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Forget craft beer; brewers go crazy over flavored malt "cocktails"

The beer industry's obsession with craft beer may have hit a peak of sorts with AB InBev's snarky Super Bowl ad mocking craft beer lovers as soft and undeserving of "brewed the hard way" beer like Budweiser. Controversy aside, large brewers now seem to be looking beyond craft beer as the next great growth opportunity by embracing new flavored malt beverages in cocktail-inspired flavors.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2015
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Investors still prefer the human touch

Retail investors would likely fare better by putting their money into index funds, but many still prefer to trust human judgment when making their investment decisions.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2015
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Samsung Pay's MST gives it an edge, for now

Samsung had been quiet on the mobile payment front but has recently made noise with the launch of its Samsung Pay service. While its NFC and MST functionality will provide Samsung Pay with wider acceptance, the advantage will be short-lived.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2015
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Charter Savings Bank faces struggle for savers

Charter Savings Bank - which commenced operations in the UK on March 2, 2015 - will have its work cut out to win over savers in a market that remains dominated by the high street banks.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Mar 2015
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No deterring foreign property buyers in Australia

The Australian government's proposal to charge a fee to foreign nationals buying residential property and to fine those who break foreign investment laws will do little to counteract affordability issues.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Mar 2015
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Three influential factors that are driving the growth of flexible packaging

Flexibles-based packaging is showing growth and diversity in applications in what appears to be all markets worldwide. Sustainability is the main driver (flexibles are typically lighter than other comparable formats), although the recyclability of flexibles is under scrutiny. Regardless, there is a step change in its many constructions that is underway this decade that is worth reflecting upon.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Mar 2015
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Kirin Brewery displays its strategic failure: misjudging consumer trends

Japan's beer overall market has been shrinking for over a decade. Beer-makers in Japan have been facing great struggles to rekindle sales. At the beginning of 2015, major firms released their 2014 results, showing how strategic decisions made clear differences to growth. Kirin Brewery's results were not impressive, and look to have been caused by mistakes in its promotional and product focus.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Mar 2015
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Packaging Innovation of the Month: Tiger Tiger shows a simple pouch can change its stripes

In its most basic guise, the flexible pouch can sometimes be regarded as a commodity format and in some product sectors it is still seen as a rather budget option or perhaps used primarily as a refill pack. With a little attention to styling and decoration, however, it can become an attractive piece of packaging with real consumer appeal.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 2015
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Amazon the benchmark for insurance aggregators

UK insurance aggregators are aiming to transform their sites into one-stop-shops for consumers, with e-commerce giant Amazon the blueprint for the future.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 2015
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Tesco admits necessity of mortgage brokers

Tesco Bank, which has sold its mortgages solely through direct channels since entering this market in 2012, is to expand into intermediary distribution as well. This move reflects growing consumer demand for advice in the wake of regulatory changes.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Feb 2015

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