Analyst Insight by Simone Baroke, Contributing Analyst, Euromonitor International
A new study makes the point that reducing sugar intake is valuable in the global battle against obesity. Reduced-sugar packaged foods and drinks, however, are delivering a mixed performance. While reduced-sugar soft drinks have a high penetration in developed markets, they lag behind in emerging economies, and reduced-sugar packaged foods are delivering moderate growth at best. So, where do we go from here?
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Analyst Insight by Lauren Bandy, Analyst - Ingredients, Euromonitor International
Cocoa has been associated with
health benefits since the Mayans and Aztecs discovered the value of the
commodity hundreds of years ago. More recently, and somewhat more officially,
the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approved an Article 13(5) health
claim for Barry Callebaut’s ACTICOA cocoa flavanols in July 2012, the first
such claim in the EU. It reads, “cocoa flavanols help maintain
endothelium-dependent vasodilation, which contributes to normal blood flow”,
although a draft reword reads “maintenance of the elasticity of blood vessels”.
This amount of cocoa flavanols can be provided by 2.5g of high-flavanol cocoa
powder or 10g of high-flavanol dark chocolate in the context of a balanced
diet. However, despite gaining approval, it seems unlikely that this health
claim is set to revolutionise the European chocolate industry where country of
origin and sustainable sourcing are much more significant trends for cocoa
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Analyst Insight por Ana Trulin,
Analista de Investigación - Mexico en Euromonitor International
Del 13 al
17 de junio se llevó a cabo a la Expo ANTAD en la ciudad de Guadalajara,
Jalisco, México. Como antecedente, ANTAD (Asociación Nacional de Tiendas de
Autoservicio y Departamentales) es una de las Asociaciones más grandes del
país, representando en 2011 el 3.2% del PIB mexicano.
A “ojo de
buen cubero”, el piso de exposición superaba en tamaño a muchas de las expos
más grandes que se hacen en el DF como por ejemplo Franquicias, Alimentaria, y
Food Technology Summit. La gente estaba aglomerada en el piso de
exposición así como en el área designada para conferencias y muy sorprendente
fue que se notaba que mucha gente estaba realmente haciendo negocios.
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Analyst Insight by Raphael Moreau, Analyst - Retailing, Euromonitor International
With its aggressive expansion in Australia, the discounter chain Aldi is increasingly challenging the country’s two dominant grocery retailers, Woolworths and Wesfarmers. In Turkey, the discounter BIM Birlesik Magazacilik (BIM) is also expanding rapidly and gaining ground on supermarket and hypermarket operators, notably Migros Türk, Carrefour and Tesco. With a business model similar to Aldi, BIM became the largest grocery retailer in Turkey in 2010 and has since outperformed its main rivals.
In addition to challenging the dominance of supermarkets, the strong expansion of a major discounter chain in both Australia and Turkey is also fuelling greater acceptance of private label among consumers and providing growth opportunities for private label suppliers.
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Analyst Insight by Francisco Redruello, Senior Analyst - Food, Euromonitor International
Easter season represents a significant opportunity for chocolate manufacturers
in countries of Christian tradition, specifically in Europe and the Americas.
Family gatherings during the festive season typically include the consumption
of seasonal chocolate in which the Easter egg and seasonally-themed chocolate boxed
assortments are the prime confectionery formats.
Easter: A chance for brands to be reborn
chocolate offers an important opportunity to manufacturers for two reasons. The
additional seasonal promotional activity encourages consumers to buy more
chocolate as many of the products are positioned as limited edition and/or novelties.
The highest consumption of seasonal chocolate occurs in Western Europe where
the category accounted for 11% of total chocolate confectionery retail volume
in 2012. However, the maturity of the category has meant that it is only likely
to grow by 4% over the 2012-2017 period. This sluggish growth is not
specifically for Easter but other seasonal occasions such as Halloween,
Christmas and Valentine’s Day which have all been fully commercialised in
Western Europe. Evidence of this can be seen by comparing Western Europe’s high
per capita consumption of 0.6kg against other Christian regions such as Eastern
Europe, which only consumed 0.1kg.
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