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Cauliflower! Don’t call-me-flour

6 December 2019

This food alert discusses the rise of cauliflower-based products in the U.S. and the factors driving its growth.

Pasta Sauces: What’s stirring the Consumer Lifestyle Trends? Part 2: Engaging Experiences

6 December 2019

This FoodAlert, which is the second in a series of five, will look at innovations and manifestations of the Engaging Experiences trend within the pasta sauce category as it continues to shape the lives of consumers across the globe (Bord Bia, 2018). It will then conclude with implications for Irish suppliers.

Nutrition and Mental Alertness

6 December 2019

A recent FMCG GURUS, report, “Understanding brain health concerns across the US and Europe” throws up some interesting trends in awareness and approaches to mental wellbeing. A survey was conducted on a range of mental issues, from stress and general forgetfulness all the way up to dementia. While concern for memory and so on would traditionally have been associated with older age groups, but instead, in both the US and Europe it was found that younger age groups had the most concerns in this area

Brexit Update 29th November 2019

28 November 2019

Under the new Official Controls Review (OCR), Temporary Intensified Controls on imported goods from 3rd countries will be introduced. According to the UK’s International Meat Trade Association (IMTA), this means that if there is a problem with an imported consignment, for example, meat, a Member State must notify the EU Commission of the origin and infringement. The Commission then does a risk assessment on the consignment and confirms this in the Integrated Management for Official Controls (IMSOC) before intensified controls would start

Key Trends in Health and Wellness for 2020

28 November 2019

As outlined in Bord Bia’s consumer lifestyle trends, health and wellbeing will continue to be a key trend shaping consumer’s lives and the food and drink industry. Consumers want to eat, drink and live to optimise their body’s systems, to feel better than well today and tomorrow ("Bord Bia Consumer Lifestyle Trends", 2019). However, how consumers believe this is achieved will continue to evolve, so it is important that food producers are not complacent in their understanding of this trend.

An ASEAN Snapshot

28 November 2019

Bord Bia recently welcomed a delegation of London-based Ambassadors of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Bord Bia’s HQ, where the story of Bord Bia and Ireland’s incredible food and drink was told.

Latest trends of food import in Algeria

28 November 2019

In a context of popular uprisings, the Algerian economy, like other sectors of the country is experiencing a significant slowdown. This trend is evident in the published figures for Algerian food imports. The contraction in these imports is not only the result of measures implemented by the government to reduce the country's dependence on imported products, it is also the consequence of an uncertain political and economic context that affects the morale of the Algerian investor as well as of the consumer.

Innovation Inspiration

28 November 2019

Innovation which creates new products gives you the opportunity to better meet your consumers’ needs, build a stronger relationships with your customers, helps defend your business against competitors and may move your business in to better margin areas. Choosing what innovation your business should prioritise can be challenging. If you are developing your innovation pipeline, but looking for inputs to stimulate your ideas, there are a number of options available to you.

Snack to the Future: Health and On-The-Go are key trends in Ireland

22 November 2019

It feels to many of us that our lives are getting busier and busier, leaving us time-poor and trying to claw back minutes anywhere that we can. This is particularly true for our eating habits, with the traditional ‘three-meals-a-day’ routine evolving to people ‘grazing’ whenever they are hungry and can find the time.

Brexit Update -22nd November 2019

22 November 2019

HMRC provided guidelines on using transitional simplified procedures (TSPs) with tariff rate quotas (TRQs).This Article looks at Using Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSPs) with Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs).

Customer Centricity in the Supply Chain

22 November 2019

I recently attended IGD’s Annual Supply Chain Summit and one of the key themes from the day was Customer Centricity. Customers are evolving faster than ever. To gain competitive advantage in today’s UK Grocery market it was discussed that you must truly understand the customer and use this to drive action that pulls the supply chain forward.

The driving forces behind consumers increasing demand for sustainable packaging

22 November 2019

The sustainability agenda in the FMCG sector is being driven by significant shifts in consumer behavior; particularly when it comes to packaging. But what exactly is causing consumers to become more engaged and active in seeking sustainable packaging? Fitch Solution’s 2019 Report: Sustainability Trends: Influencers, Drivers and Implications by Industry outlines three prominent drivers.

