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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.

Spain says No to Plastico!

16 August 2019

The War on Plastics is a global issue constantly present in the media and in our daily lives as consumers. A hot topic that was highlighted recently in a food alert by my colleagues in the German Market and that is gaining traction in the Spanish market also.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 10th – 16th August 2019

16 August 2019

Ministers to spend £300m to bring in emergency food and medicine supplies after no-deal. Ministers are preparing to spend £300m to bring in emergency food and medicine supplies after a no-deal Brexit – including through airlifts. Some of the supplies will be flown in on trucks loaded onto cargo planes, in addition to the use of trains and ships, new transport secretary Grant Shapps said. As well as routes from the EU, new contracts are also being sought for the delivery of supplies “between Great Britain and Northern Ireland”.

In the Spirit of Innovation

16 August 2019

The global market for Irish drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, continued to enjoy robust export growth in 2018 with the value of Irish beverage exports in 2018 reaching €1.5bn (Bord Bia, 2019). The outlook for 2019 and beyond remains positive, driven by the popularity of premium Irish alcoholic brands and the growth of Irish Whiskey in key international market. But what are the trends that might support this growth for Irish drinks companies?

China - A formidable force in the global sheep meat trade

16 August 2019

The explosive growth of China’s middle class has brought about sweeping economic and social changes and this in turn has fuelled an engine of consumer spending and demand for a protein rich diet of red meats. China has developed an insatiable appetite for sheep meat and is the now the largest producer, consumer and importer of sheep meat globally.

On the wings of a Dove: How can Irish food learn from one of the world’s biggest non-food brands

16 August 2019

When it comes to marketing sometimes the best ideas come from outside of your category. As busy food and drink marketeers, all of us can be guilty of being 'too close' to things; too close to your own business, too preoccupied with your competitors, too focused on the short-term; next week's sales, this year's profits. Sometimes, the secret to transformative growth comes from an unlikely source. Sometimes you have to force yourself to look outside your category.

The Sweet Spot: Consumer Trend Led Innovation in the UK Market

9 August 2019

Mintel’s Chris Brockman recently highlighted 9 Innovative UK Food and Drink Products Launched in the UK in 2019 and how “innovation continues to be driven by unexpected crossovers and dietary requirements, delivering a sense of ‘familiar novelty’ that is both reassuring and exciting”. (Brockman, 2019). This FoodAlert will briefly look at the importance of trends, 9 innovative new products and the Bord Bia Consumer Lifestyle Trends they align to and finally set out the implications for Irish suppliers.

Food Alerts Newsletter

Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 27th July – 2nd August 2019

01 August 2019

UK chancellor Sajid Javid announced on Thursday up to £2.1bn in extra funding to prepare Britain for a no-deal exit on October 31. The funding will be allocated to various different no deal preparations, such as new border and customs operations.

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Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 20th - 26th July

26 July 2019

Boris Johnson becomes PM Former London mayor and foreign secretary Boris Johnson is the new leader of the UK Conservative Party and on Wednesday 24th July 2019 became Britain’s 77th prime minister. Theresa May took part in her final Prime Minister's Questions and officially resigned from office. Once in office, the new prime minister wasted no time in making over the Cabinet and bringing in Brexiteers to the top jobs.

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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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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”