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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.

An Effervescent Category: Can Hard Seltzers in Ireland emulate their success in the US?

13 July 2020

One of the most notable trends in the US drinks market in recent years has been the sharp growth in hard seltzers, or spiked sparkling water with various flavours. The hard seltzer industry in the US was valued at $550m in mid-2019 but continued growth is anticipated and projections are for it to reach a value of $2.5bn by 2021 (Canvas8).

Bord Bia’s Readiness Radar: Irish Food & Drink manufacturers have a strong export growth mind set

13 July 2020

In March 2019, Bord Bia launched the Readiness Radar which assessed the challenges facing 128 manufacturers across Covid-19, Brexit, Challenges to Market Diversification, Sustainability Pressures, Consumer Insights and Innovation, and Talent Management. Irish manufacturers with a growth focus are export dependent and in 2019 the estimated value of food, drink and horticulture exports from Ireland was €13BN, capping a decade of extraordinary growth where the value of Irish food and drink exports increased 67%. This has been achieved through sustained, incremental increases in value and volume across Ireland’s food and drink categories, and across its key markets.

Post-panic shopping, the real effects of Covid-19 on US Grocery Chains

13 July 2020

This article seeks to provide a brief insight into what the US grocery marketplace looks like in the wake of Covid-19. The circumstances are continuously changing, they differ depending on each particular grocery chain and vary across each state.

Tesco UK launches Aldi Price Match Campaign

13 July 2020

Tesco in the UK has launched a new campaign targeting German discounter, Aldi, with its “Aldi Price Match” campaign. Tesco states that “Our Aldi Price Match means we’ve matched the prices on hundreds of Tesco and branded products against prices in Aldi. Look out for the ‘Aldi Price Match’ in-store or fill your basket online.” The retailer adds, “We only match against comparable products at Aldi. We check prices in Aldi stores and/or online twice weekly. The stores we check are located in England, Wales and Scotland.

Looks like Restaurant Meal Kits are here to stay

13 July 2020

Almost four months on from Ireland’s Covid-19 lockdown announcement and restaurants, hotels, cafes and pubs serving food have once again re-opened their doors to customers. Restaurant Meal Kits, one of the trends accelarated as a result of initial industry closures, looks like they are set to stick around, even as consumers begin to eat out once again.

Italy’s Foodservice Sector – A Slow Recovery

6 July 2020

Italy’s foodservice sector is estimated to have lost €12b since the beginning of the year. Now out of lockdown one month – the recovery is slow with estimates suggesting 20% of restaurants are unlikely to reopen. Italy’s foodservice sector is dominated by independent outlets mainly family owned. This sector is an important outlet for both Irish beef and seafood – accounting for up to 60% of our beef sales which are mainly premium steak cuts and over 75% of shellfish sales.

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Brexit Food Alerts

The latest Brexit news

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.

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.

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”