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.

Swedish Indulgence

24 February 2020

Sweden is often perceived as a society that has healthy and example-setting dietary habits. This combined with the high levels of physical activity has led to Sweden being somewhat of a role model for other European nations when it comes to health and wellness (Mesi, 2019). For this reason, health and wellbeing is a clear consumer lifestyle trend in Sweden (Bord Bia, 2019).

‘Movement, Manifesto and Values’ - Brand Forum Event 11th February 2020

21 February 2020

The recent Brand Forum event was held in Google’s Foundry. Shenda Loughnane Group MD of Dentsu Aegis Network one of the world’s biggest media companies kicked off the proceedings with an overview of three of the main macro-trends that need to be taken into account when planning your marketing communications programmes.

Korea: A Foodie Nation in an Era of Change

21 February 2020

When one scratches the surface of Korea, it is immediately apparent that it is a culture centered around food. Indeed, instead of asking ‘how are you?,’ in the Korean language, the most frequently deployed phrase is ‘have you eaten yet?’ This is not to say acquaintances are actually interested in when you ate last, but it is instructive that in inquiring about someone’s wellbeing, Korean people ask about how full your stomach is, rather than the status of the heart or the mind. There is a strong cultural implication that to have not eaten in a few hours, is to be having a bad day.

Spain’s Vending Sector Implements Responsible Agenda

21 February 2020

The National Spanish Association of Automated Distributors (ANEDA), has recently taken steps to adapt to the Responsible Living trend, as described by the Bord Bia Consumer Lifestyle Trends, that is particularly important to its millennial customers. Agora found that millennials are the age group most committed to sustainability. Mab Hostelero, declared that 60% of vending machine users are under 24 years old.

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Workplace

21 February 2020

How companies engage in corporate social responsibility continues to evolve and become of increasing strategic importance to their organisations. So, as corporate social responsibility continues to expand what are the main areas that companies can get involved in?

Brexit Update: 14th February 2020

14 February 2020

Gove address the reality of customs declarations and checks from the 1st January 2021 The UK’s Provision Trade Fedeation (PTF) this week released a statement that they are seeking further clarification as a matter of urgency after Michael Gove delivered a message to a meeting of the Border Delivery Group stating that at the end of the year the UK would be outside the single market and the customs union,

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Brexit Update: 7th February 2020

07 February 2020

Ibec held a webinar last week in light of the UK’s exit from the EU and how this may affect trade policies in the future. They discussed in detail the trade priorities for the EU commission including:

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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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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”