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June 27, 2014

Why is the Metal Beverage Can Becoming More Successful in Beer Packaging in Latin America?

Karine.DussimonAnalyst Insight by Karine Dussimon - Senior Packaging Analyst

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Latin America is expected to be a key growth region for metal beverage cans used in the packaging of beer, with an additional 3 billion units expected to be generated over 2013-2018. This is despite the established returnable system for glass bottles characterising Latin American countries, as retail distribution and consumption patterns are both changing. The beverage can, as one-way packaging, enables brewers to stand out on the shelves of new retailing outlets; at the same time, the can is also answering demand from Latin American consumers for more single-serve pack sizes.

Metal Beverage Can Sales in Beer by Region and Forecast Growth

Source: Euromonitor International

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May 27, 2014

Innovative Packaging Products Combine Shelf Appeal with Functionality

 

Shelf appeal and pack functionality are two of the main trends Euromonitor observed at interpack 2014, and some the innovative brands are combining these trends into one package. For instance, Japanese canned preserved food brand Meidi-Ya recently changed its corned beef packaging from a metal can to a plastic container. This switch helps the product stand out on the shelf due to the material used, and is easier to open than a metal can with a key. Another instance of these converging  trends is found in the Lancôme product Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Reviva-Concentrate, which is hot stampped to produce a metal look and has an innovative closure that twists to open or close the product to prevent spillage.

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May 20, 2014

Universal Design: Home Care Products for Ageing Populations

Tim BarrettIn May 2014, Euromonitor Research Analyst Tim Barrett presented on designing home care products for the global ageing population at CSPA Innovention.

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The CSPA InnoVention Conference, hosted from May 6-7 in Chicago at the Downtown Marriott, is an annual showcase of product trends and development surrounding the home care market. It brings together international players from different backgrounds including manufacturers, retailers, ingredient producers and market experts. Euromonitor International US Research Analyst Tim Barrett was pleased to present there, bringing to light some important packaging trends within home care, with a special focus on universal design.

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May 14, 2014

CSPA InnoVention Conference 2014 & Home Care Packaging Trends

Tim BarrettAnalyst Insight by Tim Barrett - Research Analyst

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The CSPA InnoVention Conference, hosted from May 6-7 in Chicago at the Downtown Marriott, is an annual showcase of product trends and development surrounding the home care market. It brings together international players from different backgrounds including manufacturers, retailers, ingredient producers and market experts. Euromonitor International US Research Analyst Tim Barrett was pleased to present there, bringing to light some important packaging trends within home care, with a special focus on universal design.

Universal Design and the Current Global Market

Product design based on the core value of equal accessibility for the elderly, disabled, and able-bodied alike is more eloquently known as universal design. In a nutshell, these products strive to be efficient, easy to use, and to provide the same results regardless of the user’s age or ability. Home care manufacturers have sought to incorporate the principals of universal design into their products in order to make their goods more attractive and useful to a wider proportion of the population.

Products which are manufactured with universal design in mind will become increasingly important as the global population evolves. As fertility rates across the developed world and even some emerging economies have dropped below 2.1 children per couple, the prospect of aging populations is inevitable for many countries. By 2030 it is predicted that there will be about 1 billion people over the age of 65, twice as many as there were in 2000. Japan faces the worst of this crisis, but the US, Germany, and even China will all face a future where over 20% of their respective populations are those over the age of 65, making these markets impossible to ignore.

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May 13, 2014

Metal Aerosol Cans: A Modern Day Solution for Developing Markets

D-gWith Daniel Grimsey, Senior Research Analyst

Metal aerosol can growth in developed markets is slowing down, but emerging markets are pushing growth of the pack type globally. This strong growth in emerging markets is due to convenience, low cost and the switch towards more modern solutions in products such as air fresheners, shaving cream and insect repellant. As emerging markets continue the trend of urbanisation and rising disposable incomes, aerosol cans are expected to continue their growth.

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May 7, 2014

Leveraging Bottler Power: Refranchising & the US Coke system

Howard TelfordAnalyst Insight by Howard Telford - Beverages Analyst

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In April 2013, The Coca-Cola Company announced plans to refranchise some of its centrally controlled US distribution network back to independent bottlers. North American production and distribution had previously been consolidated by the company in 2010 as part of a much publicized effort by Coca-Cola Co to cut costs along its supply chain. As part of the company’s long term strategy in its flagship US market, Coca-Cola decided that the time was right to transition distribution territory back to some of its most established bottling partners. Five US bottling companies – Coca Cola United, Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Swire Coca-Cola USA, Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country and Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works – were given larger distribution responsibilities, with territory allocated largely in western states and south-eastern urban areas.

The benefits to the Coca-Cola Company are primarily financial: the brand owner largely retains control over beverage production, sacrificing some margin but satisfying investors by reducing its direct exposure to the volatility of distribution costs. This strategy has been the historic strength of the tiered US bottling system: sharing responsibility (and risk) across the supply chain.

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April 23, 2014

Environmentally Friendly Home Care Packaging is the new Trend in the UAE

EURO_NT_Sav.Sharma_LThumbWith Sav Sharma, Regional Consultant

Home care companies in the United Arab Emirates are seeking new ways to position products as environmentally friendly and sustainable. Consequentially, positioning products as environmentally friendly can also mean reducing pack sizes and packaging costs. Unilever led the way for this trend releasing liquid laundry detergent concentrate in smaller pack sizes in the Middle East, and in the next several years concentrated liquids are expected to perform well across all of home care.

