More than three in four people said they were planning to spend up to €20 per person on Christmas dinner alone.

Irish consumers plan to ring in the end of austerity with a €528 million splurge on food and drink this Christmas.That’s according to new research by (...)

Boy and girl pirate costumes, €18 each from Dunnes Stores

Q My kids are gearing up for Halloween, and this is my six-year-old daughter’s first time trick-or-treating. She doesn’t really know what she wants(...)

 A buckwheat crepe with creamed leeks, avocado, air-dried tomato and tomato coulis from Gavin McDonagh’s Brioche restaurant in Ranelagh

Artisan meal at Brioche in Ranelagh Customers of Gavin McDonagh’s Brioche restaurant in Ranelagh are accustomed to the tasting plates, grazing na(...)

Dermot Hanley, who launched Nüsli five months ago following almost two years of intense product development
New innovator: Nüsli

“Nüsli is fast food, not junk food and it is not just another yogurt. It is a brand new Irish food product,” says former investment banker Dermot Han(...)

Margaret Farrelly of O’Egg. The company’s operation involves around 160,000 hens. photograph: seán curtin
New innovator: O’Egg

Margaret and Leo Farrelly have been producing and packing free-range eggs under the Clonarn Clover brand since 1988. They started with 150 hens on the(...)

On the surface, Irish consumers appear to be well-served by representative groups, with a National Consumer Agency, a Consumers’ Association an(...)

Superquinn in Blackrock was one of 24 supermarkets rebranded as SuperValu last month. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Tesco is perilously close to losing its pre-eminent position in the Irish supermarket sector with the latest figures from retail analysts Kanta(...)

Tesco, which is almost two years into a turnaround plan for its UK business, said more shoppers had turned to discounters and upscale rivals for their Christmas treats. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two stalwarts of the British and Irish retail trade – Tesco and Marks & Spencer – have admitted that the Christmas period had failed to deliver(...)

 It’s time to hunt down the piping bag and nozzles, or buy a new set to do the Christmas cake justice

Ice, babyIf your piping kit leaves a lot to be desired, and there are Christmas cakes to be iced, you can order this “professional” set from lakeland.(...)

Jack Rogers, Newgrange Gold: put a huge effort into getting distribution well set up from the outset. Jack Rogers, Newgrange Gold: put a huge effort into getting distribution well set up from the outset
New innovator: Newgrange Gold

It’s not that long since rapeseed oil became the darling of healthy eaters as it boasts half the saturated fat of olive oil and high levels of Omega 3(...)