October 20, 2014

Can Tea Take Occasions Away From Coffee?

JonasFelicianoAnalyst Insight by Jonas Feliciano - Senior Beverages Analyst

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As reported in Drinks Business Review, Bigelow Tea will introduce a new “American Breakfast” line of black tea that contains 50% more caffeine than the average tea serving. Is the tea manufacturer purposefully targeting American coffee drinkers? And is this really the best way to grow tea sales in the US?

New Bigelow American Breakfast Teas are specially formulated with natural black tea extract -- a concentrated form of brewed black tea -- to deliver 60-90mg of caffeine per cup, versus the typical 30-60mg in regular black tea. Yet despite the significantly higher caffeine content, drinkers will not experience the 'rush and crash' effect typical of coffee thanks to L-Theanine, the naturally occurring compound found almost exclusively in tea.

By highlighting this blend’s superiority to sustained energy due to the usage of L-Theanine, the answer to the first question is resoundingly affirmative. Tea has long trailed coffee as America’s preferred morning beverage – a tradition that can goes back to separatists dumping British teas into the Boston Harbor. The recent acquisition of Teavana by coffee giant Starbucks led many to speculate about a “tea boom” in the states, but it has yet to occur despite increased spending on coffee.  With this launch, Bigelow is firmly targeting coffee drinkers to consider tea as an alternative.

In the words of third generation president and CEO, Cindi Bigelow, "I invite you to sip a cup of our beautiful American Breakfast Tea; made in America, by an American family, for the American consumer. And as always, we hope our teas delight you.

Gaining a small piece of the US’s US$12 billion retail coffee industry would undoubtedly buoy tea’s US$2.4 billion retail figure. But asking consumers to make the switch, rather than complimenting their morning routines with an occasional earl grey or oolong, seems a bridge too far. Morning rituals are one of the hardest routines to break. Simply fortifying tea with caffeine seems like a good plan, when considering the economic opportunity, but several challenges remain.


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Five Global Mobile Payments Trends in 2014

As mobile payments are becoming more popular with consumers, distinct trends are beginning to emerge. Payments processes are becoming more streamlined on e- and m-commerce sites to facilitate ease of consumer check-out, the mobile wallet is about to become a real viable payment method, mobile banking is increasingly popular in both emerging and developed markets and more.

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Learn more about these five trends in Michelle Evans' article on Mobile Payments Today and join us for a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, October 28th.


Emerging Markets are not Shorthand for Doom or Boon


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It’s dangerous to group all emerging markets into one convenient basket, even within a region their prospects vary dramatically. Not all are suffering from a slump, but equally not all are dynamic, fast-growing economies. In a time of heightened geopolitical tensions, and with risks to the global economy seeming to increase on a daily basis, the devil is in the detail.


Bright stars include smaller emerging markets such as Turkmenistan, Laos, Rwanda and Cambodia. India is also seeing something of a turnaround with growth expected to come in at 5.4% in 2014 and 6.7% in 2015 supported by an upturn in business confidence following the general election, lower commodity prices and policy reform. Bangladesh and Nigeria are also expected to put in strong performances.

Real GDP Growth in Selected Emerging Markets: 2014-2030


Source: Euromonitor International from national statistics/Eurostat/OECD/UN/IMF

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October 19, 2014

Euromonitor participa da PayTECH no Brasil


Nome do evento: PayTECH

Website: www.paytechsummit.com.br

Datas: 26 e 27 de Novembro de 2014

Horário da apresentação: Quarta-feira (26) às 10h-10h30, Hotel Meilá Paulista, São Paulo

Descrição do evento: A conferência PayTECH chega em sua 4ª edição, acompanhando tendências e trazendo informações estratégicas para o mercado de tecnologia para meios de pagamento. O salto tecnológico nos meios de pagamentos e as mudanças nos hábitos de consumo elevaram as exigências dos clientes de forma significativa, desafiando o mercado a corresponder com serviços e inovações à altura. Para que os players acompanhem tal movimento e ganhem vantagem competitiva, a atual edição do PayTECH torna-se essencial, ao mostrar novas tecnologias, regulamentações, o que funciona ou não, como fazer o link entre m-commerce, m-payment, loja virtual e loja física, e muito mais.

