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August 26, 2014

Shake Shack IPO Rumors and the Better Burgers Trend

6a01310f54565d970c01b8d05c9866970c-800wiWith Elizabeth Friend - Consumer Foodservice Analyst

US-based burger chain Shake Shack is reportedly seeking an IPO, which would make it one of the first ‘better burger’ chains behind Five Guys to pursue a national expansion. Typically, many major restaurant trends have a well-defined boom and bust lifecycle, but the better burgers trend is extending far beyond the normal lifestyle-driven trend. Although Shake Shack is a regional chain with a long road ahead to becoming national, its design and appeal give it a good chance to come out on top among the competition.

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August 22, 2014

Kraft Licenses Coffee Brands for use in Green Mountain's Keurig

6a01310fa9a669970c01a511f73ed7970c-800wi 6a01310f54565d970c01a3fce3cf1a970b-800wiWith Jonas Feliciano, Beverages Industry Analyst and Dana LaMendola, Beverages Industry Analyst



The recent deal between Kraft and Green Mountain gives liscensing rights to Green Mountain to distribute Kraft's brand of products in pod form for use in Keurig machines. Kraft's brands are a large gain for Green Mountain, who's main strategy is to obtain liscenses from large coffee players. Kraft's Maxwell House brand is the second largest coffee brand in the US, and given the success of Starbucks and Folger's pods, Kraft's larger-known brands are expected to perform well in pod format.

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August 19, 2014

Scotts Acquires Solus Brands

EURO_NT_Jack.Skelly_LThumbWith Jack Skelly, Research Analyst

Scotts Miracle-Gro’s UK subsidiary, The Scotts Company, recently purchased the Solus brands which includes Yeoman hand tools.  Although Scott’s is the leading garden care company in the world, it lacks a competitive hand tools brand. Yeoman will fill a gap in Scott’s brand portfolio in the UK, and if this move is successful, Scott’s can adapt the strategy worldwide. 

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August 15, 2014

What Does Coca-Cola Gain from the Monster Acquisition?

JonasFelicianoWith Jonas Feliciano - Beverages Analyst

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Coca-Cola’s recent 16.7% acquisition of Monster Energy is a win for Monster as the company’s innovations can shine on the international stage, but Coca Cola benefits from the deal as well. With the acquisition, Coke gains access to Monster’s new product innovations, which are responsible for reformulating the energy drinks market in recent years. Having this inside track into product innovations can help Coke not only diversify its brand portfolio even further, but also push new products into markets such as China and India.

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Innovation and Development in Oral Care

EURO_NT_Nicholas.Micallef_LThumbWith Nicholas Micallef, Beauty and Personal Care Research Analyst

Phillips and Braun are on the forefront of toothbrush technology, with Braun introducing products such as the Oral-B Pro 6000 SmartSeries, which monitors brushing times and habits and sends information to a user’s smartphone via Bluetooth. Innovations in the toothpaste market include Colgate’s sugar acid neutralizing toothpaste and Unilever’s Regenerate, which claims to rebuild lost enamel. Preventative care is becoming an important facet in oral care and products that assist consumers in these goals will perform well in the next five years.

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August 11, 2014

Holidays and Vacations in the Post-Recession Economy

image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14081116/58cb68db-b3a6-496d-895d-2ad7e892d496.pngAnalyst Insight by Daphne Kasriel-Alexander, Consumer Trends Consultant

Consumers are slowly adopting pre-recession spending habits in all aspects of their lives, and vacations and holidays are no different. In 2014, consumers aren’t restricting themselves to “staycations”, although they remain budget-conscious when travelling.  Many consumers are taking camping holidays, family trips and staying with friends in order to leave their dwellings but stay within their budgets.

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July 31, 2014

Interés por los deportes, impulsa el mercado de ropa deportiva en Chile

Eurosantiago_Andres.Chehtman_LThumbCon Andres Chehtman, Analista de investigación

El crecimiento de la práctica deportiva en Chile, acompañada de una fuerte actividad promocional de las principales marcas ha hecho que las ventas de ropa y calzado deportivos hayan aumentado aproximadamente 5% al año en términos de valor en los últimos 5 años según datos de la empresa de investigación de mercado, Euromonitor International. Hoy el país es uno de los de mayor consumo per cápita de estas prendas en Latinoamérica. Los deportes que más reflejan estas tendencias son el fútbol, el running, las actividades outdoor y el ciclismo.

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July 26, 2014

Ichitan Group Paves the Way for Local Players in the Thai Soft Drinks Market

Euroasia_w.anuwong_LThumb With Warangkana Anuwong, Senior Research Analyst

 Ichitan Group PCL, a relatively new player in the soft drinks market in Thailand, was recently listed on the Thai stock exchange which not only cements the company's future in the industry but also adds even more competition to the dynamic soft drinks market in the country. Ichitan's success is driven by its low-priced ready-to-drink tea which is the only RTD tea product in the country labelled as organic so far. If Ichitan's success continues, the soft drinks market in Thailand will become even more polarized as local brands rise up to challenge international players.

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July 23, 2014

Open-Loop Pre-Paid Cards: The Fastest Growing Card Function

Kendrick SandsWith Kendrick Sands, Analyst - Consumer Finance

Open-loop pre-paid cards, which are network branded payment cards that do not have a limited pre-defined acceptance network, are the fastest growing card type in the world. These cards have proved their ability to replace cash and electronic transfer channels in several instances including government benefits and traveller’s cheques. Open-loop pre-paid cards can also help the unbanked and financially underserved by offering an alternative to traditional financial services and as a stepping-stone to other products and services.  

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July 21, 2014

What’s Next for Malaysia Airlines?

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With Nadejda Popova - Senoir Analyst, Travel and Tourism

The tragedies of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the crash of Flight 17 are having a severe impact on Malaysia Airlines. Investor confidence is low, shares are plummeting and many are wondering why the airline chose a flight pattern over a conflict zone. With the airline already performing at sub-par levels, the next step may be filing for bankruptcy.

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