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Focus on Sports and Nutrition: 22 September

Wake up to the ‘woke’ sports buff. Today’s gym bunnies are no longer just chowing down on protein bars and extolling the virtues of a paleo diet

whisky

Focus on spirits: 15 September

Whisky is back on top. Having been briefly overtaken by vodka last year, blended whisky has reclaimed the title of number one spirit with a 4.5% rise in value to £805m

Tomato ketchup on chips

Focus on Sauces and Condiments: 8 September

By Ash O’Mahony

What was that about Brits splashing out posher ketchup? When it comes to sauces, consumers want something cheap for their chips

Coffee

Focus On Hot Beverages: 1 September

Everyone’s a barista nowadays. A far cry from the days when the nation was grateful for a milky instant cuppa, Brits are now brewing their own espressos, macchiatos and lattes. 

batteries

Focus on Batteries: 25 August

New formats such as Powerbanks and micro batteries are offering charge for the devices that are preoccupying the younger generation: smartphones and wearable technology

roast dinner

Focus On Roast Dinners: 18th August

Families with young children – the core demographic – are turning their backs on the roast. So how can brands tempt them back?

dessert

Focus on Desserts: 18th August

Why are the young deserting desserts? Desserts may be increasing in value marginally thanks to price rises, but increasingly health-conscious millennial shoppers are fuelling a decline in volume.

Rice

Focus On Rice and Noodles: 11th August

Focus On: Rice & Noodles by Rob Brown and Natalie Brown

roast chicken

Focus on poultry: 4 August

So much for consumers eating less but better. Cheaper poultry is winning big as consumer appetite shows no sign of waning

breakfast

Focus on Breakfast: 4th August

Cooked breakfasts are back. But forget the greasy fry-up. Today’s consumers are cooking up concoctions such as scrambled eggs and spinach as health messages hit home. 

Halloween

Focus on Halloween: 28 July

Spooky sells. That was the message from last year’s Halloween, when marketers put big bucks behind limited edition products, above-the-line campaigns and even immersive experiences.

Milkman

The Dairymen 2018: 15 September

The British dairy landscape is undergoing some massive shifts - with everything from the rise of plant-based to the resurgence of doorstep delivery, ongoing consolidation and Brexit creating new challenges but also new opportunities for UK processors and farmers.

male grooming

Focus on Male Grooming: 28 July

After almost stabilising last year, male grooming sales have dipped back into the negative, driven by shoppers who want to spend less and buy less often.

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Focus on Homebaking: 21 July

The Instagram generation is falling in love with baking. Over the past year, glossies including Red and Teen Vogue have published lists of the best bakers on Instagram, and the younger consumer is taking note.

Fray Bentos Deep Fill

Focus on Ambient and Canned: 21 July

After years of decline, canned foods have wrestled their way back into tentative growth. However, as one brand redesigned its trademark pie tins because ‘young people can’t open them’, the next generation of shoppers quite literally may not be as open to canned stuff. 

functional food

Focus on Functional Food and Drink: 7 July

It seems like we’re a nation of morning people. In the first half of the day, Brits are tucking into plenty of healthy, functional food and drink such as multi-seed porridge oats, cholesterol-lowering spreads and soya yoghurt. But it seems resolve weakens as the day goes on. 

doe health gluten free

Focus on Free From: 7 July

All aboard the free from bandwagon! The category has enjoyed yet another bumper year, but the category is also being helped along by an increasing number of products making ‘free from’ claims when they are in fact naturally gluten- or dairy-free

sandwich

Focus on lunchbox: 30 June

Are we facing the end of the sandwich? Once a lunchbox staple, the humble sarnie is in continuing decline

Bearded hipster drinking from a beer bottle

Focus on beer and cider: 23 June

As the World Cup approaches, will craft continue to win big?

Energy drink choice

Focus on Energy Drinks: 16 June

A clampdown on sugar, under-16 bans and an increasing wellness agenda. You would expect times to be tough for energy drinks. Yet the sector is still in a buoyant mood. 

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