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March 11, 2014

Store Owned Café Concepts Can Help Improve the Retail Experience

Howard TelfordAnalyst Insight by Howard Telford - Beverages Analyst

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As retailers seek greater content curation in terms of product mix and store design to improve the customer experience, the option of an in-store café has become another form of value addition for big box chains. This applies to apparel and luxury department stores as well as supermarkets and mass merchandise retailers. A quality cup of coffee or tea, offered on premises or taken to-go while browsing the shelves, can be a brand boosting value addition for shoppers. With fierce competition and multichannel retailing options reducing the necessity of the in-store trip, a café concession can be a valuable retailer tool.

In both North America and Western Europe, café/bar foodservice transactions through retail locations outpaced growth in traditional locations over the last five years. Major retailers have several options in how they approach their in-store café, either operating their own brand concept or adopting a licensing approach with major coffee specialist partners. The success of either model depends on the desire and taste of customers, varying by locality, but well executed store owned café concepts provide far more flexibility and potential return for retailers.

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March 9, 2014

Tablet-Based Laundry Detergent Plummets in Italy after Robust Growth

Serena-jian With Serena Jian - Home Care, Tissue and Hygiene Reserach Analyst 

The market for tablet-based laundry detergent in Italy took a sharp decline in 2013 following impressive growth in previous years. Consumers in Italy, worried about a possible economic downturn, are conserving not only their money but also their washing detergent, making sure to wash with only the necessary amount. The control that liquid detergent provides means Italians are not buying tablet-based detergent, which requires one tablet per wash. As modest growth is expected in Italy over the next few years, it is likely Italians will return to tablet based detergent.

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February 9, 2014

Home Care Continues Strong Growth

The home care industry experienced a 6 percent growth in value terms in 2013, which is the largest yearly growth since 1998. Developing markets are contributing more to home care growth than ever before, with the categories of bleach, insecticide and laundry care performing well in developing markets. The home care market is expected to continue its strong performance into 2014 as companies release products at new price points, such as Tide Simple, which is a basic version of the laundry detergent at a lower price.

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February 2, 2014

Sound Bite Episode 1: Food Companies Entering the Growing Chinese Market

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With Lamine Lahouasnia and Ildiko Szalai

 

Euromonitor International is pleased to introduce Sound Bite, a new monthly podcast series discussing food markets worldwide. In this episode, Lamine Lahouasnia, Head of Packaged Food Research and Ildiko Szalai, Senior Food Analyst discuss the Chinese dairy and baby food market. The Chinese market is the main focus for many international food producers as the country currently has no international penetration in many of its food markets. Although China has many regulations and restrictions about foreign players acquiring local brands, companies such as WhiteWave in the US have formed joint ventures as a way to enter the country.

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January 20, 2014

The Home Care Industry into 2014

The home care industry grew unprecedentedly in 2013 with Ian Bell, Global Head of Home Care, Tissue and Hygiene Research at Euromonitor stating that growth will continue through 2014. This growth is due to the continued release of new products that are both innovative and low priced. As growth progresses, home care companies will look to diversify their product offerings to the premium and value ends of the price spectrum. 

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November 19, 2013

Monoculture: Dishwashing and Laundry Care Unite Behind Detergent Tablets

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 While use of monodose has had its greatest success in automatic dishwashing, recent innovations in laundry have seen the format develop a similar footing there also. With developed markets in desperate need of innovation, it is hoped these new look products will make an impact, although there are still barriers to overcome. That said, laundry care manufacturers appear to have learnt from successes in dishwashing – a key factor for positive forecasts associated with the fledgling category.

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Laundry Care Innovation: Detergents and Machines

Emily PottsAnalyst Insight by Emily Potts - Contributing Analyst

When it comes to HE washing machines, which compartment does the detergent go in? And what about the fabric softener? Washing machine drawers bring confusion to many. While some consumers research their problem online – a quick search of ‘washing machine drawers’ brings up plenty of queries, hints and instructions – plenty will rely on guesswork, and more industrious souls might read the instructions that came with the machine, if they can find them. With many of the symbols used on washing machine draws having little consistency between brands and also the labels on detergent and softener brands themselves, it is little wonder consumers get confused.

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Monodose Tablets and Pods Performance in Dishwasher Detergents

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Unsurprisingly, income has a great influence on dishwasher penetration, while how consumers eat and entertain at home is also important to machine as well as detergent spend and format choice. Western Europeans continue to show that eating in larger groups and preparing fresh food more regularly at home translates into more regular dishwasher usage, typically with tablet detergents.

But how can this be replicated in other regions with differing culinary traditions and domestic environments?

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Corporate Initiatives for World Toilet Day

November 19 is World Toilet Day, a day of global awareness around the 2.5 billion people with no access to clean and safe toilet facilities. Ian Bell, Head of Home Care and Tissue & Hygiene at Euromonitor explains the steps companies such as Procter and Gamble and Unilever are taking to tackle this global issue.

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November 7, 2013

Affordable Luxury and Designer Fragrance: A Missed Opportunity in Automotive Air Care?

Serena-jianAnalyst Insight by Serena Jian

Car air fresheners proved the most dynamic air care category in 2012, beating the economic downturn to post 8% value growth while the wider air care category grew by just 3.5%.

This strong performance was largely driven by the launch of Procter & Gamble’s Febreze Car Vent Clips in the US, the world’s largest air care market. Leveraging the Febreze brand name, the product achieved a whopping 15% share in its first year to take third position behind the specialist car accessories brands Little Trees (27%) and Auto Expressions (25%). The success of Febreze Car Vent Clips subsequently produced a turnaround in the wider US air care category, driving 2% value growth in 2012 after four years of consecutive declines. With the US economy on course for a steady recovery from 2013, it would appear that consumers are reverting to more indulgent lifestyles, thus opening up opportunities for further development in the car air fresheners category. Euromonitor International investigates.

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Store Owned Café Concepts Can Help Improve the Retail Experience

Tablet-Based Laundry Detergent Plummets in Italy after Robust Growth

Home Care Continues Strong Growth

Sound Bite Episode 1: Food Companies Entering the Growing Chinese Market

The Home Care Industry into 2014

Monoculture: Dishwashing and Laundry Care Unite Behind Detergent Tablets

Laundry Care Innovation: Detergents and Machines

Monodose Tablets and Pods Performance in Dishwasher Detergents

Corporate Initiatives for World Toilet Day

Affordable Luxury and Designer Fragrance: A Missed Opportunity in Automotive Air Care?