Ireland news

26 September 2019
Irish forecourt retailer Applegreen has released very positive results for the six months ending June 30th. Growth boosted by Welcome Break Total revenue growth was +73%, rising to €1.5bn (£1.3bn) in the six month period. Growth was boosted by its acquisition of motorway services operator Welcome Break. Excluding the Welcome Break figures, growth was +37% to €26.5m (£21.3m). Like-for-lik...
16 September 2019
Following the announcement that long-serving CEO of Musgrave Group, Chris Martin will be retiring, the group has announced Noel Keeley has been appointed CEO designate. Noel Keeley It was announced in May that Chris Martin would be stepping down after being with the business for 15 years. Noel Keeley will take over the position on January 1st 2020, following on from a handover per...
22 August 2019
Ireland continues to be an outstanding market in which to explore the opportunities for food-to-go in retail, captured in our latest report looking at stores to learn from in Dublin . Here we focus on some the latest activities of one of the leading players in this space, BWG, and how in collaboration with store owners it is evolving and upgrading the SPAR Ireland proposition. A new look and ...
23 July 2019
As we unveil out latest UK food-to-go market forecasts report, here’s a summary of our findings. A beacon of growth in a challenging food market We anticipate continuing food-to-go outperformance over the next five years. Growth has slowed, and much economic and political uncertainty remains, but a variety of background factors, many linked to consumer lifestyle factors, mean we view growth...
13 June 2019
Tesco has reported solid results for the 13 weeks ending 25th May 2019 with strong trading over Easter, through Booker and online as it began celebrating its centenary year. Key figures Group sales: +0.4% (+0.2% LFL) UK and ROI total sales: +1.3% (+1.3% LFL) UK -0.4% total sales (+0.4% LFL) Central Europe -7.9% (-4.9% LFL) Asia +2.6% (+0.1% LFL) 2019 off to a good start ...
22 May 2019
Over the last 12 months, Lidl has expanded its online presence from four countries to 11, including grocery ecommerce operations in five countries. With the discounter accelerating its online expansion we look in-depth at its presence across Europe and the US. Lidl’s online presence Since the beginning of 2019, Lidl has launched grocery ecommerce operations in three countries and a non-gr...
20 May 2019
We review and assess some of the key stories over the past month. The growth of food halls - Time Out Miami opens its doors while Market Halls confirm fourth UK site We’ve been talking about the rise of food halls for a while now. And while there is some fantastic development underway in Europe, North America still leads here in our view, given the abundance of and diversity of developmen...
15 May 2019
It has been revealed in press reports that long-term Musgrave Chief Executive, Chris Martin is to step down from the business after 14 years.  No successor has yet been named, and Mr Martin will remained with the company to ensure a smooth transition over the coming months.  The news comes shortly after Musgrave announced its financial results for its 2018 trading year, posting turnover up 3.8% t...
02 May 2019
We continue to see Ireland as one of the best markets globally for food-to-go in retail, and in particular in convenience and forecourts. Here we focus on some of latest best developments we’ve seen, ahead of our next  Dublin retail/food-to-go fusion safari  on May 22. New concepts to meet more food-to-go missions, more often Fresh the Good Food Market has long been a great example of thi...
04 April 2019
Ireland remains, in our minds, one of the best markets globally in which to see food-to-go in retail, and in particular in convenience and forecourts. Here we focus on some of latest best examples we’ve seen in convenience, ahead of our next Dublin safari on May 22. SPAR Milennium Walkway, Dublin BWG, the business behind SPAR in Ireland, has a long tradition of supporting its retailers to d...