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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.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 15th – 21st June 2019

21 June 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt will battle it out to become Britain’s next prime minister, after a series of votes this week eliminated the other contestants from the race. In final round of voting on Thursday evening, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson’s bitter rival, was knocked out of the contest after coming in third place by just two votes behind Hunt.

Nielsen on trends that will dominate in 2019 - Part 3 Origin & Provenance

21 June 2019

This FoodAlert (the 3rd in a series of 3) will look at the importance of trends, highlight Nielsen’s top trends that will dominate the Irish grocery market in 2019 (Part 3 focusing on Origin & Provenance) and conclude with key questions and implications for Irish suppliers. If you’re an Irish supplier who wants to better understand buying Irish as an important purchase driver this article has been written with you in mind…

Why it’s important to be future focused

21 June 2019

Often businesses spend too much of their time focused on past performance and assessing what has happened already. This means that in today’s dynamic landscape they can quickly get left behind. It’s therefore critical to be future focused.

Watch this (sustainable) space!

21 June 2019

What does a successful business look like in 2025? According to Bord Bia’s Consumer Lifestyle Trends (Bord Bia, 2019) it will be businesses that are not afraid of building local enterprise & brands, it’ll be businesses that nudge consumers towards more conscious consumption and finally, it will be enterprises that at all costs avoid waste.

Sweden – Not quite ready to be cashless!

21 June 2019

More and more cafes, restaurants and shops in Sweden are going cash free and big retailers following suit. Most people rarely carry cash, even children use card payments.

Dutch Retailers innovating cross category for Health and Wellness

21 June 2019

The two long-term trends most affecting the Dutch retail sector are the growing demand for convenience and rising health awareness . With one third of Dutch consumers not consuming any fruit or vegetables at least once a day, retailers are offering convenient solutions for consumers to easily boost their daily consumption.

Differentiating Dairy

14 June 2019

As can be seen in many of the recent FoodAlert articles, both Health & Wellbeing and convenience (seen through the Fuller Lives Consumer Lifestyle Trend) appear to be as dominant as ever and the dairy sector is reacting to this, as are other sectors within the food and drink industry.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 8th – 14th June 2019

14 June 2019

Boris Johnson came out the clear winner in the first round of voting in the Conservative leadership contest on Thursday, securing 114 votes. Jeremy Hunt trailed behind in second place with 43 votes, fewer than half the votes that Johnson had, and Michael Gove came in third place with 37 votes.

Rediscovering the Natural in the Alcoholic Beverage Industry

14 June 2019

It is no secret that consumers are beginning to take more control of their health and wellbeing. 72% of consumers say they are trying to lose or maintain their current weight while 42% of consumers globally say that they proactively seek products that can improve their health.

Fresh Potatoes and the Millennial Generation

14 June 2019

Recent market research was carried out by Bord Bia with the objective of understanding consumer’s behaviours and attitudes towards fresh potatoes, with a more in-depth understanding of millennial relationships across all carbohydrates and in particular potatoes.

Nielsen on trends that will dominate in 2019 – Part 2 Sustainability & Plastics

13 June 2019

This FoodAlert looks at the importance of trends, highlight Nielsen’s top trends that will dominate the Irish grocery market in 2019 and conclude with key questions and implications for Irish suppliers.

Working with the EU to highlight Irish Food

13 June 2019

Identifying and developing export markets for Irish beef, lamb and pork is vastly important to maintaining and growing the overall sector. Securing EU co-funding support to drive our export reach has played a vital role in the Irish meat industry.

Masterclass in Marketing from the Healy-Raes

13 June 2019

As I watched the Healy-Rae family on last week’s Late Late Show, as an observer of politics I took an interest but as a marketer I took some lessons - they think and behave like many successful brands:

Irish Meat Price Dynamics

7 June 2019

Beef There was a total kill of 34,849 head for week ending the 3rd June was an increase of 403 on the previous week. This figure was 2,863 head higher than the same week in 2018.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 1st – 7th June 2019

7 June 2019

The UK will have a new prime minister the week commencing Monday July 22, after Conservatives voted to tighten the rules for electing new leaders. There are currently eleven candidates in the race. the party decided to make it more difficult for MPs to stand.

Opportunities for Irish Dairy Ingredients in Japan

7 June 2019

The Japanese dairy ingredients market stood at 676,000 tonnes last year and is growing at a CARG of 1% since 2013. Japan is dependent upon imports for around 40% of its requirements. The market is highly regulated by the Government through state-trading, quotas and tariffs.

