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July 23, 2014

China Overtakes the US as the World's Largest Economy

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Champagne and Problems Bubbling Beneath the Surface: Post-Recession Sales Decline and Growth in Sparkling Wine

Spiros_MalandrakisAnalyst Insight by Spiros Malandrakis - Senior Alcoholic Drinks Analyst

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According to Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, outspoken president of the eponymous champagne house, "Champagne's stiffest competition comes not from other sparkling wines but from Viagra". If there ever was a sentence encapsulating the category’s inherent contradictions, emotional gravitas and effervescent overconfidence, that would be it.

Reality is unfortunately less lyrical. According to Euromonitor International’s latest research, global champagne volumes declined by more than 1% in 2013 – a relative improvement compared to the moribund performance of 2012 but still nowhere near the heady heights of pre-recessionary exuberance. And while an inverse correlation between Viagra sales and champagne is yet to be established, other sparkling wine’s seemingly unstoppable advance is highlighting the dangers of competition coming from Cava and Prosecco rather than pharmaceutical companies.

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July 18, 2014

Boom to Struggle: Changing Prospects of Cognac in China

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Up until 2013, selling cognac in China was considered to be one of the sure fire ways of generating great revenues and profits. Between 2007-2012 volume sales grew by 119% (14.8 million litres), with retail sales up by 186% (RMB31 billion, US$5 billion). Cognac benefitted from its highly prestigious image in China and the Chinese culture of gift-giving to nurture relationships, especially with government officials and other businesses. Both factors boosted the luxury end of the cognac category.  There seemed little doubt that growth would continue.

 

Problems Taking Time to Appear

Even when, in October 2012, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, announced a clampdown on government extravagance and corruption, in early 2013, cognac producers and distributors were still optimistic that the category would return to healthy growth and last year’s Euromonitor International’s forecast growth of 15% volume CAGR (27 million litres) and 16% value CAGR (RMB53.5 billion) between 2012-2017 reflected those views. The consensus opinion was that cognac’s strong image and long presence in the country would shield the category from the brunt of any negative effect, unlike the less well-established blended Scotch.

However, the anti-extravagance push has had a more deleterious effect on cognac sales than expected and has substantially curbed “gifting” by business executives offering luxury gifts to officials, who increasingly dare not accept them. Nor has it been helped by a slowing economy and investigations into the links between some on-trade establishments and prostitution. 

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July 17, 2014

Heineken NV: Reaching Out to Africa’s Growing Beer Market

Amin AlkhatibAnalyst Insight by Amin Alkhatib - Alcoholic Drinks Analyst

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Heineken NV is opening a third brewery in Ethiopia in 2014 in an effort to expand in African markets. This is expected to be the world's fastest-growing region in beer volume sales, in percentage terms, in the 2013-2018 period. The Middle East and Africa (MEA) is forecasted to grow, according to Euromonitor International, by a 5% CAGR in total volume sales. The significance of this logistical move derives from the company’s strategy to dominate the continent’s second-most populous market.

Africa’s population size, untapped low-income consumer expenditure, growing incomes and rate of urbanisation are all playing a part in its global significance. It is no surprise that global companies like Heineken are looking to get a stronger foothold in this continent, but they have to contend with incumbent brewers, especially SABMiller Plc.

Demography and Economy in Favour of Africa

As the urban population is expected to grow at 3% CAGR over 2013-2018 in the MEA, and the population is expected to grow by a CAGR of 2%, Heineken is looking towards a growing consumer base. But let’s not forget that growth of a beer consumer base will also depend on the degree of social mobility, and growing accessibility of low-income consumers to beer markets via affordability.    

Source: Euromonitor International from national statistics/UN

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July 16, 2014

Hemp Ice Cream and Champagne Popsicles to Target the Mellow and Buzz Mood Demographic

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Maturity, health-conscious consumers and a decline in product launches have all contributed to a slowdown in ice cream sales in saturated markets such as the US and the UK. However, whilst Unilever and Nestlé dominate overall sales of ice cream, with a combined global value share of 35%, a somewhat controversial revolution is brewing in the background, targeting the ultimate indulgent experience.  Will hemp-infused ice cream and alcoholic popsicles pioneer the wave of craft ice cream? Euromonitor International takes a closer look at the rise of craft ice cream and how Unilever and Nestlé should take pointers from two university graduate entrepreneurs.

