April 23, 2014

A New Consumer Health Powerhouse: GSK and Novartis to Form a Joint Venture

Mark StrobelAnalyst Insight by Mark Strobol - Consumer Health Analyst

In the midst of significant merger and acquisition speculation among the world leading pharmaceutical and consumer health companies, GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) and Novartis AG made a deal to establish a joint venture that will create the largest consumer health operation worldwide*.

The Deal

GSK and Novartis traded over US$20 billion in assets on 22 April 2014 involving the companies’ consumer health, oncology and vaccine divisions.  In a desire to focus on their strengths, Novartis will acquire GSK’s oncology unit to further bolster its position in the fast moving field of cancer drug research while GSK will take on Novartis’s vaccine unit, converting the company into the world leader in this area. The consumer health businesses of these companies will be merging forces to create a joint venture, which will operate under the GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare name and will be run by GSK’s current consumer health head, Emma Walmsley. GSK will own 63.5% of the new venture which reflects the valuation of its contribution to the deal, and GSK will retain full control of its operations in India and Nigeria. The new partnership is expected to be completed in early 2015, subject to approvals.

In a separate transaction, Eli Lilly and Company will acquire the Novartis animal health business.


A New Leader in Consumer Health

This high profile partnership is expected to establish a new global leader in consumer health. In 2013, GSK and Novartis ranked seventh and eighth in consumer health retail value sales, respectively, reaching US$4.8 and US$4.7 billion. The combined sales of US$9.5 billion would account for a value share of 4.6%, surpassing Johnson & Johnson Inc’s 3.9% of global consumer health sales.

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China in 2030: The Future Demographic

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In 2030, the population of China will reach 1.4 billion, an increase of 4.7% from 2012. Falling birth rates and increasing life expectancy mean that the population is ageing rapidly. In 2030 the median age will be 47.1 years and China will have the largest number of people over 65 years in the world. Imbalances between the sexes will continue with men aged 0-20 years accounting for 55.0% of all 0-20 year olds in 2030, compared to 54.8% in 2012.

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Environmentally Friendly Home Care Packaging is the new Trend in the UAE

EURO_NT_Sav.Sharma_LThumbWith Sav Sharma, Regional Consultant

Home care companies in the United Arab Emirates are seeking new ways to position products as environmentally friendly and sustainable. Consequentially, positioning products as environmentally friendly can also mean reducing pack sizes and packaging costs. Unilever led the way for this trend releasing liquid laundry detergent concentrate in smaller pack sizes in the Middle East, and in the next several years concentrated liquids are expected to perform well across all of home care.

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Freshpet Rapidly Expanding in Mass-Market Retail in Canada

Maryna IvusAnalyst Insight by Maryna Ivus - In-Country Analyst, Canada

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As the Canadian pet food marketplace faces the prospect of slowing volume growth in the coming years, manufacturers and retailers are continuing to seek opportunities in the premium dog and cat food segment. Premium pet food products are sought after by many Canadian pet owners, especially those with higher disposable incomes, thus enabling this otherwise mature industry to achieve value growth.

Within premium pet food, sales of fresh and frozen products remain relatively low. However, consumer interest in these products, driven by the perception of high-quality fresh ingredients, has been on the rise. Consumers are treating their pets as members of the family, and this trend is driving a preference for more natural products and better ingredients. Many pet owners feel more comfortable with familiar ingredients, ie ingredients which are similar to those they eat themselves.

Traditionally, fresh/frozen products have been sold mainly in specialist pet stores. However, banking on a consumer shift towards mass-market channels in search of high-quality products at a better price, Freshpet began marketing its line of fresh/frozen dog and cat food through leading grocery and mass chains in Canada, including Wal-Mart and Loblaws operated stores and other grocery retailers. The move, while not without its risks to brand equity, is supporting the brand’s expansion and is attracting more consumer attention, with retailers so far reporting good sales.

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April 22, 2014

Catering to the “Golden Traveller” – Accessible and Respite Tourism


The global population is ageing, with 10 percent of the population reaching the age of 65 by 2018. To cater to this ageing population, travel and tourism companies need to take extra steps including having medical staff on a tour as a precaution and to offer peace of mind for older travelers. Need-based travel offers tremendous potential for tourism companies as it caters to groups that rarely travel at all.

