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 weeks include:

UK & Ireland:

BBC News: News: The Papers. But customers in 2014 prefer to spend their time on leisure activities and shopping, reports the paper, citing research from retail gurus Mintel. The firm’s John Mercer tells it “DIY has fallen out of fashion and it’s unlikely to reach those peaks again”.

The Times: Homebase takes a hammering as DIY dies out. We’ve probably got past that boom when you only had to look at the TV schedules to see wall-to-wall home improvements,’ said John Mercer, a retail analyst at Mintel.

The Guardian: DIY stores are hammered by lack of do-it-yourself drive. John Mercer, an analyst at market research firm Mintel, backed the Homebase view: “DIY has fallen out of fashion and its unlikely to reach those peaks again in the near future.”

New Economy: Could Europe be to blame for Netflix’s low subscription rate?  Mintel Senior Technology and Media Analyst Samuel Gee says the number of domestic and international subscribers for Netflix increased, albeit at a lower rate than anticipated. Gee adds the reason could be down to competition: at the same time as Netflix recorded its disappointing numbers, HBO had also announced its new subscription service which served to hurt the pay-TV giant.

The Wall Street Journal Europe: Hermes Plays Long Game in China. But Shang Xia has been slow to gain traction in China, said Matthew Crabbe, Director of research, Asia-Pacific, at consulting firm Mintel Group.

Daily Express: Grannies teach key life skills. As many as 55 per cent of adults admit their own parents teach their children to cook and nearly a quarter say grandparents play a key role in showing them how to garden.

The Times: Jam is overtaken by healthy honey. This year, Mintel, the market research company, estimated that £112 million worth of honey was sold in the UK last year, compared with £119 million of jam.

The Times: Hong Kong in the running for Reebok takeover. Infographic – Source: Mintel.

The Daily Mail: ANNE SHOOTER THE SAVVY SHOPPER: All Hail Kale! Once shunned, the super healthy veg is now everywhere. According to retail analysts Mintel, between 2012 and 2013 there was a 166 per cent rise in the number of food and drink products launched containing kale.

Financial Times: US craft beers hit the spot among British real-ale fans. At the same time, drinkers have become more discerning and willing to pay more for “premium” beers, according to Mintel, a market research company.

The Sunday Telegraph: Wolseley eyes return to retail with Better Bathrooms. According to the global market researchers Mintel, the UK bathroom fixtures and fittings retail market is currently valued at £1bn annually and is expected to experience continued growth.

The Sunday Times (Style): Update MEN. The number-crunching boffins at Mintel say that more than 50% of British men admit to feeling pressured to remove body hair.

Daily Express: We’re party animals: The owners who throw lavish parties for their pets. Recent studies show that more than 90 per cent of pets receive a Christmas or birthday present from their owner and according to a 2013 Mintel report the pet retail market as a whole in the UK is worth £589 million.

Evening Standard: Smooth Operators. Market research authority Mintel recently released a report showing that 13 per cent of 16-24-year-olds have depilated their chest in the past 12 months; 60 per cent ‘routinely groom’ their bodies, and a whopping 29 per cent have ‘removed hair from their pubic region’.

The Daily Telegraph: Tablet off, let’s try baking. Jack Duckett, an analyst at Mintel, said that while children in today’s technology focused world ‘possess a range of modern life skills, they are often behind in terms of basic household skills, such as cooking, cleaning, mending and simple home improvements. However, grandparents are stepping in and supporting their grandchildren’s development.’

The Huffington Post: Chocolate Pot And Cheesecake Brownies: 3 Easy Recipes To Celebrate National Chocolate Week. Though chocolate and orange have long been best friends in the confectionery world, another citrus fruit is getting some chocolate love: lemon. In fact, according to Mintel, the number of lemon-flavoured chocolate products has doubled over the past year globally.

US

USA Today: Taco Bell testing sriracha menu. A year earlier, Mintel, the research specialist, tracked Sriracha as an ingredient on 47 restaurant chain menus.

USA Today: Energy drink gulpers: the overworked. But according to a recent report from the research specialist Mintel, nearly six in 10 Americans who are regular energy drink or energy shot users worry about the safety of these products. In fact, four in 10 of those surveyed say they think energy drinks are not good for their health.

Bloomberg: High-efficiency washers put soap companies in spin cycle. That’s contributing to a long-term decline in U.S. detergent sales, said John Owen, an analyst at Mintel Group. They fell 6.4 percent from 2009 to 2013, and no recovery is coming soon, according to Mintel. Sales in the category will slip an additional 5.9 percent in the five years through 2018, the firm estimates.

AP Big Story: No time to cook? Maybe a cyber sous chef can help. “All these companies make the promise, whether explicit or not, of their ability to pick out exactly what you need,” says consumer trends analyst Kirk Vaclavik at the Chicago-based market research firm Mintel. “That’s a whole other layer of convenience, of ‘Wow, there’s an expert I can rely on to pick all the ingredients I need to make a delicious gourmet meal.'”

