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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.

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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.

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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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September 11, 2014

China's Unique Population Structure: 5 Key Facts

China's unique demographic structure is a major challenge to sustainable economic growth. Learn key facts on how the one-child policy is impacting population structure and China's rapidly ageing population in this video.

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September 10, 2014

Annie's Poised for even more Success with General Mill's Acquisition

General Mills recently announced that it will acquire Annie's Homegrown Inc, a manufacturer of natural and organic packaged food such as macaroni and cheese mixes and cookies. This acquisition is in line with General Mill's recent strategy of buying up natural and organic food companies such as Larabar, which it purchased in 2008. With many US consumers looking for natural and healthy food alternatives, this strategy will likely prove successful for General Mills. Annie's is already outperforming its peers and the brand will enjoy even more success paired with General Mill's vast distribution network and marketing budget.

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September 9, 2014

With Apple Pay, Mobile Payments Have Arrived in the US

Michelle EvansAnalyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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The vision that Apple’s founder Steve Jobs once had of a new type of mobile phone that could become so instrumental and integrated into people’s lives that consumers would rather leave their wallet at home than their iPhone is starting to take shape.

After years of speculation and numerous rumors, Apple officially made its entry into the US mobile payments’ ecosystem as it unveiled Apple Pay at its recent product launch event. Mobile payments, which has long been promised for its potential to revolutionize the entire consumer shopping experience has so far struggled to gain much traction from retailers and consumers. Now a brand with a proven track record of changing consumer behavior has joined the movement.

“As it turns out, most people who have worked on this have started by focusing on creating a business model that was centered around their self-interest rather than focusing on the user experience,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the Apple Pay announcement. “We love this kind of problem. This is exactly what Apple does best.”

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September 8, 2014

William Grant Acquires Drambuie

Jeremy_Cunnington0Analyst Insight by Jeremy Cunnington - Senior Alcoholic Drinks Analyst

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William Grant’s acquisition of Drambuie- the Scotch based liqueur- for an undisclosed price, is strategically sound, giving the company entry into the burgeoning flavoured whisky/whisky flavoured liqueurs arena through a brand of uniquely strong heritage in the category. It also fits in with the company’s increased focus on the resurgent segment underscored with the recent appointment of a Head of Whisky Innovation.

With only 0.7% of global sales in other liqueurs in 2013, Drambuie is a small brand, but has huge potential due to the rise in popularity of flavoured whiskies and whisky based liqueurs, led by the bourbon category. The brand’s small size and the fact that it is essentially an one brand company with small resources limits that potential even in its biggest markets the US, Canada and the UK.

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