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Is Europe Addicted to Gas?


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Natural Gas in the EU

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Despite green energy subsidies and climate targets many EU member states remain reliant on gas - much of which is imported from Russia. Chief amongst gas consumers are Lithuania, Italy and Hungary. The United Kingdom has seen the largest fall in the contribution of natural gas to its energy mix – although the share of natural gas in total primary energy consumption still remains 10 percentage points higher in the UK than the average for the EU.

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April 21, 2014

Euromonitor Awarded Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade

QueensAwardInternationalTradeWe are pleased to announce we have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s most prestigious business award. Euromonitor received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade due to its substantial international sales growth of 155% over the past 6 years.

“This success is attributed to our high quality research from our 1,000 analysts around the globe, strong relationships with existing customers and committed staff in our 12 offices,” said Euromonitor Founder Robert Senior. 

The Queen’s Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate outstanding business throughout the United Kingdom.  The awards are made annually by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and are only given for the highest levels of business excellence.

“In 2013, we expanded our sales into 106 countries worldwide, opened our twelfth office in Brazil, and won the HSBC/PWC’s Private Business of the Year Award,” said Senior. “I am tremendously proud of our employees and their efforts in making the company such a success.”

At-Home Soft Drinks Machines Should Focus On Variety, Not Replication

JonasFelicianoAnalyst Insight by Jonas Feliciano - Beverages Analyst

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While at-home soft drinks systems have been available globally for some time, the recent Coca-Cola/Keurig Green Mountain strategic partnership, coupled with PepsiCo’s announcement that its own brands would be available on the Bevyz Fresh Machine have put at-home carbonation (and soft drinks creation) under the spotlight. As consumers await details surrounding the respective systems, machine and beverage manufacturers still have several obstacles to overcome. With both Coca-Cola and PepsiCo making their iconic brands available in capsule form, flavour, formulation, price and distribution represent just some of the many challenges that await.


Taste Comparisons will Naturally be a Focal Point

The most effective positioning for at-home soft drinks systems is to correlate the machines with consumer demand for diversity. Across the globe there is an extremely wide and expanding variety of soft drinks available to consumers who can afford a Keurig Cold or Bevyz Fresh system. The advantage of owning an at-home soft drinks maker is bringing the variety of a convenience store cooler to one’s kitchen countertop. However, because of the pairing with Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, the first thing the machines will be judged on is their ability to replicate the companies’ flagship cola brands.

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Euromonitor to Speak at World Perfumery Congress 2014

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Date: Wednesday June 11, 2014

Location: Centre International Deauville, Deauville, France

Conference: Occurring every two years, the World Perfumery Congress (WPC) is a unique three-day educational and networking forum uniting fragrance industry professionals, their suppliers and brand marketers to discuss current and future opportunities. A multinational group of thought leaders will present the latest innovations in ingredients, formulation, product development, sustainability and other hot-button issues at the WPC conference. Visit the WPC exhibition to investigate new products, services and ingredients from nearly 100 of the industry’s leading suppliers. Meet new industry contacts and visit with fellow fragrance professionals during the ample networking opportunities WPC provides.

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Chinese Economy: Stable and Sound? Or Slowing Dangerously?


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The first quarter of 2014 has seen the Chinese economy slow further to 7.4% year-on-year. China’s major trade partners will be looking on anxiously. Despite the National Bureau of Statistics announcing that growth is “Stable and Sound” is a major stimulus on the cards?

First of all the facts:

  • China has released its GDP figures for the first quarter. Q1 2014 saw GDP grow by 7.4% year-on-year, a slowdown from Q4 2013’s 7.7% and the lowest rate of growth since Q3 2012;

Real GDP Growth Q1 2010 – Q1 2014

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Source: Euromonitor International from National Statistics

Note: Data are non-seasonally adjusted


  • Beneath this headline figure, the service sector saw the strongest growth at 7.8% year-on-year;

  • Disposable income in both urban and rural areas also saw strong growth in the first quarter with annual real increases of 9.8% and 12.3% respectively.

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