Food Alerts

Food Alerts

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.

Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children

27 January 2020

The 2018 Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) was launched on Thursday, 9 January 2020. The HBSC is a cross-national research study in collaboration with the Word Health Organization (WHO) which aims to gain new insight into, and increase our understanding of young people’s health and well-being, health behaviours and social context.

Brexit Update: 24th January 2020

27 January 2020

The EU Parliament is meeting on the 28th and 29th of January to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement. It should be passed by the UK and EU by the 31st of January. The EU cannot start negotiating until they receive a negotiating mandate by the 25th of February. It may be nine months rather than eleven months to complete a trade deal

Irish Shopper Behaviour

24 January 2020

Irish shoppers expect seamless and friction-free shopping experiences according to the 2019 PwC Irish Retail & Consumer Report: Investing in Experience. They expect to walk into a store and navigate it logically and rapidly. Irish shoppers also expect to have access to knowledgeable and helpful sales assistants, pay using contactless or mobile technology and have the option to click and collect.

For relaxing times: How the Japanese are living fuller lives at home

24 January 2020

Most people with a basic knowledge of working life in Japan have heard of the ubiquitous salaryman. Rising early in a white shirt and dark suit, he takes a long commute, spending an even longer day at the office before the requisite after work drinks before the last train home before doing it all again tomorrow. Thankfully, Japan is finally beginning to combat overtime,

Alcohol free, but full in spirit: learnings from non-alcoholic spirits brand Seedlip

24 January 2020

The widespread shift towards healthier living, outlined in Bord Bia’s Consumer Lifestyle Trends, finds consumers are increasingly seeking products to optimise their bodies’ systems and improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Euromonitor on 7 Strategic Themes in Food and Nutrition

20 January 2020

This foodalert will introduce and discuss how these themes Euromonitor’s ‘Strategic Themes in Food and Nutrition’ are reshaping today’s global market and the implications for Irish suppliers.

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Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

Brexit Update: 10th January 2020

13 January 2020

Stormont deal offers hope to Northern Ireland businesses The breakthrough in the talks to restore Northern Ireland’s government at Stormont late on Thursday night has potentially significant implications for the post-Brexit trade negotiations between the UK and the EU.

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Bord Bia’s Brexit Update: 6th December – 13th December 2019

16 December 2019

Boris Johnson’s Brexit election gamble has paid off as the Conservative party have won their biggest majority at Westminster since 1987, delivery an electoral shockwave that left both the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties seeking new leaders. Mr Johnson described the result as a “powerful new mandate” to deliver Brexit.

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Brexit Update Friday 6th December

09 December 2019

As the UK General Election campaign unfolds, news from this week from the Farming Independent states that Boris Johnson has encouraged UK consumers to ‘Buy British’. The Conservatives plan to establish a seven-year transition period so that changes can be introduced gradually. However, if the UK is to leave the EU in a no deal scenario, they will still require food imports from established trading partners.

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Brexit Update 15th November

18 November 2019

EU commissioner Phil Hogan has said British consumers will expect the UK to sign up to the EU’s labour, environmental and food standards as part of a free trade agreement (FTA) for which he will be chief negotiator next year. Speaking to RTÉ, Mr Hogan stated that "The British public will demand and expect that their government will sign on to EU standards because we have the highest standards in the world."

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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”