Dairy’s top five emerging markets, the outlook for convenience stores around the world and the performance of Whole Foods Market and European hypermarket operator Kaufland are among the topics featured in this week’s just-food research round-up.

Dairy – Top 5 Emerging Markets Industry Guide
This industry profile compares data from Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, alongside individual chapters on each country. The profile also contains descriptions of the leading retailers including key financial metrics and analysis of competitive pressures within the market.

Convenience Store 2020
The report, from analysts at ResearchFarm has identified five issues that will be crucial to the convenience store format in 2020 and looks at retailers in Europe, North America and Japan. 

Successes and Failures Case Study: Whole Foods Market
The case study illustrates how to adopt a tailored approach to expansion without compromising brand ideals. It looks at why US retailer Whole Foods Market is considered an interesting case of success and the consumer insight that has underpinned the performance.

Lidl & Kaufland: hard discounters 2012
Schwarz Gruppe is not just the driving force behind Lidl’s remarkable success story over recent years but also behind Kaufland – currently the most successful hypermarket business in the EU. The Kaufland operation is separately run from Lidl but managed according to identical, strict discount principles and the compact hypermarket format’s performance in Germany and central and Eastern Europe is outstanding. This report explores the dynamics of these two discounters.

Kroger Co in Retailing (USA)
After several years of reducing store counts, Kroger returned to growing its store base in 2012. For years, store remodels were a significant portion of capital investment. Now, it expects to selectively expand both in existing and possibly in adjacent markets, including testing out new store formats to find resonance with customers and compete with an increasingly diverse grocery retailing market. This profile provides the details.

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Japan Food and Drink Report Q3 2013
The analysts’ outlook on consumer confidence in Japan is slightly more upbeat when compared with previous quarters, as they believe that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s direct approach in terms of encouraging wage increases and business spending is likely to bolster growth in private consumption and investment over the near term.

Yoghurt and Sour Milk Products in Belgium
According to this report the main story in 2011 and 2012 in Belgium has been the ongoing collapse of the functional trend in dairy products and more particularly yoghurt. The most affected niche has been cholesterol-lowering products but most other functional products have also suffered. Since the end of 2010, all categories have faced a decline, including products positioned as aiding digestion (Danone’s Activia), disease prevention (Actimel and Yakult) and cholesterol (Danacol and Raisio’s Benecol).

Oils Market in Spain to 2016
This report presents detailed data on consumption trends in the oils category in Spain, analysing consumption volumes and values at segment level. It also provides indispensable data on distribution channels, profiles of companies active in the oils and fats sector, latest industry news and M&A in the sector.