High Street sales in 2015 kicked off strongly, says new research,
The latest CBI Distributive Trades Survey has revealed that retail sales grew strongly in the year to January, slightly exceeding expectations.
The survey of 127 firms showed that whilst sales volumes grew at a slower pace than in the previous month – which benefitted from bumper Black Friday sales – the rate of growth remained healthy, and volumes were well above average for the time of year. Firm growth was anticipated in the year to February.
Confirming the craze in all things coconut, new data has revealed global consumption of coconut water will hit almost four billion litres this year.
But Datamonitor Consumer’s latest research on the global coconut water market suggests there are several unexploited countries that could hold even further potential.
Findings show that although UK consumption is due to reach 25m litres in 2015, much higher growth is expected from Japan, Canada, and France if there is the correct product and branding to inspire uptake.
Sara Grady, Analyst for Datamonitor Consumer, commented: “With the focus very much on the US and Europe, some wealthy, health-conscious markets have been missed out by coconut water brands. Japan has the potential to be worth almost $500m by 2019 as coconut water directly appeals to ongoing demands for functional wellness products.”
Regions such as Malaysia and Indonesia are not expected to see strong changes in consumption habits, while socio-economic shifts in Brazil, Mexico, and India, for example, are thought to be driving development towards the packaged sector. Datamonitor said it is now up to producers to enter these markets with affordable launches that align with wider interests to pull consumers away from fresh produce.
Industry will be descending on the Tophill Tournament golf day, in association with Health Food Business.
The event has become a must-attend, organised by well-known industry personality, Colin Tophill, who was Managing Director at Brewhurst for many years.
The Tophill Tournament takes place on June 10 at Windlesham Golf Club in Surrey, and attracts a number of industry sponsors. As well as Health Food Business donating the leading retailer prize, other supporters include Nelsons and Solgar, and new sponsors for this year, Modern Herbals and
If you would like to find out more about the day, email Colin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Irish health food business, Evergreen, has raised an impressive €8,000 for a good cause.
The business, which has six stores in the Galway area, handed over the money recently to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI).
The money was raised during October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, through organising a sell-out Natural Beauty Event at the G Hotel, as well as a month of activities in its stores.
Staff dressed in pink each Friday of the month and money was collected in tins, as well as donations being given on sales of certain product sales during the month.