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April 3, 2015

Graying America: Cities that Are Ageing the Fastest

Audre BiciunaiteAnalyst Insight by Audre Biciunaite - Contributing Analyst

When it comes to demographics, the US has long been seen as a star performer among the developed countries. Although, like the rest of the world, the US is getting older, it is in a far better situation than many other advanced economies, particularly Western Europe and Japan. However, despite the relatively healthy national statistics, some of the America’s regions and cities are approaching a demographic crisis, with the size of their 65+ cohorts growing four to five times as fast as their working age populations.

In 2014, share of elderly population in the US was 14%. For comparison, the same figure in France was 18%, in Germany – 21%, in Japan – whooping 26%. The average for all developed countries that year was 18%. Hence, largely as a result of higher fertility rates and immigration, America’s population, while ageing, is nonetheless distinctly younger than other countries of similar development level.

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March 31, 2015

Kraft-Heinz Merger Proves to be the Biggest Deal in Packaged Food History

Jack SkellyAnalyst Insight by Jack Skelly - Research Anayst

Round up the usual suspects: Warren Buffett’s investment vehicle Berkshire Hathaway, in partnership with 3G Capital, has made two historic acquisitions in the packaged food industry in as many years. In 2013, the pair acquired global food manufacturer Heinz for a cool US$28 billion. The move raised eyebrows across the business world, largely for the sheer scale of the acquisition and the players involved. Seemingly willing to go one step further, the duo has now acquired US dairy and processed food manufacturer Kraft, in a deal worth US$40 billion, and have plans to merge the company with Heinz. Several questions stem from the eye-catching move.


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March 27, 2015

Why the Changing US Grocery Retail Market Underpins the Kraft and Heinz Merger

Tim BarrettAnalyst Insight by Tim Barrett - Retailing Analyst

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On March 25th, 2015 it was announced that Kraft Foods and HJ Heinz would merge, ultimately forming a packaged food power house called the Kraft Heinz Co.  This combined company would have a 5.4% value share of the entire US packaged foods market, making it the number one company in the space with nearly US$20 billion in sales. This merger is primarily a response to a changing grocery landscape which prioritizes cost efficiencies, given the emphasis on low prices for the consumer.

Wal-Mart becomes king of grocery retailing

Within grocery retail, Wal-Mart maintains disproportionate power as the nation’s dominant grocery retailer with around 20% market share in 2014. Its second largest competitor, Kroger, only has 8%. Wal-Mart has managed to tighten its grip on the grocery market over the past ten years, growing sales from US$45.3 billion in 2004 to US$156.5 billion in 2014.  Wal-Mart was able to increase its grocery sales by 245% thanks to its core strategy:  lower prices. 

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March 26, 2015

RTDs in Russia: Red Alert for Stimulants in Moscow

Spiros_MalandrakisAnalyst Insight by Spiros Malandrakis - Senior Alcoholic Drinks Analyst

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Keeping up with the marathon of legislatives changes, political posturing, taxation hikes and advertising restrictions in the freefalling Russian alcoholic drinks market over the past 5 years would prompt one to reach out for a stiff drink- even before factoring the rubble’s plunge or the geopolitical Gordian knot and resulting sanctions into the equation.

Begrudgingly doing so would probably lead to lacing said stiff drink with generous quantities of caffeine in the hope that the temporary buzz would provide short term insulation from the market’s crashing realities. From the 1st of May, even that – admittedly desperate – option will be illegal, at least in Moscow.

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March 25, 2015

Kraft and Heinz Merger a Cost Cutting Story


The recent merger between Kraft and Heinz is not a growth story, but a cost cutting story. Heinz has already cut staff and manufacturing plants previous to the merger, and in order to achieve mutual benefits, Kraft will likely have to follow suit. With the combination of insights and consumer trends teams, new product launches catering to US palates are likely in the near future.

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The Global Impact of the Kraft and Heinz Merger


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The announcement of the merger of Kraft and Heinz is big news for the industry as the merger creates one of the largest global food companies. The main goals of the merger for both Kraft and Heinz are to cut costs and develop co-branding opportunities.

Podcast features Raphael Moreau - Packaged Food Industry Analyst

March 24, 2015

E-Commerce in China Could Boom after New Zealand Infant Formula Poison Threat

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

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Over the last few years Internet retailing for baby food has soared in China after several baby food scares caused parents to turn to the online channel to order “trusted” European brands that were sold out in-store. One of the latest threats in New Zealand could boost Internet retailing even more.

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New Zealand’s largest dairy producer, Fonterra, as well as Federated Farmers, are making efforts to reassure consumers that their products are safe after a blackmail threat was received to poison both companies’ infant formula. The letters threatened to contaminate infant formula with a poison known as 1080, used in pest control, as a protest to stop the country from using it. Biodegradable 1080 poison is the only toxin currently registered for use on mainland New Zealand as suitable for aerial targeting of possums - a major conservation and agricultural pest.

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March 23, 2015

Threat on New Zealand Dairy as 1080 Infant Formula Contamination Scare Revealed

Erika SirimanneInsight by Erika Sirimane - Business Development Consultant

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On March 10th 2015, the New Zealand Police and the Ministry for Primary Industries held a joint press conference to announce that Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd and the Federated Farmers advocacy organisation received letters in November 2014 threatening to contaminate infant formula and other products if New Zealand did not stop using the pesticide 1080 by the end of March 2015. 1080, a pest control chemical compound commonly used by the Department of Conservation to control possum and rodent populations, represents a contentious issue in New Zealand, with the use often supported by conservationists and livestock farmers, but typically opposed by residents living in 1080 aerial-drop zones.

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March 20, 2015

Case Study: Identifying Potential Targets for Milk Products after the end of EU Milk Quotas

At the end of March 2015, the European Union will abolish milk quotas, meaning EU member states are no longer restricted on the amount of milk they can produce. This increased output means a likely oversupply of milk. Using Passport and Euromonitor's Competitor Analytics system, Euromonitor identifies key markets, categories and companies that ingredients suppliers should target.

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March 18, 2015

UK Budget 2015: Debt Reduction is Not Assured


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As most expected, the UK budget was not characterised by endless pre-election giveaways, however an important point was the forecast reduction in public debt. A sign of austerity working? More a sign of low inflation, reducing debt repayments, asset selling and real GDP growth. In 2014, UK public debt was the ninth highest in the EU, slightly above the EU average, but lower than France, Spain and Italy. In constant terms it increased by 75% since 2008 and reached £24,313 per capita last year. The government’s forecast of 71.6% of GDP in 2020 will take it back down to 2009-2010 levels, but remaining way higher than pre-crisis.

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