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June 30, 2015

El Bachaqueo and the Striving Venezuelan Black Market for Tissue and Hygiene Products

Adriana RangelAnalyst Insight by Adriana Rangel - Contributing Analyst

The term bachaquero derives from the word bachaco, a large ant common to the Amazon region of South America. It refers to the leafcutters - hard workers, carrying loads on their backs day and night in order to build their nests. For some years now, this term has been used to describe people who have illegally passed through border controls in the Venezuelan states of Zulia and Táchira, without declaring anything, in order to sell goods at a higher price in Colombia. Similar to a colony of bachaco ants, an increasing number of Venezuelans are working together in purchasing and stockpiling scarce, price-controlled items, and then loading them up, in a seemingly uninterrupted march towards the border, in order to resell them for a profit. 

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June 15, 2015

Cultural and Religious Barriers: Prospects for Greater Market Penetration of Toilet Paper

Jane-NguyenAnalyst Insight by Jane Nguyen - Research Analyst

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In April 2015, the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs announced a new Islamic fatwa which allows Muslims to use toilet paper. If the word spreads and the new rule is adopted by other countries with large Muslim populations, it will be good news for toilet paper manufacturers. They have struggled with low demand in the Muslim world, where water has been traditionally used for cleansing, with toilet paper only playing a supplementary role. Consumers in many other developing markets, not necessarily Muslim or not predominantly Muslim, also often remain loyal to a range of traditional practices for cleansing which do not include toilet paper. The changing toilet etiquette, especially alongside rising incomes and urbanisation, can open a wider window of opportunity for tissue manufacturers. However, success is predicated on manufacturers’ understanding of deeply rooted traditions and the adoption of marketing strategies that work alongside these traditions. 

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June 4, 2015

Nigeria in Focus: Dynamic Baby Diapers Marketplace

Victor AjibolaAnalyst Insight by Victor Ajibola - In-Country Research Analyst

As Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest and increasingly diversified economy, with rising disposable incomes and levels of education, urbanization and ongoing investments into infrastructure development, Nigeria’s marketplace has seen significant growth across a number of consumer goods, including absorbent hygiene products. Within retail absorbent hygiene, nappies/diapers/pants is the largest category by value and volume in the country.        

Per capita use of nappies/diapers/pants in Nigeria remains very low, compared to developed markets, thereby creating a foundation for further expansion.

Consumer purchasing patterns shaped by available disposable incomes  

The nappies/diapers/pants penetration rate in Nigeria stands at around 5%. Disposable nappies are hardly ever used in the rural areas, which represent half of the Nigeria’s population. Even in urban areas usage is often restricted to occasions like outings.  Additionally, many families are too poor to afford nappies/diapers on a regular basis and stock in bulk. Instead, they only buy the products when they can afford them and in small quantities they can afford at the time of purchase.      

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June 3, 2015

Innovation Trends in Disposable Hygiene: New Technologies, Visual Appeal, and Value

Demand for disposable hygiene sees a positive trend across many product categories and markets. Developing countries in particular continue to power the growth. Product development remains the key item on the agenda in both developed and developing markets to entice further use and market penetration. Innovation becomes even more critical in view of technological advancement in textile-based products, such as new incontinence underwear by New Zealand’s ConfiTex. The latter looks and feels like a regular underwear, is washable, does not use pads and comes in a variety of attractive designs. The videocast presents some of the latest products in disposable hygiene and highlights the potential challenge from the latest textile-based products.

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June 2, 2015

Innovation Trends in Consumer Tissue: Technology, Design, and Diversity

Consumer tissue marketplace maintains healthy growth, and product innovation plays a key role in keeping the momentum going. New product development evolves around new technologies that enable more sophisticated tissue products to hit the store shelves and packaging design. It is also becoming increasingly important to ensure store shelves display a wide assortment of products across price spectrum, thereby fostering long-term product and brand relationship across all income segments. The videocast presents a review of some of the latest products in consumer tissue.

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June 1, 2015

New Sexy in Incontinence Underwear: Threat to Disposable Products’ Growth?

