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April 18, 2014

Role of Internet in Travel Plans of Global Online Consumers

The Role of the Internet in Travel

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An exploration of the role of the internet in travel plans of online consumers. Based on the results of Euromonitor International’s Out and About survey (2012) and Euromonitor industry research.

 

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April 17, 2014

Western European Phosphate Ban to Reward Innovative Formulations

Anaïs_MirvalAnalyst Insight by Anais Mirval - Ingredients Analyst

The 2010 phosphate ban in North America forced manufacturers of automatic dishwashing detergents to move away from sodium triphosphate, and this has not been without consequences. The performance of automatic dishwashing products has declined and the habit of using cheap automatic dishwashing powders and liquids is very much alive. Consumers are trading down while also adding automatic dishwashing additives to their shopping trolleys.

However, the impact of the 2017 phosphate ban in Western Europe could take another direction. With a wide range of new performing builders now available on the market, Western Europeans may not trade down and sales of automatic dishwashing detergents could even increase. Thus, glutamic acid diacetic acid tetrasodium salt (GLDA), methylglycine diacetic acid trisodium salt (MGDA) and trisodium citrates (TSC, TSA) are very much in line to benefit the most from the ban, even though product manufacturers remain sceptical about the potential of newly developed ingredients. 

Consumption of Automatic Dishwashing Detergents

Source: Euromonitor International

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Scenario Analysis of a Successful Modular Phone Project

MykolaGolovkoAnalyst Insight by Mykola Golovko - Senior Consumer Electronics Analyst

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On 15 April, Google Inc held its first of three planned developer conferences for Project Ara developers. The project is still in its early stages, with some of the most important issues set to be addressed in autumn 2014. The project timeline puts the phone’s launch in January 2015, but with things like regulatory and carrier certification, manufacturing and supply chain management, after market support, and OS support for a modular design still in the future, it is impossible to make any forecasts about the project’s commercial success and unit sales with any degree of certainty. What is clear is that any increase in ownership of modular phones will have an adverse effect on aggregate smartphone demand

 

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April 16, 2014

The Battleground of Automatic Dishwashing

Serena-jianAnalyst Insight by Serena Jian - Senior Home Care, Tissue and Hygiene Analyst

Globally, automatic dishwashing (ADW) continues to be led by Reckitt Benckiser and its eponymous Finish brand, which generated value sales of US$2.1 billion in 2013, three times those of Procter & Gamble’s Cascade brand and over 10 times the sales of Fairy (also owned by Procter & Gamble).  

Although its global value share plateaued at 37% in 2013, Finish has grown strongly over the last decade, up from a 30% value share in 2004, with the best performances in 2007 and 2008, when the economic boom encouraged consumers to purchase dishwashers and trade up to Finish Quantum, released at the tail end of 2005. While the brand continued to see value sales grow even during the recession, although at a reduced rate, most notably due to a downturn in the US ADW market in 2013, the Finish brand has been somewhat unaffected by the recession or the threat of private label, which might have been predicted to derail its development. 

While private label might still be considered a threat, rival brands Fairy and Cascade, although trailing, are fast becoming a notable challenger with packaging one way to achieve on-shelf differentiation. How long can Finish hold onto its throne? Euromonitor International investigates. 

 

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The Cheesecake Factory Takes its Success Worldwide

Although casual dining has been a long-struggling category in consumer foodservice, the niche segment of premium casual dining has performed particularly well in recent years. Premium casual includes chains such as The Cheesecake Factory, Bonefish Grill and BJ’s. The Cheesecake Factory continues to be a highlight with a strong presence in the US and recent expansion to countries including the UAE, Mexico and Brazil. The chain has consistently outperformed its peers in recent years and is expected to continue to grow worldwide over the next five years.

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April 15, 2014

Using Health and Wellness to Target the Ageing Global Population

 

The age of the global population is on the rise, opening up massive opportunities for global food and drink companies offering products with health and wellness benefits to older consumers. These benefits fall into four major positions: cardiovascular health, bone and joint health, brain health and vision health. By targeting these four positions, food and drink companies can help boost the stagnant fortified/functional segment and help aging consumers live healthier lifestyles.

