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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?


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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July 20, 2014

Fashion Speaks: The Growth Potential for Wearable Digital Electronics

Weeteck_loo MayLing_Tham

Euroasia_yvonne kok_LThumbWith Wee Tek Loo, Head of Consumer Electronics and May Ling Tham - Head of Personal Accessories and Eyewear 

Moderated by Yvonne Kok, Head of Industry Research

Wearable devices, such as the Nike Fuel Band and the Samsung Galaxy Gear are manufacturer driven products that do not yet address any major functions better than a smartphone. So far, only fitness tracking devices are driving sales in the category as they serve a practical and motivational purpose. Other devices such as the Galaxy Gear suffer from poor aesthetics and bulky design. Until Apple releases its highly anticipated watch, which has the potential to disrupt the industry in the same way that the iPhone did, many manufacturers of electronics and watches are adapting a wait-and-see approach to wearable devices.

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July 17, 2014

Prospects for Fish Oils and Omega Fatty Acids in China

Mark StrobelWith Mark Strobel, Consumer Health Analyst

China is a promising market for the consumer health industry, with consumer expenditure on health goods and medical services expected to grow by 56 percent between 2013 and 2018. Vitamins and dietary supplements, especially fish oils and omega fatty acids are among the strongest prospects for the country. The average adult in China consumes only one-quarter of the recommended daily intake of DHA and EPA which is found in these supplements.  Although the regulatory infrastructure for dietary supplements in China is notoriously strict, proposals are in place to change the process.

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