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Grocery Market Share Ireland - Horsemeat contamination shifts shopper habits



Grocery Market Share Ireland - Horsemeat contamination shifts shopper habits

Frozen burger sales fall 42%

The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, published today for the 12 weeks ending 17 February, reveal the initial impact of January’s horsemeat scandal on consumer shopping habits.

David Berry, commercial director at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “The impact of the horsemeat issue has so far only affected what consumers put in their baskets rather than where they do their shopping. For the four weeks ending 17 February frozen burger sales were down by 42% as shoppers chose to buy alternative meals.

“Aldi continues to set the pace with sales growth of 29%, increasing its share of the market from 4.6% last year to 5.9%. What is notable from Aldi’s performance is that it has grown sales of fruit and vegetables – the most valuable grocery category – by 39% this year

“Among the big three supermarkets Dunnes is the only grocer to increase its share of the market. Benefitting from bigger shopping baskets, the retailer beat the market with 4.1% sales growth. Tesco’s performance has improved slightly since January but still remains behind the market, leading to a drop in market share for the second successive period.”

The 0.8% growth seen in the market is the highest level since December 2011 and is attributable to the continued increase in the price of groceries.

An update on inflation

Grocery inflation stands at 5.8%* for the 12 week period ending 17 February 2013, the highest level seen since the 6.2% seen in September 2008.

*This figure is based on over 30,000 identical products compared year-on-year in the proportions purchased by Irish shoppers and therefore represents the most authoritative figure currently available. It is a ‘pure’ inflation measure in that shopping behaviour is held constant between the two comparison periods – shoppers are likely to achieve a lower personal inflation rate if they trade down or seek out more offers.

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