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July 5, 2014

Gluten-Free Mania to Liven Up Fresh Food

Simone_BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke - Consulting Analyst

Gluten-free eating is taking the world by storm. But it is not just all about gluten-free pasta, bread and biscuits. Exciting new opportunities are also emerging for fresh food, including starchy roots, vegetables and pulses. The new generation of gluten-free consumers is really not that difficult to cater for as it cares less about purity and more about choice and variety. For fresh food industry players, this means training their focus on foodservice, particularly in countries where packaged gluten-free food sales are already high.

Gluten - the Enemy of Wellness

Our health and wellness data show that global value sales of gluten-free packaged food soared by 75% over the 2008-2013 review period, reaching US$2.1 billion in 2013. In the past, the only people avoiding gluten were those individuals suffering from coeliac disease, an auto-immune condition in which the consumption of gluten causes the body to attack its own digestive tract.

Nowadays, however, a growing number of consumers are eschewing gluten because they believe that their bodies are sensitive to this cereal protein in some way. They attribute a wide variety of persistent symptoms to gluten sensitivity, such as persistent fatigue, skin rashes, weight gain, digestive complaints (including irritable bowel syndrome), poor memory and hormonal imbalances.

In essence, a branch of modern health and wellness philosophy which is continually gaining in popularity is that any unexplained symptoms may be down to a food intolerance, and gluten is one of the first candidates for an experimental elimination diet.

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June 25, 2014

Amazon Hopes to Spark Lagging Grocery Segment of Internet Retailing

Internet retailing is the largest segment of overall retailing, but certain areas, such as grocery products, beverages and household products lag behind in digital sales. In an attempt to gain sales in these segments, internet retailer Amazon launched Amazon Fresh in Los Angeles and San Francisco, which delivers grocery products on a daily basis to consumers. More recently, Amazon launched Amazon Prime Pantry, which consumers can use to deliver non-perishable goods. Amazon hopes consumers in large urban areas and small rural areas, where grocery stores are difficult to access, will utilize these services.

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June 19, 2014

India’s Mango Crisis Deepens

Simone_BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke - Contributing Analyst

The EU has banned Indian mango imports, upsetting not only the Indian mango industry but also UK importers and retailers. With sufficient effort and collaboration, the ban may yet be reversed before its expiration date at the end of 2015, but India’s mango woes go much further than that. Other export markets may decide to subject imports from the subcontinent to much closer scrutiny than before. This could yield dire consequences if India does not get its phytosanitary act together fast.

An Abysmal Year, Topped with a Ban

It has been a tough year for Indian mango growers. Extensive rain and hailstorm damage across the important growing regions of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh are translating into a 20% reduction in the 2014 harvest, which reached 18 million tonnes the previous year, according to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

Now, an EU ban, which came into force on 1 May 2014 and which also applies to a handful of other fresh produce items, such as aubergines and bitter gourd, spells another big blow for India’s mango industry.

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June 16, 2014

The Mediterranean Diet – More Than Just a Sum of its Parts

Simone_BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke - Consulting Analyst

A new study has uncovered a synergistic, blood pressure-lowering effect between certain vegetables and olive oil, which are essential components of the Mediterranean way of eating. Not only should this help olive oil sales recover after a fraught period of recessionary pressure, but it could also boost the health and wellness standing of lettuce, one of the most unappreciated vegetables, long belittled as a mere “bulking agent”.

It’s all About Team Work, Even for Nutrients

The Mediterranean diet, although highly varied across the extent of the geographical region where it is consumed, is generally based on abundant quantities of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pulses and olive oil, supplemented by plenty of fish, seafood, nuts and seeds.

But what is it, exactly, about the Mediterranean diet that makes it so healthy? This question has been asked for well over 60 years, ever since Ancel Keys’ seminal study on the island of Crete first established a tangible link between the Mediterranean way of eating and a strikingly low incidence of heart disease.

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Special Report: From Farm to Fork: Agribusiness is Big Business


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Agribusiness is big business and key farming countries are jostling for position to be the leading suppliers of agricultural commodities. Why? Globally, agriculture accounts for 4.5% of GDP, but in dollar terms at US$3,043 billion this is equivalent to more than the entire GDP of France or the UK.  With the use of technology and the emergence of large scale producers, agriculture has been transformed into a driver of economic growth. Yet it is not a sector without challenges.


