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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.

ASF Altering The World Meat Dynamic

17 July 2019

Global meat supplies are being shaped by the fallout of the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks which has predominantly affected China since the summer of 2018. Over recent months the disease has spread into other key areas of Asia while Western Europe has stepped up efforts to withstand the threat from Eastern Europe where the disease is prevalent.

Consumers Buy from Companies That Show They Care

17 July 2019

Research shows that Irish consumers prefer to buy from companies that demonstrate behaviours which reflect their own values and beliefs. 59% of Irish consumers want companies to take a stand on environmental, social, cultural and political issues according to the Accenture strategy report ‘From me to we: The rise of the purpose-led brand’.

China: New Retail, New Leaders

17 July 2019

It seems that every year in China, a sector gets disrupted by tech companies. Ride sharing, meal delivery, mobile payments—to name three—all emerged to completely transform their segments. It’s time to add grocery retail to that list.

Ethics & Efficiency – updates from the Dutch retail channel July 2019

12 July 2019

Irish F&B exporters to the Dutch market will be interested to read of two recent developments in the local retail channel

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 6th – 12th July 2019

12 July 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt went head-to-head this week in the first televised debate of the Conservative leadership contest. The debate was a heated and bitter affair, with both sides attacking the other. Hunt accused Johnson of "peddling optimism" and of putting his own personal aims above those of the country. Johnson on the other hand, called Hunt “defeatist” and hinted that the country had had enough of a “managerial style” and called his rival a “stickler for detail”. The two contestants clashed on a number of issues, Britain’s departure from the EU being the most contentious. The debate came after ballot papers had already been distributed to Tory party members.

Food Waste – A Swedish Solution

12 July 2019

One-third of all food produced in the world – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – is lost or wasted every year. Globally, if food waste could be represented as its own country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter.

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Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 6th – 12th July 2019

12 July 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt went head-to-head this week in the first televised debate of the Conservative leadership contest. The debate was a heated and bitter affair, with both sides attacking the other. Hunt accused Johnson of "peddling optimism" and of putting his own personal aims above those of the country. Johnson on the other hand, called Hunt “defeatist” and hinted that the country had had enough of a “managerial style” and called his rival a “stickler for detail”. The two contestants clashed on a number of issues, Britain’s departure from the EU being the most contentious. The debate came after ballot papers had already been distributed to Tory party members.

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Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 29th June – 5th July 2019

05 July 2019

Key events this week: The UK economy suffered its first quarterly contraction in seven years. Growth in the UK’s dominant services sector came to a near standstill in June, confirming a gloomy outlook for a month. The figures indicate that the British economy contracted by about 0.1% in the three months to June, according to IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (Cips). The last time GDP shrank for one quarter was in the final three months of 2012. Two consecutive negative quarters constitute a recession.

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Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 27th April – 3rd May

03 May 2019

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Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 20th – 25th April

26 April 2019

The 1922 executive committee of Conservative backbenchers MPs narrowly rejected calls to allow a vote of confidence in Theresa May’s leadership of the Tory Party with the next two months.

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Product Innovation

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.

Producer Organisations in fruit and vegetable sector – roles and benefits

31 October 2014

A recent conference organised by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on producer organisations (POs) for the fruit and vegetable sector provided an overview of the regulation which governs this activity, including details of the requirements to establish POs, recent developments at EU level and how the regulation is implemented in Ireland, including its role and benefits.

Design Thinking and Driving Change in Business

01 July 2016

Design Thinking as a way of working involves a more democratic collaborative and inclusive approach to problem solving and building an innovation pipeline.

Market Watch

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.

The Whiskey Market in Mexico

13 April 2018

Mexico is a fascinating country with many contrasting characteristics. It is home to some 123m inhabitants with a young, urban population with 78% of people living in cities. There are large gaps between social classes with 10% of the population pertaining to the wealthier upper class and 52% of people living below the poverty line.

Non-Alcoholic beer segment shows promise amongst younger French consumers

19 January 2018

France, a country so synonymous with its wine drinking culture, has finally started to develop a sophisticated palate for artisanal and innovative beers. The rapid rise in the number of specialist beer cavistes (shops) in France is testament to the fact that premium beer is here to stay.

Consumer Insights

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.

German consumers are educated, discerning and future focused

In a highly consolidated retail market with market saturation and price sensitivity, German consumers are looking to sustainable food products more and more. Germany is the largest food and beverage retail market in Europe with 82 million consumers spending EUR 191 billion in 2015. A growing trend amongst German consumers is to buy less, and less often. In doing this, consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of the foods they do buy, with a growing focus on organic, fair trade, and health and wellness.

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”