Flower Power – The Bloom of the Butterfly Pea

22 November 2019

This FoodAlert will discuss the Butterfly Pea Flower, explore the benefits of incorporating this into new product development, feature successful products/food service operators that have utilized this in their offerings and explore some implications for Irish suppliers.

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."

Up to Speed – Understanding China’s New Values for New Opportunities

18 November 2019

China is dynamic, captivating, ever changing and a country totally at odds. Is it communist or capitalist? Modernist or traditionalist? A champion of globalisation or protectionist? Experience driven or materialist? The list goes on…

Fish – Latest Category under the Spotlight

18 November 2019

The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN), under the Ministry of Health, has issued a recommendation that the intake of fish with a high content of mercury (like swordfish, Northern Bluefin tuna, seal shark, shortfin mako, spiny dogfish, lesser spotted dogfish, blue dogfish and pike, among others) be limited to 3 or 4 servings per week.

Irish consumers to spend €8.55 billion on out of home food and beverage in 2019

18 November 2019

On Wednesday, 13th November, Bord Bia welcomed 350 delegates to their annual foodservice seminar. Findings from the 2019 Irish Foodservice Insights Report were presented at the event confirming that Irish consumers will spend €8.55 billion on out of home food & beverage in 2019, up 4.5% on last year.

The French whisky market in decline while growth in the gin market speeds up

18 November 2019

The French whisky market, which is one of the largest in the world in terms of consumption, with total off-trade sales of over 110 million litres , is starting to show signs of slow down with a decrease of 4% in volume and 1.5% in value in the June 2018 to June 2019 period, according to Nielsen.

Celery Juice, Mindful Consumers & Drinking Cans – Waitrose 2019 Food Report

11 November 2019

Celery Juice, mindful consumers and drinking beer from cans were all on trend in the UK in 2019 as shoppers looked to simplify their lives, according to the Waitrose 2019-2020 Food & Drink Report. Nearly one in 10 shoppers say they now take refillable containers to the supermarket for loose produce or deli items, in what is described as the rise of the “mindful consumer.”

China’s appetite for pizza continues to expand

11 November 2019

China’s continuing rapid industrialisation, economic growth and adoption of western style diets is creating opportunity for ingredient supply. This is nowhere more the case than in the rapid rise of pizza in China’s major cities, and increasingly its more remote regions too. According to research conducted for Bord Bia, China today has over 4,000 dedicated pizza restaurants, and that is going to grow to over 6,000 by the end of 2020.

Bord Bia Brexit Update: 1st November – 8th November 2019

8 November 2019

The EU27 have formally accepted a UK extension meaning the UK did not leave on the 31st of October. The new extension will now end on the 31st of January 2020. There will be a general election taking place on the 12th of December.

How Deliciously Ella Succeeded With Health Aware Younger Consumers

4 November 2019

This FoodAlert will discuss how Ella Woodward the creator of the brand ‘Deliciously Ella’, found a niche in the UK market with her plant based snack products, and how Irish suppliers can learn from Deliciously Ella’s success.

Barcelona to host world’s most important seafood show

4 November 2019

Diversified Communications announced in late September that Seafood Expo Global, the largest seafood fair in the world, would be moving to Barcelona, Spain, starting with the trade show’s 2021 edition.

Bord Bia Brexit Update: 25th October 2019 – 1st November 2019

1 November 2019

The EU27 have formally accepted a UK extension meaning the UK did not leave on the 31st of October. The new extension will now end on the 31st of January 2020. There will now be a General Election taking place on the 12th of December.

Bord Bia Brexit Update: 19th Oct - 25th Oct 2019

25 October 2019

Following on from the request by Boris Johnson’s government to extend the Brexit deadline, the EU27 are yet to deliver a response on how much time they are willing to give the UK, if they will provide any time at all. It is likely that one of three scenarios will take place:

Insight into Chilled Ready Meals Ireland

25 October 2019

According to Kantar, the chilled ready meals category in Ireland, valued at €150m, had a strong growth performance of 8.8% (value yoy) (Data for period ending 21st April 2019) This growth is primarily driven by more trips to buy as shoppers return to the Chilled Ready Meal aisle more often.

