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Banana Pads in Rwanda: Interview with Elizabeth Scharpf, CEO of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)

by January 8th, 2017

Euromonitor International had the opportunity to interview Elizabeth Scharpf, CEO of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE). SHE is a social venture whose first initiative, the SHE28 campaign, aims to provide affordable sanitary protection to girls and women in emerging markets where there is a lack of access to affordable products. In impoverished areas, sanitary pads typically cost more […]

Unilever’s Ailing Prospects in Developed Markets Prompt String of Premium Acquisitions

by December 21st, 2016

Unilever’s eventful acquisition activity over the past two years has altered its standing in beauty and personal care. The company has acted not only to capture new revenue opportunities but also to reboot its growth in developed markets. Unilever generated 40% of 2015 sales from developed markets, down from 49% in 2010. Over 2010-2015, it […]

Cargill’s Commitment Shows the Scope of Non-GMO

by November 17th, 2016

The debate about genetically modified organisms (GMO) divides the food industry like nothing else. Global value sales of food and beverage products with GMO-free labelling were upwards of USD17 billion in 2015. Cargill, traditionally a proponent of the use of biotechnology in food, recently announced production of three ingredients with verification from the Non-GMO Project, […]

Unilever’s Decision to Hold a Magnum to Tesco’s Head is the Logical Fallout of Price War Stand-Off

by October 13th, 2016

Overnight, absence of evidence has become evidence of absence. In the immediate aftermath of Brexit, there was little evidence that anything had actually happened; some consumers and newspapers said “I told you so”. Now, however, Tesco has delisted Unilever’s products after the manufacturer – Tesco’s leading supplier – requested a 10% price increase across its iconic FMCG brands. […]

LVMH’s Purchase of Rimowa Illustrates the Uncertainty of the Luxury Market

by October 9th, 2016

2016 has been a bumpy year for the luxury market, plagued by the decline in luxury spending by Chinese tourists, plunging oil prices which have led to a major currency shake-up in Latin America and Russia, terrorism threats in traditional luxury markets like France, and further economic upheaval triggered by Brexit. Hermès International SCA has […]

Unilever in “Green” Acquisition Mode: Where do Diapers and Toilet Paper Fit In?

by September 22nd, 2016

Unilever’s recent announcement of a potential deal with the Honest Company, followed by the acquisition of the Seventh Generation company, signal the company’s quest for products with eco-friendly positioning. The acquired portfolio, however, also includes disposable hygiene and consumer tissue products. This podcast discusses the place of the disposable products in the Unilever portfolio and […]

Midea’s Moves in Connected Appliances Development and Suggested Next Steps

by September 20th, 2016

Realising the great opportunities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, Midea Group Co Ltd has established a “dual-smart” corporate strategy to develop connected appliances in the direction of smart appliances and connected manufacturing in 2015. Although LG Corp and Samsung Corp are still leading global connected appliances development, Chinese rivals, including […]