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Luckin Coffee could displace Starbucks in China

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Chinese coffee start-up company Luckin Coffee has demonstrated strong potential in the Chinese coffee market. In just two years of existence the company has expanded prolifically and now threatens Starbucks, the leading coffee house chain operating in China. Luckin has made its intentions clear with the aim of become the nation’s leading specialist coffee provider by continuing an aggressive expansion strategy. The company has already achieved in two years what Starbucks has taken 19 years to complete in China. This has raised concern for Starbucks, which has begun taking action… Read more

Beyond Meat: Vegan burgers are going public

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Beyond Meat raised the price range for its shares before floating on the stock market, valuing the plant-based meat producer at almost $1.5bn. The American company, which counts the actor and ecologist Leonardo DiCaprio its investors, will now offer their shares at a price of $23 to $25. The decision to increase the price from the original price range of $19 to $21 indicates strong demand for shares. But Beyond Meat has made big losses and does not know when it will make a profit. Financial results for 2018 reveals… Read more

CMA blocks Asda Sainsbury’s merger: Ending merger will stifle competition and dissuade future investment

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On Wednesday, April 25th 2019 the Competition and Market Authority announced that the proposed merger deal between leading supermarket food retailers, Sainsbury’s and Walmart-owned Asda, would not go ahead. Despite being expected, the decision has shook investors; Sainsbury’s share price fell to a near three-year low on the day of the announcement. It leaves Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe in the unenviable position of having to come up with a strategy for the future of the company as a solo act, a situation made tougher having already invested so much into… Read more

McDonald’s: Tech-heavy strategy at the forefront of driving growth

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McDonald’s recently announced its purchase of tech start-up Dynamic Yield Ltd for a price tag of $300m, making it the company’s biggest deal in decades. The fast food giant isn’t best known for embarking on M&A activity, but it has been investing heavily in more recent years in a bid to bring technology to its services, indicating that tech lies at the forefront of the McDonald’s future. McDonald’s recent acquisitions are the latest in a string of digital investments which have taken place over the last few years, which have… Read more

Kraft Heinz Company: What has caused this food giant’s share price to nosedive?

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Kraft Heinz Company is a global food producing giant capable of strengthening its position as the fifth largest food producer in the world, but an overvalued 2015 merger has harmed the immediate outlook for the company. Charges as a result of the goodwill and intangible assets in its latest results capped off a terrible 2018 for the company, in which attributed to a common shareholder loss of $12.6bn and diluted loss per share of $10.34 – representing a huge write-down in a sector that seldom sees figures of that magnitude… Read more

The world’s first plastic-free aisle: A key moment in the war against plastic pollution

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The stark reality of the damaging nature of plastic packaging has become increasingly evident in recent years, which has placed pressure on the global community to take action. Supermarkets in particular are guilty of using layer upon layer of plastic to package perishable food items, which over time has caused irreversible damage to the environment. The introduction of Ekoplaza’s plastic-free aisle is a landmark moment in a fight against plastic pollution, showcasing to the world that the concept is possible, scalable and well received. The move to launch the world’s… Read more

UK sugar tax – Attempts to curb rising levels of obesity

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The UK is the most obese country in Western Europe, and the sixth most obese country in the world. Around 26.9% of the British population has a body mass index of 30 and above, according to the OECD report and the cost of treating ill health caused by obesity and related issues is rising fast, threatening the NHS budget. The government, long criticized for taking no action to tackle this issue, decided to introduce a Soft Drinks Industry Levy, in the hope that the increased cost will stop people from… Read more

Toys R Us: Collapse Inevitable as Company Fails to Utilize the Power of the Internet

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In recent months, well-established toy retailer Toys R Us has given repeated indications of the state of its finances. In September the US-based parent company announced that it entered into bankruptcy protection proceedings and is planning to close more than ten percent of its US stores in the near future. More recently the UK division made similar announcements, to close nearly a quarter of its stores soon after the New Year. So the recent news that the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), one of the company’s largest creditors in the UK,… Read more

Blue Apron – Changing the way of eating and buying food

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The US meal-kit delivery service is projected to be a $5bn market over the next three years. Though space is already crowded, a start-up company, Blue Apron, managed to carve a niche out for itself. By recognizing the educational void for the multitude of home cooks and building a wildly successful business around feeding them, while sharpening their kitchen prowess, the company managed to build a $2bn recipe-delivery business with 2,500 employees, in 36 months. By designing its business model around supply chain efficiencies, the company managed to get fresher… Read more

Uber: Revoking Uber’s London license prompts consumer backlash

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Transport for London is facing accusations that its decision to revoke Uber’s license in the British capital was politically motivated rather than based on safety concerns (concerns on which the capital’s transport regulator partly based its reasoning Uber’s). Uber’s cheap and efficient transport offering is popular worldwide and has been used on a mass scale within all of London’s major areas, including the suburbs and villages that surround it. With the black cab business taking a hard hit since Uber’s formation, the decision is music to their ears and also… Read more

The Independent: Independent No More

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On March 25, 2010 the failing Independent newspaper was bought for £1 ($1.30) by the Russian Lebedev family. Since then, father-and-son team Alexander and Evgeny have invested over $140m and the newspaper – now an online-only publication – has been revitalized while maintaining its traditional pro-free speech, left-wing approach to reporting. The recent politicization of young people in the UK – driven by their defeat in the EU membership referendum when young people voted overwhelmingly in favor of remaining a member – is one of the driving forces behind the… Read more

Rapid growth in Asia-Pacific organic food market set to change global market shares

