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May 19, 2015

The Paradox of Choice in Soft Drinks

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In a world with more choices than ever before, effective curation is key. This podcast discusses the growing importance of curation in soft drinks. While consumers demand choice, they also seek guidance, and brands which can provide this—whether they are retailers, foodservice operators, or manufacturers—can reap significant long-term benefits.

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May 16, 2015

Interest in Asian Cuisines is Driving New Concept and Menu Trends

ElizabethFriendAnalyst Insight by Elizabeth Friend - Senior Consumer Foodservice Analyst

Asian flavours are growing increasingly popular all over the world, due in part to rapid growth in Asian markets, but also to rising interest in bold, spicy flavours and exciting new foodservice experiences. Asian concepts in particular, especially those that extend beyond typical Chinese food or sushi, are a growing trend in major urban areas, offering consumers more nuanced ways to enjoy Asian cuisine.

Asia-based chains are expanding quickly

A portion of this trend is being driven by the simple fact that Asian consumers happen to like Asian food. As Asia is home to many of the largest foodservice markets in the world—and unquestionably the home of the largest upcoming growth in absolute terms—Asian trends have become global trends. In fact, 54% of the global value growth from 2013-2018 will come from Asia Pacific, with that percentage reaching as high as 72% in the full-service categories. Add to that the fact that many of the region’s most advanced markets have evolved to the point of giving rise to their own home-grown chains, many of which are modern, well-funded, and looking to expand beyond regional borders, and this has meant that Asian concepts are growing quickly both at home and abroad. This has led to diversification in the category in terms of competitors and culinary influences, with plenty of growth to come in the years ahead.

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May 12, 2015

Brazil's Business Environment: Consumption in Economic Slowdown

250_brazilBusiness-v1.0On the surface, Brazil looks like an attractive market. It is the seventh largest global economy and has a population of 200 million, with high consumer expenditure and high demand for commodities.
But Brazilians are spending less, industrial confidence is deteriorating, and inflation is rising, meaning a future of slow growth and economic recovery.

Consumer goods companies operating in Brazil need to adapt their strategy to integrate the global market place. What are the reasons behind this slowdown and how can organisations work it to their advantage? 

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May 5, 2015

Asian Flavors, Vegetables and More: 2015 Trends in Global Foodservice

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Today's consumers are looking for health, convenience and value as part of their foodservice experience. In this webinar, we will explore trends that highlight these evolving preferences and show how they differ among global markets and income levels.

Register now to:

  • Learn about changing menu preferences
  • Examine modern ordering and service technology
  • Find out how to maximize value for customers
  • Use product trends to anticipate your competitors'
    next steps

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April 23, 2015

Key Takeaways from McDonald's Q1 Earnings Report

ElizabethFriendAnalyst Insight by Elizabeth Friend - Senior Consumer Foodservice Analyst

There were a few interesting things about McDonald’s earnings yesterday, but the key takeaway was negative. McDonald’s saw another 3% decline in global comps, traffic declines in all major segments, and as much as a 8% drop in comps in APMEA due to continuing struggles in Japan and China. Global fast food chains have been banking for years on emerging market growth reliably propping up less positive performances in the US, but McDonald’s is now facing difficulties on all fronts, with no immediately foreseeable way forward.

That said, McDonald’s also teased a big reveal for its turnaround strategy which is expected  to come on May 4th, something to which the stock market responded very positively. There has been speculation that the new plan could bank on delivery, greater participation in mobile ordering and payments, a broader roll-out of McDonalds’ new Create Your Taste platform, or more likely, some combination of the three. While a bold move like the latter does seem to be the kind of shift in strategy it may take to pull McDonald’s out of this slump, there are some very serious operational challenges that make it seem like it could result in trading one challenge for another.

