Analyst 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.