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Shell/Coles Myer: alliance may prompt fuel price war

Coles Myer is going head to head with Woolworths in the fuel retailing business to drive growth among its supermarkets and other outlets. While the alliance may help grow sales, Coles Myer will need to be wary of the wafer-thin margins in fuel retailing while Woolworths will surely fight hard to maintain its share.

Published By Datamonitor
27 May 2003
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Starbucks: Japanese ideas could cross to US

Shareholders of Starbucks Coffee Japan [STBJF.PK] have approved a change to the corporate charter allowing the sale of alcohol at any outlet. The move comes alongside the debut of a series of new products aimed at reviving sales. Successful introductions could well translate into new offerings in the US.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2003
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Franklin Estates: it's in the can

Australia's Franklin Estates is preparing to release wine in cans to the US, UK and Japanese markets. While there are many practical benefits to the idea - no spoilage, no need for bottle-openers, no need to finish a bottle - its success depends on good weather, and consumers being prepared accept the unorthodox notion of wine in ring-pull cans.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2003
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Retail fuel: price war looming in Oz

Competition is hotting up between Coles Myer [CML.AX ] and Woolworths [WOW.AX] in the fuel retailing sector. Coles Myer is rebranding 150 service stations in Victoria and is expected to offer an even more attractive discount scheme to its rival. With Woolworths further expanding its fuel retailing operations, and both companies operating discount schemes, the market is heading towards a price war.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jul 2003
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Cadbury: saving the world one milk tray at a time

Cadbury Schweppes [CSG] is investigating consumer reactions to new biodegradable packaging in Australia, before deciding whether to replicate the technology in Europe. Rising consumer and governmental concerns are making it essential for businesses to explore environmentally friendly packaging alternatives.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Nov 2003
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Glenmorangie: success on foreign shores

Despite falling UK sales, Glenmorangie [GMGA.L] has had a good year, with success in Europe, the US and the Far East. Allying with bigger companies to increase the reach of its marketing, and capitalizing on Asian perceptions of Scotch as a prestigious and valuable drink have all helped to boost sales and profits.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Nov 2003
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Elvers: a little more conservation

The vigorous growth in demand for eel fry, particularly among Japanese consumers, has prompted the European Commission to act to prevent overfishing of stocks. However consumers worldwide are increasingly turning to fresh fish over farmed equivalents in the wake of recent health scares, which means the overfishing debate is set to intensify.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Feb 2004
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Carlsberg: the price of fame

The recent launch of two beers in Bangladesh serves to demonstrate the power of international branding. Crown Beverages' new beers have faithfully copied both Foster's and Carlsberg's branding in order to make a splash with consumers. The tactic is a shrewd one since it plays on consumers' perceptions of glamour and prestige.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2004
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Wrigley: profits and expansion

World gum leader Wrigley [WWY] has started 2004 with strong sales and volume growth across the globe. With plans ramping up for a product launch in Singapore later this year, all eyes will be on the campaign Wrigley puts forward to encourage socially responsible gum use and disposal.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2004
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SABMiller: Harbin bid hoo-hah

Anheuser-Busch's [BUD] surprise acquisition of a 29% stake in the Chinese brewer Harbin may force SABMiller [SAB.L] to gain full control of the company. By making this competitive acquisition, however, Anheuser-Busch is risking its strategic alliance with the number one Chinese brewer, Tsingtao.

Published By Datamonitor
04 May 2004

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