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November 10, 2014

Perrigo Co Plc Wins Race to Acquire Omega Pharma NV

ChrisSchmidtAnalyst Insight by Chris Schmidt - Consumer Health Analyst

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As the curtains close on a year of unprecedented consolidation in the consumer health industry, another prized asset has been snatched up. Belgium’s Omega Pharma NV, which itself was taken private just two years previously, has agreed to be acquired by the Irish-American private label powerhouse Perrigo Co Plc. While the deal’s US$4.5 billion valuation pales in comparison to the GlaxoSmithKline-Novartis joint venture (scheduled for early 2015 completion) or Bayer’s US$14.2 billion acquisition of Merck & Co Inc’s consumer division in October, it nevertheless testifies to the ongoing attractiveness of the industry and the need to diversify portfolios across geographies and categories. While Perrigo’s purchase may mark the last significant deal of 2014, consolidation in consumer health is expected to continue well beyond the New Year.

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November 4, 2014

Yildiz Holding becomes World’s Third Largest Biscuit Manufacturer following United Biscuits Acquisition

Pinar HosafciAnalyst Insight by Pinar Hosafci - Packaged Food Analyst

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The news is finally out. Yildiz Holding is the new owner of United Biscuits, UK’s leading biscuit player, which was in the middle of a fierce battle with the US-cereal giant Kellogg, its British rival Burton’s and Turkish food group Yildiz for the last two months. Following the acquisition, Yildiz is now the world’s third largest biscuit player, behind Mondelez and Kellogg, leapfrogging both Nestlé and PepsiCo. The merger also brings Yildiz one step closer to its pledge of becoming a truly global company, building on its recent buyouts of the Belgian gourmet chocolatier Godiva and US premium confectionery player DeMet’s. While many food companies are busy seeking growth in the emerging world, Yildiz has chosen to invest in a mature market. Euromonitor International investigates why.

Top Six Biscuits Companies by Retail Value

Source: Euromonitor International

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November 3, 2014

Diageo Thinks Super-Premium Tequila is a Better Long-term Bet Than Irish Whiskey

Jeremy_Cunnington0Analyst Insight by Jeremy Cunnington - Senior Alcoholic Drinks Analyst

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Diageo’s decision to swap Bushmill’s for complete control of the Don Julio super-premium tequila brand, US$408 million - regaining the production and distribution of Smirnoff in Mexico with Grupo Cuervo - may seem strange in the light of the expected global prospects of tequila and Irish whiskey, at least at first glance. The categories are expected to see CAGRs of 2% and 11% or 14 million and 16 million litres respectively between 2013-2018. However, the deal does make strategic sense for Diageo as well as Casa Cuervo.

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October 24, 2014

Pepsi to Partner with SodaStream on Limited Launch

JonasFelicianoAnalyst Insight by Jonas Feliciano - Senior Beverages Analyst

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As first reported in Beverage Digest and later by Business Insider, both PepsiCo and SodaStream have announced a limited test launch of Pepsi branded products on the SodaStream platform.

In its report, Beverage Digest, citing a source, said the Sodastream test using Pepsi products would involve "major SodaStream customers Wal-Mart and Bed Bath & Beyond" in some Florida markets.

The test, which will be a 10-week test selling some Pepsi-branded products, will involve "naturally sweetened" brands not sold at retail: "Pepsi Homemade" and "Sierra Mist Homemade," Beverage Digest said. 

Beverage Digest reports that the actual flavors will be: Pepsi Homemade, Pepsi Homemade Vanilla, Pepsi Homemade Wild Cherry, Sierra Mist Homemade, Sierra Mist Homemade Peach, and Sierra Mist Homemade Cranberry.

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October 9, 2014

Chanel Selling Cosmetics Brand Bourjois to Coty

Coty has bid for Chanel’s masstige make-up brand, Bourjois, in an all-share deal worth about US$239 million, making Chanel a stakeholder in Coty, with a 4.2% share. Coty’s enlarged colour cosmetics portfolio, with its predominantly mass price positioning, is getting aligned for emerging market expansion, targeting a wide consumer base with relative weak spending power and strong cultural roots for colour cosmetics use.

