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We are no longer publishing FoodAlert articles. Relevant, insightful articles from Bord Bia staff are now going to be featured on the Insightful Articles page. This page is being preserved as an archive of previously published FoodAlerts.

FoodAlert - Shifting to Weekly Client Update

31 March 2021

In our efforts to continue to make our client communications as insightful, targeted, and as timely as possible, we will be discontinuing this FoodAlert email from March 29h. Articles on the latest developments from Bord Bia staff will thereafter be featured on the Weekly Client Update emails. If you do not currently receive the Weekly Client Update, please contact Christine at christine.farrell@bordbia.ie and you will be added to the distribution list.

Guangdong Region, China- A Growing Opportunity for Irish Spirits

29 March 2021

At the recent Bord Bia virtual trade briefing on the Chinese market, a profile of the market and a market entry guide to China for the drinks sector was presented. The research shows that the market for imported spirits is growing strongly, from a low base, and that now is the time to build your presence as a new market entrant. According to IWSR, imports of Irish Whiskey to the Chinese mainland have grown from just under €1 million in 2015 to €6.1 million (including Hong Kong) last year.

Dairy Can Win Back Gen Z by Fulfilling their Health Needs

29 March 2021

Generation Z are true digital natives. Born between 1997 and 2012, they have been exposed to social media, internet and mobile systems from an early age. They value uniqueness, unlimited and ethical consumption (McKinsey, 2018).

Want to be a better thinker? Here’s the secret, read more fiction.....

29 March 2021

This Food Alert will discuss the benefits of reading fiction for better thinking and share 3 free online resources to help you get started. It’s supported by evidence based studies, authoritative sources and some good thinking.

The Soaring Importance of Sustainability Strategies

22 March 2021

Sustainability is becoming more important across all industries in Business- especially in Food and Drink. The creation of Sustainable Development Strategies is necessary to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. With the population of the world growing exponentially each year, we must ensure that there is sufficient Food and Drink supply for all.

‘Less Is More’ – In Meat and Alcohol Reduction

22 March 2021

Reduced meat and alcohol products are those which scale back the percentage of meat / alcohol present in a product. Through merging both traditional offerings with current alternatives, an exciting hybrid has been created to satisfy an emerging demand amongst flexitarian’s, and individuals wishing to reduce meat or alcohol consumption due to ethical, environmental and health / well-being concerns. The Bord Bia dietary lifestyle report 2021 reported that ‘70% of adults do not adhere to any particular diet or food lifestyle’- this reflects a clear desire for variety, and reluctance to commit to a singular belief among consumers.

Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

Have you thought about trialling direct shipping routes to mainland Europe?

14 December 2020

Moving goods through the UK landbridge to reach markets in mainland Europe has been seen as the most viable option considering the time-sensitivity of certain agri-food products. Using this route will change forever when the Transition Period ends on the 31st of December and new rules, including customs formalities and documentation checks, will likely add cost to your businesses as well as add significant delays.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 27th November 2020

30 November 2020

The EU and UK will resume face-to-face Brexit trade talks on Saturday with negotiations still deadlocked barely a month before Britain exits the single market. Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, confirmed on Friday that he and his team were no longer in quarantine following a Covid-19-scare and that physical negotiations could resume. However, Mr Barnier tweeted that the “same significant divergences persist” between the two sides, adding that he and his team would travel to London this evening.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 13th November 2020

16 November 2020

A standoff in the latest Brexit negotiations has been blamed on supposed “factional infighting” in Downing Street, as Dominic Cummings confirmed he will leave the government by Christmas. Manfred Weber, the leader of the largest party in the European parliament and a political ally of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, lamented the “chaotic situation” at the heart of No 10. Cummings, Boris Johnson’s most powerful aide and former Vote Leave campaign director, confirmed on Thursday evening after days of speculation he would leave Downing Street.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 6th November 2020

9 November 2020

A no-deal Brexit was still a serious risk, EU diplomats warned, before accusing British negotiators of failing to 'engage sufficiently'. There are still "wide divergences" on "core issues" of the Brexit trade negotiations, David Frost said on Wednesday night after two weeks of intensive talks with the EU. A no trade deal Brexit remained a serious risk, EU diplomats warned, accusing British negotiators of failing to "engage sufficiently" on the three most divisive issues.

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 Insight Food Alerts

Alcohol Trends 2018

27 July 2018

A snapshot of some of the latest alcohol trends highlighted at the recent Imbibe Live event in London (Stylus, 2018).

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Irish Coffee Culture Continues to Grow

01 July 2016

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.

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Consumer Lifestyle Trends: Busy Lives

01 July 2017

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.

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Snackification and healthy snacking trends gather momentum

23 February 2018

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.

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Retail and Food Services Developments

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”