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July 28, 2014

Glacéau: Revisiting Opportunities and Challenges

Hope.LeeAnalyst Insight by Hope Lee - Senior Beverages Analyst

Seven years after being part of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) family, Glacéau has received considerable attention from its parent company and the media. The Glacéau acquisition was one of the most expensive deals in history at US$4.1 billion (20xEBITA). According to DE Master Blenders, the average transaction of acquisition is 12.7xEBITA for the food and beverage industry. Nevertheless, the deal was completed before Lehman Brothers’ collapse, when the market appeared to be booming, buyers were frenzied and advisers were pushy. It is now perhaps time to assess the brand and see if its development has lived up to expectations. The industry consensus is that Glacéau has made little advancement and the brand has not met its original objectives.

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Haier Encounters New Challenges

Jamie_KoAnalyst Insight by Jamie Ko - Head of Consumer Appliances

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It has been two years since Haier Group enjoyed the status of top global manufacturer within major appliances, after acquiring Fisher & Paykel in 2012. Thanks to the fast and continued growth of the Chinese economy, Haier has been able to gain share, with its long-established position in its domestic market. However, the cessation of the subsidy program in 2013 is likely to shrink Chinese consumer confidence and demand for appliances in 2014 or even longer. Additionally, the economic growth of China has resulted in wage and production cost increases, which will not be beneficial for Haier as a Chinese manufacturer. To add to its challenges, the recent acquisition announcement of Indesit Co Spa by Whirlpool Corp indicates heightened competition and Whirlpool is likely to win back the status of top manufacturer in major appliances. Should Haier start to press the panic button and if so, what are its solution options?

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July 27, 2014

Euromonitor to Speak at Vitafoods Asia 2014

VitafoodsasialogostrapcmykEvent Dates: September 3 (Wed) – September 4 (Thu) 2014

Event Description: Vitafoods Asia attracts more than 170 exhibiting companies and over 3,000 buyers from across Asia, especially Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Philippines, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Minji KimSpeaker: Min Ji Kim

First Presentation: September 3 (Wed) at 11:20 – 12:00 @ Asia World Expo Hong Kong

Presentation Title: Consumer Trends in Weight Management Asia: Challenges and Opportunities for the Industry

Presentation Description: Obesity is a growing concern in Asia Pacific, and weight management continues to be one of the buzz topics in the region. According to Euromonitor International, the region’s weight management market is dominated by China, Japan and South Korea. At the same time, South East Asian countries including Indonesia, Vietnam and India are showing fast year-on-year value growth and are expected to become key drivers of the weight management trend in the coming years. Although there are several factors that may saturate the weight management market in Asia Pacific, interest in getting slim will continue and further open up new opportunities. In this presentation, Minji Kim will address key trends, challenges and new opportunities of the weight management market in Asia Pacific.

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July 26, 2014

Ichitan Group Paves the Way for Local Players in the Thai Soft Drinks Market

Euroasia_w.anuwong_LThumb With Warangkana Anuwong, Senior Research Analyst

 Ichitan Group PCL, a relatively new player in the soft drinks market in Thailand, was recently listed on the Thai stock exchange which not only cements the company's future in the industry but also adds even more competition to the dynamic soft drinks market in the country. Ichitan's success is driven by its low-priced ready-to-drink tea which is the only RTD tea product in the country labelled as organic so far. If Ichitan's success continues, the soft drinks market in Thailand will become even more polarized as local brands rise up to challenge international players.

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Shifting Power in the Beer Market

Amin AlkhatibAnalyst Insight by Amin Alkhatib - Alcoholic Drinks Analyst

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There is an on-going global economic shift in power from West to East, a phenomenon the beer market began to witness years ago. In 2002, according to Euromonitor International, China overtook the USA to become the leading beer market in terms of volume sales. However, in spite of this achievement, China still has some way to go before it can claim to be the world’s biggest beer market by value.

