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February 27, 2015

Euromonitor to Speak at Coffee Fest 2015

CoffeeFestLogoRebuildBKEvent Name: Coffee Fest

Dates: June 05 - 07, 2015

Location: Chicago, IL

Event Description: Fueling your expectation with the experience of more than 300,000 coffee and tea pros that have attended since 1992. Coffee Fest has been serving the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992. Viewed by most as the best tradeshow both nationally and internationally, Coffee Fest is specifically for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products. Coffee Fest continues to evolve and stay at the forefront of emerging trends.

Speakers: Eric Penicka and Mark Strobel

Presentation Title: The State of the North American Coffee Market

Presentation Time and Date: Sunday, June 7th at 8:00 am

Presentation Description: This session will focus on the top coffee trends and developments in the US, Canada and Mexico using Euromonitor International’s beverages data. Join drinks researchers Mark and Eric as they provide key insights into these fast growing markets and the latest drivers of consumer demand.

Website: http://coffeefest.com/

February 19, 2015

Nestlé FY2014 Results Confirm its Need to Rethink its China/US Strategy

Lianne van den BosAnalyst Insight by Lianne van den Bos - Food Analyst

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Nestlé today reported global organic sales growth of 4.5% for the 2014 financial year, with sales exceeding CHF91.6 billion. When questioned during its financial results presentation, Nestlé’s CEO Paul Bulcke highlighted that “this year’s performance wasn’t great or outstanding, but we achieved solid growth given the market conditions”.

Whilst Nestlé grew in line with market performance, is it enough for the world’s biggest food company? Euromonitor examines if “solid growth” can be turned into “great growth” in two of its largest markets, China and the US. With growth for Nestlé lagging behind its key competitors, we look at what they are doing differently to outperform the market. 

Nestlé's Sales and Organic Growth - FY2014

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Source: Nestlé 2014 Financial Results Press Release

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Samsung Readies for its Entry into Mobile Payments

Michelle EvansAnalyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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Rumors have been rampant for a number of months that Samsung Electronics would announce its entry into the still-burgeoning mobile payments arena when it debuts its next line of smartphones in conjunction with the upcoming Mobile World Congress next month. Samsung gave mobile-payment watchers a sneak peek of those plans on Wednesday.

The announcement that the South Korean smartphone maker plans to acquire US-based start-up LoopPay is as strong of an indication as any that Samsung plans to compete against the likes of Apple Inc in order to capture some of the billions of dollars that are already shifting to mobile devices. Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Jonathan Cheng says,

The acquisition of LoopPay for an undisclosed amount will pit the South Korean smartphone maker against other technology giants with mobile payment services, including Google Inc., eBay Inc. ’s PayPal and Apple Pay, which started in the U.S. last fall.

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February 11, 2015

Gender Neutral Shopping: PR Puff or a New Retailing Trend?

Rob WalkerAnalyst Insight by Rob Walker - Contributing Analyst

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The first quarter of the year is a challenging time for fashion retailers in the UK. The January ‘sales’, which used to give a big boost to footfall, are now widely seen as gratuitous in a climate of year-round discounting. People are also feeling cash-strapped. It’s not only the hangover from Christmas spending. It’s the endless stream of bills that arrive at the start of the year (utilities, credit cards, tax). This is why, for many British consumers, the post-festive winter period is a time to hunker down and tighten discretionary spending. Small wonder, perhaps, that big name retailers, like Marks & Spencer, have been struggling with their apparel sales.

Tough times call for an innovative marketing agenda. Or, in the case of upmarket department store Selfridges, an innovative marketing ‘Agender’. That is the term the store has coined for its latest ploy to liven up, liberate even, the shopping experience. Here's how it works: For six weeks (during March and April) the store will merge its womenswear and menswear departments over three floors, doing away with what it calls the “limitations and stereotypes” of shopping. Out go the male and female mannequins and in come androgynous ones dressed in non-gender specific clothes. Think David Bowie meets Grace Jones, but in a modern retail setting.

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February 6, 2015

Mapping Consumer Types by Country for Successful Targeted Marketing

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Consumer types can be a powerful tool to help companies better understand and appeal to their target market. The following videos provide snapshots of country-specific consumer types, focusing on the top personality traits and key demographics of five consumer segments in each market.

 


 

 

For more Consumer Types Analysis

Euromonitor's new white paper  profiles seven global consumer types and offers tips for reaching these different segments. In addition, full reports with in-depth analysis of 45 country-level consumer types across nine global markets, such as the examples shown above, are available to Passport Survey subscribers and can also be purchased as standalone reports.

