Dairy market continues to slow but eggs bounce back
Slowing growth continues for the dairy market, down 0.4ppts to +1.0% for the latest 12 weeks to 19 May 2019. Total grocery growth has declined from +2.3% last period to +1.5% this period. The fresh and chilled sector also records a decline, down 1.2 ppts to +0.5%. From a volume perspective, grocery is down by 0.2ppts to +1.2% growth, while dairy has grown 0.4ppts, with volume up at +1.1%.
Over the last 12 weeks, half of the dairy sectors have experienced a reduction in their contribution to growth, the largest being milk which is down this period by £5.5 million. Fresh cream also stands recording a £0.6 million reduction on their growth contribution. Lards and Compounds has a strong performance on the back of slight growth last period, recording a £0.2 million contribution improvement.
The Where, the Who and the How
In terms of where people are buying dairy, this period’s slowdown is driven by Tesco (-£4.8m), Morrisons (-£2.7 million), Waitrose (-£2.2 million), Sainsbury’s (-£0.7 million) and Icelnd (-£0.4m). All the remaining retailers record a positive uplift in their contribution, with Aldi (+£1.3m) and Lidl (+£1.1 million) leading the way.
Poor performance from the pre- family demographic group continues into this period as year on year decline continues, recording £3.9 million contribution decline this period (up from £5.4 million last period). Those shoppers defined in the groups empty nesters (-£4.7 million) and retired (-£3.5 million) also reduced their spend. A large proportion of these shoppers fall within Class C1, with -£22.6 million change in contribution.
We see temporary price reduction (TPR) sales continue to grow versus 2018, compared to the last period this year this has increased by £27 million. However, this is outweighed by no promotions and Y for £X deals in particular which drive the slowdown of dairy as contribution to growth falls £21m and £12m, respectively.
Eggs have bounced back from a period of continued slow down, up by £1.1 million this period. Growth was mainly due to Sainsbury's (+£0.8 million) and Tesco (+£0.5 million) drive growth despite their poor performance in dairy as whole. Growth is driven by no promotion sales (+£1.3 million) despite decline within Y for £X sales (-£0.3 million). When looking at who is driving the growth, it’s largely lower-income families with young families contributing +£0.7 million and Middle Families +£0.9 million.