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April 14, 2014

Chinese Cities Lead the Way in Average Household Spending Growth

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With Ugne Saltenyte - City Analyst

Six out of the top ten leading cities for household spending growth in 2014 are located in China. The country's rising income levels are creating ideal conditions for spending increase, and businesses in these cities are likely to find growing opportunities for sales in sectors such as communication, education and health goods and services. The top 10 growth cities for household spending will see their average spend expand by 5 to 10 percent in 2014, compared to a worldwide expansion of just 1.2 percent.

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What are the Implications of Mars’ Acquisition of Procter & Gamble’s Pet Food Brands?

Damian ShoreAnalyst Insight by Damian Shore - Contributing Analyst

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Mars’ acquisition of the Iams, Eukanuba and Natura brands (outside Europe) from Procter & Gamble for US$2.9 billion in cash changes the dynamic of the dog and cat food market, particularly in North America. What will Mars get out of this deal, and what are the risks?

Mars will Account for a Quarter of the North American Market

As a result of this deal, Mars’ share of the North American dog and cat food market will jump from 16% to 25% (based on 2012 market share data), compared with Nestlé’s 36% share and the 11% share of both Del Monte and Colgate-Palmolive.

The real prize for Mars is undoubtedly the strong presence of Procter & Gamble’s brands in the North American premium segment, where they accounted for 19% of value sales in 2012. Combined with its existing 12% share, this almost puts Mars on a par with Nestlé (32%), ending its overdependence on economy and mid-priced brands and thus boosting its profitability.

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April 12, 2014

Blueberries the Most Dynamic Fruit in 2013

Simone_BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke - Contributing Analyst

Blueberries’ exceptional consumer appeal made them the fastest-growing fruit of 2013, and there is no end in sight for their ardent growth trajectory. Blueberries have a number of coveted characteristics which make them superior to other types of fruit, including a good shelf life, convenience and superfruit status. Strawberries, cherries and grapes may, to date, be more popular in terms of volumes sold, but blueberries have excellent potential for catching up. High price points are still an issue, although this may soon be resolved as producers are making a concerted effort to boost supplies.

Blueberries Have What it Takes

Fresh cranberries/blueberries delivered an outstanding performance in 2013 as the fastest-growing fruit category in volume terms globally. With a growth rate of 9%, the category not only managed to double the gain achieved the previous year but also clocked up triple the growth mustered by fresh fruit overall.

There is no arguing that blueberries are the perfect berry snack. Compared to other popular berries, like strawberries and raspberries, which are highly “squish prone”, blueberries have a long shelf life. Besides washing, they need no further preparation before being consumed. From the consumer’s point of view, in terms of consumption convenience and durability, blueberries are on a par with grapes, which lack the coveted “superfruit” status.

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Top 10 Global Consumer Health and Wellness Trends for 2014

Simone_BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke - Contributing Analyst

In 2014, the global health and wellness market will continue to be driven by demand for natural products, with consumers becoming increasingly sophisticated in their expectations. Not only do they want less of the “bad” stuff (and this now includes gluten, lactose etc), but they also want more of the good, such as protein, veggie and functional properties. Emerging economies, characterised by poverty and wealth co-existing side by side, are driving global health and wellness growth, and, sadly, the challenging economic conditions mean that food fraud has crept into the spectrum of First World consumer concerns.

Top 10 Global Consumer Health and Wellness Trends for 2014
1. Protein rules
2. Enhanced natural merging with free from
3. Meat reduction is the word
4. More veggies please!
5. Sugar reduction – by stealth in food but openly in beverages
6. Emerging markets drive global health and wellness growth
7. Cold pressed juice is the new premium
8. Probiotics are conquering the southern hemisphere
9. Wholegrain controversy
10. Health and wellness products under suspicion of fraud

Source: Euromonitor International

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Role of Internet in Travel Plans of Global Online Consumers

Western European Phosphate Ban to Reward Innovative Formulations

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The Battleground of Automatic Dishwashing

The Cheesecake Factory Takes its Success Worldwide

Using Health and Wellness to Target the Ageing Global Population

Chinese Cities Lead the Way in Average Household Spending Growth

What are the Implications of Mars’ Acquisition of Procter & Gamble’s Pet Food Brands?

Blueberries the Most Dynamic Fruit in 2013

Top 10 Global Consumer Health and Wellness Trends for 2014