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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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Nestle hopes for naturally sweet success, but reformulation is risky

Nestle has announced that it is to remove artificial ingredients from its chocolate and confectionery ranges in the US by the end of 2015, but is the "natural" approach really what consumers want?

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2015
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PLA Innovation of the Week: a plastic bag designed especially for wrap sandwiches

Wrap sandwiches are an increasingly popular food option, but their dimensions - long and skinny - are not well suited to existing plastic sandwich bags. New Hercules ClickZip wrap bags are specially designed for wrap sandwiches, offering a snug fit and claimed to keep wraps fresher for longer. New in Australia, this is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2015
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The impact of the new EU food regulation

The new EU regulation on food information to consumers has arrived, setting out tiered levels of responsibility for food businesses depending on their position in the supply chain. The new text entered into force on 13 December 2014 and affects any food business operator supplying food to the final consumer, including food delivered by mass caterers.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2015
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PLA Innovation of the Week: a fruity dessert that takes the sacrifice out of dieting

The new Prolavia dietary supplement is the opposite of most weight-loss products and programs, intended to turn the act of losing weight into something pleasurable with a "dessert replacement" said to tweak gut flora, fat absorption, and carbohydrate metabolism to jumpstart the weight-loss process. New in Poland, it is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Feb 2015
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PLA Innovation of the Week: a new product that turns a cupcake into a lava cake

Why should lava cakes and jelly donuts have all the fun? Now there is a way to make cupcakes more like these tasty baked goods with Dr Oetker Surprise Inside Cupcake Centres, a gooey liquid filling that is injected into the center of a cupcake just after baking for a flavor surprise. New in the UK, it is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2015
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Colombia: spotlight on Latin America's new fastest-growing economy

When thinking about Latin America and the financial opportunities it represents, Brazil is the first country that comes to mind. However, in recent years, Colombia has gradually become an attractive destination for investment and economic growth is expected in 2015, leading companies to pay more attention to a country that is usually associated with violence and drug trafficking.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2015
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Will 2015 be a breakout year for beauty drinks?

"Beauty from within" is a concept that has captivated and confounded global beverage-makers for years. The last great burst of innovation took place around 2008 and was short-lived due to the tanking global economy. However, with chatter about "beauty from within" growing again and new product innovation on the rise, is the beauty drink concept finally on the cusp of great things?

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2015

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