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Mars: rejecting proposals to relax chocolate definition

Mars' criticism of a possible relaxation of the rules on what defines a chocolate product in the US would appear to show the company has for once rightly predicted consumer opinion. With a growing consumer trend for premium snacks and a desire for authentic foods, a move into cheaper chocolate production could have prompted a consumer backlash against the company.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Sep 2007
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Tesco: losing share but riding high

Tesco is comfortably riding out the challenging trading conditions facing UK retailing, recording pre-tax profits of GBP2.95 billion for the 52 weeks to February 28. Although exposure to non-food and the impact of its Discounter brand have dented sales growth, the supermarket's international credentials and ability to diversify into new markets will see it continue to prove a formidable retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Apr 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

US saving culture: the source of all problems?

Datamonitor's Financial Services Consumer Insights survey shows that the fundamental weakness in US savings behavior is a crucial driver of global imbalances. Despite the G20's intention to address the issue of imbalances in the world economy, US saving behavior must see a marked change if global imbalances are to be corrected and the $100 billion US current account deficit is to be paid back.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2009
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MicroSD-led NFC products may do more harm than good

DeviceFidelity's launch of an NFC-enabling cover for the iPhone follows hot on the heels of other developments to convert mobile handsets into contactless form factors. Given the sensitivity surrounding the NFC business model, this will provide added impetus for acquirers to build contactless acceptance but risks alienating mobile operators from future discussions around mobile payments.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2010
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Profits are up at Diageo

Diageo's organic sales and profits increased by 2% in the 2010 fiscal year, driven by the growth of its key premium, super/ultra-premium and reserve brands. Despite the economic uncertainty, Diageo is confident about the future, predicting even stronger results in the coming year.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Aug 2010
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

PLA Innovation of the Week: a pie baking kit with everything you need for a homemade pie

Published By Datamonitor
07 Sep 2011
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Visa enters new territory in the online payments sector with V.me

Visa has announced the launch of a new digital wallet, V.me, to compete directly with PayPal in the online payments sector. The digital wallet allows consumers to link their existing payment tools and make online transactions without having to reveal their card payment details to the merchant. Due to launch in early 2012, V.me will allow Visa to explore new territory as a digital wallet provider.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Dec 2011
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

PLA Innovation of the Week: a paper towel with a sweet chocolate or coffee scent

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2011
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ResearchWire

PLA Innovation of the Week: a powdered drink mix that lets you select the flavor

Published By Datamonitor
23 Dec 2011
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Banorte targets the underbanked in Mexico using its new mobile-based program

Mexican bank Banorte has announced plans to launch a mobile-based financial services program aimed at consumers currently without access to banking services in the country. The scheme will combine a deposit account with the bank alongside a MasterCard debit card, and can be opened online. Other features include the ability to send funds from one account to another using only a mobile phone.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jan 2012

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