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September 15, 2014

Assessing the Economic Cost of Epidemics

Global attention has turned to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, turning the spotlight away from the economic costs of lifestyle diseases and health problems such as obesity and diabetes toward the cost of infectious disease. In the short-term, the economic consequences for the affected countries can be significant, but in the longer term the impact can be harder to decipher. The cost depends on the longevity and severity of the crisis and the demographic and economic profile of those directly affected.

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September 13, 2014

Cocoa Prices Hit Three-Year High

Cocoa prices hit a three-year high in June of 2014 due to a global deficit. There are many reasons for this deficit including supply issues and price hikes, but the main reason is that demand for cocoa in emerging markets is higher than ever. Consumers in markets such as India see chocolate as an affordable luxury and a gift option. Most chocolate manufacturers have absorbed the high prices so far, but companies such as Mondelez are producing smaller versions of their chocolate products and selling them for the same prices.

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September 11, 2014

China's Unique Population Structure: 5 Key Facts

China's unique demographic structure is a major challenge to sustainable economic growth. Learn key facts on how the one-child policy is impacting population structure and China's rapidly ageing population in this video.

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September 10, 2014

The Positives and Negatives of Social Media for Packaged Food Companies

Packaged food companies are using social media as a means to monitor what consumers are saying about their brands and to engage with their customers through suggestions. For example, PepsiCo's Lays brand holds a yearly contest where consumers suggest new flavors for their chips/crisps and contest voting is done via social media. However social media can also cause backlash for companies as well; for example, word spread on Twitter in 2013 about the CEO of Barilla Group's anti-gay remarks, leading to a public apology by the executive.

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Annie's Poised for even more Success with General Mill's Acquisition

General Mills recently announced that it will acquire Annie's Homegrown Inc, a manufacturer of natural and organic packaged food such as macaroni and cheese mixes and cookies. This acquisition is in line with General Mill's recent strategy of buying up natural and organic food companies such as Larabar, which it purchased in 2008. With many US consumers looking for natural and healthy food alternatives, this strategy will likely prove successful for General Mills. Annie's is already outperforming its peers and the brand will enjoy even more success paired with General Mill's vast distribution network and marketing budget.

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September 8, 2014

Key Trends in Retailing: Asia Pacific

Euromonitor International analysts present key trends and new findings from their research into the retailing industry in Asia Pacific.

For more information about retailing in Asia Pacific, download Euromonitor and Retail Asia's Top 500 Retailers in Asia Pacific Ranking.

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September 5, 2014

Homewares Companies in the Netherlands Catering to Consumer Preferences

Homewares is in decline in the Netherlands due to consumer preference for spending smaller amounts of money on products such as glassware and dinnerware. However, new companies such as Blond Amsterdam and Babette are able to generate sales from these preferences by creating colourful, unique homewares items, at low prices. These companies are also creating products in sync with emerging market trends, such as high-tea cake stands and sushi plates..

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September 3, 2014

Halal Tourism a Growing Opportunity for Asia

A majority of Asian governments are making travelling easier on Muslim tourists by offering halal foods and prayer areas. Today, Hong Kong and South Korea are destinations for Muslim shoppers buying personal care and beauty products, and countries such as Japan are offering travel packages and information catered specifically to Muslim tourists. Although many initiatives are currently government oriented, private businesses stand to profit by catering to this consumer base.

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September 2, 2014

Five Key Findings in Eyewear

Euromonitor International recently released 2014 data for our Passport: Eyewear research database. Watch the video to learn five key findings from our research.

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September 1, 2014

Regional Snack Food Players Achieving Growth in the US

Many regional snack food players are growing in the US using both traditional and unconventional methods. TastyKake, a Philadelphia-based pastry manufacturer expanded its distribution network in 2011 by being acquired by Flower Foods. As a result, TastyKake is now available in the southern US and is rapidly growing sales. Chicago-based SkinnyPop, other other hand, is growing without acquisition. The company sells to convince stores, mass merchandisers and drugstores in the US where low-calorie options can be limited.

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