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April 2006 management briefing 4 Apr 2006

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If globalisation is about profit then demographics can be defined as the study of new markets. Understanding population is a means of identifying opportunities. Meeting needs is akin to creating them and, to use one of the twentieth century’s most over-used phrases, achieving critical mass. Demographics, within the context of food production and marketing, is not only about population composition but also about lifestyle and the way it is changing as both a cause and effect of globalisation.


March 2006 management briefing 2 Mar 2006

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The aim of this just-food briefing is to unravel some of the ‘mystery’ behind the purchasing trends of European retailers and answer the tricky questions facing every food manufacturer when it comes to the supplier-retailer relationship. Whether you are a start-up or a multinational brand it is essential to get behind the minds of the retail buyers and maintain a healthy relationship. This will ensure long-term sales and generate customer loyalty.


February 2006 management briefing 2 Feb 2006

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Foodservice is a complicated market to define and quantify. It includes companies that supply meals on a contract basis to institutions. Other sectors serve the general public through fast-food outlets and coffee shops, sometimes as franchisees, such as McDonald’s and Subway. Restaurants and cafés, from independents to large multinational chains such as Pizza Hut, are also covered by the term ‘foodservice’. Growth through insight is the lifeblood of the foodservice market, which must continually


January 2006 management briefing 6 Jan 2006

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Predicting the future is a delicate matter, and a super powered crystal ball would be needed to foresee exactly which stories will fill the headlines in 2006. However, this month’s briefing provides a chapter-by-chapter review of the key trends we think will affect the food industry during 2006 and beyond. Of course, many of the same issues that kept us busy in 2005 will no doubt rumble on this year. Health concerns will continue to dominate the front pages, along with convenience and indulgence


December 2005 management briefing 1 Dec 2005

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Food packaging growth and technological development is intrinsically linked to the growth of, and demand for, supermarkets. This growth is driven by changing lifestyles and the move to convenience foods, where packaging forms an essential part of the product offering. Industrialised societies – Europe, US, Japan etc – have led this trend over the last 30 years. However, other areas of the world are catching up, notably China and Asia, but poor infrastructure still makes supermarket supply all b


November 2005 management briefing 1 Nov 2005

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Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the role of nutrition and specific food components in a healthful lifestyle. Food manufacturers are responding to this growing trend by offering more choices – low-fat, low-calorie, low-sodium, high-protein, high-fibre – to fit a wide range of dietary needs, preferences and tastes. This briefing discusses the health benefits of fibre, the ‘forgotten nutrient’, its role in the food industry and the whole-grain trend. Ongoing research encourages the fo


October 2005 management briefing 1 Oct 2005

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The food industry in China is expected to generate an income of US$241.8bn in 2005 - a 325% increase in 8 years. Its post-Communist market is being driven by the increased spending power and changing food habits of the country’s ever-wealthier people. However, there are significant risks with an emerging market of this size, complexity and relative immaturity. With the main goal over recent years being ‘feed the nation', not enough has been done to safeguard health and safety. The country is fra


September 2005 management briefing 1 Sep 2005

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India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and one of the largest in terms of Purchasing Power Parity. Global brands are re-starting the hype of a decade ago, as they envisage how to take advantage of the massive population and rapidly growing income and consumption to create new business streams, sales and profits. But several challenges remain before companies can grab the big prize in India – fragmented chains, poor infrastructure plus policy and regulation issues make it diff


August 2005 management briefing 16 Aug 2005

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The biggest barrier to growth in the snacks industry, particularly in Western Europe and Japan, is consumer concerns about health and rising obesity levels. Snack companies have responded to this with a growing number of better-for-you products, reducing salt, fat, additives and carbohydrates, while adding more ‘natural’ and functional ingredients. In the face of several key obstacles, the world’s appetite for savoury snacks continues to grow. Euromonitor report that savoury snacks were easily


July 2005 management briefing 1 Jul 2005

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There are currently a number of ambiguous terms printed on packages of food, such as "clinically proven", "natural", "whole", "genuine", and “traditional”. Certain words are selected to be emotive rather than informative, so it seems that manufacturers are doing little more than paying lip service to legal requirements, rather than providing clear information for consumers. This briefing begins by looking at the confusion derived from terms and definitions used on food packaging, and how this af