Ildiko-SzalaiVideo features Ildiko Szalai - Senior Beauty and Personal Care Analyst

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October 8, 2014

HP Split: Double the Trouble

Weeteck_looAnalyst Insight by Loo Wee Teck - Head of Consumer Electronics Research

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Hewlett-Packard Development Co LP (HP) announced on Monday (6 October) that it plans to separate into two new public companies: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.


Source: HP

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October 7, 2014

Nobel Prize Boosts the Profile of LED Lamps

Damian ShoreAnalyst Insight by Damian Shore - Contributing Analyst

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The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 has been awarded to three Japanese scientists for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, enabling bright and energy-saving white light sources.” The publicity generated by this award is likely to boost consumer interest in LED lamps.

“The 21st century will be lit by LED lamps”

Professors Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura created the first blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) during the early 1990s. While red and green LEDs had been around for many years, blue LEDs had long stymied scientists in both academia and industry. Without them, the three colours could not be mixed to produce white light in lamps, as well as in computers and on TV screens.

In its award citation, the Nobel Academy stated that: “Incandescent light bulbs lit the 20th century; the 21st century will be lit by LED lamps.” Furthermore, it noted that the light source was brighter, cleaner and longer-lasting and would both save energy and the quality of life of millions of people around the world. “The LED lamp holds great promise for increasing the quality of life for over 1.5 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity grids. Due to low power requirements, it can be powered by cheap local solar power,” the committee stated.

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September 24, 2014

WhiteWave’s Acquisition of SO Delicious Dairy Free Should Cement its Lead in Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives

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

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WhiteWave Foods’ acquisition of SO Delicious Dairy Free for US$195 million is a sensible move for the company and creates an opportunity for it to establish its lead in plant-based foods. WhiteWave Foods Co – created when Danone spun off WhiteWave-Alpro in 2012 – ranks 20th in health and wellness (HW) in North America, holding a 1% value share, equivalent to US$1.3 billion, in 2013. This is already impressive for a company which only sells dairy products, many of which are plant based.

In addition, it has a strong presence in non-dairy milk alternatives – it is the number one company globally with a 13% value share in 2013 – mainly due to its Silk and Alpro brands. The acquisition is therefore a bid to expand its presence in the HW arena as SO Delicious Dairy Free is well known amongst health-conscious consumers in the US for its vegan, GMO-free plant-based foods. Its product portfolio includes ice creams, beverages, creamers, cultured products and frozen desserts.

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September 15, 2014

The Potential Impact of Scottish Independence on the UK's Business and Consumer Landscape

Carrie_LennardAnalyst Insight by Carrie Lennard - Business Environment Manager

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As Scottish citizens prepare to vote on the 18th September 2014 on the issue of Scottish independence, the outcome will have a major impact on the United Kingdom, and the EU as a whole. The UK is one of the most robust economies in the EU, accounting for 14.6% of total EU GDP in 2013. If Scotland becomes independent, the impact on the consumer landscape and business environments in both Scotland and the remainder of the United Kingdom will be far reaching, potentially impacting many areas such as retailing and consumers, the employment landscape and government finances.

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Heineken NV rebuffs the SABMiller Plc bid

Amin AlkhatibAnalyst Insight by Amin Alkhatib - Alcoholic Drinks Analyst

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SABMiller Plc’s move to buy the majority family-owned Heineken NV was a surprise to the global beer industry, but it being rebuffed was not. This seems to be a defensive move by SABMiller and a reactionary one to speculation of an Anheuser-Busch NV take-over at a time when the latter is accumulating capital in preparation for the biggest ever buy-out in the beer market. Heineken’s decision to rebuff the offer is of no surprise due to the majority ownership by the de Carvalho-Heineken family.

According to Euromonitor, the consequences of this buyout would significantly reshape the competitive landscape for the global beer market as the second and third largest brewers would bring together over 37 billion liters of beer sales at around a 19% share of global market volume sales in 2014. The combined companies would reassert their dominance on the beer market in Western and Eastern Europe, and Middle East and Africa (MEA) placing them on the heels of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV in second place on a global level with less than 1% volume share separating the top two brewers. A-B InBev’s chances to buy out SABMiller, as speculated by the industry, would weaken as the capital required for the buy-out significantly expands. Furthermore, A-B InBev would have to deal with a major competitor in future consolidation moves, beyond those that would already exist.

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