hemp ice cream_small_small.jpgRetail ice cream sales in the US posted a 1% decline in 2013 compared to historic average growth of 2%, primarily due to a drop in product innovation, consumers switching to healthier products outside ice cream, such as Greek yoghurt or fruit, or opting for cheaper formats. The UK paints a somewhat different picture; growth has also slowed down, but still registered a 5% value increase in 2013, compared to 7% in 2012

New Product Launches in Craft Ice Cream

While major manufacturers have been busy trying to launch healthy ice cream formats or jumping on the Greek yoghurt bandwagon, a new wave of entrepreneurs are instead focusing on flavour, excitement and, above all, provocative product innovation. Hemp-infused ice cream by Relaxation Solutions, a subsidiary of Bebida Beverage Company (BeBevCo), is expected to be launched in the US by August this year. The company is partnering up with 80s comedy duo Cheech and Chong to be the face of this ‘’relaxation’’ ice cream, which claims to contain 5mg of hemp per half pint serving. With some states in the US having already legalised recreational marijuana use and more to follow this year, it’s quite the catchy product launch of 2014.

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July 12, 2014

How Affordable is Beer Around the World?

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Affordability of beer in emerging markets is the key to accessing low-income consumers in low-base markets. Attaining affordability will allow for further expansion in volume sales beyond the pool of middle-income consumers and help offset stagnant or declining volume markets in the developed world.

 

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July 8, 2014

Strategies for Growth in the Japanese Beer Market

With Hiromi Yamaguchi, Research Analyst

 Beer in Japan has been on a steady decline in volume terms for the past ten years, and beer manufacturers in the country are working against this trend with several strategies. Focusing on the premium beer segment is one successful strategy as Japanese consumers are choosing quality over quantity. Beer manufacturers are also using convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and Lawson as test markets for different promotions and flavors. Finally, the craft beer market in Japan is small but growing, mirroring the expansion of the craft beer market in the US.

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Suntory Holdings Ltd (Beam Suntory) in Spirits

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Suntory’s surprise takeover of Beam in April 2014 has created the world’s sixth biggest spirits company. Although not currently showing in Euromonitor International data, this profile will look at Suntory’s new spirits division, Beam Suntory (as it will be known throughout the profile), and as it has inherited Beam’s strengths and weaknesses the profile will examine how well placed the new company is to grow.

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国内ビール市場動向とメーカーの取り組み

 国内ビール市場はビール人口減少、消費者の健康志向により、年々減少傾向にあります。メーカーはプレミアムビール市場への集中、特定の小売業者への限定製品の販売など、数々の取り組みを通して減少を最小限に抑え、成長につなげていく努力をしています。また規模は小さいですが、クラフトビールの発展は減少傾向にあるビール市場に、新たな刺激を与えています。

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June 28, 2014

How to Corner a Mature Category: Rumchata Taking Over the US

Spiros_MalandrakisAnalyst Insight by Spiros Malandrakis - Senior Alcoholic Drinks Analyst

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Is maturity induced decline irreversible? How can a seemingly clinically flatlining category exit the state of complacency suffered in the grip of the leading brand’s absolute dominance? Can a small regional player challenge an industry behemoth and not merely survive to share the tale but actually shift the balance of power in its favour?

This is not another story about craft beer’s ascent. It is the remarkable story of a small regional cream based liqueur brand that tinkered creatively with a recipe steeped in millennia of heritage to witness roaring success where Diageo struggled or even failed spectacularly. There were no major promotional campaigns, no Super Bowl commercials and no celebrity endorsements. And yet Rumchata succeeded in securing a fifth of the entire US market within 3 short years. Here is why it happened.

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China Overtakes the US as the World's Largest Economy

Champagne and Problems Bubbling Beneath the Surface: Post-Recession Sales Decline and Growth in Sparkling Wine

Boom to Struggle: Changing Prospects of Cognac in China

Heineken NV: Reaching Out to Africa’s Growing Beer Market

Hemp Ice Cream and Champagne Popsicles to Target the Mellow and Buzz Mood Demographic

How Affordable is Beer Around the World?

Strategies for Growth in the Japanese Beer Market

Suntory Holdings Ltd (Beam Suntory) in Spirits

国内ビール市場動向とメーカーの取り組み

How to Corner a Mature Category: Rumchata Taking Over the US