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HRA Global Feature in The Grocer!

We have been mentioned in the July 2020 edition of The Grocer, in an article all about the hike in free from food and drink sales. Aldi sees 50% hike in sales of free-from food and drink HRA Global MD Hamish Renton said Aldi was “correcting an under trade” in…

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

The French have a saying I have been thinking about for much of the month – ‘Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’ – literally ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’. Certainly, the first part of that, “the more things change’, immediately comes to mind…

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The ‘Other’ Pandemic: Are We Into The Second Wave Of Single Use Plastic?

Overall, the emergence of COVID-19 and the global response to it appeared to provide a solid foundation for green growth. On the surface, the great “Great Global Slowdown” caused by Covid-19 and its consequences  – reduced car traffic and emissions, a 99% decline in air passenger travel, factory production, and…

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Brushing Up on Hygiene: Are Household Cleaning Products Performing Well Out of Pandemic?

The lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has kept nearly all of us inside our homes a lot more than usual. This was true particularly at the earlier stages of the crisis in which even recreation and exercise outdoors was kept to a limit. For many of us, the home…

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A Fast Buck? What is Chrononutrition and Why Should Food, Tech and Health Brands Care?

For years, mainstream nutrition advice has held that ‘a calorie is just a calorie’ and that it doesn’t matter if that calorie comes from fat, carbohydrate or protein. As long as total calories burnt by the body each day exceeds total calories consumed, broadly all is good.  I remember phrases…

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British Wine Comes of Age – The Grocery Insider Podcast

In this week’s episode of The Grocery Insider, in association with HRA Global, we speak to Jacob Leadley, winemaker and CEO of Black Chalk and Fran Bridgewater, owner and founder of Drinks Network.  You can listen to the full episode via the Grocery Insider, via Apple Podcasts or Spotify. We…

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Learning From Customers From a Distance

From the very beginning, HRA Global has always had a strong digital side. Partly due to us having a high proportion of international clients, early on we hopped on Skype, Go To Meeting and BlueJeans platforms for client project meetings and FMCG market research, as detailed in a recent Market…

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One of my fondest memories was when we found out my wife was pregnant for the first time.  We had a ‘two up, two down’ house in St Albans and we madly ran around all the rooms singing along to David Bowie’s classic song ‘Changes’ on repeat. It was a…

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Lockdown Shakes the Foundations in Health and Beauty

The lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK has brought rapid change to our structures and routines. One aspect for many that we likely did not comprehend at the start of the lockdown, as it was not understood quite how long the restrictions would last, is the impact…

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To B or Not to B?

Considering the abundance of challenges that we are set to face in the coming years as a result of climate change, it is unsurprising that businesses and consumers are changing their ways to become less of the problem and more of the solution. Opposing the generally now outdated view that…

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Raising the Bar: How Has Lockdown Impacted the Sports Nutrition, Equipment and Supplements Category?

We’re seeing huge changes in human activity and exercise levels across the globe. The evidence of our eyes tells us that more people seem to be exercising more than ever before, but does the data bear this out? And what are the implications for the future of the sports nutrition,…

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Is This the end of the Human Buyer? With Martin Rand CEO of Pactum – The Grocery Insider Podcast

In this week’s episode of The Grocery Insider, in association with HRA Global, we speak to Martin Rand, CEO of Pactum AI. You can listen to the full episode of Is This the end of the Human Buyer? on the Grocery Insider podcast, via Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Alternatively, simply search ‘Is…

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