Ireland news

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...
21 March 2019
We look at the latest news from discount retailer Aldi about future expansion in Ireland and Scotland. We also look at its latest initiatives forming part of its aim to reduce plastic usage. Expansion in Ireland and Scotland Aldi has announced plans to open 50 more stores in Ireland in the coming years. The new stores will all be in Southern Ireland. An exact time frame for these openings h...
19 March 2019
We've been in-store in Dublin to explore some of the latest retail/ food-to-go fusion concepts ahead of our April 25 safari.Here are some of the key things we took from our latest set of visits. BWG - giving SPAR stores a new look and feel One of the key headlines from our visit was the new look and feel we saw in BWG’s SPAR stores. SPAR Merrion Row, a long time favourite of ours in Dublin,...
14 February 2019
Troubled bakery chain Patisserie Valerie has been saved from collapse in a management buyout backed by Irish private equity firm, Causeway Capital Partners. Future secured for almost 100 stores Commenting on the deal, Patisserie Valerie CEO, Steve Francis said "The affection and loyalty for the brand among our customers and employees, and Causeway Capital’s enthusiasm and support for the b...