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Alcohol beverage "mash-ups" fuel innovation

Should we credit the Cronut for this trend? Since this croissant and donut combination was created by Ney York City's Dominique Ansel Bakery in 2013, bakers have responded with the "biskie" biscuit cookie cake, the "scuffin" scone muffin, and countless other mash-ups. Alcoholic beverage makers appear to have been taking notes, as demonstrated by a recent wave of new mash-ups and hybrid drinks.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Aug 2014
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Santander's monthly fees a winner

There may be a future for fee-charging current accounts after all. Santander's recent customer acquisition success proves that consumers are willing to pay for their current account if they feel they are getting good value.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2014
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Norway will export 32TWh of electricity by 2030

Norway continues to be one of Europe's biggest net exporters of energy, and the Scandinavian nation is projected to ship more than 32TWh of electricity to its neighboring countries by 2030, according to Datamonitor Energy's latest Power Generation Analyzer.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2014
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Consumer focus needed in travel insurance

UK travel insurers need to increase their focus on consumer needs in order to differentiate their offerings, improve customer satisfaction, and tap into unexploited parts of the market.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2014
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Japan's quest for an odorless society

2014 saw the 10th anniversary of the Japanese Ministry of the Environment's "Cool Biz" campaign, aimed to reduce electricity consumption by limiting use of air conditioning and advising workers to wear more casual clothes. Interestingly, this campaign triggered a shift in what Japan calls its "smell business." As a result, deodorant items have seen unusual development over the past decade.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2014
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In the wake of the recession, is the trend towards at-home salon and spa products still as strong?

While the end of the recession has signaled improvements in the economy, only 31% of global consumers agree that their disposable income is increasing. Therefore, consumers are continuing to search for more cost-effective at-home alternatives, which can replicate the results of the salon experience without the typically high price tag associated with such services.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2014
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More clarity on driving abroad needed

There is ongoing confusion among UK drivers as to what their car insurance cover is when they travel abroad. Insurers should use this as an opportunity to promote their car insurance products and services, while at the same time educating drivers.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2014
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RBS turns the corner

RBS's surprise doubling in profits in the first half of 2014 is the first real sign that the UK bank has come through the worst of the crisis. It also gives RBS a strong platform from which to relaunch its consumer proposition.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2014
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Singapore moves to protect investors

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has released a consultation paper on proposals to improve investor protection, which will strengthen confidence in the market over the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2014
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Packaging Innovation of the Month: a herb garden in your fridge

We are all guilty of buying jars of dried herbs and spices for use in a particular recipe, only for them to lurk at the back of the kitchen cupboard, often never used again. Equally, we all know that fresh herbs taste great, but pre-packaged cut varieties only have a short shelf life and not everyone has the space or green fingers required to cultivate their own herb garden at home.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jul 2014

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