Older and wiser? A review of France’s food law Egalim as it celebrates its first birthday.

25 October 2019

As discussed in a previous Food Alert, at the end of 2018, the French food law Egalim was introduced for a two year trial period as a reaction to increasingly intense price wars between farmers and retailers. As we are coming up on the one year anniversary of this law, we can reflect on how this law has been received among players in the supply chain and if it has been effective in reaching its objectives.

Brexit: “In the midst of chaos there is opportunity” part 2: Alcohol

25 October 2019

This Food Alert Series discusses the potential opportunities and challenges for Irish businesses in the Spanish market after Brexit.

Consumer Buy-in for Danone-Auchan sustainability initiative

25 October 2019

To coincide with the FAO’s World Food day, Danone and Auchan Retail France teamed up last week to make their mutual sustainability goals more tangible to consumers by giving French consumers the opportunity to directly support farmers converting to more eco-friendly farming practices.

GlobalData on Key Innovation Trends in Dairy: Part 4 – Tailored to You

25 October 2019

This FoodAlert, which is the last in a four part series, will look at how Tailored to You is manifesting as a key innovation trend in dairy. It will then conclude with GlobalData’s 3 innovation platforms for success and set out important questions for Irish suppliers who wish to create products that align to this trend.

Brexit: "In the midst of chaos there is opportunity" Part 1: Introduction

18 October 2019

This Food Alert Series discusses the potential opportunities and challenges for Irish businesses in the Spanish market after Brexit. There is much uncertainty around Brexit, with no clear road ahead and multiple scenarios. However, since Boris Johnson took over as Prime Minister, the likelihood of Britain leaving without a deal has risen (Fitch Solutions, 2019)2, (Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 17th – 23rd August 2019)3. A deal was struck this week, but the DUP, the Conservative Party’s coalition partner, have released a statement that they will not support this deal.

GlobalData on Key Innovation Trends in Dairy: Part 3 – Fascinating flavours

18 October 2019

This FoodAlert, which is the third in a four part series, will look at how fascinating flavours are manifesting as a key innovation trend in dairy. It will then conclude with GlobalData’s 3 innovation platforms for success and set out important questions for Irish suppliers who wish to create products that align to this trend.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 12th October – 18th October 2019

18 October 2019

UK and EU Reach Agreement on Brexit Deal British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker both announced Thursday morning that agreement had been reached between the UK and EU on a new withdrawal deal.

Watch and Read: What’s Driving the Personalisation Trend

17 October 2019

The above video from New Nutrition Business sets out the key drivers of the personalisation trend, which they describe as the death of the one size fits all approach to diet and health (New Nutrition Business, 2019). Consumers now feel that their individual needs require tailored attention, and they are willing to put in the time and effort to research the best solutions and products to match these requirements.

TRIBE- Snacking for Weekend Warriors

17 October 2019

‘Grazing on the go’ has become the norm for many consumers leading busy, active lifestyles. Bord Bia’s recent ‘Healthy Snacking Report’ confirms that over the last couple of years almost 10% of Irish people have significantly increased the number of times they eat every day with almost 14% of people recognizing at least 6 specific eating occasions.

Pasta Sauces: What’s stirring the Consumer Lifestyle Trends? Part 1: Health and Wellbeing

17 October 2019

This FoodAlert, which is the first in a series of five, will look at innovations and manifestations of the Health & Wellbeing trend within the pasta sauce category as it continues to shape the lives of consumers across the globe. (Bord Bia, 2018). It will then conclude with the implications for Irish suppliers.

How Monoprix’s new concept store will affect the consumer’s decision making process

17 October 2019

Monoprix, France’s premium high street retailer, opened their new concept store on the prestigious rue St Dominique in the 7th arrondissement in Paris on the 9th of October. Their objective is to offer a more pleasant and innovative in-store experience with a variety of services to make everyday life easier for consumers living in urban areas. This concept store is the first of many as Monoprix hope to deploy 10 stores following this model by 2020.

