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Future Meat Alternatives Beyond Plant-Based: In-Vitro or 3D Printed Meat

by December 25th, 2016

As the environmental impact of livestock is increasingly debated as a key obstacle in achieving sustainable lifestyles, sales of plant-based meat substitutes have made steady gains in developed markets, as they move away from being the preserve of vegetarians to becoming popular among the wider group of flexitarians seeking to reduce their meat intake. Could this shift […]

Recipe Box Websites Provide Renewed Interest in Online Grocery

by December 15th, 2016

  Online sales of food have typically lagged behind those of other FMCG products keeping the grocery store as the primary touch point for consumers. However, the landscape for food and drink internet retailing is shifting as new business models increase consumer engagement. Meal kit delivery services, such as Hello Fresh, Gousto and Blue Apron, […]

South African Consumer Markets Faced with Uncertainty In Spite of Recent Reprieve from Credit Downgrade

by December 13th, 2016

With much relief, South Africa sighs as Standard & Poor’s maintains its sovereign credit rating of the country’s foreign-currency debt at BBB-. This however does not take away from the precarious position that the country faces both economically and politically, with a tough road ahead in terms of economic growth and structural reform. Using the […]

The Impact of the 2018 Value Added Tax (VAT) on the Food and Drinks Industry in UAE and Saudi Arabia

by November 30th, 2016

Intro Expected introduction of VAT in 2018 in 6 countries of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which includes UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, comes as a response to low oil prices and Governments seeking to diversify sources of revenue. According to Euromonitor International’s Industry Forecast Model (IFM), value added tax will have significantly […]

The Intangible Appeal of “Natural”: Growing Consumer Interest in an Unregulated Product Label

by November 25th, 2016

In recent years, brands and retailers have been scrambling to meet growing consumer desires for “green” product features, such as organic, recyclable, fair trade, and sustainably produced. Driving these desires is an increased awareness of ingredients in various products, accompanied by firm opinions about what ingredients or characteristics may or may not harm an individual […]

PLMA Show 2016 Beverages Recap

by November 18th, 2016

The PLMA (Private Label Manufacturers Association) hosted its Private Label Trade Show from 13-15 November this year in Rosemont, Illinois. Over 1,300 exhibitors from 40 countries representing the global alcoholic drinks, beauty and personal care, consumer health, home care, hot drinks, packaged food, pet care, soft drinks, and tissue and hygiene industries were present to […]

Gluten-Free Fast Becoming New Industry Standard in Baked Goods, with High Fibre One to Watch

by November 16th, 2016

The main pressures facing bakery over the last year are not dissimilar from those facing the wider food industry. The rising popularity of low-carb diets such as Atkin’s and Paleo in advanced countries and the reduction in waste and lifting of subsidies in emerging markets have taken their toll on the global baked goods market. […]