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November 15, 2014

Europe’s Leading Health Trends: What is Driving Innovation and Opportunities for Functional Ingredients?

Ewa HudsonAnalyst Insight by Eva Hudson - Head of Health and Wellness Research

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More natural, more protein and more nutritional content in general; this is where the European health and wellness market seems to be heading in the immediate future. In this article, we look at those health and wellness prime positioning platforms that are predicted to achieve the highest growth performance in Eastern and Western Europe over the 2014-2019 forecast period.

 

Weight management: All about nutrient density and protein

After general wellbeing, weight management is the largest positioning platform for health and wellness food and beverages in both Eastern and Western Europe, with value sales amounting to US$57.1 billion in 2014. Due to market saturation, particularly in Western Europe, growth expectations over 2014-2019 are not exactly overwhelming.

However, since obesity is set to remain a foremost public health concern in Europe for the foreseeable future, the market for products that address this issue will continue to evolve, even if it will not gain much in size.

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November 7, 2014

The Backlash Against Sugar: The Facts

GinaWestbrookAnalyst Insight by Gina Westbrook - Director, Strategy Briefings

Our new Strategy Briefing, The Sugar Backlash and its Effects on Global Consumer Markets considers the impacts of this change on consumer behaviour; global ingredients markets; consumer markets such as packaged foods, soft drinks and health and wellness; company strategy and legislation. It's worth looking at current thinking on the pros and cons of sugar to contextualise the research.

doughnut.pngThe demonisation of sugar

Sugar has endured a tide of negative public opinion as the amount of scientific research linking the rise in sugar intake with obesity has increased. Governments are becoming increasingly concerned about the rising cost of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and cancer, which have risen alongside weight gain. As fat is receding as the main culprit, recent media coverage and public discussion are now laying the blame for the growth of obesity and other health risks principally on sugary foods and drinks.

Sugar is now seen as a health risk by most, and as toxic as tobacco by some. This is leading to the introduction of a raft of voluntary and legal measures to help control intake. The new attitude is driving changes in consumption trends, including a conscious effort by consumers to either reduce their intake of sweet foods and drinks, or eschew sugar completely. Meanwhile, manufacturers are being forced to tackle the problem in various ways, including gradually reducing the content of their products, using alternative types of sweetener, or downsizing portions.

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October 29, 2014

Ingredients Companies Must Capitalise on Indian Appetite for Sweet and Savoury Snacks

John GeorgeAnalyst Insight by John George - Ingredients Analyst

Ingredients companies should increase their presence in India to better understand local trends and capitalise on the popularity of sweet and savoury snacks. Between 2008 and 2013, sweet and savoury snacks delivered a retail value CAGR of 26%. This contributed to the volume consumption of speciality ingredients in India growing by 13%. While other packaged foods also led to this growth, ingredients companies should recognise the superior potential of sweet and savoury snacks in India and take steps to ensure they are getting the most out of sweet and savoury snacks’ success.

Speciality ingredients influenced by sweet and savoury snacks

From 2008 to 2013, volume consumption of polysaccharides and oligosaccharides in India increased by 17%, while volume consumption of flavour enhancers increased by 14%. Sweet and savoury snacks accounted for 57% and 20% of polysaccharides and oligosaccharides and flavour enhancers use respectively, in India in 2013. Between 2013 and 2018, polysaccharides and oligosaccharides and flavour enhancers are forecast to be the speciality Ingredients companies should take note of the role of sweet and savoury snacks in this growth.

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October 8, 2014

Euromonitor to Speak at In-Cosmetics Asia 2014

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Event Name: In-Cosmetics Asia

Location: Bangkok

Website: http://www.in-cosmeticsasia.com/

Date:  November 4, 2014 – November 6, 2014

Event Description: The leading exhibition & conference in Asia for personal care ingredients

Speaker: Pei Ying Loh, Research Analyst

First Presentation: Global Trends In Beauty And Personal Care: Opportunities For The Future

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August 12, 2014

Euromonitor to Speak at COSMEETING Paris

Event: Cosmeeting 2014

Date: September 9-11, 2014

Location: Paris, France

Event Description: For 3 days in 1 prime location, COSMEETING Paris is offering the most comprehensive and innovative selection of finished products targeted to all distribution networks. Get an exclusive preview of the latest trends and beauty products!

 

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August 10, 2014

Could Jellyfish be the Key Ingredient in Biodegradable Diapers?

Franziska BrandenburgerAnalyst Insight by Franziska Brandenburger - Lead Analyst

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Israeli nanotech start-up Cine’al recently announced something of a novel innovation in Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP), namely Hydromash a super absorber made from jellyfish. The company claims Hyrdromash to be both extremely absorbent and highly degradable, allowing it to break down within just 30 days in aerobic conditions. With the race on to produce the first mainstream fully degradable diaper, the advent of another degradable polymer is good news for the industry and may in itself have wider benefits than simply being ‘green’.

