Irish Coffee Culture Continues to Grow

Coffee has been a growing phenomenon among Irish consumers in recent years with 75% of Irish consumers stating they drink coffee, and seven in ten drinking more than one cup a day.

Consumer Lifestyle Trends: Busy Lives

Coffee has been a growing phenomenon among Irish consumers in recent years with 75% of Irish consumers stating they drink coffee, and seven in ten drinking more than one cup a day.

Snackification and healthy snacking trends gather momentum

Global trends in food and drink indicate that today’s consumers are becoming more conscious about making healthy food choices with four in ten US and UK consumers increasing their consumption of healthy foods.

Retail and Food Services Development

The Rise of Private Brands

07 June 2019

Traditionally, private labels have been used to give retailers, such as Aldi, Amazon, and Tesco, increased control over product marketing, distribution, and sales. Now these organizations are converting these labels into premium brands...

Food to Go is Going in the Right Direction

24 May 2019

In Ireland, the F2G channel is set to grow at 5.2% CAGR over the next three years, over and above the healthy compound growth forecast for the wider foodservice market of 4.4%.

Blurring Food Channels - What’s Not On The Menu?

23 November 2018

Experience driven consumers are driving the changing face of foodservice. In Bord Bia’s new foodservice report, entertainment is increasingly valued by consumers and willingness to pay premium prices for something “unique and different” is in no short supply.

Retail Gardening: Swedish retailers are starting to grow herbs under their stores

06 December 2018

As Ron Finley once said in his Ted Talk on Gorilla Gardening - “To Grow your own food is like printing your own money”