Latest Intelligence on Indulgence Products in United Kingdom

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Thorntons: business is less than sweet in the downturn

Despite achieving strong results in fiscal 2008, Thorntons is struggling to cope under the pressures of the downturn, reporting falling profits in its most recent half-year results. The company will need to work hard to convince shoppers that its products are affordable luxuries that are worth indulging in during harder times.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2009
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Heineken: sharp decline in profits

Heineken has reported a substantial fall in UK sales for 2008. In particular, some brands acquired from Scottish & Newcastle have not fared well, with the Foster's brand suffering a decline of 10%. The company is looking to cut back sharply on costs, but will need to ensure that it retains a visible market presence, otherwise it risks alienating loyal consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2009
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New drinks review: developing drinks that make pregnant women bloom

Soft drinks makers are continually looking for ways to enhance their sales with products that target niche groups of society. This month's review of new product launches finds a beverage that is designed for pregnant women, targeting a niche that has previously had little attention from the soft drinks market.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2009
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Alcoholic drinks industry: in the last chance saloon?

The British parliament has announced a review of the main public health issues of alcohol consumption in the UK and its effects on policing and the health service. Despite the negative impact that certain findings of the review may have upon the alcoholic drinks trade, it may encourage a healthier approach to British alcohol consumption, and in turn lead to fewer regulations overall.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2009
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JD Wetherspoon: positive results during recession

Despite the current economic downturn, the UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced a 6.5% increase in sales. However, with a record six pubs closing every day in the UK, a trend largely attributed to the recession, Tim Martin, the company's chairman, has appealed to the government to help the on-trade compete with supermarkets selling drinks at discounted rates.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2009
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KFC: launching new 'naturalistic' campaign

Foodservice giant Kentucky Fried Chicken has launched a campaign with the intention of distancing itself from the stereotypical fast-food image, which has long been associated with an unhealthy diet and the increase in obesity. The company hopes that the move will reassure consumers that its food is of a high quality, but it must not lose sight of why it has become so popular in the first place.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Mar 2009
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New drinks review: nuclear inspired vodka intends to ignite spirit sector

Healthy and premium beverages continue to be a popular choice for manufacturers looking to add value to their drinks lines. This month's roundup of innovative drinks launches recorded the introduction of a premium vodka in a nuclear inspired bottle, dieting wine, and mood enhancing waters, showing that companies are focusing on aligning their products to these trends while applying a novel twist.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Mar 2009
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Gallo: putting value before volume

Gallo wines has made the surprising decision to move its UK strategy away from discounting in order to protect profit margins and reinforce the premium values of it core brand and brand extensions. Although this announcement may appear counterintuitive during a recession, it could spark similar moves by rivals in the wine industry.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2009
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New food review: chewing gum gets more interesting

Given the dominance of a select few companies in the market, the chewing gum sector appears ripe for innovation. Indeed, this month's roundup of new product launches features a gum that claims to aid the feeling of fullness and one that is said to biodegrade quickly after disposal. These are two features that could make the industry sit up and take note.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2009
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Cadbury: focusing on nostalgia to attract more parents to the brand

Cadbury has relaunched its Curly Wurly, Fudge, Chomp and Freddo bars in new packaging that features elements from their styling in the 1970s and 1980s. By attempting to remold the bars as nostalgia brands, the company could successfully tap into consumer desire for comfort foods in the recession.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2009

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