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September 1, 2015

Euromonitor to Speak at Cosmetics 360

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Date: 15-16 October, 2015

Location: Caroussel du Louvre - Paris, France

About the conference

The two-day programme at Cosmetic 360 will offer professionals some turnkey solutions from the most innovative companies, with thematic pathways, a cycle of talks on future trends, open innovation spaces for business meetings with the industry’s decision-makers, and two prizes for innovation. The fair will be designed as a meeting place for players in innovation and industry professionals from every sphere: technical, R&D, general and marketing, trade and purchasing, and academic research.

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August 31, 2015

Lessons for G7 Economies from Japan’s Super High Public Debt-to-GDP Ratio

Carrie LennardAnalyst Insight by Carrie Lennard - Business Environment Manager

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As a member of the G7 group of the world’s key economies, Japan’s economic fortunes have an impact on the wider global economy. It has by far the largest public debt-to-GDP ratio in the world, rising every year from 2009-2014, hitting 247% in 2014, and is forecast by the OECD to reach 400% by 2040 if it does not undertake more sweeping reforms. This is negatively impacting business and consumer confidence. Key contributing factors are a high old age dependency ratio and low female employment rate, which some other G7 members share, and must tackle if they are to circumvent a similar fate.

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August 27, 2015

Spiralized Vegetables Succeed as Ersatz Pasta

Simone BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke - Contributing Analyst

Supermarket sales of courgettes and root vegetables are revving up this season. 2015 could well be the year when more consumers than ever will be reaching their five (or six, or seven) a day fruit-and-vegetable consumption target, and all thanks to a new trend that sees common vegetables transformed into a substitute for gluten-addled staples.

Pasta is suffering

How the world of pasta has changed. Once, it was all about the content of high quality durum wheat which separated the good from the bad. Now the mere mention of wheat makes consumers feel twitchy. Our packaged food data show that value sales of dried pasta fell by 13% in Western Europe and by 6% in North America over the 2009-2014 review period (based on fixed US$ 2014 exchange rates and constant prices). In Germany, sales dwindled by 13%, in Sweden by 11% and in Italy, pasta’s ancestral home, values plummeted by a disconcerting 25%.

For today’s health and weight conscious consumer, pasta is beset by two increasingly unpalatable problems. First of all, it is made from gluten-containing wheat, and it is precisely gluten and wheat which a growing number of consumers are trying to avoid. The second issue is that pasta is regarded by many as nothing more than a low-in-nutrients-but-high-in-carbs vehicle for tasty sauces. Pasta has thus come to be branded as an “empty calorie” food, much like white bread, sales of which aren’t doing too well either these days.

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August 26, 2015

Russia Halts Sales of Major Home Care Brands

Analyst insight by Vitalij Vladykin - Research Manager

On 25 August 2015, Rospotrebnadzor (the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing) informed retailers that they have to stop sales of several products from the range of famous dishwashing brand Fairy from Procter&Gamble and laundry care brands Persil and Vernel from Henkel. Safety concerns was the main reason for the restrictions. Both companies dominate Russian home care market with a combined value share of over 40% in 2014 and over 50% share in the mentioned categories. There were several other companies affected by this safety check including multinationals Colgate-Palmolive, Clorox, Werner&Mertz and local Nevskaya Kosmetika. This news was immediately connected to the ‘sanctions war’ among Russia and Western countries.

Both Procter&Gamble and Henkel are among the largest FMCG players in Russia. These two companies not only import products, but also have wide production capacities inside Russia. In June 2015, Henkel opened one more factory in Russia and announced that it is still interested in investments into local market. If these restrictions from Rospotrebnadzor are indeed connected only to insufficient quality of products, this issue will be quickly solved by manufacturers. However, if this decision has deep political roots, international companies will need to review their business plan for Russia, which will affect not only local consumers, but also thousands of employees.

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August 25, 2015

What’s New in Oils and Fats in 2015: Olive Oil vs Other Oils, a Case of Quality against Quantity

Raphael MoreauAnalyst Insight by Raphael Moreau -  Food Analyst

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While most other types of oils have seen their prices per litre nosedive between 2012 and 2014 in constant terms, olive oil has bucked the trend by recording a steady rise. Specific short-term factors leading to poor harvests in 2013 and 2014 in the world’s largest producer countries naturally played a strong part in hiking olive oil prices. However, other longer-term factor are at play, notably the positioning of virgin olive oil as a premium product, but also its reliance on sales in developed markets with high prices. Meanwhile, olive oil’s global per capita consumption saw a small decline since 2013, in contrast to the rise seen for less premium types of oil, which are more popular in emerging markets.