SvetlanaUduslivaiaAnalyst Insight by Svetlana Uduslivaia - Head of Tissue and Hygiene Research

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Disposable products for light incontinence have seen significant growth globally, in value and volume terms, steadily increasing their share of retail disposable hygiene products sales in developed and developing markets. Product innovation and category normalisation are amongst the factors behind growth, and presentation and design have become increasingly important to increase product appeal.

Now, however, disposable incontinence has a potential challenge to reckon with – textile-based incontinence underwear by New Zealand’s ConfiTex. Emphasising strong, high-visual appeal, the new solution to light and moderate incontinence addresses common consumer points of embarrassment. Furthermore, while most disposable incontinence product campaigns focus heavily on feminine designs to appeal to women, the ConfiTex line also highlights its products for men. After all, women are not the only ones feeling embarrassment and discomfort associated with the use of incontinence underwear.        

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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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Productos Tissue & Higiene en Sudamérica

El año 2014 fue otro buen año para el mercado global de Tissue & Hygene, mostrando crecimiento positivo en las ventas retail, en términos tanto de volumen como de valor. América Latina también vio un sólido crecimiento, aunque no todos los países tuvieron un desempeño tan bueno. Esta presentación ofrece una breve reseña de las tendencias mundiales y de América Latina, incluyendo tendencias actuales en innovación y desarrollo de productos de la industria de Tissue & Hygene.

2014 proved to be another good year for the global tissue and hygiene marketplace, with global market posting positive growth in volume and value terms in retail sales in 2014. Latin American region also continued to see solid growth, although not all countries perform equally well. Current presentation provides a brief overview of the global and Latin American trends, including current tendencies in innovation and product development in tissue and hygiene.

May 8, 2015

Import Restrictions and Tissue and Hygiene Retail in Argentina

Horacio LarghiAnalyst Insight by Horacio Larghi - Contributing Analyst

In January 2015, Argentinean news outlets had much to say about the shortage of tampons in the South American country. The feminine hygiene product is not produced locally and the two principle manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson and Kimberly-Clark, which dominate the Argentinean market with nearly 90% of all sales, import their brands from Brazil, as well as from far-away Czech Republic. The government-imposed import barriers are the reason for the tampon shortage.

 

Reasons behind restrictions and daunting task of getting dollars into the country

Argentina’s external debt is denominated in US dollars, which stands at US$140 billion. The country’s reserves currently stand at less than US$30 billion, which is less than the cost of six months of imports. In October 2015, a bond payment of approximately US$4 billion will be due.

The situation, however, is exceptionally complicated. An interest payment made on 31 March 2015 will most likely not reach most bondholders, as US District Court Judge Thomas Griesa has barred the country from paying any interest on bonds restructured after the 2002 default, until it settles with US hedge funds that rejected a bond swap. This disagreement is at the root of the country’s latest default in July 2014. Therefore, it is essential that more dollars enter the country than exit, which explains the import restrictions.

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April 29, 2015

Tissue and Hygiene in 2014 and Beyond

2014 proved to be another good year for the global tissue and hygiene marketplace. While not without its risks and hiccups, the global market posted positive growth in volume and value terms in retail sales in 2014. Developing markets remained the key engines of growth. Current presentation provides a brief overview of the global and select regional performances in retail tissue and hygiene, with outlook for growth through 2019.

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El Bachaqueo and the Striving Venezuelan Black Market for Tissue and Hygiene Products

Cultural and Religious Barriers: Prospects for Greater Market Penetration of Toilet Paper

Nigeria in Focus: Dynamic Baby Diapers Marketplace

Innovation Trends in Disposable Hygiene: New Technologies, Visual Appeal, and Value

Innovation Trends in Consumer Tissue: Technology, Design, and Diversity

New Sexy in Incontinence Underwear: Threat to Disposable Products’ Growth?

Brazil's Business Environment: Consumption in Economic Slowdown

Productos Tissue & Higiene en Sudamérica

Import Restrictions and Tissue and Hygiene Retail in Argentina

Tissue and Hygiene in 2014 and Beyond