In Ireland, DCC Food & Beverage markets, sells and distributes a range of own and third party agency brands and provides category management and merchandising services to a broad range of customers including grocery multiples, symbol and independent retailers, pharmacies, off-licences, hotels, restaurants and cafes.
The majority of DCC Food & Beverage’s operations are focussed on the Irish grocery market which has shown some contraction over recent years due to the general economic downturn. As economic conditions remain challenging, consumers continue to search for value both in the grocery and out of home markets.
While private label now accounts for approximately 36% of all sales by value, brands continue to be important to the Irish consumer. DCC Food & Beverage continues to develop its own branded offering and company owned brands now account for approximately 33% of total revenue.
DCC Food & Beverage’s businesses enjoy a number of leading market positions in the categories in which they operate.
In Ireland, the business is the leading and most comprehensive supplier of healthy foods and beverages, fine foods and vitamins, minerals and supplements (‘VMS’), selling owned and agency brands directly to both the grocery and pharmacy sectors. DCC Food & Beverage’s healthfood brand, Kelkin, is recognised as the leading brand in the ambient health/’better for you’ food sector and offers a healthy choice in many food categories. Kelkin has developed its presence in the fast growing gluten free category in Britain and has achieved listings with key multiples. The Kelkin brand is also a strong and developing brand in the VMS sector in Ireland.
Also providing an extensive portfolio of international wine brands. It is also focussed on further developing its spirits portfolio and offers its principals significant on-trade reach in the Irish marketplace.
In Britain, the business is a leading supplier of branded (both company owned and agency) and exclusive retail wine solutions to the multiple off-trade as well as the on-trade sector (principally through regional wholesalers).
DCC Food & Beverage is also a leading temperature controlled supply chain service provider in Ireland. It offers a full range of temperature controlled supply chain solutions to major retailers, manufacturers and food service customers.
KSG, which is 50% owned by DCC, provides catering and hospitality services to a range of clients in the At Work, Healthcare, Education and Travel sectors in Ireland. KSG serves approximately 10 million customer meals annually.