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August 1, 2015

Digital Trends: The World's Largest and Fastest Growing Internet Markets


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The top 10 fastest growing internet markets in 2014 were all emerging markets. Specifically, Asian and African economies tend to dominate this list. Ethiopia currently tops the list with 25% internet user growth in 2014. This podcast discusses these fast-growth markets as well as the markets which are already well-established with extensive internet networks and large online populations.  Listen for complete insights.

Pavel_MarceuxPodcast features Pavel Marceux - Technology, Communications and Media Analyst

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July 30, 2015

New Tea Concept in England Aims to Change Consumption Habits


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“Brew” is a new concept currently undergoing crowd funding in England that could potentially change the way consumers drink tea. Although tea is heavily consumed in the country, much of that consumption is done in-home with tea bags. Brew aims to create a pub-like environment that puts the tea front and center, looking at new methods to brew loose-leaf tea.

Michael SchaeferPodcast features Michael Schaefer - Head of Beverages and Foodservice Research

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July 26, 2015

High Protein Products in Asia


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High-protein packaged food products have taken developed markets by storm. This podcast discusses recent product launches, ingredients, micronutrients and consumer diet trends. Listen for complete insights.

Yulia FranciscaPodcast features Yulia Francisca - Senior Research Analyst



July 23, 2015

The Business Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa


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Once only considered for its natural resources, Africa has become an economic driver since the global financial crisis. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to a young and growing population, a vibrant consumer market, and an increasing mobile connected population. Companies considering expansion to Sub-Saharan Africa need to be mindful of distribution challenges, the evolving African market and the lower discretionary income of the average African consumer.

Podcast features Maxcen Kapeya - Business Development Executive

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SCA Group Signals Strategic Changes in Brazil


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On a recent conference call, SCA Group announced its intention to exit the diaper market in Brazil. The move seems well judged, as the company can now focus solely on the adult incontinence products – the fastest growing category in disposable hygiene products in Brazil.

SvetlanaUduslivaiaPodcast features Svetlana Uduslivaia - Head of Tissue and Hygiene Research

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Super Premium Consumer Foodservice Chains Expanding into Japan


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Super premium foodservice operators, which include coffee shops and bakery cafes, are expanding internationally and looking to Japan to take that first step. Many of these operators are creating an artisanal spin on concepts that are tried and true, and Japan is a natural step in their business plans. The country has been offering expertly crafted food and beverages at low prices for years, including noodle shops, bars, and other traditional formats. This makes premium concepts an easier sell for consumers in the country.

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July 20, 2015

Takeaways from Soft Drink Company’s Earnings Reports


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PepsiCo recently released its earnings report, showing a massive strength in its snack food brands but a difficult second quarter performance for its beverages brands. Coca-Cola, on the other hand, will release its earnings report this week and does not have a snack foods brand to fall back on if weak performance arises. However, Coke has both a stronger market share and bigger business for its beverages brands.

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July 19, 2015

How does the Chinese Economy Look in 2015?

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The Chinese economy will continue to see slowing growth in 2015, when GDP is forecast to hit 6.8% growth compared to 7.4% in 2014. This slowdown reflects the country's priority shift from manufacturing toward a service-based economy. This podcast examines spillover effects of the real growth slowdown as well as the sinking stock market into global economies and commodities prices. Listen for complete insights.

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July 14, 2015

Tobacco Market Forecast in India


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Cigarettes volume sales in India recorded a faster decline in 2014 as compared to 2013. The faster volume decline is likely to continue over the forecast period 2015-2019 as well. While the sharper decline was triggered by the two consecutive excise duty hikes in 2014, the Indian government continues to contemplate on implementing stricter measures including the ban sale of loose cigarettes.

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July 13, 2015

Amazon Prime Day - Consumer Bonus or Defensive Act?


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Amazon's "Prime Day" on July 15 will feature unprecedented deals throughout the site for Prime members and will aim to showcase Amazon Prime's ancillary features as well as maintaining and growing its customer base. With competitor sites such as Jet.com, Wal-Mart's ShippingPass and eBay's eBay+ launching later this year - all with cheaper membership fees - Prime Day could be seen as a defensive act. Amazon gets more members and convinces current subscribers not to jump to ship.

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