This week’s key research includes a timely look at weight management trends and the future of ethical packaged food.

Weight Management Trends & Behaviors: Beyond Dieting & Obesity
Weight management is a core consumer and industry issue, especially in light of the high and growing prevalence of overweight/obese individuals worldwide. With the topic influencing consumer behavior and social policy, it is essential that the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry is seen to be making proactively positive contributions. This report contains detailed insights and analysis on the drivers and inhibitors of weight management. Includes strategic conclusions and actionable recommendations  

Ethical Packaged Food: Does It Really Have A Future?
Ethical consumerism is sweeping the world, but will it last? Will demand ever extend beyond the affluent in developed markets, who use it to expunge their bourgeois guilt? Despite mounting global concerns over climate change and sustainability, will most consumers in Brazil, India or China ever have the option to purchase ethically-sourced food? This report examines the ethical food market and identifies significant opportunities for manufacturers and retailers.

China’s Cheese Market Research Report
The contents of this report include: overall development of China’s cheese industry, policy environment of China’s cheese industry, technological environment of China’s cheese industry, cheese industry import and export situation, basic pattern of the cheese market, cheese (with emphasis on cream cheese, cheddar cheese and Mozzarella cheese) market capacity and growth trend, cheese market consumption situation, cheese market competition pattern, cheese market future trend, major cheese manufacturers, and so on. This report is written by senior researchers who are familiar with the whole industrial chains of China’s dairy industry and the world dairy industry.

Global market review of premium in-home dining – forecasts to 2014
The fortunes of the market are closely linked with the performance of the foodservice industry. The global economic downturn has had a major effect on the eating-out market, which has also suffered as a result of factors such as the smoking ban and the increasing appeal of the home as a venue for socialising and entertaining. This report from just-food provides a market overview of this fast-growing sector, looking at the major global markets, current trends, consumer dynamics, major suppliers, new product activity and forecasts for the next five years.

Fiber for digestive health
This is a concise 55-page description of the strategies and trends relating to products with fiber for digestive health. It sets out the core consumer group for fiber for digestive health and their motivations, fiber’s five advantages as an ingredient, including its relative advantages in regulatory terms, the five steps to creating a successful brand with fiber for digestive health as its core benefit, successful fiber-digestive health strategy in breakfast cereals, bakery and dairy and which marketing techniques are most effective and why.

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Italy Food and Drink Report Q4 2010

A strong food culture means that Italy has one of the highest levels of per capita spending on food and drink in the world. However, over the last ten years consumption has been adversely affected by relatively low economic growth and unfavourable demographics, with an ageing population and low birth rate. The country is now emerging from a deep recession but these issues are expected to continue hampering consumption growth over the next five years and Italy’s consumption forecasts are therefore among the lowest in the Western Europe region.

The Future of the Weight Management Market
The move towards a more sedate lifestyle, accompanied with dramatic changes in diet, particularly in Western countries, has directly contributed to the rise in obesity. The growing concern around what has been termed the ‘obesity epidemic’ by the media has fuelled the need for action from governments and the food and drink industry in particular. This report presents information on the trends which help to shape this industry with a focus on major market product sectors such as beverages, dairy and snacks. The report also details the latest ingredients being utilised in the weight management sector and assesses the potential of these ingredients.

Acidulants : Looking Outside Traditional Markets for Growth
Acidulants are used in a wide range of food and non-food products, and have recorded steady growth in recent years. What was once an industry dominated by Western manufacturers, now has Asian companies looking to take some of the market by competing on price. This has had significant implications for the market, in particular citric acid. These issues and other key trends are discussed in this report, highlighting opportunities for continued growth.