Opinion on Beverages - Alcoholic in Australia

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Costco's continued expansion in Australia is good for the company and consumers

Costco has opened another two outlets in the country, which should be to the benefit of consumers seeking alternatives to Coles and Woolworths. With competition leading to lower prices, Costco should be able to differentiate itself based on its bulk offerings and focus on high-quality private labels.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Aug 2011
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Summer seasonal packaging is a missed opportunity for the health and wellness category

Packaging design becomes a key brand differentiator at Christmas during the peak trading period. However, despite its potential, summer packaging has yet to take off to the same extent. Manufacturers of fast moving consumer goods and over-the-counter healthcare products in particular could benefit from more diverse seasonal packaging designs, although this should not jeopardize efficacy claims.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2011
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Widespread flooding in Australia will see ongoing consequences for local food market

Various parts of Australia have been struck by devastating floods, the impact of which is having a direct effect on food prices. For at least the next few months, Australian consumers will be faced with a choice: continue supporting local farmers by purchasing local produce at higher prices, or turn to cheaper imports in order to save money.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jan 2011
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New drinks review: health drinks add on-the-go appeal

As seen in this month's rundown of the latest innovative drinks launches, the single-use and shot formats continue to penetrate the market, with new products including a single-serve detox drink and a shot-type product designed to relieve the symptoms of cold and flu. Both highlight the popularity of functional products that can fit into consumers' increasingly mobile lifestyles.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2010
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Innovation will be key to halting Australian beer sales decline

Research released by Nielsen and Citi has revealed that beer sales in Australia recorded volume declines for the eighth consecutive month in August 2010. With beer drinkers in the country increasingly opting for quality over quantity, not only are major brands at the mercy of microbreweries, but the category in general risks losing share to other alcoholic drinks.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Oct 2010
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New drinks review: relaxation drinks gain appeal as antidotes to a stressed lifestyle

This month's new drinks review focuses on innovations in the bottled water and functional drinks categories, with products claiming to relax, satiate and pep up the body all hitting the market. Such claims highlight consumers' current attraction to functional products that provide quick fixes for their body and cognitive needs.

Published By Datamonitor
05 May 2010
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CommentWire

Woolworths: price check service adds little value for customers

The new price checking feature on Woolworths' website allows consumers to look up prices for more than 5,000 grocery items. This feature is an important step towards improved transparency by retailers, but it does little in the way of improving the customer experience or ensuring that they obtain the best deal when shopping.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Australian wine industry at a turning point

The Australian wine industry is at a cross roads as it deals with excess supply, a sales slump caused by the global recession and the rising value of the Australian dollar, at a time when the industry is trying to establish a credible premium in global markets. Looking forward, Datamonitor views the industry's focus on growing China's imports as key to future success.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Oct 2009
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CommentWire

Australia: binge drinkers in for a Rudd awakening

The Australian government has launched a radical plan aimed at making Australians healthier, attacking a number of key areas including growing obesity levels, binge drinking and smoking. While the ambitious plans are a necessary preventative approach to Australian healthcare which in the long-term are likely to reap dividends, they pose opportunities and threats to the food and drink industry.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2009
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CommentWire

Australia: long-standing brands top consumer survey

Reader's Digest's 2009 list of Australia's most trusted brands is indicative of Australians' propensity to seek comfort in the home amid the current economic climate, with Cadbury taking the top spot. At a time when economic conditions are testing the resolve of Australian consumers, a survey such as this reminds companies that there are other qualities worth regarding outside of value.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jun 2009

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