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February 3, 2015

Euromonitor to Speak at Gulfood 2015

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Event Name:  Gulfood

Dates: February 8-12, 2015

Location: Dubai, UAE

Event Description: Whether you’re looking to supersize your business or delight customers with unique and inspiring flavours, you’ll find a whole world of suppliers at Gulfood.
The biggest brands. The latest innovations. Amazing values.

Your industry is global. Change is constant. New markets open as fast as old ones close. Supply routes can be as fickle as consumer tastes and trends. Gulfood is where you get to make sense of it all, where you get to put your finger on the industry pulse, feel its heart beat and see where your markets and suppliers can evolve and change.

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Introducing Passport: Nutrition

Passport: Nutrition is a first-of-its-kind database that examines the total amount of nutrients purchased through packaged food and soft drink products worldwide, evaluating eight key nutrients in 54 countries. Passport: Nutrition research helps your organisation understand key markets and drivers, dietary trends and how to position your company for success.

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February 2, 2015

New Nutrition Data Shows Global Calorie Consumption

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We are excited to announce our new research examining the total amount of nutrients purchased per-person per day through packaged food and soft drinks products. Passport: Nutrition is a new research tool that maps the purchase of energy, protein, carbohydrate, sugar, fat, saturated fat, fibre and salt from packaged food and soft drink products sold through retail in 54 countries globally.  Passport: Nutrition allows your organisation to:

  1. Analyse where consumers get their calories. The purchase of eight different nutrients on a per person per day basis is available for 54 countries, regionally and globally. This information is also split by product category to the lowest level.

  2. View the nutrition composition of food and beverage products.  The nutritional information per 100g of product is available for over 50,000 packaged food and soft drink products in 54 countries. The nutritional content of one product can be compared with that of another, as well as comparing the same products in different countries.

  3. Review company and brand contributions. Nutrition brand shares look at how much each packaged food and soft drink brand and company is contributing to the total purchase of each nutrient, by category and country.

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January 11, 2015

Euromonitor International to speak at the AUSVEG 2015 Exporting to Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates Symposium

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Event: AUSVEG 2015

Location: Adelaide, Australia

Website: http://www.ausveg.com.au/

Date: 28-29 January 2015

Event Description: AUSVEG is Australia’s national peak industry body representing the interests of the country’s vegetable and potato growers. In January 2015, AUSVEG will host a two-day seminar aimed at Australian vegetable growers covering how to successfully export to Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 2015 conference follows on from the 2014 Exporting to Japan Symposium and the 2013 Exporting to China Symposium. Euromonitor International represents one of two featured speakers at the 2015 Symposium.

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November 19, 2014

Going Vegan for Weight Loss and Heart Health

Simone_BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke - Contributing Analyst

Can a diet totally devoid of animal protein be healthy for humans who are, by design, omnivores? Common sense would suggest not, but research begs to differ. A new study is just out, attesting to the fact that a stint of vegan eating boosts both heart health and weight loss, and without imposing restrictions on caloric intake. Could the annual January diet craze be in for a vegan overhaul? This would indeed be music to the ears of purveyors of carbohydrate foods, may they be potato growers, bakery manufacturers or noodle bars.

Healthier in just one week

Rarely has a diet come under such sustained and fervent criticism as the vegan diet. Not enough iron, zero vitamin B12, too little protein, lack of variety and, perish the thought, no dairy – surely this can’t be a healthy way to live?

However, plenty of evidence, much of it gleaned from population studies that reach back decades, suggests otherwise. For example, there is the oft-quoted Danish example, where, due to post-WW1 rationing, animal protein, fats and alcohol were severely restricted, forcing the population to subsist largely on potatoes, bread, barley and vegetables. As a result, the country recorded the lowest mortality rate from non-infectious chronic disease (this includes cardiovascular disease) in its entire history.

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November 2, 2014

Are Insects the Answer to Global Food Security?

