Food and Drink Insight

Food & Drink Insight brings you analysis of regional trends, regulatory changes, projects and investments plus competitive intelligence on the growth strategies of leading companies in the sector

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Industry Trend Analysis - Meal Kit M&A To Rise Amid Amazon Threat - NOV 2017

Americas September 2017 / United States / Industry

The meal kit market will see increasing consolidation and M&A activity as grocery retailers look to invest in companies operating in this fast-growing space as a way to boost e-commerce offerings. Albertsons's acquisition of meal-kit provider Plated is in line with our view that US grocery chains will prioritise the development of online food services and omnichannel initiatives amid increasing competition from Amazon in the mass grocery retail sector

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Industry Trend Analysis - JT Bets On High Growth Southeast Asian Markets - NOV 2017

Asia September 2017 / Asia / Industry

Japan Tobacco's drop in revenue and cigarette volume sales in H117 has pushed the company to expand into emerging Asian markets, like the Philippines and Indonesia. Indonesia has long been our top pick for tobacco sales growth and believe that it will continue to witness high growth in tobacco spending between 2017 and 2021. We believe there are further opportunities for tobacco uptake in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, and expect to see increased levels of investment in the region over the coming years.

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Industry Trend Analysis - Limited Risk Of EU Action On Dual Food Standards - OCT 2017

Emerging Europe September 2017 / Europe / Industry

The EU will conduct further research into dual food quality standards in response to the concerns of Eastern European members, but the findings are unlikely to lead to disruptive policy intervention for now. That said, a radical overhaul of food quality standards could lead to significant shifts in demand patterns, constituting an unlikely but significant medium-term risk to our consumption forecasts.

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Industry Trend Analysis - Consumer Outlook Not Deterred By Nakumatt's Woes - NOV 2017

Middle East & Africa September 2017 / Kenya / Industry

Despite the financial difficulties faced by the East African region's largest grocery retailer Nakumatt, this does not dampen our view on the region's consumer spending potential. Kenya, in particular, remains our top consumer market in East Africa, supported by rising consumer spending growth and growing investment from international retailers.

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Industry Trend Analysis - European Wines A Hit With Chinese Consumers - NOV 2017

Western Europe September 2017 / China / Industry

China's wine consumption is rising in line with income growth, as China's import of foreign wine reaches record levels. As China begins to import more foreign wines, European wine producers such as Spain are in the best position to benefit, as demand for red wine is projected to be highest amongst the Chinese consumer.

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