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November 19, 2014

Going Vegan for Weight Loss and Heart Health

Simone_BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke - Contributing Analyst

Can a diet totally devoid of animal protein be healthy for humans who are, by design, omnivores? Common sense would suggest not, but research begs to differ. A new study is just out, attesting to the fact that a stint of vegan eating boosts both heart health and weight loss, and without imposing restrictions on caloric intake. Could the annual January diet craze be in for a vegan overhaul? This would indeed be music to the ears of purveyors of carbohydrate foods, may they be potato growers, bakery manufacturers or noodle bars.

Healthier in just one week

Rarely has a diet come under such sustained and fervent criticism as the vegan diet. Not enough iron, zero vitamin B12, too little protein, lack of variety and, perish the thought, no dairy – surely this can’t be a healthy way to live?

However, plenty of evidence, much of it gleaned from population studies that reach back decades, suggests otherwise. For example, there is the oft-quoted Danish example, where, due to post-WW1 rationing, animal protein, fats and alcohol were severely restricted, forcing the population to subsist largely on potatoes, bread, barley and vegetables. As a result, the country recorded the lowest mortality rate from non-infectious chronic disease (this includes cardiovascular disease) in its entire history.

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November 16, 2014

China and India: The Powerhouses of the Asia Pacific Cocoa Market

Helen ReavellAnalyst Insight by Helen Reavell - Contributing Analyst

Asia Pacific is currently the third largest region for cocoa ingredients (liquor, butter and powder) worldwide after Western Europe and North America; however, it is set to become the second largest region, overtaking North America by 2017, with consumption exceeding 688,000 tonnes. Regional sales are dominated by China, which accounted for 40% of volume sales in 2013, while the second largest market is India, with 11% of volume. Both China and India have seen strong growth in the cocoa ingredients in recent years, with China posting an average annual growth rate of 6% and India 16% over 2008-2103. Similarly, forecast rates are also strong at 5% and 11% over 2013-2018. However, this growth is being driven by quite different consumption patterns in these two countries.

Cocoa ingredients in India, more closely matches that of the worldwide market. Cocoa liquor takes the largest share at 43% (37% worldwide), cocoa butter 29% (33%) and cocoa powder 27% (30%). Meanwhile, China is quite different, with cocoa liquor only accounting for 23% of total cocoa volumes, cocoa butter 17%, but cocoa powder reaching 60%.

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November 13, 2014

How Consumer Attitudes Towards Food are Changing

Growth rates for organic packaged food have struggled to return to their pre-recession heights and there are those in the industry that in are search of another label that represents natural, healthy and sustainable food. Could national or even regional branding replace the need for an organic label? We look at what the term organic means for consumers around the world and what its potential replacements are.


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November 11, 2014

Recent Launches in Oils and Fats in Brazil


Vegetable and seed oil makes up the largest segment of the Brazilian oils and fats market. This podcast discusses industry trends, new product launches, business opportunities and predictions for the market.

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Podcast features Renata Benites, Research Associate

November 9, 2014

Nutrition Podcast Series: Fibre and its Fight for Attention in Nutrition


High fibre foods help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, assist in digestion and regulate weight. Fresh fruits and vegetables are natuarally high in fibre, but many recently launched packaged foods and beverages are capitalizing on this nutrition trend by adding fibre as an ingredient. Listen to the podcast for complete insights.

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November 8, 2014

Euromonitor to Speak at Fi Driving Dairy Innovation Conference 2014

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Date: 1-2 December 2014

Location: Novotel, Amsterdam

Conference: The Fi Driving Dairy Innovation Conference brings you 1,5 days of must-know content and unparalleled networking at the only event globally focused on Dairy Innovation, Market Trends, Regulations, Technical Challenges and Health & Wellness Trends. Learn from industry experts like Dannon, Arla Foods, Meiji, First Milk and other main players in the European and International Dairy Sector.

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November 7, 2014

The Backlash Against Sugar: The Facts

GinaWestbrookAnalyst Insight by Gina Westbrook - Director, Strategy Briefings

Our new Strategy Briefing, The Sugar Backlash and its Effects on Global Consumer Markets considers the impacts of this change on consumer behaviour; global ingredients markets; consumer markets such as packaged foods, soft drinks and health and wellness; company strategy and legislation. It's worth looking at current thinking on the pros and cons of sugar to contextualise the research.

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Sugar has endured a tide of negative public opinion as the amount of scientific research linking the rise in sugar intake with obesity has increased. Governments are becoming increasingly concerned about the rising cost of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and cancer, which have risen alongside weight gain. As fat is receding as the main culprit, recent media coverage and public discussion are now laying the blame for the growth of obesity and other health risks principally on sugary foods and drinks.

Sugar is now seen as a health risk by most, and as toxic as tobacco by some. This is leading to the introduction of a raft of voluntary and legal measures to help control intake. The new attitude is driving changes in consumption trends, including a conscious effort by consumers to either reduce their intake of sweet foods and drinks, or eschew sugar completely. Meanwhile, manufacturers are being forced to tackle the problem in various ways, including gradually reducing the content of their products, using alternative types of sweetener, or downsizing portions.

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November 6, 2014

Euromonitor to Speak at SNAXPO 2015



Event: Snaxpo 2015

Dates: March 28-31, 2015

Location: Orlando, Florida

Event Description: The world's largest, most comprehensive trade show devoted exclusively to the international snack food industry is heading back to Florida in 2015. Orlando is an ideal destination to bring together owners, executives and buyers from every segment of the industry around the world. Come take advantage of a little sun, a little fun, and a lot of exciting ways to build new business, generate quality leads and promote your brand – especially as an exhibitor, sponsor or both. Whether you're a small start-up or a multi-national corporation, with a strong presence at SNAXPO, customers will see you as a category leader, committed to their success and dedicated to advancing the snack food industry.

Website: http://snaxpo.com/

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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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October 29, 2014

Ingredients Companies Must Capitalise on Indian Appetite for Sweet and Savoury Snacks

John GeorgeAnalyst Insight by John George - Ingredients Analyst

Ingredients companies should increase their presence in India to better understand local trends and capitalise on the popularity of sweet and savoury snacks. Between 2008 and 2013, sweet and savoury snacks delivered a retail value CAGR of 26%. This contributed to the volume consumption of speciality ingredients in India growing by 13%. While other packaged foods also led to this growth, ingredients companies should recognise the superior potential of sweet and savoury snacks in India and take steps to ensure they are getting the most out of sweet and savoury snacks’ success.

Speciality ingredients influenced by sweet and savoury snacks

From 2008 to 2013, volume consumption of polysaccharides and oligosaccharides in India increased by 17%, while volume consumption of flavour enhancers increased by 14%. Sweet and savoury snacks accounted for 57% and 20% of polysaccharides and oligosaccharides and flavour enhancers use respectively, in India in 2013. Between 2013 and 2018, polysaccharides and oligosaccharides and flavour enhancers are forecast to be the speciality Ingredients companies should take note of the role of sweet and savoury snacks in this growth.

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