Key Points

  • The USA is by far the world’s largest agricultural exporter, exporting US$103 billion of food and live animals in 2013. The USA dominates the world in exports of meat, cereals, fruit and vegetables and is home to some of the world’s largest agribusiness companies;

  • The importance of developing economies in agricultural production has risen sharply. China is now a key player globally with exports of food and live animals increasing by 70% in US$ terms between 2003 and 2008;

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June 5, 2014

‘Ugly Fruit’ and Other Fashionable Consumer Thrift Solutions

Daphne KasrielAnalyst Insight by Daphne Kasriel-Alexander - Consumers Editor

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Collaborative consumption, also known as the sharing economy, has become something of a buzzword. However, the habit of selling on, buying pre-owned products, pooling resources, or renting something for a fixed period rather than buying it outright, is already commonplace among post-recessionary consumers. In mid-2014, the global consumer adeptness at thrift continues, as do creative green-tinged commercial solutions designed to appeal to the zeitgeist.

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June 3, 2014

Meat Reduction on the Rise in Developed Markets

EMI Presentation for VIV EUROPE_20May2014 Extract

In highly developed consumer markets, the drive towards meat reduction, rather than a switch to outright vegetarianism, is already in evidence. This trend, also popularly referred to as “flexitarianism”, is being driven by four key concerns - health and wellness, animal welfare, environmental issues and tight finances. Euromonitor fresh food data show that over 2008-2013 fresh meat volumes declined by 2% in North America and remained stagnant in Western Europe.

Download an extract from"Fresh Meat, Eggs and Seafood”  presented at VIV Europe 2014 on 20th May by Anastasia Alieva, Head of Fresh Food Research at Euromonitor International.

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May 16, 2014

Pesticide Free: The New “Economy” Organic

Simone_BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke - Contributing Fresh Food Analyst

Organic may deliver the full package, but not all health-conscious consumers want to go as far as considering the full environmental impact of the food they buy. Many just want food that is free from pesticide residues, and, above all, affordable. Pesticide residue-free fresh produce fills this niche very nicely, and it could well become the new industry standard for the growing category of child-positioned fruit and vegetables.

What Do Shoppers Care About?

Organic may be the be-all and end-all for some, but it is certainly not the only option for fresh produce growers who want to appeal to the growing flock of consumers concerned about their health first and foremost, followed by environmental issues.

As survey after survey has shown, shoppers’ prime motivation for buying organic food – and organic fresh produce in particular – is to avoid pernicious pesticides. And although the incidence of sickness reliably diagnosed as resulting from pesticide-contaminated food is very low, consumer fears cannot be brushed aside as entirely “irrational”.

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April 29, 2014

Nutrition Podcast Series: High-Protein Market Booming Globally, Creating Risk for Oversaturation


Lauren Bandywith Diana Cowland - Health and Wellness Analyst and Lauren Bandy - Ingredients Analyst

High-protein food and drinks are booming globally, with protein bars alone worth more than US$840 million in 2013. Companies are jumping on the high-protein bandwagon with products such as egg white crisps, high protein ice cream and even high protein beer. With so many innovations, the high-protein market could become oversaturated, especially since most people in developed countries already consume adequate amounts of protein. However, there are still opportunities to target consumer groups that could benefit from high-protein food and drinks, particularly the elderly.

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April 14, 2014

Euromonitor to Speak at VIV Europe 2014

Viv logo rgbVIV Europe 2014

Date: 20-22 May 2014

Location: Utrecht, Netherlands

Presentation: Tuesday 20 May at 11.10 am CET, Opening Conference

Anastasia Alieva, Head of Fresh Food Research at Euromonitor International, will offer a presentation on the global fresh meat, seafood and egg market with a special focus on Western Europe. The presentation will highlight current consumer demand, trends and projections for the next five years, both on a global and regional level.

Conference: VIV is the global brand of trade shows, conferences and events based on the 'Feed to Meat' supply chain. Active since over 30 years, VIV Europe will be the platform where international decision makers operating in the meat production sector can discuss future trends and consumer needs. With a focus on innovation and sustainability, in a time showing growing interest in animal welfare and food safety, the event will attract over 20,000 key players from 140 countries. Six hundred exhibitors from 45 countries have their latest products ready for the show.

For more information and to register please click HERE http://www.viveurope.nl/en/Bezoeker/About%20VIV/Concept.aspx

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Gluten-Free Mania to Liven Up Fresh Food

Amazon Hopes to Spark Lagging Grocery Segment of Internet Retailing

India’s Mango Crisis Deepens

The Mediterranean Diet – More Than Just a Sum of its Parts

Special Report: From Farm to Fork: Agribusiness is Big Business

‘Ugly Fruit’ and Other Fashionable Consumer Thrift Solutions

Meat Reduction on the Rise in Developed Markets

Pesticide Free: The New “Economy” Organic

Nutrition Podcast Series: High-Protein Market Booming Globally, Creating Risk for Oversaturation

Euromonitor to Speak at VIV Europe 2014