Exploring the Dairy Potential in West Africa

17 October 2019

West Africa is the westernmost region of Africa excluding Morocco. The region comprises of 16 countries. It is an area rich with various natural resources including Oil, Gold, Cocoa, Timber, Cotton amongst others yet it has some of the poorest countries in the world.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 5th October – 11th October 2019

11 October 2019

Bord Bia held a Customs Training workshop in Thurles during the week with a wide range of companies in attendance. Catherine Dunne, from the HSE, was in attendance and presented to PCF and Alcohol companies on the process of exporting products not of animal origin, and the steps required to be taken.

GlobalData on Key Innovation Trends in Dairy: Part 2 - Familiar taste, new format

11 October 2019

This FoodAlert, which is the second in a four part series, will look at how familiar tastes and new formats are manifesting as a key innovation trend in dairy. It will then conclude with GlobalData’s 3 innovation platforms for success and set out important questions for Irish suppliers who wish to ride the wave of this trend.

Chef’s Irish Beef Club Media Event in Italy

11 October 2019

The Chef’s Irish Beef Club is a Bord Bia initiative which brings together some of the world’s most well renowned chefs, many of whom hold Michelin stars, who actively promote Irish beef in their high-end restaurants across Europe and further afield.

Bord Bia’s Beef Consumer Campaign : Raccontiamo la qualità

11 October 2019

This October, Bord Bia will launch a new Beef Consumer Campaign in 3 major Italian cities: Milan, Turin and Bologna. The core of this campaign is quality, and the objectives for this campaign are: to increase awareness of Irish beef in Italy, to support Italian retailers of Irish beef, and to promote a positive image of Irish beef amongst consumers.

Unilever Driving a Circular Economy for Plastic

11 October 2019

"Plastic has its place, but that place is not in the environment,” Unilever CEO Alan Jope said in a statement this week announcing their commitment to ‘Get Drastic on Plastic’ by eliminating more than 100K tonnes of plastic packaging, and collecting and processing more plastic packaging than it sells (600,000 tonnes annually) by 2025 creating a circular economy.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 28th September – 4th October 2019

4 October 2019

Bord Bia were in attendance at the DAFM Brexit readiness event at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Little Island, Cork. Minister Creed was in attendance to open proceedings, and Bord Bia staff were on hand to answer any queries and to help highlight the available Bord Bia Brexit support services.

Bubs Australia – Home kitchen to international player

4 October 2019

This foodalert will discuss how the infant formula brand Bubs Australia grew from a home kitchen to experiencing success in the Chinese market with 330% net revenue growth year on year (Globaldata, 2019) and will conclude with how Irish suppliers can learn from Bubs success.

GlobalData on Key Innovation Trends in Dairy: Part 1 -Plant-Based Dairy

4 October 2019

This FoodAlert, which is the first in a four part series, will look at the rise of plant-based dairy products as a key innovation trend in dairy. It will then conclude with GlobalData’s 3 innovation platforms for growth and set out key questions for Irish suppliers who wish to play in this space.

Irish Lamb served for the first time in Japan

4 October 2019

Following the recent market access secured for sheep meat by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., Bord Bia hosted a technical seminar in Tokyo in an initiative to showcase Irish and EU lamb and beef. A delegation of some 80 Japanese representatives, including food buyers, chefs and media attended the seminar. Ireland’s commitment to food safety and sustainability was also highlighted as part of a three year EU co-funded campaign implemented by Bord Bia to promote meat across Asia. This seminar follows on from the successful Agri-Food Trade Mission to Japan in June, which marked the opening of the Bord Bia Tokyo Office.

Lunch!-Insights from the 2019 Contemporary Food- To- Go Show.

4 October 2019

This food alert will address the main themes showcased at Lunch! 2019 that are aligned with Bord Bia’s consumer lifestyle trends and the implications for Irish suppliers who are playing in this space.

Brexit Update: 21st September – 27th September 2019

27 September 2019

Bord Bia were in attendance at the DAFM Brexit preparedness event at Johnston Castle, Wexford. Minister Doyle was in attendance and Bord Bia staff were on hand highlighting the support services available to companies in the run up to Brexit.

Brand Forum Event

27 September 2019

The third Brand Forum event of 2019 took place in Bord Bia’s Thinking House on September 25th and featured two small recently established UK food and drink companies who are growing rapidly who have particularly pertinent lessons for our members.