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New household products review: microbiology inspires new drain solution

In this month's rundown of the latest innovations from the household goods industry, microorganisms are being promoted as a natural solution to drain clogs and odors. Meanwhile, the "cageless" rim block category is being expanded, with a new launch focusing on decorative as well as deodorizing benefits, and in detergents frozen desserts have inspired new indulgent fragrances.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Dec 2011
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New drinks review: soft drinks go tooth-friendly with anti-cavity launch

A soft drink which claims both not to cause tooth decay and to actively prevent it headlines this month's rundown of the latest drinks industry innovations. The launch can be seen as part of a move to reverse any negative associations with what are commonly perceived to be "junk" products. Meanwhile, a tofu-based drink and an Amazonian fruit beer have hit the shelves in Europe and South America.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2011
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Belgo-Dutch wealth managers do battle over entrepreneurs

According to Datamonitor research, 46% of all HNW individuals in Belgium and the Netherlands are entrepreneurs, making this customer base critical for wealth managers in their attempts to climb out of the recessionary mire. To acquire and keep these clients, banks in the region need to take an educational approach.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2011
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New drinks review: beer sees future in fruit

In this month's rundown of notable launches from the drinks industry, novel fruit flavors have come to the fore in the beer market. In other news, unusual fruit and vegetable combinations are being offered as part of a new smoothie line, while an aerosol soft drink is hoping to shake up the kids' drinks market.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2011
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High net worth investors' high exposure to sovereign debt should be a major cause for concern

The passage of legislation in the US to raise the debt ceiling will be welcomed by investors worldwide, but US Treasuries are not out of the woods yet and Europe's debt faces further downgrades. This is bad news for the eurozone's high net worth investors, who hold 13% of their wealth in these supposedly "safe-as-houses" investments.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Aug 2011
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Belgium: national energy regulator may be given additional authority in order to protect consumers

The Belgian minister of energy has tried to give the Commission de Regulation de l'Electricite et du Gaz the authority to influence price. Suppliers would have to submit an application to change tariffs, which the regulator would either approve or refuse. Yet with comparable levels of GDP and energy tariffs to its European neighbors does Belgium's energy market really need such radical measures?

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2011
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P&G: one step closer to becoming a zero-waste company

As part of its long-term environmental vision, P&G has announced that its manufacturing facility in Auburn, Maine, is the company's ninth global site to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status to date. However, P&G's move towards becoming a zero-waste company is unlikely to resonate among consumers, given the equally ambitious environmental targets frequently set by rival FMCG companies.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2010
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Kesa: sales improvements driven by Darty

Electricals retailer Kesa has seen solid revenue growth in H1, with an uplift in both retail profits and margins. While Darty remains the strongest performer of the group, its Comet brand continues to flounder. Consequently, Kesa has accelerated the rollout of the Darty concept across its European stores, and is investing the bulk of its capital expenditure in further boosting the brand.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Dec 2010
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New food review: flowers inspire chocolate creations

This month's run down of novel new food launches reveals that chocolate producers are looking for new ways to take the guilt out of chocolate consumption, whether through touting medicinal benefits or investing in eco-friendly packaging. Meanwhile, 'plantable' paper bags and floral flavor combinations show that 'flower power' continues to be a key inspiration to innovators in the chocolate space.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jun 2010
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New food review: yogurt to outmuscle the competition

The constant search for the new 'breakthrough' functional ingredient shows little sign of abating, and this month's roundup of novel food launches highlights two such ingredients looking to make headway in the food industry. In yogurts, a new ingredient is promising to lower body fat and increase muscle, while in the food mixes category a new "super vegetable" is staking its claim.

Published By Datamonitor
05 May 2010

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