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Europe have risen an average of 26 per cent in the two years to 2016, with those in Spain recording the steepest rise of 36 per cent, according research group IRI. This year’s advance in wholesale prices has yet to reach supermarket shelves because of a time lag, but industry executives, warn it is likely to happen.

The success of private label and the impact of price increases across European countries is driving up value sales of olive oil, according to the latest figures from IRI.

The success of private label and the impact of price increases across European countries is driving up value sales of olive oil, according to the latest figures from IRI.

The make-up industry in the UK has seen a massive boost thanks to the image conscious, peer driven selfie shopper

Driven by the desire to share images on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, the trend for face sculpting or contouring, and for thick eyebrows has led to a huge boost in make-up sales

The IRI’s new Big Question report on the grocery price war revealed it has saved UK shoppers £9.3bn over three years. Despite rising inflation a... Visit today for more information!

LONDON: Recent modest increases to food and drink prices in the UK have often been blamed on Brexit, the country's decision to leave the European Union, but a new report suggests the trend is almost entirely due to fewer promotions.

Inflation has started to creep into food prices in the UK, but base prices - those for products not sold on promotion - have not gone up, IRI data shows.

England’s health watchdog yesterday published new guidelines for the food industry aimed at significantly reducing the amount of sugar in a host of popular products. 

In addition to Public Health England’s (PHE’s) three levers for change to meet its 20% sugar reduction target by 2020 (creating low-sugar alternatives, cutting product sizes and promoting reduced sugar products), price is a fourth lever for the food and drink industry to address, says Dan Finke, managing director at IRI UK.

Stakeholders in the UK’s food industry have begun to respond to Public Health England’s call for a 20% reduction in the amount of sugar in food products.

Data released by IRI, the provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers, shows that the recent courgette shortage has seriously impacted sales of the vegetable in January.

"A shortage of certain vegetables in UK supermarkets has spurred a rise in the sale of seeds. UK retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, have in recent weeks started rationing lettuce, courgettes and aubergines after floods and storms ruined crops in southern Europe, squeezing supply. Some experts say that the shortage is expected to last until April or May."

Almond milk, e-cigarettes and avocados enjoyed the biggest surge in demand among UK shoppers last year, as a trend toward healthy eating gathered pace, according to one research firm.

IRI, the big data and technology expert for consumer industries, has announced the appointment of Anthony Graham as executive vice president of international solutions and innovations to replace Lynda Gammell.

Lynda Gammell, who has led IRI's solutions and innovations team in Europe for six years, is returning to the US to lead the product management of IRI’s Shopper Knowledgebase (SKB).