Divergent trends in unit prices

The rise in the olive oil unit price was largely the result of a sharp fall in production in the 2014/2015 season, with the International Olive Council estimating it as about a third lower than the previous year and the worst since 2000. This is largely due the olive crop in Italy having suffered from fly infestation and bacteria, while Spain’s crop was badly affected by drought. This follows a disappointing 2013/2014 season, with Greece seeing a major drop in production.

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August 24, 2015

Q&A: The Impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Deal on USA and EU Business Environments

Carrie LennardAnalyst Insight by Carrie Lennard - Business Environment Manager

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade deal currently under negotiation between the EU and the USA, which could create the world’s biggest free trade zone, boosting trade between the two. It would do so by removing trade barriers between them and harmonising regulations. Exports from the USA to the EU-28 countries declined from 21.0% of total US exports in 2009 to 17.1% by 2014.

  • What existing free trade agreements do the EU and the USA have in place?
  • Why do the USA and the EU want to form the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?

  • What issues would the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) need to address?

  • What positive impact could the deal have on economies in the EU-28 and the USA?

  • What are the likely drawbacks of the TTIP for the US and EU business environments?

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August 22, 2015

SodaStream's 2nd Quarter Earnings and New Strategy

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On 5 August SodaStream reported negative second quarter earnings to its investors, with revenue declining by almost 40%. This podcast reviews SodaStream's results following its exit from 3,900 doors in Walmart and Macy's stores in the USA. She talks about the company's new strategy of competing against bottled water instead of carbonates with its new "sparkling water made by you" tagline.

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August 19, 2015

Cartes Secure Connexions Becomes Trustech

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Event Name: Cartes Secure Connexions Becomes Trustech

Date: 17-19 November, 2015

Location: Paris, France

Event Description: In 2015, CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONSthe world’sleading trade show for Secure Payment, Identification and Mobility, is changing its name. CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS was founded 30 years ago, to promote a technology that had just been created: the chip card. Today, the world has changed. Multiple new technologies have emerged and, along with them, multiple uses. The name TRUSTECH reflects this evolution of the industry. Trust in the security of sensitive data is critical for the development of new applications and uses, in our increasingly connected world. TRUSTECH aims to be the hub of the international secure-connection community, to help market players define future strategies, develop the ways the technologies are used and generate business opportunities.

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Euromonitor to Speak at the 4th ICIS European Surfactants Conference

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Event Name: The 4th ICIS European Surfactants Conference

Date: 17-18th September, 2015

Location: Berlin, Germany

Event Description: Oil price volatility, new regulations and a drive to sustainability have led to changes in dynamics throughout the surfactants value chain. From feedstock sources to the selection of surfactants for particular applications, it is important to understand the impacts on the surfactants industry from both ends. The 4th ICIS European Surfactants Conference addresses these challenges and discusses how to adapt your business going forward to stay ahead of competition.

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August 18, 2015

Liquid Concentrates Successfully Mix Dosing and On-the-Go Attributes

Karine.DussimonAnalyst Insight by Karine Dussimon - Senior Packaging Analyst

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Why do we increasingly hear about “water enhancers” when we already have “cordials” and “concentrates”? Well, while the product content is almost the same, it is actually more to do with the packaging. Brand owners have been revamping liquid concentrates, and almost created the category entirely in the case of the US, by introducing reduced-sugar versions of their products in small other plastic bottles with dispensing closures – breaking the pack type and size codes in the category. As is customary when a concept takes off, a new term, like “water enhancers”, is used when referring to it. After the brand Mio laid the groundwork for the pack format in the US in 2011, the format has indeed taken off, and it also boasts interesting growth potential to 2019, both within and beyond liquid concentrates.

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Euromonitor to Speak at Cosmetics 360

Lessons for G7 Economies from Japan’s Super High Public Debt-to-GDP Ratio

Spiralized Vegetables Succeed as Ersatz Pasta

Russia Halts Sales of Major Home Care Brands

What’s New in Oils and Fats in 2015: Olive Oil vs Other Oils, a Case of Quality against Quantity

Q&A: The Impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Deal on USA and EU Business Environments

SodaStream's 2nd Quarter Earnings and New Strategy

Cartes Secure Connexions Becomes Trustech

Euromonitor to Speak at the 4th ICIS European Surfactants Conference

Liquid Concentrates Successfully Mix Dosing and On-the-Go Attributes