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Asia Pacific's Top 500 Retailers, 2014


Asia-Pacific Retail Scoreboard: Key Findings

The latest edition of Asia-Pacific Top 500 Rankings published in conjunction by Euromonitor International and Retail Asia reaffirms 7-Eleven Japan as the leading retailer in the region, despite the rise of Chinese, South Korean and Australian retailers. Seven and I, 7-Eleven parent company, maintains the widest reach with presence in nine out of the 14 markets in the study. Thailand achieved the most dynamic store growth in 2013, while Australia remains the most consolidated market with two-third of all retail sales stemming from the 57 retailers featured in the Top 500 Rankings.

Euromonitor International Interview Series: Kelly McGuire, Ph.D. Executive Director, Hospitality and Travel Global Practice for SAS

Michelle GrantInterview conducted by Michelle Grant - Travel and Tourism Research Manager

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Euromonitor International is pleased to present an interview examining the impact that user generated content has on hotel purchasing decisions for both business and leisure travellers. Euromonitor International Travel and Tourism Research Manager Michelle Grant spoke with Kelly McGuire, Ph.D. Executive Director, Hospitality and Travel Global Practice for SAS.

Can you please explain your role?

I run the hospitality and travel global practice at SAS.  My role is to drive the strategic direction for the practice at SAS.  My team provides domain expertise to our sales teams, ensures that SAS’s products meet the needs of the market by working with SAS R&D, and evangelizes the value of analytics to the hospitality and travel industries. 

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October 18, 2014

Sound Bite: The Implications of Infant Formula Scandals in China


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A series of food safety scandals in China began in 2008. As a result of these scares, Chinese parents lost trust in domestic infant milk formula and began purchasing imported and smuggled products instead. To combat this trend, some retailers began offering insurance on purchase to protect consumers against tainted foods and boost sales.

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Lianne van den BosLianne van den Bos - Food Analyst

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Pinar HosafciPinar Hosafci - Senior Packaged Food Analyst

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Euromonitor to Speak at UBIFrance 2014

UBIFranceEvent Name: UBIFrance

Location: Singapore

Date:  October 15, 2014 – October 16, 2014

Event Description: The French Trade Commission-Ubifrance in Singapore, is dedicated to accompanying French Companies on their professional project, providing them with essential keys to success in the Singaporean market. This closed door conference has been organized to promote Singapore as a Fashion hub to exclusively invited French apparel and accessories players.

Sulabh MadhwalPresentation Topic: Appreciating Fashion in Singapore

Presenter Name And Title: Sulabh Madhwal, Global Personal Accessories Analyst

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Presentation Date:  October 15, 2014

Presentation Time:  16:00 – 16:30

Presentation Description:  The presentation elaborates on the Fashion landscape and related consumer insights of the APAC region, and specifically Singapore.

Pet Humanisation: The trend and its Strategic Impact on Global Pet Care Markets

GinaWestbrookAnalyst Insight by Gina Westbrook - Director of Strategy Briefings

Pet owners are increasingly treating their cats, dogs and even small mammals like members of their family. The opportunity to commercialise this trend into a vast range of goods and services – from dog beer to cat counselling, from pet weddings to “social petworking” – is staggering for the company that can position itself to gain credibility among this growing demographic. Our new Strategy Briefing looks at the impact on pet care markets worldwide.  There are three main types of pet owner who are keen to spend heavily on their pets; they have different, albeit overlapping, priorities and interests.

crowned dog.jpg1. The mainstream humanising pet owner

This group likes brands that feel safe and reliable, that they believe to be credible and that they trust with their pet’s welfare. In many cases, especially at the higher spending end of this group, this can mean a focus on small businesses with an ethical business practice, and a distrust of large corporations.

 For services, local businesses with a good track record may be preferred over a more clinical, large-scale contenders, while products, especially food, with a cottage industry feel tend to perform well.

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October 17, 2014

Euromonitor to speak at Food Matters Live 2014


Tuesday 18 - Thursday 20 November 2014

Location: ExCeL, London

Conference: Euromonitor International will speak at Food Matters Live - a new event dedicated to food, health and nutrition. It will bring together the food and drink industry, retailers, food service providers, government, and those working in nutrition and health to tackle one of the most important challenges of our time - the relationship between food, health and nutrition.

The event combines an exhibition with a unique education programme including free-to-attend conferences, seminars, and practical demonstrations. It will bring together over 450 speakers, 200 exhibitors and thousands of visitors from across the food and health sectors, for three days of networking, debate and cross-sector collaboration.

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