In our challenging economy, Private Label in South Africa continues to grow. At their recent mini conference, IRI’s Marylee Townshend spoke of the shopper extending their search for quality at a reasonable price and retailers increasing their Private Label assortment, as well as the number of categories they participate in. Private Labels are transforming to Private Brands, from being product imitators to category disrupters and from driving margin to building retailer loyalty.

The dairy category is one of the most important in European retail. Using data from IRI, ESM examines how macroeconomic factors such as price increases are impacting sales in this important segment.

Within a convenience store retail outlet, the cold vault space is the beachfront property in the store and, on average, there are typically five cold vault doors dedicated to beer. To help c-store retailers optimize their beer assortments within that valuable in-store real estate, Anheuser-Busch/InBev (ABI), IRI and the Category Management Association (CMA) partnered on a new study — the results of which were released recently to Convenience Store News.

With the overwhelming amount of data available, Stephanie Augier, European lead for analytics at IRI, discusses the importance of analysing Big Data to unlock its full potential.

Gaining access to an increasing amount of data does not necessarily lead to better decision-making.

The popularity of prosecco is putting pressure on supermarket supplies, with many retailers looking to stock up on cava in case they run out of the UK's favourite fizz.

Sales at major supermarkets shot up 34 per cent to £356 million in the year to the end of February, according to analysis by IRI. In fact, prosecco’s popularity is growing so fast that experts have issued fresh warnings of possible shortages of the Italian sparkling wine.

Poundland has opened up its sales data to suppliers as part of a partnership with market intelligence company IRI.

In the 52 weeks ending 2 January 2016, £145.6million worth of avocados were bought in UK supermarkets, a 31 per cent increase for the fruit, the data from market research firm IRI shows.

February 23 2016 - Retail and healthcare data giant IRI has appointed former Reckitt Benckiser exec Caspar Netscher as Executive Vice President of Regional Client Growth Development (CGD), based in its Netherlands office.

There was a spike in olive oil prices in stores in a number of western European markets last year on the back of a fall in supply, caused by factors that are still having an impact on production.

Supermarkets across the UK reported a £3m drop in sales of sausages and bacon in the two weeks after the report’s publication, as shoppers digested the news and considered the health effects of eating them.

Sales of pre-packed sausages and bacon fell sharply at UK supermarkets in the wake of a World Health Organisation (WHO) report, which said eating processed meat can cause bowel cancer.

When supermarkets start cutting product lines, manufacturers get nervous and may hastily start preparing powerpoint presentations to justify their product on the shelves. The reality of range cuts is often a more rational affair however.

Years of deals have left brands and retailers in all countries battered and bruised. Times are changing and both parties are desperate to find new ways to grow their revenues. Stephanie Augier, European analytics and shopper account director at IRI says manufacturers and retailers need to take a more sophisticated approach to range optimisation.

Research has found that over half the goods in British shops are sold as part of a promotional offer. The recurrent use of deals could harm supermarkets and major retailers in the long-term as discerning consumers come to expect them and the ‘special’ part of the offer is rendered, well, invalid.

Deals such as multi-buys account for 28.6% of sales in Europe overall, with critics accusing UK retailers of using promotions to obscure true cost of goods

Across Europe, promotional activity in the grocery sector has been largely static in the past year but individual markets have experienced very different outcomes, according to a new report.

Analysis by global insight leader IRI indicates that the massive range reductions which UK supermarkets and grocery retailers had been expected to make in 2015 have not yet manifested.

Beer, wines and spirits (BWS) has been among the hardest-hit categories as supermarkets culled their ranges this year, according to new research.