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20 August 2020
Pandemic accelerates transformation of UK food and grocery market The UK food and grocery market is set to grow by 10% - or by £19.1bn to £211bn - between 2019 and 2022, according to the latest market and channel forecast research from IGD . The new report reveals the impact of COVID-19 on the overall market over the next three years, with a breakdown of expected implications and performanc...
20 August 2020
Government data suggests that coronavirus is expanding once more in Northern Ireland, with the “R” (reproduction) number now at around 1.3. LINK Authorities are currently dealing with a “significant” and “difficult” outbreak in a meat processing plant in the Antrim area. LINK Health Minister Robin Swann has warned citizens against complacency, emphasising the need to comply ...
17 August 2020
The government has changed rules and advisories on international travel. France, Malta, the Netherlands and several other nations have been removed from the list of “safer” destinations. This means that that travellers arriving in England from those countries will now have to self-isolate for 14 days, with penalties for non-compliance. The change took effect at 04.00h on Saturd...
17 August 2020
In-line with plans announced previously, the Prime Minister has signalled further “easements”, relaxing “lockdown” conditions and helping to move the UK closer to “normal” whilst managing the risk of coronavirus. LINK Businesses now allowed to reopen – subject to safe working practices – include those below. Note, however, that all easements are subject to being reversed, wh...
17 August 2020
The latest ONS data on the economic impact of coronavirus shows that most businesses in the UK are now operational, but many report that costs exceed turnover, implying that they are operating at a loss. LINK Across the UK, 94% of businesses are now trading, up from 89% the month before. Few businesses have ceased trading because of coronavirus, but 6% report that trading is still...
17 August 2020
Data from ONS on the social impacts of coronavirus shows high claimed compliance with rules requiring face coverings in shops. LINK In a survey covering 05 -0 9 August, 91% of UK respondents claimed to have worn a face covering whilst shopping in the previous week (not necessarily consistently or correctly). The survey also shows that 87% of respondents support mandatory face c...
17 August 2020
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest guidance on COVID-19 and planning for the end of the transition period with the EU. Local lockdowns The government has announced that restrictions announced two weeks ago for large parts of the North of England including Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire...
17 August 2020
A smartphone app is a key element of the government’s plan to manage the impact of coronavirus (the others being testing and contact-tracing services) Unfortunately, development of a robust and secure app has proven difficult so far. A new version has now been developed and has begun testing, initially on the Isle of Wight and later in Newham (London). This latest version of the app...
17 August 2020
COVID-19 has had a profound effect on the way we eat and drink. Despite many consumers reporting an increase in snacking behaviour, around 1 in 4 (27%) shoppers claim they’re trying to snack less in an effort to improve their diet. Here we explore shoppers’ openness to tactics aimed at shifting them towards healthier snack options. There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has transformed many a...
14 August 2020
In these unprecedented circumstances, a sustainable food system is increasingly important to consumers. To help your business plan for the pandemic and beyond, IGD has developed hypotheses of how the UK sustainability agenda will evolve in the short and longer term.   In this video, we join two of IGD’s experts to explore IGD’s five hypotheses of how sustainability could evolve , e...