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.

AACS has launched its latest annual report card on the convenience channel and, again, it outperformed grocery stores.

The rise of Aldi and Costco in Australia in recent years has shaken up the country's grocery retail sector. Brian Cook, group director for solutions and innovations for IRI in Australia, analyses what has happened and sets out how manufacturers and the country's two largest supermarket chains - Woolworths and Coles - can react.

The avalanche of spiced as well as fruit- and vegetable-infused beers coming onto the US market has prompted concerns that craft brewers may be charting a similar faddish path to that trodden by distillers with flavoured vodka.

The AACS SOI report pulls together data sources and contributions from across the P&C industry. IRI was appointed to provide the most robust and granular market performance overview for the local petrol and convenience (P&C) industry.

While craft beer in Australia is still behind countries like the US and the UK in terms of its percentage of the overall beer market it is continuing to grow.

The Australian Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) and IRI held a joint networking event in Sydney yesterday to present the findings of the inaugural 2016 Australian Retail Liquor - State of the Industry Report, following its launch in Canberra last month.

IRI – ALSA State of the Industry Report insights, findings that Australians are more drinking less but spending on higher quality alcohol.

The Australian Liquor Stores Association and IRI have worked together to produce the inaugural 2016 Australian Retail Liquor – State of the Industry Report.

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.

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.

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.

FMCG market and shopper intelligence firm IRI has stated it believes that further growth opportunities exist for premium cider within the UK convenience sector. Although cider sales passed £1 billion last year after several years of growth, the sector is struggling, says IRI.

Even the most price-focused brands have come to understand the importance of customer loyalty in recent years. Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair – once famous for its stark approach to customer service – recently credited its 25% profit increase to the "enhanced customer experience" it now offers.

NPD has been crucial for confectioners over the past year, with candy players investing in a new breed of softer gummy sweets and chocolate brands forking out on snacking formats and innovative new flavours.