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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.

The Emerging Ageing Opportunity in Asia

19 July 2019

Between 2019 and 2050 the population over 60 in Asia is going to double to 1.5bn people. This stark reality creates challenges across a number of policy areas and opportunity in the emerging sector of adult nutrition. Adult nutrition is focussed on the prevention of some of the manifestations of aging including cognitive decline and sarcopenia.

The Continuing Food Delivery Revolution

19 July 2019

By the end of 2020, UK consumer spend on food delivery is forecast to increase by 22% with an annual market value of £5.8bn. The grab n’ go channel and the evolution of the food delivery market will be responsible for 85% of growth over the next 2 years (NPD Group). The growth is being driven by changing consumer behaviour and facilitated by the key aggregators, Deliveroo & Uber Eats & their partnerships.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 13th - 19th July

18 July 2019

Key events this week: In a last ditch attempt to stop no-deal before Parliament breaks for summer, the Northern Ireland Bill will go before the House of Commons on Thursday. MPs will have the chance to vote on legislation that could prevent the next Prime Minister being able to suspend government. The change to the bill would require progress reports on restoring devolved government in Northern Ireland to be debated regularly in Parliament, therefore preventing it being prorogued. The bill comes after Boris Johnson refused to rule out suspending Parliament in October, which would in effect prevent them from being able to stop a no deal Brexit.

Delivering Instore Experience For Today’s Consumer

18 July 2019

The world’s largest Starbucks Reserve Roastery opened at the end of February in Tokyo, Japan. It is the fifth roastery that Starbucks has opened globally, following Seattle; Shanghai; Milan and New York.

The War on Plastics

18 July 2019

It’s next to impossible to open a food and drink trade magazine, or indeed the national press, in the UK these days without coming across multiple articles detailing the race of retailers to become “plastic-free.” In June of this year, Waitrose announced the launch of a plastic packaging free trial at one of its stores in Oxford.

Beef Price Benchmark Highlights Market Difficulties

18 July 2019

Having passed mid-year, now is an opportune point to review the prices paid by Irish meat plants during the first half of 2019, against the cattle prices recorded across key markets. To-date during 2019, the Irish R3 steer price has fallen by an average of 6%, or 24 cent per kilogramme behind last year’s levels, with returns averaging €3.71/kg (excl. VAT). Other categories have recorded more dramatic declines, and returns for R3 young bulls and O3 cull cows have been 10% and 16% lower, respectively.

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Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 13th - 19th July

18 July 2019

Key events this week: In a last ditch attempt to stop no-deal before Parliament breaks for summer, the Northern Ireland Bill will go before the House of Commons on Thursday. MPs will have the chance to vote on legislation that could prevent the next Prime Minister being able to suspend government. The change to the bill would require progress reports on restoring devolved government in Northern Ireland to be debated regularly in Parliament, therefore preventing it being prorogued. The bill comes after Boris Johnson refused to rule out suspending Parliament in October, which would in effect prevent them from being able to stop a no deal Brexit.

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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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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

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.

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.

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”