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March 31, 2014

Euromonitor to Speak at Aerosol Sydney 2014

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Location: National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Date: 3rd April 2014

Event Description:  Organised under the banner of the newly-established Asian Aerosol Federation, this four-day event will attract important industry players from Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and Thailand.

The highlight will be the Aerosol Industry Forum – ‘Towards a Sustainable Future’ on Thursday 3 April at the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour. It will culminate with the 9th Aerosol industry Awards Gala Dinner at the iconic Luna Park.

Presentation Topic: “The Global Aerosol Landscape”

Presenter: Daniel Grimsey, Research Analyst

Presentation Date:  Thursday 3rd April

Presentation Time: 9:05am.

Presentation Location: Theatre, National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Presentation Description:  Coverage of each of the fastest growing markets for metal aerosol cans across the globe, and their most dynamic end uses.

For more information, please visit the event website: http://www.aerosolsydney2014.com/

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March 7, 2014

Thin Wall Packaging Key to Affordable Beverages in Indonesia

JonasFelicianoAnalyst Insight by Jonas Feliciano - Beverages Analyst

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Indonesia is one of the fastest growing soft drink markets in Asia Pacific, trailing only China and India in terms of absolute off-trade volume growth during 2008-2013. Strong GDP growth, which resulted in 31% growth in disposable income over the last five years, fuelled this consumption, as newly enriched consumers turned more and more to packaged beverages to quench thirst brought on by the tropical temperatures. However, economic uncertainty amidst rising inflation, coupled with rising production and distribution costs, is threatening Indonesian soft drink growth. As manufacturers examine ways to cut costs, thin wall plastic containers present a successful compromise between the returnable glass bottle model and the more expensive PET plastic bottles that have gained in popularity.

Rising Inflation could Burst Soft Drink Bubble

As soft drink consumption becomes a larger part of Indonesian life, struggles in the country’s economy are creating problems. Growing inflation has increased unit prices for many consumer goods and services across the island nation. Fuel has become increasingly expensive in the face of the depreciating rupiah – an important expense considering the near 1,000 islands inhabited across the Indonesian archipelago. Costs of imported raw materials such as sugar and packaging supplies have also created a burden. All have had a hand in the 31% unit price increase for soft drinks over 2008-2013. Furthermore, Indonesia's Gini coefficient (which measures the statistical dispersion intended to represent income distribution of a nation’s residents, with zero being perfect equality and 100 complete inequality) increased from 35.0 in 2008 to 41.4 in 2013 underscoring a rising disparity between the country’s rich and its poor. To maximise access to all Indonesians, manufacturers have turned to packaging costs as a way to lower unit price.

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March 2, 2014

2014 Set to Present the Greatest Regulatory Hurdle in a Generation to Food in the EU

Jean Feord MarshallAnalyst Insight by Jean Feord Marshall - Contributing Analyst

2014 is already presenting the greatest regulatory hurdle that the food industry has faced in a generation. The Food Information for Consumers Regulation requires virtually every single food label in the EU to be changed. While manufacturers and retailers are still trying to get to grips with the ever moving feast of ‘guidance’ and implementation legislation proliferating at the moment, the consumer is going to be faced with labels that are already drawing enquiry and criticism, particularly for those that suffer from food allergies and intolerances.

Regulation on Food Information for Consumers (Food Labelling)

Regulation 1169/2011 on food information for consumers was finally published at the close of 2011, completely overhauling food labelling and bringing it into the format of a regulation for the first time. One of the key features of the regulation will be the mandatory nutrition labelling on almost all pre-packed foods from 13 December 2016, within a new prescribed format. This means that although a very high percentage of foods already carry voluntary nutrition labelling according to Directive 90/496, all of these foods will be required to change their packaging to comply with new format and content. Foods that are already accompanied by a nutrition panel must also comply with the changes by 13 December 2014, a full two years before other foods not already carrying voluntary labelling. The nutrition panel will now mandatorily consist of energy, fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein and salt (note the removal of fibre and the movement of protein further down the panel), with voluntary provision for monounsaturates, polyunsaturates, polyols, starch, fibre and vitamins and minerals. Information will be provided per 100g/ml and may also be provided as a percentage of the reference intakes, which are laid out in Annex XIII. Nutritional information per portion may also be provided, and there is provision for the European Commission to look into setting portion sizes within the legislation, although the scale of this task is undeniably huge and is therefore not subject to any deadline.

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Why is the Metal Beverage Can Becoming More Successful in Beer Packaging in Latin America?

Innovative Packaging Products Combine Shelf Appeal with Functionality

Universal Design: Home Care Products for Ageing Populations

CSPA InnoVention Conference 2014 & Home Care Packaging Trends

Metal Aerosol Cans: A Modern Day Solution for Developing Markets

Leveraging Bottler Power: Refranchising & the US Coke system

Environmentally Friendly Home Care Packaging is the new Trend in the UAE

Euromonitor to Speak at Aerosol Sydney 2014

Thin Wall Packaging Key to Affordable Beverages in Indonesia

2014 Set to Present the Greatest Regulatory Hurdle in a Generation to Food in the EU