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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.

US Consumers Quickly Adapting to Change

23 November 2020

While the impact of Covid-19 on grocery shopping habits around the globe has been clear for some time, how this has played out in the US has been little short of transformational. Relatively conventional behaviors in other markets such as online shopping, cooking from scratch and an ever expanding move towards convenience were considered at most tangential to how US consumers shopped their groceries, these along with other considerations have now established themselves as part of a fundamental shift in the retail landscape.

The World of Work – A look at the past, present and future

23 November 2020

Once in a generation there’s an event that signals a seismic shift in the way we live our lives. Previous generations have had to contend with World War II, World War I and the Spanish Influenza. The current generation are dealing with a global pandemic, caused by Covid-19. This article will focus on the world of work. The way it was, the way it currently stands, how the future will look and things you should consider.

Swedish Sustainability: Food Waste

23 November 2020

Swedes have long been at the forefront of sustainability and they are continually searching for new ways to improve their environmental impact. By the end of 2018, the Swedish Government had already exceeded their 2020 recycling targets that 70% of glass and 65% of paper in the country would be recycled. In actuality, 93% of glass and 82% of paper was recycled (Sweden.se, 2020).

The Plant-Based Market - China 2020

23 November 2020

This Food Alert will explore what the plant-based category currently looks like in China, and how Irish suppliers can successfully adapt to what we are seeing in the market. The Bord Bia consumer lifestyle trends driving the category are ‘Health & Well-being’ and ‘Engaging Experiences’, as health-conscious, curious consumers look for innovative and functional new offerings to add to their diet.

The Irish Craft Beer Industry

23 November 2020

Innovation, Quality and Resilience. 3 words that adequately describe the Irish Craft beer industry. The industry is driven by innovation. It is an industry where you innovate or become irrelevant. This is because the craft beer consumer is innately adventurous and continuously looking to discover new flavors. This has produced all kinds of weird and wonderful beers like Pumpkin Pale ales and Tiramisu Stouts.

Dairy Ingredients in South East Asia – Performance and Opportunity

16 November 2020

Irish ability to continue to successfully win a share of the burgeoning dairy consumption – and therefore import - in South-east Asia will depend on continuing to understand the consumer and providing for their needs. This article will introduce the scale of that import growth and highlight the particular subcategories where Ireland has been achieving notable success.

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Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

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.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 30th October 2020

2 November 2020

Brexit talks this week have been making good progress, according to Ursula Von der Leyen. As the negotiations moved to Brussels after seven days in London, the European commission president said that they were making good progress and were hoping to see more progress soon on the outstanding issues of the level of access to British waters the UK will provide to EU fishing fleets, fair competition rules for business, including rules on domestic subsidies, and the mechanism in the final treaty for resolving future disputes. The European council president, Charles Michel, said the state of the talks would probably assessed next week with Brussels hoping to start the ratification process in mid-November.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 23rd October 2020

27 October 2020

Talks over a post-Brexit trade deal have resumed in London, after negotiators returned to the table following a week-long standoff. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss insisted a deal can still be done with the EU, as officials began a new round of "intensified" daily talks. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned that "every day counts" ahead of a looming December deadline. He said both sides share a "huge common responsibility" as talks restarted.

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”