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Global Company Strategy - SABMiller - OCT 2014

Americas September 2014 / Global / Industry

Anglo-South African brewing giant SABMiller is the world's second-largest brewing company in terms of both market capitalisation and group revenues, behind US-Belgian giant Anheuser-Busch InBev. The company has a huge global footprint. It is present in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia and North America, the latter via its MillerCoors joint venture.

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Industry Trend Analysis - Little Growth Expected In Japanese Food Retailing - OCT 2014

Asia September 2014 / Japan / Industry

The Japanese mass grocery retail (MGR) sector offers very little to be excited about, despite a gradually improving economy and the wealth of the average consumer. Supermarkets sales have been on the decline for much of the past few years. Though a number of countries have experienced a similarly poor performance in parts of the food retail sector, mainly large out-of-town hypermarkets in the developed world, the high-growth areas of convenience and discount stores have typically picked up some of the slack.

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Company News Alert - More Pressure On Foreign F&D Companies In Already Subdued Environment - OCT 2014

Emerging Europe September 2014 / Russia / Industry

McDonald's and other US food & drink companies (for example PepsiCo) will continue to be affected by adverse government regulations as the relationship between the US and Russia deteriorates. Local burger companies such as Rusburger will benefit from the demise of McDonald's, especially as sales growth for the fast-food industry in the country has been steady over the past years. Still, we maintain that the outlook for the F&D industry in general will be uncertain over the coming year on the back of deteriorating consumer conditions.

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Industry Trend Analysis - Improving Economy To Boost F&D Investment - OCT 2014

Middle East & Africa September 2014 / Egypt / Industry

Our Middle East and North Africa team expects the pace of growth in Egypt's economy to pick up markedly over the coming years, helped by greater political stability and low base effects. If Egypt's political environment continues to solidify, then we believe the country represents one of the Middle East and Africa's best growth opportunities for food and drink companies.

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Industry Trend Analysis - Price Cuts Failed To Boost Volumes; Targeted Initiatives To Come - SEPT 2014

Western Europe July 2014 / Europe / Industry

Price cuts and promotions at retailers in the EU have endangered margins more than they have managed to reignite volume growth over the past years. In this context, retailers will turn away from traditional trade promotions and find more effective ways to attract customers. Retailers will refocus their offering on local products and better targeted promotions through digital marketing.

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