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Simon Creasey

Articles by Simon Creasey

Ambient or planned purchases are best examples in sectorShould food majors develop subscription services? 20 June 2018

There are a growing number of fledgling companies developing subscription-box businesses across the consumer goods sector - but, so far, major food manufacturers have shied away from moving into the market. Simon Creasey weighs up why and whether we may see interest from food companies rise.

Carrefour has listed range of snacks in SpainWhat are the prospects for insect-based food? 10 May 2018

Two major European retailers have started to stock edible, insect-based food, a sign a growing number of consumers are starting to accept the idea of eating the likes of crickets and mealworms. Simon Creasey looks at the scope of the market so far, consumer interest in the products and what the outlook for the sector could be.

PepsiCo wants to How is Big Food using accelerators and incubators? 6 February 2018

As the food majors of North America and Europe broadly struggle to rejuvenate sales in the face of changing consumer habits, company strategists are looking at a range of ways to kick-start their sales. Some have turned to accelerators and incubators to, one, support fledgling businesses and, two, try to tap into the new trends shaping the industry - and how to innovate to meet them. Simon Creasey reports.

Food companies seek boost from revenue growth management 6 December 2017

In mature markets like North America and western Europe, packaged food manufacturers have in recent years found top-line growth hard to come by. Some have turned to revenue growth management - moves to optimise their prices, promotions and product range - to try to revitalise sales. Simon Creasey analyses the benefits and challenges of implementing the practices.

Industry watchers believe more consolidation in UK grocery retail could followTesco/Booker, Co-op/Nisa - how might suppliers be affected? 22 November 2017

Two prospective takeovers in the UK grocery retail channel have shaken the sector, with food manufacturers weighing up the consequences. Simon Creasey analyses the possible impact on suppliers.

Nestle and Unilever among companies working on blockchain initiativesThe potential for blockchain in the food industry 24 October 2017

Blockchain and how to harness the technology is one of the hot topics in boardrooms. A number of the world's largest food manufacturers and grocers are looking closely at the concept and its applications. Simon Creasey analyses the potential uses, benefits and challenges of using blockchain in the sector.

What does Generation Z want from food? 25 September 2017

Move over Millennials. There's a new consumer cohort in town and food manufacturers should stay paying them more attention. Simon Creasey takes an in-depth look at what makes Generation Z tick, what shapes their buying habits and how food companies should respond.

Will platform emerge to consolidate deliveries?Direct-to-consumer in the UK - analysing the problems and potential 17 July 2017

The continued rapid growth of grocery e-commerce in the UK, combined with the tough trading conditions in serving traditional, bricks-and-mortar retailers, is leading a number of food manufacturers to investigate whether selling directly to consumers could be an option worth pursuing. Simon Creasey weighs up the prospects for the fledgling channel.

Fodmapped Foods has secured listings at Coles for low-FODMAP rangeAustralia at forefront of low-FODMAP development - analysis 11 October 2016

It was a university in Australia that developed the low-FODMAP diet just over a decade ago and it is that country that is in the vanguard of markets where the diet is taking off and where foods are being specifically launched to fit the regime. Simon Creasey analyses the development of the market for low-FODMAP foods in Australia and weighs up the prospects for the products.

Fazer is among major names in sector to have launched low-FODMAP productsWhat are the prospects for the low-FODMAP diet? - analysis 4 October 2016

FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates that has been linked to digestive issues, including irritable bowel syndrome. A diet in low in FODMAPs is said to ease symptoms and there are signs of a market taking root in Australia, parts of Europe and North America. In the main, it is smaller firms that are marketing low-FODMAP foods but some of the major names in the industry, including Nordic business Fazer Group and, notably Nestle, are showing interest and have recently launched products. Simon Creasey looks at developments so far and weighs up the prospects for the fledgling category.

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