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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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February 18, 2014

What Packaging for the Challenging Beer Market to 2018?

Beer market packaging forecast

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Global retail pack sales for beer will, over 2013-2018, rise by a positive CAGR of 2%, an increase of a sizeable 26.5 billion units. Glass bottles are set to maintain their lead position over beverage cans, especially in Asia Pacific and Latin America where the presence of returnables is strong. In Europe, packaging innovation is central to overcoming beer consumption declines where a search for value offerings promotes sales of PET bottles in Eastern Europe and beverage cans in Western markets.

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Nurturing Future Sales Growth in Foods through Packaging Innovation

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Rapidly rising demand from emerging regions is certainly driving increases in global food packaging volumes, but opportunities for growth are also coming from mature markets, fuelled by packaging innovation. Increasingly hectic lifestyles render convenience a key driver of new packaging developments in the foods industry and influencer on consumers’ purchasing decisions. Tough economic conditions are also encouraging consumers to seek out value for money pack solutions.

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February 17, 2014

Bottled Water in 2014: Packaging, Branding, and the Search for Value

JonasFelicianoAnalyst Insight by Jonas Feliciano - Beverages Analyst

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With total volumes expected to eclipse 300 billion litres in 2014, bottled water will pass tea as the world’s most consumed packaged beverage. In examining both emerging and developed markets, the commoditisation of bottled water is at an all-time high, causing manufacturers to re-examine their products and give reasons for consumers to pay more. This search for premiumisation takes on many forms, with emerging countries in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East and Africa focused on growth via access and single-serve packaging while North America and Europe seek to grow value with a renewed focus on branding.

Searching for Value via Serving Size in Emerging Markets

In many emerging markets, the scarcity of clean water makes bottled water a necessary staple rather than a value-added refreshment beverage like juice or soda. The price per litre of bottled water reflects this commoditisation, ranging from US$0.11 in India to US$0.27 in Mexico, whereas carbonates and juices range from US$0.61 to US$1.27. The same is true in the Middle East and Africa where still bottled water has seen double digit average annual growth, yet value cannot keep pace due to unit price remaining stagnant at US$0.24 per litre. Contributing to this low unit price and commodity positioning is how bottled water is packaged. Unlike developed markets where over 75% of all still bottled water sales came from pack sizes less than 2 litres, bottled water in containers 2 litres and over accounted for over 60% of 2013 off-trade volume in emerging markets.

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February 10, 2014

Euromonitor to Speak at 15th Middle East & Africa PET Resin Trade, Applications & Recycling 2014

MEAPET200x200Date: February 11-12, 2014

Location: Pullman Deira City Centre Dubai, UAE

Speaker: Hussein Doughan

Presentation Topic: Review of the Beverage Industry and Challenges for Growth in 2014 - Growth in iced tea, still drinks, energy drinks, soymilk

Event Description: In its 15th consecutive year, CMT's MEAPET is the platform for engaging presentations from high calibre speakers, expert insights and unrivalled networking opportunities.  It has been themed “Growth or Glut for the Middle East PET Sector” & “Will demand in Africa continue to boost Regional PET Trade”.

It also includes a half day workshop which deals with Opportunities & Challenges in developing Inroad to the AFRICAN Markets.

This is a must attend annual event for those involved in the PET packaging industry in the Middle East & Africa.

For more information, please visit http://www.cmtevents.com/main.aspx?ev=140204&pu=253030

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February 7, 2014

Innovation Key in the Crowded Bottled Water Industry

 

Bottled water is the largest category for packaging in beverages and is the main reason the PET bottle is a dominant pack type. Market saturation for these bottles is forcing companies to innovate in order to stand out in the crowd. Sustainability is one way to innovate, with companies releasing lightweight bottles and bottles made from plant based materials. Beyond this, some companies are introducing glass bottles in the water segment to be noticed. Given the large market for bottled water, Karine Dussimon, Senior Packaging Research Analyst at Euromonitor, states that whether companies use glass or plastic, further innovation will be necessary to stand out from the competition.

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January 17, 2014

Datagraphic: Global Shampoo Packaging - Where and How to Succeed

Shampoo packaging growth by type and country

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Global volume sales of shampoo packaging have seen healthy growth in 2013, rising by 4% to reach 15.6 billion units. Flexible packaging is the highest beneficiary with individual sachets offering affordability in India and Indonesia. In Mexico and Russia, HDPE bottle sizes above 250ml, which convey value, are in demand. Although still lower in volume terms than HDPE, PET bottles are gaining presence among the more mature regions of Western Europe and North America, being used for differentiation.

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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

What Packaging for the Challenging Beer Market to 2018?

Nurturing Future Sales Growth in Foods through Packaging Innovation

Bottled Water in 2014: Packaging, Branding, and the Search for Value

Euromonitor to Speak at 15th Middle East & Africa PET Resin Trade, Applications & Recycling 2014

Innovation Key in the Crowded Bottled Water Industry

Datagraphic: Global Shampoo Packaging - Where and How to Succeed