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Friday 15 December 2017

Irish consumers' online food spend soars

Irish consumers' online spending on food soared by almost a quarter last year to almost €140m, according to a new report. Stock photo: AP
Irish consumers' online spending on food soared by almost a quarter last year to almost €140m, according to a new report. Stock photo: AP
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Irish consumers' online spending on food soared by almost a quarter last year to almost €140m, according to a new report.

The figure far outstrips overall online spending growth here of 18pc, the study by online business body Ecommerce Europe says.

"Food will be the future of ecommerce," Ecommerce Europe policy advisor Luca Cassetti told a Retail Excellence Ireland event in Dublin on Thursday.

The change in consumer habits presents challenges for traditional retailers as consumer habits change.

Food companies here, like Kerry Group and Glanbia, have been teaming up with internet sellers as consumers buy more food online.

Glanbia set up a partnership with Amazon to sell its performance nutrition products via Amazon Dash, a wifi-connected device that orders goods via the press of a button.

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