February 5, 2016
Consumers are demanding food from operators that are free from additives, and in the industry today its expected of operators to make an effort toward clean labeling. This action is widespread in the industry currently, but there will be a point where consumers will see chains that haven’t taken steps towards clean labeling as inherently […]
November 16, 2014
Asia Pacific is currently the third largest region for cocoa ingredients (liquor, butter and powder) worldwide after Western Europe and North America; however, it is set to become the second largest region, overtaking North America by 2017, with consumption exceeding 688,000 tonnes. Regional sales are dominated by China, which accounted for 40% of volume sales […]
August 17, 2014
Euromonitor International’s latest forecast growth figures for other blended Scotch make happy reading for international spirits companies, with the category anticipated a volume CAGR of 3% (125 million litres) over the 2013-2018 period. In five key markets that are expected to drive blended Scotch growth between 2013-2018 the key or at least an important growth […]
March 8, 2014
When luxury retailer Michael Kors listed on the New York Stock Exchange in December 2011, the debut share price was a beefier than expected US$20. Fast forward a little over two years and it is on the verge of hitting US$100. Not a bad return for those who bought early. But then, who would bet […]
February 18, 2014
In December 2012, the UK government announced that it would reform the visa application process for Chinese tourists by shortening the documents, translating them into Mandarin and requiring less documentation overall. Other initiatives, such as a “VIP visa service” (UK visa officers visit offices to collect application materials) and “passport pass back” (eligible travellers being […]
February 17, 2014
With total volumes expected to eclipse 300 billion litres in 2014, bottled water will pass tea as the world’s most consumed packaged beverage. In examining both emerging and developed markets, the commoditisation of bottled water is at an all-time high, causing manufacturers to re-examine their products and give reasons for consumers to pay more. This […]
February 16, 2014
Indesit Co SpA has been struggling to overcome the sharp decline in demand in Western Europe. It has made several attempts to revive profitability, including trying to move its product offering up to a more premium level and breaking into the premium small appliances category. However, growth remains elusive and the company is now looking […]
February 11, 2014
The use of flowers as food remains a highly unusual concept for many consumers around the world but this could well change in the coming years as growing pressure to source ingredients from natural and renewable raw materials is generating greater interest in the opportunities offered by floral ingredients. Some flowers are already being eaten […]

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