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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.

Snack attack - France

13 September 2019

In 2019 in France everyday 8 out of 10 people will snack totals to 26 million people (Neo restauration 2019).This being said French consumers are more likely to say they snack on products every couple of weeks and not daily.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 7th September – 13th September 2019

13 September 2019

The event in Dublin Castle on September 10th was helpful for companies in the run up to Brexit, there was over 300 in attendance and all were highly engaged. Overall it was an effective way of delivering key messages about what businesses should be doing to ensure trade moves as efficiently as possible, with Minister Creed and Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy both speaking on Brexit and how people should be prepared.

Flexitarians Delight? Blended Beef

13 September 2019

It is no great revelation that consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious and are wanting to increase their sustainability efforts. Consumers view food consumption as a means of achieving said efforts. This responsible living consumer lifestyle trend will only grow into the future. 2.8% of the total adult Swedish population consider themselves vegans,

Understanding the Premium Chocolate Shopper

13 September 2019

A recent shopper insight study was carried out by Bord Bia, with the objective of understanding IRL & UK shopper behaviour and attitudes towards Premium chocolate. We spoke to a nationally representative sample of premium chocolate buyers across the two markets using an online survey.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 31st August – 6th September 2019

6 September 2019

Boris Johnson defeated in Brexit and election votes. Following his governments loss of a majority earlier this week, the PM suffered a further humbling double defeat as MPs backed legislation to stop Britain leaving the EU without a deal. They then effectively blocked the prime ministers attempt to call an early election, to regain the initiative on Brexit, as he was unable to reach the two-thirds majority required.

The Halo (Top) Effect: Tapping in to Consumer Trends leads to Celestial Growth

6 September 2019

With many established categories seemingly sewn-up by a number of key global giants, it can be daunting for a new entrant to enter the fray. But despite the challenges, some brands are successful; few have caught established players off-guard better than Halo Top in the US ice-cream category.

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Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 7th September – 13th September 2019

13 September 2019

The event in Dublin Castle on September 10th was helpful for companies in the run up to Brexit, there was over 300 in attendance and all were highly engaged. Overall it was an effective way of delivering key messages about what businesses should be doing to ensure trade moves as efficiently as possible, with Minister Creed and Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy both speaking on Brexit and how people should be prepared.

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Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 31st August – 6th September 2019

06 September 2019

Boris Johnson defeated in Brexit and election votes. Following his governments loss of a majority earlier this week, the PM suffered a further humbling double defeat as MPs backed legislation to stop Britain leaving the EU without a deal. They then effectively blocked the prime ministers attempt to call an early election, to regain the initiative on Brexit, as he was unable to reach the two-thirds majority required.

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Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 24th – 30th August 2019

30 August 2019

British parliament to be suspended in September, following a request from Boris Johnson. Parliament will be suspended just days after MPs return to work in September - and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline.

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Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 17th – 23rd August 2019

23 August 2019

European Union rejects Johnson’s call to rework terms of Brexit. Once again the EU has rejected Boris Johnson’s latest call for a rework of the terms for Britain’s withdrawal, namely the Irish backstop set out by his predecessor, with Donald Tusk saying the UK had offered no realistic alternatives to avoid a hard border in Ireland.

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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”