Following years of mid single-digit to low double-digit volume growth rates, the Chinese market boasted a volume size more than twice that of the USA in 2013. Yet, when it comes to value sales, China is yet to reach the dizzy heights of the USA. In 2013, the Chinese beer market was 79% the value size of the USA beer market in fixed USA dollar exchange rate terms, so is not too far off from overtaking it. In fact, Euromonitor International forecasts that by 2017 China’s beer market will grow by 45% and thus assume the leading position in value sales terms.

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July 25, 2014

Why US Still Trumps China in Personal Accessories Strategies

Sulabh MadhwalAnalyst Insight by Sulabh Madhwal - Personal Accessories and Eyewear Analyst

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Owing to the emergence of several metropolitan cities and the subsequent appetite for luxury purchases in China, the country has been the undoubted growth driver of several accessories brands over the past five years. China overtook the US to become the largest personal accessories market by value sales in 2011, and since then has grown at a comprehensively faster pace. However, the US will continue to be the most influential market in the global strategies of most personal accessories players for three major reasons.

Consumer and Marketer Maturity

Nearly all personal accessories categories in the US have a highly evolved pricing structure. As such, the appreciation of private label, mid-priced, affordable luxury and high-end luxury brands is well defined among their respective target audiences. Fossil and JanSport are recognisable examples of mid-priced brands, while Coach and Michael Kors epitomise affordable luxury. On the other hand, most locally-based players in China tend to focus on economically-priced products, while international brands satisfy demand for high-end products. As a result, luxury players Swatch Group, LVMH and Richemont are the biggest international companies in China.

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July 23, 2014

Top 3 Emerging Internet Markets in 2014

Pavel_MarceuxAnalyst Insight by Pavel Marceux - Technology, Communications and Media Analyst

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Euromonitor International has identified the top three emerging Internet markets in 2014, based on growth rates in annual digital indicators such as online adspend, e-commerce, Internet users and mobile Internet subscriptions. The online markets to look out for in 2014 are Vietnam, Chile and Iran, as improved local telecom infrastructure, growing IT literacy and greater adoption of new technological platforms are driving more consumers to the web. Improved conditions for the growth of domestic Internet start-ups, clearer regulatory oversight regarding web commerce and cheaper costs of telecom services are allowing more businesses to launch or expand their online offerings.

E-Commerce Value and Internet Users in Vietnam, Iran and Chile: 2014

Source: Euromonitor International from trade sources/national statistics/International Telecommunications Union/OECD

Note: Figures are forecast

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China Overtakes the US as the World's Largest Economy

China is set to overtake the US as the world's largest economy in 2014, with a significant impact on consumers and industries. Learn which industries will be the most affected and why by watching this video and downloading Euromonitor's latest whitepaper.

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July 22, 2014

Vita Coco Poised for Success in Asia Pacific under Red Bull China

The Reignwood Group, owner and distributor of Red Bull China, recently purchased a 25 percent stake in Vita Coco with plans to distribute the coconut drink in the country. Although coconut water is not a new product, Red Bull China has vast retail connections, funds for advertisement and sponsorship and the understanding of consumer's growing demand for functional, healthy beverages. Red Bull China has no formal business relationship with Red Bull GMBH but has grown into a US$ 2.5 billion dollar brand in the country. If Vita Coco is promoted similarly, it could surpass sales in the US, which reached nearly US$ 240 million in 2013.

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July 21, 2014

What Next for the BRIC Economies in 2014?


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The outlook for the BRIC for the second half of the year is as diverse as the grouping itself. Russia is set to suffer the worst performance of the BRICs, followed by Brazil. All four countries have seen their growth forecasts revised down since January, but for widely differing reasons.

Real GDP Growth Forecasts: 2014


Source: Euromonitor International from national statistics/Eurostat/OECD/UN/IMF

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Glacéau: Revisiting Opportunities and Challenges

Haier Encounters New Challenges

Euromonitor to Speak at Vitafoods Asia 2014

Ichitan Group Paves the Way for Local Players in the Thai Soft Drinks Market

Shifting Power in the Beer Market

Why US Still Trumps China in Personal Accessories Strategies

Top 3 Emerging Internet Markets in 2014

China Overtakes the US as the World's Largest Economy

Vita Coco Poised for Success in Asia Pacific under Red Bull China

What Next for the BRIC Economies in 2014?