Lamb prices last week, similar to the previous week, have eased back again at marts to the tune of €3-5/head, going by what mart managers have been saying to Agriland. Cuts in factory prices for lambs at the start of last week once again trickled down into the mart trade, with factory agents holding very firm on what they were willing to payout. The general run of prices for factory lambs over the past week ranged from €111/head up to €120-124/head – with cases of prices rising to €126-128/head for lambs that were also gaining the attention of butchers. The trade for heavy lambs remains solid, with a good butcher and wholesaler demand continuing to be seen for those types.
Ireland’s biggest brands are taking on the international giants, according to Checkout Top 100 Brands, with a number of them cracking the top 10. According to the list – produced by Checkout magazine, in association with Nielsen – Brennans bread (3rd), Avonmore (4th), and Tayto (5th) all make the top five. This indicates the level of loyalty that consumers have to Ireland’s biggest household names, the list’s compilers say. Other Irish brands making headway in this year’s list include health-bar brand Fulfil, which climbs from 68th place in 2017 to 49th this year. Crisp brand O’Donnells soars 19 places from last year to 77th.
Keogh’s Crisps is one of three new entries to the list’s rankings this year, joining the Top 100 in 96th position. “What we are seeing in this year’s Top 100 Brands ranking is an overall trend of steady growth for many FMCG brands, and some significant growth for others,” Maev Martin, editor of Checkout magazine, noted. “26 brands have scored an all-time high in 2018’s rankings, and a number of Irish brands are featured in this select group. The Checkout Top 100 Brands is based on branded value sales across the Irish grocery sector, making it the “most accurate barometer of the biggest selling brands in the marketplace”, according to Checkout. In compiling the report, Nielsen measures the sales performance of over 6,500 brands from over 200 product classes. “The relative stability of the Top 100 Brands’ top-10 membership indicates that well-established and home-made brands are holding their own in the Irish market,” Martin added.
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