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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.

Ongoing Adaptations in Retail

19 October 2020

Food and drink retailers were forced to quickly adapt under pressure through the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Retail sales were up across all food and drink categories an average of 30% in April and May. Elevated retail sales as restrictions were lifted mean that for the 52 weeks up to Sept 6th are 12 % more than the previous 52 weeks in Ireland.

COVID 19- IMPACTS ON PACKAGING-Balancing Sustainability with New Concerns

19 October 2020

The basic functionality of food packaging is well established- to maintain the freshness, quality and integrity of the product inside on its journey from producer to consumer. In recent years a new fear of plastic has come into the consumer’s decision making process driven by trends such as not wanting to fill our oceans with waste leading to lower plastic packaging solutions but to what extent has our new found fear of contamination reversed our environmental sensitivities and how long-lasting will the effects of this be?

Alcohol Brands - Options on Adaptation through Covid

19 October 2020

This FoodAlert will examine how alcohol brands can adapt and embrace change to deal with the challenges Covid-19 brings for the alcoholic drinks industry. It will set out the four key learnings from WARC’s ‘What’s Working in Alcoholic Drinks’ (2020), which are; 1. Continue to advertise during the recession 2. Support the hospitality industry in creative ways 3. Use digital channels to create shoppable experiences 4. Get the e-commerce shopping experience right

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 16th October 2020

19 October 2020

Boris Johnson has warned that unless there is a “fundamental change of approach” by the EU then Britain will end the transition period on January 1st with no trade deal. Mr Johnson claimed that a European Council meeting in Brussels had left him convinced that the EU was not ready to offer the UK a Canada-style trade deal. In a televised clip, the prime minister said Britain would approach the prospect of leaving the EU without a trade deal — an “Australia-style” outcome — with “high hearts”. While Mr Johnson did not explicitly say he was walking away from negotiations, he told the EU to only approach the table “if there is some fundamental change of approach.” He said in those circumstances “of course we would be ready to listen”.

5 tips for e-commerce success

19 October 2020

According to Kantar, the popularity of online grocery shopping in Ireland continues, and online sales grew by 121.7% last month. This represents another month of record-breaking growth for the online channel. Since March, through Bord Bia’s Think Digital programme we have seen many clients move towards e-commerce and we’ve seen many common challenges and opportunities emerge. The below list captures five considerations that might be useful if you are in the process of setting up an online store, if you are trying to increase your online sales or, if your 2021 New Year’s Resolution is to sell your products online.

Say Cheese

12 October 2020

With the drastic shift back to home cooking in recent months, brands must inspire consumers and stimulate their creativity. In France, 64% of full-time employees plan on cooking more from scratch following the COVID-19 outbreak then they used to. With this is mind, opportunistic cheese brands can position their product as a versatile, easy to store and ready to use product to be included on the weekly shopping list. With homeworkers having much more flexibility with their time, people are cooking more often and differently. They can prepare meals during their breaks, with resting becoming possible for weekday meals. For cheese brands, it means helping home cooks put together an easy-to-prepare tasty dinner. Already, 34% of US customers use dairy to add flavour to what they eat and drink.

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Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 16th October 2020

19 October 2020

Boris Johnson has warned that unless there is a “fundamental change of approach” by the EU then Britain will end the transition period on January 1st with no trade deal. Mr Johnson claimed that a European Council meeting in Brussels had left him convinced that the EU was not ready to offer the UK a Canada-style trade deal. In a televised clip, the prime minister said Britain would approach the prospect of leaving the EU without a trade deal — an “Australia-style” outcome — with “high hearts”. While Mr Johnson did not explicitly say he was walking away from negotiations, he told the EU to only approach the table “if there is some fundamental change of approach.” He said in those circumstances “of course we would be ready to listen”.

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 2nd October 2020

5 October 2020

EU officials have urged caution on the progress of trade talks with the UK even after some officials in London spoke optimistically of a breakthrough in the discussions. With the latest round of negotiations set to wrap up on Friday, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, is expected to set a high bar before agreeing to enter intensified “submarine” talks of senior officials aimed at embarking on a final push for a deal. In closed-door meetings in Brussels, the EU’s Brexit negotiator has insisted that progress needs to be made in four key areas — fisheries, assurances of a level playing field for business, governance arrangements and justice co-operation.

Turning your Brexit Plans into Action less than 90 days until the end of the Transition Period

5 October 2020

From the 1st January 2021, the trading relationship will change between the EU and the UK regardless of whether or not there is a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between both sides. Bord Bia published the fourth edition of its Brexit Action Plan. The Action Plan provides practical information that Irish food and drink businesses can utilise in order to prepare for increased complexity in future trade with the UK

Bord Bia’s London Office Brexit Update: 4th September 2020

7 September 2020

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator claimed on Wednesday that Britain has ‘shunned’ offers to make progress in negotiations over the future trading relationship. He accused London of wanting to turn Europe's fishermen into a “bargaining chip” in the talks. The comments by Michel Barnier followed talks in London with UK chief negotiator David Frost on Tuesday — discussions that Mr Barnier said have failed to end the impasse that has dogged talks over the summer. Speaking at an event organised by the Institute of International and European Affairs on Wednesday, Mr Barnier dialled up his criticisms of Britain's approach to the trade talks.

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”