January 30, 2015

MasterCard and Visa Report 4th Quarter 2014 Results

Kendrick SandsAnalyst Insight by Kendrick Sands - Consumer Finance Analyst

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MasterCard and Visa reported their final quarter results of 2014 on January 30th and 29th respectively. In the fourth quarter, both Visa Inc. (excluding Visa Europe) and MasterCard reported a decline in y-o-y growth of card payment value in 2014 compared to 2013 as a result of a strengthening dollar and the falling price of gas. MasterCard acquired two companies in the fourth quarter bringing their total acquired companies in 2014 to six. The fourth quarter acquisitions of Transaction Network Services and 5one Marketing Limited focused on increasing MasterCard’s digital products, services and global reach. From 2013 to 2014 Visa Inc. and MasterCard increased total payment value by US$376 billion and US$289 billion respectively. However, MasterCard’s growth rate surpassed that of Visa with a y-o-y growth of 9.7% compared to 8.6% for Visa.

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January 28, 2015

Three Questions to Ask About the Shake Shack IPO

ElizabethFriendAnalyst Insight by Elizabeth Friend - Senior Consumer Foodservice Analyst

Whenever an up-and-coming restaurant brand IPOs, the most important question to ask is whether the chain belongs to a true trend or simply a fad, one more flash-in-the-pan in a long line of cupcake shops, cereal cafés, and new takes on frozen yogurt. And in the case of Shake Shack, this question may be more important than ever: Not only is the chain part of a strong consumer movement that has already been booming for many years, but it is one of many chains looking to cash in on the same surge in demand. Fortunately, better burger competitors have history on their side, and there is plenty of reason to think that they are going to be around for many years to come.

Unlike cupcakes, which carved out an entirely new dining occasion based on giving adults permission to grab cupcakes on their way home from work, better burgers’ success hinges on a pastime that is about as traditional as it gets in American foodservice. Going out for burgers and fries is something consumers have been doing for decades, and better burger chains have given them a new—arguably better—way to experience a perennial favourite.

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January 27, 2015

Top 100 City Destinations Ranking

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Euromonitor International is pleased to release its annual Top City Destinations Ranking, covering 100 of the world’s leading cities in terms of international tourist arrivals. The continuing increase in arrivals to these cities illustrates their economic strength, as well as the sustained importance of urban centres to global tourism, both business and leisure. In fact, these cities combined grew by 5.4% in 2013 –higher than the 4.8% growth experienced by overall international arrivals.

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Asian cities account for a third of the most visited cities

Over a third of all destinations are located in the Asian Pacific region, illustrating strong regional travel trends within Asia, as well as the growing connections throughout the region. Within the top 10, six of the leading cities are from Asia, with the top three remaining unchanged from last year – Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. These three Asian mega-cities serve as some of the top destinations for Chinese travellers as well as being air network hubs. Bangkok showed the strongest growth among the top 10 cities, up 10.4% from 2012 to reach 17.4 million arrivals, despite political unrest breaking out at the end of the year. Chinese visitors are key to Thailand’s booming arrivals, with close links between the countries as well as efficient and short transport connections.

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January 19, 2015

Top Industry Trends for 2015

Euromonitor International's research teams share their analysis and forecasts for 2015. Watch the video to discover key predictions across all areas of Euromonitor International's research.

For more information about key trends in 2015, download our whitepaper, "Top 10 Consumer Trends for 2015".

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January 12, 2015

Lavazza Could Strengthen Coffee Pod Presence with L’Or Acquisition

JonasFelicianoAnalyst Insight by Jonas Feliciano - Senior Beverages Analyst

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On the heels of the monster merger of Mondelez and DE Master Blender’s coffee businesses into Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE), European competition laws have forced the new company to sell off its L’Or and Grand’Mère brands. After months of interest from private equity firms, as well as Israel based coffee company Strauss Group, Italian manufacturer Lavazza is rumoured to be the company most likely to acquire both brands. This purchase would quickly make L’Or a vital part of Lavazaa’s continued growth into coffee markets outside of Italy – and give the company a true player in the fast growing fresh ground coffee pod category.

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Euromonitor to Speak at Coffee Fest 2015

Nestlé FY2014 Results Confirm its Need to Rethink its China/US Strategy

Samsung Readies for its Entry into Mobile Payments

Gender Neutral Shopping: PR Puff or a New Retailing Trend?

Mapping Consumer Types by Country for Successful Targeted Marketing

MasterCard and Visa Report 4th Quarter 2014 Results

Three Questions to Ask About the Shake Shack IPO

Top 100 City Destinations Ranking

Top Industry Trends for 2015

Lavazza Could Strengthen Coffee Pod Presence with L’Or Acquisition