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Ireland’s 100 most-chosen brands revealed
Compiled annually by Kantar Worldpanel and published exclusively by ShelfLife, the Top 100 Master Brands at Home report provides a snapshot of Ireland’s most innovative and popular brands along with insight into consumer behaviour and the overall direction of the grocery market.
May retail sales up 4.3% compared to last year
There was a 4.3% increase in the volume of retail sales during May 2018 compared to the same month last year, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. Seasonally adjusted, the volume of retail sales increased by 0.1 per cent in the month of May, when adjusted…
Irish grocery shoppers will 'soon see' the impact of Trumps trade war
Consumers will soon see the impact of the global trade battle on the shelves of their local shops, Jim Barry, managing director, the Barry Group has said. Irish grocery shoppers are facing a sharp jump in price on products including orange juice, bourbon and cranberries before the summer is out, amid…
'Lovely, long spell of warm weather' - Met Eireann say Ireland will approach record temperatures next week
Barbecues, patio furniture and sun cream are flying off the shelves in anticipation of the burst of warm weather expected here this weekend and beyond. Officials at Woodie's DIY said punters were gearing up to go al fresco with the return of warm, sunny weather this weekend and well into next…
Burger bun sales expected to soar as temperatures climb
Meanwhile, Dermot Doherty of the Irish Bakers Association says bakers are well prepared: “Barbecues are such a traditional part of the Irish summer that there is always an increase in burger bun sales at this time of the year, regardless of the weather.
Rising temperatures boost ice cream sales
Ice cream makers and sellers are experiencing a surge in sales. The warm weather and predicted heatwave have boosted profits. Sales are already up this year following an extended warm spell in May.
Majority of Irish parents to give teachers a gift at the end of the school year
Irish adults have declared that the country’s teachers are heroes and a majority of parents will give them gifts as the school year ends. A new survey has revealed that a resounding 77% of parents told the study that they believe that Irish teachers are exceptional and 69% have witnessed a teacher…
Significant drop in Bolognese sauce purchasing year-on-year
While Bolognese sauce continues to be the most frequently purchased type of pasta sauce amongst adults, there has been a significant drop recorded in purchase frequency year-on-year. Previously, almost half (48%) of adults claimed to purchase at least once a month, while now less than 4 in 10…
Consumer demand for protein products shows no sign of abating
Consumer demand for protein products shows no sign of abating according to new research from Bord Bia conducted in conjunction with Kantar Consulting and Core Research. The research shows that in the sports nutrition market alone, driven by protein’s association with health, use of…
Consumers to food producers: By-pass the salt, please
Supermarket foods with reduced salt are expected to surge in demand as the condiment is set to be the next target for health professionals, according to a new report. Brands of packaged foods with reduced fat, sugar, salt, or carbohydrates on the label now come under the umbrella term of…
Retail isn’t dying, but it must evolve, says Apple retail chief
Earlier this year, the British Retail Consortium published research showing that online sales of non-food items have dramatically increased over the past five years. In December 2012, they accounted for 11.6 percent of the total market. At the end of 2017, that figure stood at 24.1 percent…
Online retail sales driving logistics demand, report finds
The growth in online retail has spawned an adjacent industry in logistics as retailers become increasingly reliant on distribution and transport networks to deliver products to customers, according to an analysis by AIB.
Aldi announces extension to its Ballybofey store
Aldi has announced a major extension to its Ballybofey store, with 18% more fridge space and new fixtures and fittings, as well as revamped signage. The extension and renovation of the Ballybofey store is part of a €160m investment in its Irish network.
SuperValu launches beef producer guidelines
SuperValu has become the first retailer in the Irish market to provide guidance and support for beef farmers with the launch today of its beef producer guidelines. Ireland’s second most popular supermarket in terms of market share developed the guidelines in association with meat producers…
Former M&S executive says M&S should consider tie-up with Amazon
Marks & Spencer’s former digital boss has said the struggling retailer should be seriously look at agreeing a tie up with Amazon to accelerate its move online. Last month, Marks & Spencer said it planned to close 100 shops by 2022 as part of moves to modernise its store portfolio and move…
Marks & Spencer partners with Microsoft to bring artificial intelligence into stores
M&S announced yesterday that it has signed a “game changing” partnership with Microsoft to test the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into the retailer’s stores and wider operations.
