BMI View: Ireland will be the fastest growing economy in the developed world in 2015, and will remain a eurozone growth outperformer the following year. Economic growth returned to 'Celtic Tiger'-era levels in H115, and we believe growth momentum will be sustained over the coming quarters. Net exports will continue playing a key role driving growth, while growth will also be supported by an ever improving outlook for Irish households and consumer spending. We have revised up our forecasts for real GDP growth to 6.1% in 2015 and 4.2% in 2016, from 4.0% and 3.5% previously.
Headline Industry Data (local currency)
Total food consumption growth year-on-year (y-o-y) in 2015: +2.9%; compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to 2019: +3.5%.
Per capita food consumption growth y-o-y in 2015: +1.8%; CAGR to 2019: +2.5%.
Soft drinks value sales growth y-o-y in 2015: +4.2%; CAGR to 2019: +4.8%.
Alcoholic drinks value sales growth y-o-y in 2014: +1.7%; CAGR to 2019: +2.4%.
Total mass grocery retail (MGR) sales growth y-o-y in 2014: +3.2%; CAGR to 2019: +5.3%.
Key Industry Trends & Developments
Government Sets Out New Export Expansion Plan : It was announced in summer 2015 that the government of Ireland aims to boost the value of the country's food and drink exports by 85% to EUR19bn (USD21.08bn) by 2025. The government has formulated a new 10-year strategy, dubbed The Food Wise 2025, in consultation with the industry. The growth, which is based on projected expansions in dairy, beef and seafood, would lead to the creation of an additional 23,000 jobs.
Heineken in Takeover Talks for Comans Wholesale: In August 2015 Netherlands-based brewer Heineken was in discussions about the whole or partial acquisition of Ireland-based drinks distribution firm Comans Wholesale, according to reports in Newstalk. Comans distributes a wide range of beers, wines and ciders, such as Dutch Gold, Prazsky and Druids, to pubs, supermarkets and off-licences around the country. According...
The Ireland Food & Drink Report features BMI Research's market assessment and independent forecasts for food and drink expenditure, consumption, sales, and imports/exports and forecasts for the mass grocery retail sector. The report also includes analyses of major regulatory developments, the background macroeconomic outlook and competitive landscape comparing national and multinational companies by leading products and services, sales, investments, partners and expansion strategies.
BMI's Ireland Food & Drink Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the food and drink industry and the mass grocery retail market in Ireland.
- Benchmark BMI's independent food and drink industry forecasts for Ireland to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Irish food and drink market.
- Target business opportunities and risks in Ireland through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments.
- Exploit latest competitive intelligence on your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity) and Competitive Landscape Tables.
BMI Industry View
Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering food and drink manufacturing and consumption and the mass grocery retail market.
Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the food, drink and mass grocery retail sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.
BMI’s Food and Drink Risk Reward Index
BMI’s Risk Reward Index provides investors (food and drink manufacturers and mass grocery retailers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic points. These provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.
BMI’s food chapter is divided into sections such as meat, fish, confectionary, dairy and canned foods, and provides insight into each market’s food industry, centred on a forecast to end-2019 for the sector. The chapter includes the following elements:
- Industry Forecast Scenario: Historical data series and a forecast to end-2019 for growth of key indicators within a market’s food industry. Indicators include food consumption, food consumption as % of GDP, canned food sales, confectionery sales and food and drink imports and exports, among others.
- Industry Developments: A summary of corporate developments, including news on M&As, FDI, expansions, closures and financial results, in addition to analysis and explanation of the latest industry events and how these could influence further investment.
- Market Overview: An overview of the structure of the market, introducing the key players and discussing underlying trends.
Segmented the same way as BMI’s food chapter, the drink section provides insight into each market’s drink industry, centred on a forecast to end-2019 for the sector. Forecast indicators include alcoholic and soft drink sales by value, volume and sub-sector and tea and coffee sales, among others.
Mass Grocery Retail Forecasts
Segmented the same way as BMI’s food and drink chapters, the mass grocery retail section provides insight into each market’s grocery retail industry, centred on a forecast to end-2019 for the sector. Forecast indicators include mass grocery retail sales by format (including supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience and discount stores) and a breakdown of the organised retail sector versus the traditional sector, among others.
Illustration of the mass grocery retail and food and drink industries via rankings tables comparing revenues, number of outlets and number of employees. This chapter also includes data-rich, in-depth regional analysis of the market position, business strategies and investment potential of the region’s leading mass grocery retail and food and drink operators.
Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.
The Food & Drink reports draw on an extensive network primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.
*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.