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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.

Burger & Pizza chains restore their reputation in the Spanish market

17 May 2019

Burger and pizza chains represented roughly one third of all foodservice chain establishments to open in Spain in the beginning of 2019. Both had experienced stagnant growth for a period but over the last couple of years companies have begun to rethink their offering in line with new trends and have repositioned themselves once...

Food for thought for US Food Importers

17 May 2019

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the preventative system implemented for food safety to eliminate the risk of food illness. On May 30th, 2017 the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for importers of food was finalized.

Learnings from Copenhagen

17 May 2019

The capital of the world's oldest kingdom has become a cutting-edge city boasting avant-garde design, art and architecture as well as being a 21st century food destination. Copenhagen, a city of just over 500,00 people with more bikes than cars, has gone from what was once a food back water to a food revolution.

The changing beer culture in the Netherlands

17 May 2019

Beer culture in the Netherlands is changing. As the most popular alcoholic drink, the beer industry as a whole has experienced positive growth, with volume sales increasing by 2% in 2016 and an expected CAGR of 2% (Euromonitor, 2017).

Overview of the market for Snails in Europe

17 May 2019

Following the recent growth in snail farms in Ireland, Bord Bia undertook research into the Irish and international market for this sector including an analysis of the global snail markets, routes to market and snail products.

Producer Organisations in fruit and vegetable sector – roles and benefits

8 May 2019

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.

The Critical Role of Water in Feeding 10bn

8 May 2019

According to an article, Liquidity Crisis, on water scarcity in The Economist (Nov 5th) the water used by farmers to ‘grow huge amounts of food in places that would otherwise be too dry to do so,’ is a key contributor to a food production system that is ‘unsustainable.’

GIY market still holding its own

8 May 2019

Market research carried out by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of Bord Bia on the size of the gardening market in Ireland in 2014 has shown that the value of plants purchased for the GIY (Grow it Yourself) market was €14million.

Media Trends That Consumers Don’t Know!

8 May 2019

At Millward Brown’s Digital & Media Breakfast seminar during the week, Brand Ambassador Ariane Längsfeld spoke about measuring multimedia, with a focus on digital & mobile campaign effectiveness, as well as the top media trends that consumers don’t even know about.

The Evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility to Creating Shared Value

8 May 2019

In 2006 Michael Porter and Mark Kramer wrote the paper Strategy and society, the link between competitive advantage and corporate social responsibility. They outlined that most companies did not integrate their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities into their core competencies, which lead to CSR fulfilling an ad hoc role in response to issues highlighted by an external party, usually a NGO.

Design Thinking and Driving Change in Business

8 May 2019

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

British court rules that Brexit must face a parliamentary vote

8 May 2019

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.

Protecting Ireland’s Pollinators

8 May 2019

‘Globally, bees are the most important pollinators because they visit flowers to collect pollen for their larvae, as well as feeding exclusively on the nectar of flowers as adults.

The Great Switch Off

8 May 2019

It’s been on the cards for a while, and now a recent study from Ofcom of 2,025 adults and 500 teenagers, strongly indicates how the on-line lifestyle is adversely affecting our personal and working lives.

Influence of religion on food

25 April 2019

In our increasingly multicultural society there are growing opportunities to cater to consumers with regard to religious laws, customs and taboos.

The Evolution of Superfoods

25 April 2019

Mintel have recently taken a look at the next generation of superfoods, predicting what they think will be the key trends in this area in the future.

11.11.! Online Shopping Carnival in China

25 April 2019

2018 marked a decade of the Double 11 online shopping festival in China. Equivalent to Black Friday, Double 11 is derived from a sales promotion day first conceived by Alibaba, helping retailers clear stock by offering huge discounts to consumers.

Nuts and dried fruits in China

25 April 2019

The total market value of nuts and dried fruits is estimated to reach RMB 405.7bn by 2018. This value is forecasted to be growing by CAGR of 15.9% till 2023 thanks to the increasing health consciousness among consumers.

Culinary Inspiration Issue 4: Adaptive Cuisine

25 April 2019

Bord Bia are exploring culinary trends from around the world: Trends in cooking style, food preparation, ingredients and flavours to get inspiration for the next hot food & drink trend.

Defrosting Consumer Perceptions to Frozen Food

25 April 2019

Convenience and health continue to grow in importance to consumers.

Wrapping up a Sustainable Future

25 April 2019

Last week Whole Foods published its food trend predictions for 2019, among the top 10 being the emergence of new forms of packaging which will not harm the environment.

5 * Health Rating or False Health Rating

25 April 2019

Australia is in the midst of an obesity crisis, with two thirds of adults and a quarter of children overweight or obese.

Blurring Food Channels - What’s Not On The Menu?

25 April 2019

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.

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

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.

Influence of religion on food

09 November 2018

In our increasingly multicultural society there are growing opportunities to cater to consumers with regard to religious laws, customs and taboos.

Market Watch

Food Labelling Requirements for the Spanish Market

03 May 2019

When it comes to preparing your product for launch into a new market, there are so many elements to take into account.

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

03 May 2019

Candy Out – Chocolate In

26 April 2019

According to recent articles in De Limburger and Ditrifood, a study conducted by ABN Amro with Food and Agricultural Economist Nadia Menkveld on the candy and chocolate sector shows that Dutch consumers associate chocolate as a healthier option and that sugar is having a negative effect on candy sales.

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.

Consumer Insights

How Transparency Influences Purchasing Decisions in the Food & Drink Sector

For today’s consumer, environmental and social factors are frequently considered when making a purchase, alongside the traditional drivers of taste, price and convenience.

Go With Your Gut!

Burger & Pizza chains restore their reputation in the Spanish market

Burger and pizza chains represented roughly one third of all foodservice chain establishments to open in Spain in the beginning of 2019. Both had experienced stagnant growth for a period but over the last couple of years companies have begun to rethink their offering in line with new trends and have repositioned themselves once...

Learnings from Copenhagen

The capital of the world's oldest kingdom has become a cutting-edge city boasting avant-garde design, art and architecture as well as being a 21st century food destination. Copenhagen, a city of just over 500,00 people with more bikes than cars, has gone from what was once a food back water to a food revolution.

Retail and Food Services Development

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”

Food Supplement VAT Crackdown

01 February 2019

The Revenue Commissioners will impose a flat VAT rate of 23% on food supplements including vitamins, minerals, probiotics, folic acid, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and cannabidiol from March 1st.

Opportunity for Foodservice to own the “Third Space”

29 March 2019

At the recent annual Internorga foodservice forum in Hamburg, a number of speakers referred to the ability of the hospitality industry to create what has been coined as “the third space”