Iceland team up with Elsa Jones to launch new 'Power Of Frozen' range
Supermarket chain Iceland Ireland has teamed up with nutritional therapist Elsa Jones to launch its new summer range as part of its Power of Frozen campaign. The Power of Frozen celebrates the best of food from around the world, frozen at the source to lock in nutrients and authentic flavours.
Gala announces winners of The Gala Fair Play Award at Ireland Games
Gala has introduced its own award this year for the Special Olympics Ireland Games 2018, the Gala Fair Play Award, given to athletes who embodied the spirit and enthusiasm of the event, with one athlete to be selected to receive the award on each day of the Games.
Costa Coffee sales fall as Whitbread readies chain for separation
Whitbread has said sales at Costa Coffee were dented in the first quarter by Britain’s high street woes, adding that it is making “good progress” in preparing for the chain to be demerged. Comparable sales at Costa fell by 2% in the UK in the period, dragging down group like-for-like…
Arnotts Dublin kick off massive summer sale with prices slashed by up to 50 per cent – 13 of the best deals in store and online
Arnotts have kicked off a massive summer sale – with prices slashed by up to 50 per cent in store and online. The offers apply across all departments – but for a limited time only. Prices have been slashed on plenty of top brands – with Le Creuset, Foxford and Delonghi all on offer.
Harvey Norman launch mega half yearly clearance sale across Irish stores – here’s 13 of the best deals on offer this weekend
Harvey Norman has launched their mega half yearly clearance sale on TVs and technology across Irish stores. And the popular chain has slashed prices by up to 50 per cent, with discounts of hundreds of euro across top brands.
Dixons says retail holding up better in Ireland
Dixons Carphone said that its Irish business had a "strong financial year" despite a sharp profit drop for the business as a whole. The Irish business increased market share in televisions, computing, mobile phones and white goods, the company said.
Dixons Carphone Ireland moves to reassure customers after UK closures
The retail group Dixons Carphone Ireland says it plans to open more "bricks and mortar" stores here. Dixons Carphone's brands include Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse. It comes after its British arm, the Dixons Carphone Warehouse Group, announced plans to close 92 stores there this…
'Plenty of work to do' as Dixons Carphone profits fall 28%
Dixons Carphone has reported a 28% fall in annual profits, with its new chief executive admitting "we have plenty of work to do" as the firm battles back from a damaging hack on customer bank details.
Workers at Lloyds Pharmacy strike over union recognition
More than 34 stores in the Lloyds Pharmacy chain were hit by a two-hour work stoppage as around 220 staff belonging to Mandate went on strike over union recognition. Mandate said the company had refused to engage with the union. Lloyds employs around 930 staff and Mandate said it…
New chief to head up sales, marketing and service at New Holland UK
Pat Smith has joined New Holland as business director for the UK and Republic of Ireland markets. This development follows the retirement of Andrew Watson, who spent 31 years with the company. Pat (pictured below) joined from well-known machinery dealer T H White, where he worked for…
Mothercare Ireland kicking off massive summer sale tomorrow – with clothing half price and major savings on nursery essentials and prams
Mothercare Ireland will launch a massive summer sale tomorrow – with prices slashed by up to 50 per cent. The mega offers will run both in store and online for five weeks or while stocks last. Clothing will be up to half price and there will also be discounts across premium nursery…
North's retailers 'optimistic' on future of high street
Six in ten Northern Irish retailers are optimistic about the future of the local high street, according to new research. In spite of the challenging environment across the UK, which has seen the recent collapse of high-profile chains Toys R Us and Maplin, retailers in the north are confident the tide…
'Closing down' sales begin at Northern Ireland Poundworld stores
Beleaguered retailer Poundworld, which has 12 stores in Northern Ireland, has started a "closing down" sale and drafted in consultants at Hilco to kick-start stock clearances. Administrators at Deloitte have informed staff that Hilco will "help, advise and support" staff during the process.