The global market in organic food expanded between 2012 and 2016 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.9%, and is forecast to accelerate to a value of $187.6 billion by 2021, representing a CAGR of 13.8%, according to research firm MarketLine. The company’s latest report states that the US will remain the largest single market, rising from $44.9 billion in 2016 to $63.4 billion by 2021 at a CAGR of 7.1%, underlining the country’s pivotal role in driving global growth. Christopher Leyman-Nicholls, Analyst for MarketLine, says: “Although the… Read more

Selfie generation: Refashioning make-up market

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The global make-up industry grew by a record 8.4% in 2016 and was the main growth driver for the cosmetics market worldwide. The range of make-up products is endless, and some product categories, in particular those highly popular with the generation of Millennials, (i.e. concealers, illuminating highlighters, lipsticks) are booming. These hyper-connected customers are young, have a strong purchasing power, new ideas about beauty, and are also very keen to spend money on beauty products. While clothing and department stores are increasingly closing their physical locations, not being able to… Read more

Food Waste in the UK: Government and retailers must do more

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In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of food waste in the UK and a number of initiatives developed in an attempt to reduce this. Several retailers in the UK have pledged to drive down food waste from stores, while numerous campaigns have aimed to educate individuals and cut the amount of food waste from households. UK charity, Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), has been at the forefront of campaigns. In 2007, WRAP launched its ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign backed by the government. Results from some… Read more

Brazilian meat scandal: Confidence in $14bn industry is returning

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The scandal to hit the meat industry in Brazil at one stage threatened to result in the sort of bans on a food product not seen since the BSE crises occurred in the United Kingdom in the 1990s. Although the more salacious accusations reported in the press have come to nothing, many serious accusations resulted in the erection of import bans; China stopped all imports of Brazilian meat, whilst the EU only prevented access from the affected plants. But now the worst consequences appear to have been avoided and the… Read more

Piracy: The social acceptability of theft and its effect on the movie industry

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Internet piracy has been around almost as long as the internet itself. Communities exist, consisting of millions of web users, which are dedicated to sourcing, converting and sharing valuable copyrighted material. Some – The Pirate Bay – were the inspiration for political parties. Others – Megaupload – were responsible for accelerating the fortunes of a small group into the billions of dollars. But all major sites have been in the spotlight for a decade, coming and going, constantly switching web hosts from Sweden to Somalia to Costa Rica, managing to… Read more

Tesco-Booker: The Squeeze on Small Businesses

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Tesco, one of the largest retailers in the world, is the most dominant supermarket in the UK market. Its recent announcement to merge with Booker was a surprise to all. Booker occupies a very different area of the market, primarily offering bulk-purchase supply to small retailers, both independent and franchised stores under brands it owns, such as Londis and Budgens. At first glance then, this seems an odd target for Tesco; to merge operations with a company whose target market is so different to its own. Indeed, no one considers… Read more

Sequencing Quinoa: Food for thought

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The pharmaceutical industry has been growing at a strong rate in recent years. One aspect of this market is that of the food supplement. The growing trend especially amongst the older populace and with the hectic lifestyles that are led in developed countries lends support to the supplement industry. The ability of scientists to understand the functions of different genes have assisted in the growth of specific markets and also in the changes to specific plant species. When looking at some of the historic plant species and how they have… Read more

KFC China: New facial recognition software is more offending than ground-breaking

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Poor industry performance due to bad food ratings and hygiene issues has been severely damaging for the KFC brand over recent years in China. With a significant share in the Chinese market, KFC’s parent owner Yum! have some important decisions to make in order to build back growth for the franchises once again. It is clear that the technological vanguards are forefront to many industries who wish to make their services more efficient, cost saving and increase its customer satisfaction ratings, while of course keeping consistency across its brand. With… Read more

Global hotels and motels industry saw strong growth in 2015, exceeding $719 billion, says MarketLine

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The global hotels and motels industry grew to a value of just over $719.1 billion in 2015, with Europe emerging as the largest regional market, and accounting for more than 34% of global market value, according to research firm MarketLine. The company’s latest report shows that the US and the UK form the two largest national hotel and motel industry markets, valued at $189.6 billion and $59.8 billion, respectively. China follows as a close third, with a value of $59.6 billion. Mohammad Hamza Iqbal, Analyst for MarketLine, comments: “While the… Read more

Belinda Wong appointed CEO of Starbucks China as part of growth plan

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A focus on China and on increasing store openings in the country has been part of the Starbucks strategy since the company felt the negative impact of recession. Prior to 2008, Starbucks had been growing rapidly in terms of store openings, revenues, and operating profit. However, this all changed as the recession hit and the company struggled to cope. As many countries around the globe fell into recession, the impact on Starbucks was strongly felt. This led to a shift in resources to growth in international markets. It was felt… Read more

Post-Brexit effect on inflation

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The UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum undertaken in June 2016. The separation will be complex and will take many years to complete. However, the effects have been felt immediately. Since Brexit, the pound has dropped by 18%. After an initial tumble following the result, it fell further in October following Prime Minister Theresa May’s signal that she would use Brexit to tighten borders, even if it means losing access to the EU’s single market on the current terms. On October 18, the Office for… Read more

VR: Virtual insanity is what we’re living in

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In June 2012, Oculus VR, LLC was founded. Based in California, US, it was formed as a virtual reality technology company, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund development of their proposed virtual reality headset device. The company announced that backers who pledged $300 or more would be “rewarded” with the first development release of the headset, which was shipped to them in March 2013 (although the original date was December 2012). The intended amount Oculus wanted to raise was $250,000, but ended up raising over $2.4 million. Thus began… Read more