Mintel in the Media is a weekly review, bringing together a selection of the most high profile press stories showcasing Mintel’s data and analysis from around the world. Highlights from the past week include:

US

CNN Money: M&M’s newest flavor: birthday cake? Others, like Lynn Dornblaser, director of innovation and insight at trend-tracking firm Mintel, say it’s more about connecting with customers the other 364 days of the year, when they crave the birthday cake flavor or just want to try something new. When Mintel first started tracking new products in 2002, most birthday cake items were not foods, but goods used in homecare and beauty, such as candles, air fresheners, and lip gloss.

Wall Street Journal: Pitchers’ duel: Arm & Hammer takes fight with Tide to the ballpark. The growth in recent years has helped Church & Dwight capture roughly a 13.7% share of the North American laundry detergent business, while P&G has a 59% share, according to a report from Mintel Group.

MarketWatch: Why breakfast is the most profitable meal of the day. Breakfast menus are the only growth area on fast-food and casual dining menus, says Julia Gallo-Torres, U.S. food service category manager at research firm Mintel. Breakfast sales rose over 5% to $27.4 billion last year at quick-service and fast-casual restaurants, according to Mintel’s analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Bloomberg: Meat eaters gulp record prices before U.S. grilling peaks. A survey of 1,900 people last year showed 39 percent are eating less red meat, citing higher prices as the lead deterrent, behind health concerns, according to researcher Mintel Group Ltd. in Chicago.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Food makers are pushing protein. “Protein is really one of the hottest trends right now,” said Lynn Dornblaser, an analyst at market researcher Mintel.

Chicago Tribune: Meat prices hit record high as grilling season set to begin. A survey of 1,900 people last year showed 39 percent are eating less red meat, citing higher prices as the lead deterrent, behind health concerns, according to researcher Mintel Group in Chicago.

Consumer Reports: How to save money on triple play cable service. According to a recent report by the Mintel Group, the average monthly cost of home communications services is $154.

Advertising Age: Pep Boys banks on rebranding effort ‘the road ahead’ “Our research shows that Pep Boys is a well-recognized brand by two-thirds of consumers, and customers recognize [it] as having knowledgeable staff, clean stores and good prices. But, overall, car dealers are really making inroads into the do-it-for-me market,” said Mintel analyst Colin Bird. “Pep Boys realized they need to step up their game.”

MSN Money: Whole Foods is launching its own brewery. Last year, a study by industry research firm Mintel indicated that craft beer sales had doubled between 2007 and 2012, and were projected to triple by 2017.

Yahoo! Finance: Card interest rates remain locked at 15.01 percent. Despite leaving credit card terms, such as card APRs, largely unchanged, issuers are sending out more offers these days, according to new data from the market research firm Mintel Comperemedia.

Yahoo! News: McDonald’s offers free coffee in breakfast battles. Last year, fast food and quick-grab breakfast sales rose over 5 percent to $27.4 billion, according to research firm Mintel’s analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Food makers are pushing protein. “Protein is really one of the hottest trends right now,” said Lynn Dornblaser, an analyst at market researcher Mintel.

MediaPost Marketing Daily: Are retirement community websites reaching the right customers? A senior lifestyles survey by Mintel (December 2013) found that for ages 75 and up, women comprise 60% of the population. And, according to an Aramark senior living study, the average age of the resident is 79. Another Mintel survey, “Marketing to Baby Boomers” (January 2014), found that Boomer women are three times more likely to be widowed than Boomer men.

QSR Magazine: Egg ingredients hit popularity spike. The incredible, edible egg is popular with formulators, according to new product releases tracked by Mintel’s Global New Products Database. New product introductions including egg ingredients were up 35 percent in 2013 compared to 2012.

Creditcards.com: Card interest rates remain locked at 15.01 percent. Despite leaving credit card terms, such as card APRs, largely unchanged, issuers are sending out more offers these days, according to new data from the market research firm Mintel Comperemedia.

Creditcards.com: Wal-Mart sues Visa over swipe fees. “They have the muscle to do something on their own,” said Susan Menke, senior financial services analyst at Mintel Comperemedia, a card industry analyst. “They’re looking for lower interchange fees.”

UK & IRELAND

BloombergWealthy in China Value Craft Over Bling in Luxury, Study Says. Craftsmanship ranks highest among words wealthy Chinese choose to define luxury, according to Mintel, underscoring changing tastes among big spenders.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Keeping the mystery out of China’s meat. There are about 500,000 food production and processing companies in China, and about 70% of them have fewer than 10 employees, according to market researcher Mintel Group.

ReutersTPG in advanced talks to invest in yogurt maker Chobani: NYT. Greek-style yogurt, which is thicker, creamier and often higher in protein than other types of yogurt, now makes up more than 40 percent of the U.S. yogurt market, which is worth $7.4 billion according to research firm Mintel.

