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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.

The Real Deal: The Sale of German Hypermarket Real and the Potential Impact on Irish Exports

The sale of Germany’s largest supermarket, Real may come as a shock to Irish food and drink exporters. With a range spanning over 80,000 products per store, Real has been a consistent support of homegrown Irish food and drink producers over the years. This Food Alert will provide you with everything you need to know regarding the deal, the stand out contribution Real has made to the growth of Irish exports and the impact it will have going forward.

Bravery in a Crisis….No Time to ‘Go Dark’

Understandably, during a crisis, marketing budgets tend to be reduced, or even slashed completely. A recent WARC article references an Ebiquity survey revealing that 81% of brands have cut their advertising investment for the current year, with out-of-home and cinema spend unsurprisingly worst hit. The same article reveals that a reduction in spend if £4bn is expected in the UK due to Covid-19, according to the latest Advertising Association/WARC expenditure report.

Market & Sector Insights Covid-19 Impact on Trade

A key part of Bord Bia’s Navigating Change strategic response is understanding the impact and implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for the Irish food and drinks industry. In order to do this in an easily digestible format, we have developed the Covid-19 Navigating Change Markets and Sectors Insights Report and Bord Bia Bulletin podcasts to keep the industry abreast of the latest industry-specific news, issues and trends.

EU Commission Farm to Fork Strategy

The EU Commission’s Farm to Fork strategy as well as the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 were released on Wednesday the 20th of May and they include key policy developments for sustainable agriculture. The aim of the Farm to Fork Strategy is to move towards food systems that stimulate dietary changes beneficial for health, decreasing the impacts on the environment and climate, while leaving no one behind.

Cool Factor ‘Veggie & Co’ Trend in the German Frozen Category

German consumers frequently and happily reach to the frozen food options in the retail channel. The category is recording a steadily growing turnover and this success is due to the players constantly picking up on food trends and listening to consumer wishes. (Rundschau, 2020).

Organic Specialists in France Turn to Online Sales

As mentioned in an earlier Food alert France is Europe’s 2nd largest market for organic goods following Germany, the French organic food market is worth 9.7bn€. The largest independent network of specialised organic food stores in France, Biocoop, started selling products on line earlier this year, using some of their physical stores for delivery.

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Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 28th February 2020

28 February 2020

The UK Government has published its Approach to Negotiations which was presented to Parliament on Thursday. This consists of a 32 page document in three main parts: A Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), “Other” Agreements, and Technical and other processes beyond the scope of the future relationship negotiations.

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 Federation (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.

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:

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.

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”