InsectsAnalyst Insight by Media Eghbal - Head of Countries' Analysis

One of the biggest challenges facing global policymakers is how to feed the world’s growing population (expected to reach 8 billion by 2024) and expanding middle class, which has resulted in an accompanying increase in protein demand as consumer diets shift towards meat. The answer could be…insects, which are already being eaten in many parts of the world by an estimated 2 billion people according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Food security is becoming more pressing as extreme weather cycles have played havoc with harvests and crops in recent years resulting in food price spikes, protectionist policies or crop hoarding.

Emerging markets are driving both global population growth and the expansion of the middle class, and demand for meat is growing:

In line with such trends, the FAO released a report in 2013 examining edible insects for the future of food, highlighting the fact that farming of such insects could provide a solution to tackling global hunger and food shortages.  

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October 4, 2014

Americas Packaged Food Trends 2014

Sean KreidlerAnalyst Insight by Sean Kreidler - Research Manager

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Hemisphere Overview

The Americas continue to be a dynamic hemisphere for packaged food consumption in 2014. Both Latin America and North America offer both great opportunities and unique challenges.

The health and wellness trend has driven many North America consumers away from packaged food and processed ingredients. Flat volume growth is pepped up by value-added health-and-wellness-orientated solutions, opening up many avenues for development and product reformulation. Likewise, but still largely in its infancy, Latin America is adopting a greater push for healthier packaged food options. Natural products and local ingredients are becoming a bigger focus. Similarly, companies have been testing international flavours, tying them to the World Cup.

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September 29, 2014

Why do Consumers Prefer Local Products?

Daphne KasrielAnalyst Insight by Daphne Kasriel-Alexander - Consumer Trends Consultant

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“Think globally, act locally,” long the maxim for successful politics stressing a preference for all things local, is emerging as a global trend. Consumers are looking for locally-sourced produce and are interested in regional foods and tradition. For some, the "local" label is becoming a stronger buying criterion than “organic”.

Among other things, the propensity for all things local indicates consumer anxieties. In the political arena, it expresses a local outlook seeking to return to traditional regional and ethnic communities, and in culture there is a growing revival of local music, old dialects and languages. 

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September 20, 2014

Veal: Evolving from “Cruel Meat” to Ethical Choice

Simone_BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke - Contributing Analyst

The veal market is undergoing a slow but unstoppable revolution. There is a move away from age-old clashing viewpoints, which saw an unquestioning consumer acceptance of outdated animal rearing practices in traditional veal consuming countries on the one hand, and the outright rejection of veal as “cruel meat” in others. In line with rising animal welfare concerns, traditional veal eaters are starting to modify their expectations, while former veal rejecters are gradually getting used to the idea that veal can be produced humanely, and also that choosing veal represents a step towards sustainability.

Of crates and anaemia

Not all that long ago, from the standpoint of animal welfare watchers, eating veal was regarded just as abominable a culinary habit as the consumption of foie gras. However, unlike the latter, good-quality veal can indeed be produced without undue animal suffering. Great strides have been made in that direction over the last decade, and efforts are still ongoing.

A major milestone was achieved in 2007, when the EU finally outlawed the infamous veal crates, originally designed to restrict the animals’ movement in order to keep their muscles soft. In the US, although still legal, veal crates are used less and less, and the American Veal Association plans to phase them out by 2017.

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September 10, 2014

The Positives and Negatives of Social Media for Packaged Food Companies

Packaged food companies are using social media as a means to monitor what consumers are saying about their brands and to engage with their customers through suggestions. For example, PepsiCo's Lays brand holds a yearly contest where consumers suggest new flavors for their chips/crisps and contest voting is done via social media. However social media can also cause backlash for companies as well; for example, word spread on Twitter in 2013 about the CEO of Barilla Group's anti-gay remarks, leading to a public apology by the executive.

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Euromonitor to Speak at Gulfood 2015

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Euromonitor International to speak at the AUSVEG 2015 Exporting to Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates Symposium

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Are Insects the Answer to Global Food Security?

Americas Packaged Food Trends 2014

Why do Consumers Prefer Local Products?

Veal: Evolving from “Cruel Meat” to Ethical Choice

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