Hygiene Growth Blooms

Globally, volume sales of hygiene products continue to show significant growth potential, with diapers in particular likely to break the 200 million unit mark before 2020. Rapid growth has been driven by growing disposable incomes across developing markets, China alone will account for more than a quarter of this growth. While growth is good news for the industry, the disposal of such a large number of diapers will continue to be a strain, especially in markets where waste disposal services are far less developed than is the case in the West, for example.

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August 7, 2014

Novel Ingredients in Brain Health Aiming to Target the 36 Million Cases of Dementia Globally

Diana.cowlandAnalyst Insight by Diana Cowland - Senior Health and Wellness Analyst

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Brain health and memory continues to be a hot topic in nutraceuticals. With investment in research and novel ingredients, such as rice bran extract, now being seen, brain heath and memory has the potential to gain a more important positioning within nutraceuticals overall. A key target market, the ageing population is on the rise at present. According to Euromonitor Internationals’ Countries & Consumers data, the global over 65-year-old population is set to reach 1.1 billion by 2030. There is currently no cure for dementia, and the World Health Organization estimated that 35.6 million people were suffering from it in 2012, with this number set to double by 2030. These statistics are fuelling the investment in research to prevent and/or halt the onset of dementia.

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July 18, 2014

Three Categories Driving Growth in Health and Wellness Soft Drinks

The health and wellness soft drinks industry is being driven by three main categories: bottled water, juice and ready-to-drink tea. There is a consumer shift in ready-to-drink bottled water towards the premium sector, with mineral water and natural spring water driving sales in this sector. For health and wellness juice, reducing sugar content has proved a successful strategy as consumers are increasingly concerned about their sugar intake. In healthy ready-to-drink teas, companies are tailoring the health benefits and tastes of their products to match consumer profiles and preferences in different areas of the world.

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July 9, 2014

Euromonitor to Speak at Beyond Beauty Paris 2014

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Date: 09-11 September, 2014

Location: Porte de Versailles - Paris, France

Conference: Beyond Beauty Events has become the specialist in efficient business meeting in the world of cosmetics and well-being. COSMEETING & CREATIVE Beauty Paris will gather for 3 days in one location, in September, the key players of the beauty industry: 500 exhibitors attracted 21 500 visitors in 2014, among which 44% international. CREATIVE Beauty Paris - Mix & Match global solutions for inspiring beauty brands. From ingredients to packaging, from formulation to the finished product, CREATIVE Beauty Paris is the largest international platform delivering full service solutions to brands for the design, launch or development of their product ranges.

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Major New Entrant to the Global Flavours Industry

Cathy BoyleAnalyst Insight by Cathy Boyle - Contributing Analyst

Since the Wild Flavors business was put up for sale earlier this year, there has been much speculation about its ultimate fate, with a series of companies suggested as potential suitors, including other flavour houses, more diversified ingredients businesses and private equity investors. All questions have now been answered with the news that the business has been snapped up by US ingredient and agricultural giant ADM for a sum of €2.3 billion (US$3 billion), the largest deal in the company’s 100-year plus history.

 

This is certainly a big change for an industry that has welcomed very few new faces over the past 10-20 years. Instead, the focus of the industry has been on market concentration, so much so that the top ten firms now account for 80% of global flavour sales. As a result, in the current environment, a bid from another of the top flavour houses would almost certainly have led to competition concerns but ADM’s entry to the market causes no such fuss from the regulators.

It will definitely generate more of a stir in the industry itself, however, as it brings an ingredients behemoth into direct competition with flavour and fragrance specialists such as Givaudan, Firmenich and IFF. Wild is already a strong competitor to these market leaders, generating annual flavour sales of over US$1 billion, and the backing of a company the size of ADM (which has annual revenues of almost US$90 billion) immediately enhances its position as a serious player. Much of Wild’s focus is on the beverage industry, where it is partner of choice for many formulators, and although the deal will have little major impact on its day-to-day operations, any investment from its new parent could help to boost its already strong reputation in flavour innovation.

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Europe’s Leading Health Trends: What is Driving Innovation and Opportunities for Functional Ingredients?

The Backlash Against Sugar: The Facts

Ingredients Companies Must Capitalise on Indian Appetite for Sweet and Savoury Snacks

Euromonitor to Speak at In-Cosmetics Asia 2014

Euromonitor to Speak at COSMEETING Paris

Could Jellyfish be the Key Ingredient in Biodegradable Diapers?

Novel Ingredients in Brain Health Aiming to Target the 36 Million Cases of Dementia Globally

Three Categories Driving Growth in Health and Wellness Soft Drinks

Euromonitor to Speak at Beyond Beauty Paris 2014

Major New Entrant to the Global Flavours Industry