Japan: a nation of coffee lovers

by August 12th, 2003

Japan, traditionally a tea-consuming nation and home of the green tea that is fast proliferating in tea markets across the West, might not naturally be considered a coffee-loving nation. But coffee is not only more popular in both volume and value terms, overall tea sales are continuing to lose ground to coffee, with volume sales exhibiting consecutive decline between 1997 and 2002 (with only black speciality tea exhibiting strong growth).

China usurps USA as world’s largest beer market

by November 12th, 2002

Volume sales of beer in China are set to grow by 7% in 2002, while demand increased by more than 40% between 1997 and 2002, compared to growth of just 4% in the US over the same period. This has been stimulated solely by lager and in particular economy brands, with the market being gripped by a fierce price war. This is reflected in the fact that while total volume sales are now larger than in the US, total value sales are some 4 times lower.

Japan, 2001: A Beer Oddity

by August 7th, 2002

Although in 2001 value sales of beer continued to fall manufacturers were able to take solace in the fact that overall volume sales were up by 2%, thanks largely to the influence of the domestic economy segment. Happoshu the low malt, low priced quasi beer had succeeded in raising overall consumption by offering reasonable tasting and more importantly a cheaper alternative to standard beers.

Asia-Pacific Skin Care: High Margins Fuel Sales

by June 24th, 2002

With sales amounting to US$11.2bn in 2001, the Asia-Pacific region scoops the lion’s share of skin care sales globally, accounting for over 37% of the overall market. Following the economic repercussions of the Asian financial crisis of 1997-1998, the region’s sales of all personal hygiene and cosmetic articles have made a strong recovery, although suffered a 3.5% decline last year due to economic recession in Japan.