The featured research on sale in the just-food store this week includes a look at emerging trends in ingredients - from M&A activity to innovation in natural ingredients - as well as analysis of emerging and developed market sectors.

M&A in the Ingredients Industry; Scaling Down But Thinking Ahead
Despite some recovery after the global economic crisis, many of the world's major economies remain anaemic. This situation is prompting a change of approach in ingredients M&A, with many companies now opting for smaller, strategic purchases with clear growth potential rather than simply seeking to add size. This report provides background on M&A strategies in the diverse ingredients industry, pinpointing specific deals and assessing the varied approaches of some of the key companies.

Natural Ingredients: A Sustained Push for Sustainable Options
Growing consumer concerns over the environment and health have coincided with the industry's rising focus on more sustainable sourcing to generate significant levels of interest in all things natural. As a result, there are now significant opportunities for natural ingredients in all fmcg markets. This report looks at the issues impacting natural ingredient supply and demand, and assesses the opportunities that exist for natural products in various key ingredient categories.

Packaged Food in Argentina
This report offers a comprehensive guide to the size and shape of the market at a national level. It provides the latest retail sales data 2009-2013, allowing you to identify the sectors driving growth. It identifies the leading companies, the leading brands and offers strategic analysis of key factors influencing the market.

The Future of the Savoury Snacks Market in the United Kingdom to 2017: Market Size, Distribution and Brand Share, Key Events and Competitive Landscape
This report provides authoritative and granular data on the savoury snacks market in the United Kingdom and, in doing so fills the gaps in marketers' understanding of trends and the components of change behind them. Based upon extensive primary and secondary research to provide comprehensive and granular data, this report allows marketers to confidently update their strategic and tactical plans.

Indulgence and Emerging Markets Fuel Global Ice Cream Growth
Emerging markets-fuelled growth drives impulse ice cream to become the largest subcategory, but demand for take-home varieties is also rising fast outside the developed world. A range of positive macroeconomic factors, such as infrastructural developments, contribute to the dynamic growth, but the high demand for indulgence and affordable luxury are key to growth globally. However, the highly consolidated market environment and product seasonality remain the main challenges for manufacturers.

Cereal Production in the US - Industry Market Research Report
Stagnant performance for the cereal production industry over the past five years was largely guided by overall economic conditions. As per capita disposable income declined during the recession, more consumers turned to cereal as a healthy and inexpensive breakfast option. However, when the economy began to recover and per capita disposable income increased, people with relaxed budgets and less time returned to previous breakfast habits of obtaining food on the run at cafes or coffee shops.

Yogurt Market in the United States: Market Profile to 2017
This report brings together research, modeling and analysis expertise in order to develop uniquely detailed market data. This allows domestic and foreign companies to identify the market dynamics that account for overall yoghurt sales and which categories and segments will see growth in the coming years.

Stevia: Adding Value Through Natural - The Resurgence of Reduced Sugar
Stevia has fast gained presence as the first natural, healthy sweetener. This briefing explores stevia-related innovation in 2013 and highlights technological advances including steviol glycoside blends and further reducing sugar content to 50% to improve the taste profile. Stevia's potential as a weight management ingredient is also analysed by assessing the rise in reduced sugar carbonate consumption, and hence drop in calorie intake, if just 20% of regular carbonates were reformulated.