June 2005 management briefing 1 Jun 2005

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The world population is set to reach nine billion by 2050 with adults, particularly seniors, representing the largest demographic. The global drivers propelling the food industry into the 21st century are health, convenience and indulgence. The importance of these drivers is set to increase as consumers become more sophisticated in their eating habits. This month's briefing looks at adults' modern eating trends in major consuming countries, and marks the significant trends, which will increase t


May 2005 management briefing 1 May 2005

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As the EU enlarges, the process of multinationals and food companies spreading in an easterly direction throughout Europe and beyond is accelerating. This is helped by freeing of duties and unified trading tariffs, along with a cheaper and well-educated labour force. This briefing discusses the opportunities to export to these so far unexploited markets, identifying the countries that offer the best opportunities, and the raw materials that each of those boast. It also looks at the potential fo


April 2005 management briefing 1 Apr 2005

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The year-on-year consumption of processed foods is on the increase. Fast-paced, wealthier lifestyles combined with increased trust in manufacturers, retailers and authorities to provide us with safe food, are making convenience meals more tempting. This briefing discusses the reasons why we rely on processed food; the real cost in terms of time, financial and health; the spin used to market convenience/ processed products; and the entrance of manufacturers into new markets.


March 2005 management briefing 1 Mar 2005

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What’s an additive? It is a good question, especially when considering the health and diversity of the world’s ‘additive’ sector. Canadian food and drug regulations define them as "substances that, when added to food, can become part of the food or alter its characteristics, with the exception of mineral nutrients and vitamins (which are added to enhance the nutritional value of food), spices, seasonings, flavourings, agricultural chemicals, and substances added to the packaging material." Clear


February 2005 management briefing 1 Feb 2005

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Children, or the untouchables as marketers have grown to affectionately know them, are notoriously difficult to target - but unquestionably profitable - when finally convinced that your product is cool enough to eat. Aside from the long-standing, fickle nature of children’s ‘favourites’, the kids’ food industry is tainted by a host of controversial sticking points, primarily unhealthy eating habits leading to more overweight and obese children, globally, than ever before. This management briefin


January 2005 management briefing 1 Jan 2005

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At the dawn of 2005, consumers in the developed world are zealously probing the connection between food and health, with a focus on food as medicine, food as therapy and food as functional. Or rather, some of them are. Just as many rarely spare a thought for the impact of the food they eat on their overall health and wellbeing. They consume voraciously, indulging an insatiable appetite for foods high in sugar, fat and the newly christened Public Enemy Number One, salt. This briefing looks at so


December 2004 management briefing 1 Dec 2004

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As the organic industry matures, the quality and efficiency of agriculture, manufacturing and distribution will continue to improve, reducing the premium price of organic foods that has been identified as a barrier for some consumer segments. With growth and expansion, maintaining the integrity and fundamental principles of organic agriculture is imperative to the future health of the organic industry. This briefing looks at the current key trends in this area and the future prospects for growth


November 2004 management briefing 1 Nov 2004

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In October 1999, the global population reached six billion people. Current agricultural, food production, processing and distribution systems stretch to provide sustenance for these numbers. But by the year 2020, the world's population will explode to an estimated 7.5 billion. Current agriculture food systems, including rangelands, croplands and marine fisheries, average an annual global yield rate of approximately 2.449%, while researchers estimate the rate must reach 4% to satisfy the world's


October 2004 management briefing 1 Oct 2004

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Once a small niche market limited to a few food categories, the ethical foods (EF) marketplace has grown rapidly in recent years and is now moving very rapidly into the mainstream. This report includes analysis of key issues regarding EF, including defining the marketplace, a historical and political perspective, sales trends, consumer research and recent policy developments. The rich and growing arena of EF is a tale of the wealthy helping the less fortunate, consumer scepticism, international


September 2004 management briefing 1 Sep 2004

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This report covers the global market for convenience and ready meals, and looks at their main regional markets in rank order of their size by retail value. It reviews the major manufacturers and the market trends that currently influence consumer demand. The report concludes with forecasts of consumer demand for the period 2004 to 2007 which take into account the statistical market trends over the period 2000 to 2003 together with other factors likely to influence demand such as new product laun


