The imposition of COVID-19 related restrictions, the strong desire to shop in local, quieter outlets and the enthusiasm to support local businesses influenced consumers’ purchasing decisions in Ireland for a significant proportion of 2021. These factors supported sales through traditional grocery retailers.
The share of health food stores increased at a greater rate in 2021 relative to that of traditional retailers such as newsagents and cultural food centres. Health food stores in Ireland such as Holland & Barrett, The Health Store and Evergreen Health Food Stores benefited from the continued emphasis that local consumers placed on healthy lifestyles.
The number of outlets of traditional grocery retailers once again declined in 2021. This was particularly evident in city centre locations or large retail parks, which have suffered from over a year of significantly reduced footfall.
Health food stores is predicted to gain further share over the forecast period relative to that of other traditional grocery retailers. Not only will there be sustained demand for food products that are perceived to boost the immune system, but the renewed focus on following healthy lifestyles, maintaining a healthy weight and eating perceived beneficial food will only develop further over the forecast period.
A further reduction in the number of outlets for traditional grocery retailers is predicted over the forecast period. This aligns with the general trend witnessed over the review period in Ireland, partly as a result of the ever-growing expansion of large grocery retailers in the country and the popularity of these stores amongst consumers.
Traditional grocery retailers find it difficult to challenge larger grocery brands in terms of the cost of the products they sell, especially due to the increasing popularity of discounters with a low-cost model and the desire of other modern grocery retailers, such as supermarkets, to compete using this strategy. Therefore, an opportunity for traditional grocery retailers appears to be the opportunity to emphasise the quality of products on offer.
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Traditional grocery retailing is the aggregation of those channels that are invariably non-chained and are, therefore, owned by families and/or run on an individual basis. For Euromonitor traditional grocery retailing is the aggregation of three channels: Independent Small Grocers, Food/Drink/Tobacco Specialists and Other Grocery Retailers. While there can be modern (i.e. chained) food/drink/tobacco specialists or other grocery retailers, due to the store's presence in the channel, these stores are still considered as traditional for Euromonitor International.See All of Our Definitions
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