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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.

What does healthy look like post-Covid?

4 August 2020

Pre-Covid, the importance of Health and Wellbeing was rising in importance. As outlined in Bord Bia’s Consumers Lifestyle Trends, 75% of global consumers say they are likely to buy products or services that will enhance their sense of emotional wellbeing in the next 12 months, but what impact will this global pandemic we are living through have on this stat and how can brands appeal to consumers in a post-covid world? (Bord Bia, 2020)

This is how to have successful virtual meetings

4 August 2020

Developing an understanding of your customer and communicating to them in an appropriate and engaging way is a constant in the times that we live in. What has changed and continues to change is the advances in technology and the evolution of traditional face-to-face meetings. So, how will you keep your sales pipeline healthy and continue to engage with both existing and potential new customers during these challenging times? Covid-19 has accelerated the challenges in face-to-face meetings, but has also advanced the opportunities that technology can bring to your business. Pivoting to virtual selling can give you an edge over competition as well as an opportunity to broaden business reach.

Impact of covid-19 on the seafood sector in key markets

4 August 2020

There is growing optimism as foodservice markets begin to reopen and demand for seafood begins to rise. However there are reports that state the market is still currently at around 50% of its pre-coved levels. Many processers are still impacted from tight margins and strict Covid-19 protocols are puts additional costs and pressures on the business.

Opportunities to connect with the new Covid Consumer

4 August 2020

Bord Bia’s Covid 19 Indicator Study identified changing consumer consumption patterns and shopping habits during lockdown. So with this in mind taking a look at some of the indicators a little closer can provide some opportunities for how you can meet these changing consumer needs.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 31st July 2020

4 August 2020

Michel Barnier warned last Thursday that ‘no progress’ was made on key issues in Brexit talks. Speaking in London at the end of the fifth formal round of future-relationship talks from July 20th-23rd, Mr Barnier said the two sides remained far apart on how to ensure a “level playing field” between EU and UK businesses, as well as on the vexed question of access to British fishing waters, warning that “the time for answers is quickly running out”. This month’s negotiations had been billed as crucial to the chances of the UK and EU securing an agreement by the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31st.

Meat Re-imagined: A better meat story #2

26 July 2020

Consumer receptivity to a “better meat” story, coupled with industry innovation can act as the foundation to a change in consumer perceptions of meat according to New Nutrition Business (NNB). A better meat strategy will ensure loyalty of consumers and when meat is the best it can be, people will give themselves permission to indulge. NNB’s five steps to a meat reimagined strategy are: 1. Snackification & convenience, 2. Health, 3. Communicate the positives, 4. Provenance and 5. Protect the planet. This FoodAlert, part 2, will look at steps 3-5, if you want to read last week’s food alert on trends 1 and 2 click here for (part 1).

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Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 31st July 2020

4 August 2020

Michel Barnier warned last Thursday that ‘no progress’ was made on key issues in Brexit talks. Speaking in London at the end of the fifth formal round of future-relationship talks from July 20th-23rd, Mr Barnier said the two sides remained far apart on how to ensure a “level playing field” between EU and UK businesses, as well as on the vexed question of access to British fishing waters, warning that “the time for answers is quickly running out”. This month’s negotiations had been billed as crucial to the chances of the UK and EU securing an agreement by the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31st.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 17th July 2020

20 July 2020

The UK Government on Monday released their new UK Border Operations Model. This announcement came following Sunday’s announcement of a £705 million investment in new infrastructure, jobs and technology at border points. The model is over 200 pages and outlines details of the government approach to customs declarations, safety and security declarations, VAT collection processes, and SPS & fishery controls post the end of the UK transition period on December 31st 2020.

Brexit Update: 3rd July 2020

6 July 2020

EU-UK trade talks break up early over 'serious' disagreements. The latest negotiations in Brussels on an EU-UK trade and security deal have broken up early, with the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, complaining of a lack of respect and engagement by the British government. The two sides ended the week’s talks – the first held in person since February

Brexit Update: 11th June 2020

15 June 2020

Bord Bia this week hosted it’s Preparing for Brexit – New UK Global Tariff Schedule webinar, with Carol Lynch and David Savage from BDO, focusing on the recently announced UK Global Tariff Schedule as well as the Northern Ireland Protocol. This webinar aims to help companies prepare for the end of the transition period and provides practical advice on basic principles and requirements of customs, tariffs and all things Brexit. BDO also presented their 10 Step Plan for preparing your business for Brexit which can be found here.

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”