The Times: China’s fashion tip. Increasing numbers of Chinese shoppers are turning to local brands rather than foreign offerings when they splash out on luxury goods, a survey by Mintel has found.

The Times: Flying flag but exposed to winds of change. Accessorize has 92 outlets in the country, according to data from Mintel, while Mothercare has 64. Debenhams opened its first store in late 2012 in Moscow and intends to introduce more.

The Times Ireland: Flying flag but exposed to winds of change. Accessorize has 92 outlets in the country, according to data from Mintel, while Mothercare has 64. Debenhams opened its first store in late 2012 in Moscow and intends to introduce more.

The GuardianYummies: young, urban males obsessed with personal grooming and health: Another researcher, this time from Mintel, says: “Men who buy grooming products to boost self-esteem or feel more attractive are now in the majority.”

Marketing WeekEnergy brands to feel the heat in competition probe. Jane Westgarth, senior market analyst Mintel, says there will be a “big push” from the sector’s dominant brands to trust and transparency amid the CMA’s review.

Cosmetic BusinessSun safety meets creativity. The sun care market in the UK has historically seen fluctuations due to rainy British summers, as well as the decline in the number of people holidaying abroad due to the economic crisis, according to market analyst Mintel.

London Love BusinessBrown’s beer: Beer and pub’s £22bn contribution to UK economy & that awkward Grant Shapps tweet. Mintel claims that 13 million adults have tried craft beer in the last six months.

Luxury Feed64pc of urban Chinese say craftsmanship most defines luxury: study – Luxury Daily – Research. Louis Vuitton ad featuring actress Fan Bingbing Chinese consumers look to a brand’s craftsmanship more than other factors when determining its luxury status, according to a new study by Mintel.

MetroThe weight-loss debate: Are diets a waste of time? We are nation of dieters: the 5:2, the Paleo, Weight Watchers, even the Cookie Diet. It doesn’t matter what type it is, research by Mintel says 29 million of us have tried to lose weight with a diet in the past year.

APAC

The AustralianCafes give suburbs a kick-start. And rising demand has increased the number of cafes in Australia by nearly 7 per cent since 2009, to more than 9000 outlets, according to estimates from the Mintel International Group.

Hong Kong Economic Times: 內地富人品味提高 追捧「手工製作」. 市場研究公司英敏特(Mintel)發表報告指,近2/3的中國城.

东方网 (China): 龙力生物“益生元与现代养生国际论坛”在沪举行. 主任.李兆萍博士照片 3 英敏特Mintel创新趋势咨询师袁浩

中国财经网 - (China): 2014年中国进入葡萄酒个人消费元年. 主任.李兆萍博士照片 3 英敏特Mintel创新趋势咨询师袁浩

Jakarta Globe (Indonesia) : Wealthy Chinese Value Luxury Craft Over Bling, Study Says. Craftsmanship ranks highest among words wealthy Chinese choose to define luxury, according to Mintel, underscoring changing tastes among big spenders.

The Inquirer (Philippines) : Things that matter in the food industry. Mintel Senior Trend and Innovation Consultant Jane Barnett shared Meta trends that are expected to shape the food industry in the next 5 to 10 years last Wednesday.

BRAZIL

ExamePao de Queijo é a nova febre entre empreendedores Por causa da Copa do Mundo, o consumo mundial do pão de queijo pode aumentar nesse ano, de acordo com pesquisa anual sobre as tendências do consumo britânico da consultoria Mintel, divulgada no ano passado.

H&C: Categorias prontas para decolar. Para Vivienne Rudd, diretora global das categorias de cosmeticos e cuidados pessoais da Mintel, embora grande parte do foco nos ultimos anos tenha sido os produtos para a pele do rosto, capilares e maquiagem, o crescimento global nos ultimos dois anos tem sido na casa dos dois digitos.

Engarrafador Moderno: Mistura que da certo. O crescimento da receita teve como principal causa o aumento no volume de consumo da categoria, que apresentou crescimento de 34% no mesmo periodo, segundo relatorio recente divulgado pela Mintel.

Cosmeticos BRPesquisa de Mercado: a ferramenta para enfrentar a competicao As empresas de pesquisa globais – Euromonitor, Factor de Solução e a Mintel oferecem serviços  em consultoria, pesquisa de opinião e pesquisa de mercado, entre outros, para vários setores da indústria.

EMEA

CNBC (Turkey): TPG in advanced talks to invest in yogurt maker Chobani: NYT. Greek-style yogurt, which is thicker, creamier and often higher in protein than other types of yogurt, now makes up more than 40 percent of the U.S. yogurt market, which is worth $7.4 billion according to research firm Mintel.

El Economista (Spain): TPG in advanced talks to invest in yogurt maker Chobani: NYT. Greek-style yogurt, which is thicker, creamier and often higher in protein than other types of yogurt, now makes up more than 40 percent of the U.S. yogurt market, which is worth $7.4 billion according to research firm Mintel.

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