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April 21, 2015

Consumer Foodservice in Australia Targets Pet Owners

Thomas writerAnalyst Insight by Thomas Writer - Research Analyst

It is well documented that Australians love their pets and that the bond between owner and pet is only growing stronger. The number of “pet-friendly” businesses such as cafés, hotels and even airlines is on the up, all catering to the ever-increasing willingness of consumers to humanise and indulge their pets. Australians spent A$3.5 million on their pets’ food, treats, litter, healthcare, dietary supplements, toys, homes and other accessories, which translates into A$146 spent per pet, up 19% from five years ago. A total of 39% of Australian households owned a dog in 2014, with 29% owning a cat.

While there has always been potential for foodservice operators to incorporate a pet-friendly theme at their outlets, with dog drinks served at dog cafés like Sydney’s Café Bones or websites such as doggydining.com.au helping dog owners find eateries that are pet-friendly for example, there is certainly ample opportunity for enterprising foodservice ventures keen to get their paws on the pet-loving market.

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April 19, 2015

Product Developments in Consumer Foodservice: Part 2

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As digital ordering channels and in-store technology has evolved, the industry has reached a tipping point where tech in foodservice has passed the point of simply adding digital capabilities to existing services. Now, digital technology is an integral part of consumers' daily lives and consumer foodservice brands need to keep up with these innovations.

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April 2, 2015

Product Developments in Consumer Foodservice

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In this podcast, senior consumer foodservice analyst discusses how Asian flavours and concepts, snacks, value portions and viral innovation are impacting the global restaurant landscape.  These trends are driving both new concept innovations and maximizing value in existing foodservice outlets. Listen for complete insights.

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March 14, 2015

An Interview with Fabrice Willot, President of the Belgian Foodtruck Association

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Alfredo Zucchi: Does the Belgian Foodtruck Association cover only modern food trucks, or do you cover all kinds of street food in Belgium?

Fabrice Willot: The Belgian Food Truck Association is a trade association which covers vehicles (food bikes, food carts, food trailer & food truck) offering urban, hand-crafted, high-quality food in Belgium. We poll regularly our member and invite them to communicate to us all the figures that we deem necessary for us to evaluate the category. This information allows us to establish a complete cartography of category’s activity in Belgium. The association covers 65% food trucks active in Belgium.

Alfredo Zucchi: Could you please explain what is your definition of “street food”?

Fabrice Willot: We speak of Food Trucks and not of street food. The scope of the association excludes pop-up stores and street stalls/kiosks. The Food Truck was born under the impulse of “radical chic” culture – a culture which was looking for authentic, hand-crafted products. We still find that distinction today, as the food truck movement focuses strongly on a hand-crafted gastronomy, based on fresh products –as opposed to gastronomies based on industrial or semi-industrial products (which are excluded from our scope and from our figures).

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Entretien avec Fabrice Willot, président de l'Association Belge Foodtruck

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Alfredo Zucchi : La Belgian Food Truck Association  est-elle destinée uniquement aux food trucks, ou couvre-t-elle toute typologie de « street food » ?

Fabrice Willot : Belgian Food Truck Association est une association professionnelle à destination des véhicules (food bikes, food carts, food trailer et food truck) proposant une gastronomie urbaine artisanale et de qualité exerçant leur activité en Belgique.

Nous effectuons régulièrement des sondages auprès de nos membres et nous les invitons à nous communiquer tous les chiffres nécessaires à l’évaluation du marché. Ces informations nous permettent d’établir une cartographie complète du secteur d’activité en Belgique.

Dans la mesure où l’association représente près de 65% des food trucks de Belgique, nous estimons que nos chiffres sont représentatifs du secteur.

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The Paradox of Choice in Soft Drinks

Interest in Asian Cuisines is Driving New Concept and Menu Trends

Brazil's Business Environment: Consumption in Economic Slowdown

Asian Flavors, Vegetables and More: 2015 Trends in Global Foodservice

Key Takeaways from McDonald's Q1 Earnings Report

Consumer Foodservice in Australia Targets Pet Owners

Product Developments in Consumer Foodservice: Part 2

Product Developments in Consumer Foodservice

An Interview with Fabrice Willot, President of the Belgian Foodtruck Association

Entretien avec Fabrice Willot, président de l'Association Belge Foodtruck