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SABMiller: the king of its Castle

Profits at brewer SABMiller [SAB.L] have improved considerably this year, aided by a turnaround at the Miller operation and the strong demand for low-carb drinks in the US. The company's most testing challenges still lie ahead though as it fights to acquire the Chinese brewer Harbin [0249.HK] and sustain its momentum in the US.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2004
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San Miguel: off the alcohol

In the last few years, San Miguel has been expanding geographically while also trying to reduce its reliance on the alcoholic drinks market. However, the company will need to inject a significant amount of cash into the Berri brand if it is to generate a decent return on investment in the overseas markets.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Aug 2004
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Wal-Mart: in union with China

Having historically defended its anti-union stance to the hilt, Wal-Mart has said that it will allow its employees in China to join a trade union following pressure from the Chinese authorities. The change in company policy threatens to reduce the company's flexibility, though the large potential market in China means Wal-Mart will be keen to keep the authorities on its side.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Nov 2004
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Foster's / Southcorp: beer then wine is fine

Foster's and Southcorp [SRP.AX] would fit together well. The company would have Australia's strongest wine brands, a good geographical sales spread, and the scale to compete with Constellation and Diageo. However, there would be little logic in Foster's retaining its low-growth, largely domestic beer business post-acquisition: a move to focus purely on wine would be a good move going forward.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jan 2005
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Foster's / Southcorp: takeover looking likelier

Southcorp has opposed Foster's [FGL.AX] current bid, saying that it undervalues the company, while Foster's says that the new plan overvalues Southcorp. Neither position is particularly surprising. However, the announcement keeps the deal alive, and gives Foster's a reason to increase its offer. It would be wise to do so, given the importance of Southcorp to its future in the wine business.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2005
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Indian cosmetics: young women make up the market

Datamonitor's ConsumerGraphics database shows that in 2003, despite representing only 19.4% of the female population, Indian women aged between 15 and 24 years accounted for 29.8% of all Indian make-up sales. These teenagers and young adults spent a total of $19 billion on cosmetics in 2003.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2005
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San Miguel: no half measures

San Miguel, most famous for its leading beer brand, has been expanding aggressively outside this sphere in recent years, and it has now won a lengthy battle with Fonterra to get its hands on National Foods, the largest Australian dairy company. While clinching the deal is good news for San Miguel, it is an ambitious step that is more of a gamble than previous acquisitions.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Apr 2005
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Savory snacks: Australian mid-lifers eclipse youngsters

Given the global impact of the health megatrend, it may come as some surprise to see that, between 1999 and 2009, Australia's savory snacks market is set to grow in value at 6.2% year on year. However, as Datamonitor's ConsumerGraphics database reveals, it is middle aged Aussies that snack makers should be targeting, rather than kids, but they should do so with healthier products such as pretzels.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2005
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Danone / Yakult: bacteria bonanza?

Danone and Yakult have announced a joint venture to sell probiotic products in India. The move marks the first entrance by either company into the Indian market, in which they are aiming to become leading players. The companies hope to benefit from the growing Indian population and the global trend towards positive nutrition, but they must exercise sensitivity to consumer demographics.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2005
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Australian ice-cream: baby-boomers boost sales

Australia has one of the world's highest spends per capita on ice-cream, particularly among the large 35-54 year old baby boomer consumer segment. These hard-working, affluent consumers are demanding high quality, tasty ice-cream, to reward them after a long day. However, they are demanding these tasty treats without the negative health implications that ice-cream normally brings.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jun 2005

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