Nielsen on trends that will dominate in 2019 – Part 1 Health & Wellness

7 June 2019

This FoodAlert (the first in a series of 3) will look at the importance of trends, highlight Nielsen’s top trends that will dominate the Irish grocery market in 2019 (Part 1 - Health & Wellness) and conclude with key questions and implications for Irish suppliers.

The Rise of Private Brands

7 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...

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 25th – 31st May

31 May 2019

Nigel Farage’s Brexit party won 31.6% of the vote in the UK’s European Parliament election, which translates into a total of 29 seats.

The boom of low-calorie, low-sugar and low-alcohol drinks in Spain

31 May 2019

“I want to eat, drink and live to optimise my body’s systems, to feel better than well, today and tomorrow,” Consumers are changing and their health is more of a concern than ever. One of their major worries is sugar consumption.

Packaging now a key concern for GB shoppers

31 May 2019

Packaging has come under increased scrutiny in both retail and foodservice in recent months. IGD reports that packaging has now been highlighted as a key concern among shoppers in the UK.

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.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 18th – 24th May

24 May 2019

Theresa May has announced her resignation as Conservative leader. In a statement in Downing Street that would resign as Tory leader on Friday June 7, triggering a leadership contest the following week.

Salmon Market Insights

24 May 2019

Recent research conducted by Bord Bia in conjunction with Nielsen company (2018) shows that across the 3 markets of Italy, France and Great Britain respectively, retail sales figures stood at €346.1m up 3.9%

Food Alerts Newsletter

Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

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

03 May 2019

More Brexit Food Alerts

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.

More Brexit Food Alerts

British court rules that Brexit must face a parliamentary vote

04 November 2016

On the morning of 3rd November, the British High Court ruled that Theresa May cannot trigger Article 50, the legal route to Brexit, without parliament first having a vote.

More Brexit Food Alerts

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

12 April 2019

Brexit has been delayed until October 31 after a six-hour summit of EU leaders ending at 2am in Brussels on Wednesday night.

More Brexit Food Alerts

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

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 15th – 21st June 2019

21 June 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt will battle it out to become Britain’s next prime minister, after a series of votes this week eliminated the other contestants from the race. In final round of voting on Thursday evening, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson’s bitter rival, was knocked out of the contest after coming in third place by just two votes behind Hunt.

Sweden – Not quite ready to be cashless!

21 June 2019

More and more cafes, restaurants and shops in Sweden are going cash free and big retailers following suit. Most people rarely carry cash, even children use card payments.

Measures from France to reduce plastic waste

21 June 2019

Dutch Retailers innovating cross category for Health and Wellness

21 June 2019

The two long-term trends most affecting the Dutch retail sector are the growing demand for convenience and rising health awareness . With one third of Dutch consumers not consuming any fruit or vegetables at least once a day, retailers are offering convenient solutions for consumers to easily boost their daily consumption.

Consumer Insights

Nielsen on trends that will dominate in 2019 - Part 3 Origin & Provenance

This FoodAlert (the 3rd in a series of 3) will look at the importance of trends, highlight Nielsen’s top trends that will dominate the Irish grocery market in 2019 (Part 3 focusing on Origin & Provenance) and conclude with key questions and implications for Irish suppliers. If you’re an Irish supplier who wants to better understand buying Irish as an important purchase driver this article has been written with you in mind…

Watch this (sustainable) space!

What does a successful business look like in 2025? According to Bord Bia’s Consumer Lifestyle Trends (Bord Bia, 2019) it will be businesses that are not afraid of building local enterprise & brands, it’ll be businesses that nudge consumers towards more conscious consumption and finally, it will be enterprises that at all costs avoid waste.

Differentiating Dairy

As can be seen in many of the recent FoodAlert articles, both Health & Wellbeing and convenience (seen through the Fuller Lives Consumer Lifestyle Trend) appear to be as dominant as ever and the dairy sector is reacting to this, as are other sectors within the food and drink industry.

Rediscovering the Natural in the Alcoholic Beverage Industry

It is no secret that consumers are beginning to take more control of their health and wellbeing. 72% of consumers say they are trying to lose or maintain their current weight while 42% of consumers globally say that they proactively seek products that can improve their health.

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”