August 2004 management briefing 1 Aug 2004

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If timing is everything, then the internet and the food industry are a match made in heaven. Never before have consumers been more interested in what they eat. They want to know where ingredients come from, how they are processed and what might be the likely outcomes of eating certain types of food over a long period. Every aspect of the food chain, from field to table, is under scrutiny. The best way for producers and retailers to ensure the future of the industry is to come clean. And the easi


July 2004 management briefing 1 Jul 2004

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Despite the considerable growth in their numbers, true vegetarians remain a minority. But this is to miss the point. The real growth sector is in providing a meat-free alternative to those consumers who are eating a lot less meat (especially red meat) as part of a “healthier” diet. While animal welfare concerns have moved up the news agenda, human beings are still basically selfish and the weekly diet of news horror stories regarding our food – BSE, nvCJD, e-coli, foot and mouth disease and canc


June 2004 management briefing 1 Jun 2004

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It used to be so easy. Have a cup of tea, throw a spoonful of sugar into it. Make a cake, put some sugar into it. But of course that’s no longer the case. Health issues have dictated otherwise. Driven by concerns over weight gain, moves to develop foods for diabetics and others who need to avoid sugar, and worries over tooth decay, companies have created alternatives to traditional sugar (sucrose). This has led to the formation of the multi-million pound and controversial alternative sweetener


May 2004 management briefing 1 May 2004

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The sands, definitions and ground rules of low-carbohydrate dieting are shifting, bringing both good and bad news for the food industry. The self-styled Atkins Revolution is shifting a gear, transforming itself from a quick fix weight loss fad loudly condemned by many as no more than a bandwagon, to a more sustainable, long term health conscious lifestyle. This briefing addresses the key issues affecting low-carb diets.


April 2004 management briefing 1 Apr 2004

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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) gets a lot of flak, but it remains the international institution best able to order global commerce so that it promotes prosperity amongst all nations, rich and poor. Yet, given that its 150-country membership reflects the immense complexity of our world, they inevitably hold a colossal amount of views about how its comprehensive trade rules should be written. This exclusive new briefing examines its latest actions.


March 2004 management briefing 1 Mar 2004

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As people in countries around the world struggle to fight the flab, it is the growing prevalence of weight problems and obesity among children that grabs most headlines and causes most outrage. For many children, growing up is now characterised by serious health problems caused by being overweight. And as the crisis grows, parents, consumer groups, doctors, governments and the media are increasingly pointing the finger of blame at the food industry. This exclusive new briefing looks at some of t


February 2004 management briefing 1 Feb 2004

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Food on-the-go products are still very much dominated by treats, indulgent products not usually associated with health but more a reward or pick-me-up snack. The majority of new on-the-go food products launched still fall within the category of treats, although this focus is anticipated to shift as meal snacking becomes a more established trend. This briefing looks at the food on-the-go market, assessing worldwide trends by region, and providing a look at the main issues affecting the market - h


January 2004 management briefing 28 Jan 2004

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This exclusive bonus briefing for just-food.com members is of great interest for anyone with an interest in the Australian food market. It provides details of the companies listed on the Australian stock market, along with analysis of the key industry sub-sectors.


January 2004 management briefing 1 Jan 2004

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In this exclusive new briefing, just-food.com's editor, Catherine Sleep, looks at the major issues facing the industry in 2004. Forecasting future events is a risky business, but Catherine’s longstanding position as editor of a global food industry news site gives her a useful vantage point. She discusses a number of hot topics in depth, including marketing food to children, low-carb diets, bioterrorism, GM food, irradiation and many other controversial issues that she believes will grab the hea


December 2003 management briefing 1 Dec 2003

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For anyone living above the poverty line in virtually any country on the planet, it could be argued that there are more opportunities for more people to eat more food in 2003 than ever before. Most of us no longer follow a three meal a day pattern; nor do we eat little and often. We just eat all day long, wherever we happen to be and whenever the urge is prompted by either internal or external stimuli. This briefing addresses all the main issues affecting the foodservice industry in the major ma

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