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At-home drinking is taking off

At-home drinking is growing faster than drinking in pubs, cafes, clubs and restaurants, with the off-trade consumption of alcoholic drinks forecast to rise by almost 15%, to GBP12.3 billion in 2010. Furthermore, research shows that women are the key growth in the off-trade, with their consumption of alcoholic drinks at home to increase by 25% over the next few years.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2006
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CD-Wow: music industry needs to manage public perceptions

Leading UK record companies have demanded that the high court fines Music Trading Online - operator of CD-Wow - for breaking a promise it made in 2004 to stop illegally importing CDs into the UK. While there may well be a legitimate case to be made against the retailer, the PR being generated is doing the beleaguered UK music sector no favors.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Feb 2007
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Drinking habits changing

Despite much concern about binge drinking and extensive media coverage on the matter, the consumption of alcohol in the UK, with the exception of wine, has shown sluggish growth.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2007
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Co-op: flying the flag for British produce

UK-based retailer The Co-operative Group has launched a TV campaign to promote its locally-sourced premium 'Truly Irresistible' range, forming part of a wider commitment to sourcing local food. Given the rising interest in locally-sourced foods, driven by concerns over food safety and ethical considerations related to the carbon footprint of each product, the move seems a wise one.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Oct 2007
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New food review: caffeine hit reaches new levels

Gone are the days when caffeine was only found in coffee products. These days, caffeine is added to a whole host of foodstuffs, as a tour of this month's new product launches on Productscan reveals. Recent launches formulated with caffeine include a potato snack and instant noodles, with both products offering different means for the consumer to get an energy fix.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2007
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New household goods review: attempting to make the world a little greener

The trend for greener products continues apace, as this month's review of new product launches reveals. Three eco-ranges that have been recorded this month by Productscan stand out in particular - a green dishwasher tablet, a laundry detergent made of fruit shells, and a range of reusable string bags - highlighting the numerous ways in which consumers are being encouraged to go green.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Nov 2007
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Clothing: premium sector overtakes value as fastest growing segment of the market

The premium segment of the UK clothing market is overtaking the value sector as the fastest growing sector in 2007, according to Verdict. The premium segment is the smallest in terms of value, but with expected annual growth of 13.9%, it is set to outstrip the value sector's 8.9% growth. This follows four years of increasingly stronger growth and underlines the changing mood of clothing shoppers.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2007
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Lindt & Spruengli: premium positioning driving sales growth

A 14% rise in sales is expected to be announced by Lindt & Spruengli on January 22, 2008, along with organic growth of between 6% and 8%. The Swiss chocolate company has continued to grow sales, despite growing consumer interest in adopting healthier lifestyles. Lindt's success can, in part, be attributed to its premium positioning, but it will, however, face fresh challenges in 2008.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2008
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JD Wetherspoons: smoking ban blamed for declining sales

UK pub chain JD Wetherspoons has posted a 3.2% drop in sales for the 11 week period ended January 11, 2008. The smoking ban has been cited as the main cause of the drop, however, on-trade sales of beer have been in decline for a number of years, as the off-trade sector continues to grow. With many consumers switching to the off-trade, the on-trade sector will need to evolve in order to grow sales.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jan 2008
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Cadbury: sweetening its image through ethical initiatives

Cadbury Schweppes is following an increasing trend among consumer products companies for undertaking ethical and green initiatives. Cadbury's pledge to invest substantial sums in cocoa farming in Ghana is just one of numerous initiatives which the company has introduced, as it strives to improve its image following the salmonella outbreak in 2006.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2008

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