MarketWatch: Consumers’ Ebola fears could boost these companies. Shannon Romanowski, the senior beauty and personal care analyst for research firm Mintel, says that she thinks hand soap sales will also see a boost, though the firm’s latest data on this is not yet available.

MarketWatch: Is Chipotle really healthier than McDonald’s? “Chipotle does have that healthy halo,” says Julia Gallo-Torres, U.S. food service category manager at research firm Mintel. “They’re perceived to have better quality food, which comes from being freshly prepared in front of customers.” (McDonald’s was actually an investor in Chipotle, but divested in 2006 before the Mexican chain went public.) The customization trend — when people get to choose their ingredients — is also a factor, she adds. Chipotle says it’s seeking ingredients that are not only fresh, but “where possible” are sustainably grown and raised responsibly. When it can’t do this, it tells people. “Customers are looking for communications from brands and a sense of transparency,” she says.

Washington Post: No time to cook? Maybe a cyber sous chef can help. “All these companies make the promise, whether explicit or not, of their ability to pick out exactly what you need,” says consumer trends analyst Kirk Vaclavik at the Chicago-based market research firm Mintel. “That’s a whole other layer of convenience, of ‘Wow, there’s an expert I can rely on to pick all the ingredients I need to make a delicious gourmet meal.'”

Business Insider: U.S. banks ramp up credit card lending but margins may suffer. According to Mintel, a market research firm, banks are on track to mail out about 17 percent more offers for credit cards this year compared with 2010.

CNBC: No time to cook? Maybe a cyber sous chef can help. “All these companies make the promise, whether explicit or not, of their ability to pick out exactly what you need,” says consumer trends analyst Kirk Vaclavik at the Chicago-based market research firm Mintel. “That’s a whole other layer of convenience, of ‘Wow, there’s an expert I can rely on to pick all the ingredients I need to make a delicious gourmet meal.'”

Chicago Sun-Times: What ebola fears mean for business. Nevertheless, the 2009 swine flu outbreak prompted sales of hand sanitizer to soar by more than 70 percent for the 52-week period, to a peak of $350 million nationwide, said Shannon Romanowski, senior beauty and personal care analyst at Chicago-based Mintel, a consumer trend and market research firm. “We typically see antibacterial and germ protection product sales spike when there are epidemics,” she said. “When people are scared of flu and disease outbreaks, we see that correlate with sales in germ protection products. I would expect retailers to tap into that fear; they increase their displays and promotions [for those products].” Wal-Mart and Target account for a majority of those sales, though drugstores benefit, too, she said.

ABC News: No time to cook? Maybe a cyber sous chef can help. “All these companies make the promise, whether explicit or not, of their ability to pick out exactly what you need,” says consumer trends analyst Kirk Vaclavik at the Chicago-based market research firm Mintel. “That’s a whole other layer of convenience, of ‘Wow, there’s an expert I can rely on to pick all the ingredients I need to make a delicious gourmet meal.'”

NASDAQ: Is gluten-free a real threat to Panera Bread Co.? Sales of gluten-free foods are expected to hit $5.5 billion by 2015 though Mintel, with a broad definition of what defines “gluten-free,” believes it already surpassed $10 billion and could reach $15.6 billion by 2016.

Mother Jones: Stop going cuckoo for coconuts. Americans were the perfect market for this salty-sweet liquid because we already bought into the benefits of post-exercise beverages, says Jonny Forsyth of another market research group, Mintel.

Inc. Magazine: No time to cook? Maybe a cyber chef can help. “All these companies make the promise, whether explicit or not, of their ability to pick out exactly what you need,” says consumer trends analyst Kirk Vaclavik at the Chicago-based market research firm Mintel. “That’s a whole other layer of convenience, of ‘Wow, there’s an expert I can rely on to pick all the ingredients I need to make a delicious gourmet meal.'”

Credit Card Forum: The truth about preapproved credit cards. Before sending you these offers, the issuers have looked into your credit history, says Lisa Hronek, research analyst at marketing research firm Mintel Comperemedia.“They want someone who is going to use the card, but also pay it responsibly,” Hronek says.

Bankrate.com: Saving money as price of fright creeps upward. “Pumpkin pricing is driven by supply and demand,” says Patty Johnson, global food analyst at Mintel, a London-based market research firm.”Weather figures prominently in supply availability. It looks like this is going to be a typical year for pumpkin supplies in the U.S., with no major weather-related issues noted,” she says.

Happi Magazine: Hi-efficiency machines crimp US detergent sales. That explains a long-term decline in US detergent sales, according to John Owen, an analyst at Mintel Group. They fell 6.4% from 2009 to 2013, and are expected to drop an additional 5.9% in the five years through 2018, according to Mintel estimates.

Canada

Food In Canada: Consumers are having their cake and eating it too, as the dessert category continues to grow. And a recent Mintel study of American retail sales reports that prepared cakes and pies grew 24 per cent from 2009 to 2014, noting that 41 per cent of consumers claim to eat prepared cakes and pies as a snack between meals. Of those indulgence seekers, 80 per cent tend to gravitate to cake, ice cream, cookies and chocolate.

Brazil

Cosmetica News: Workshop Atualidade Cosmética – O mercado de beleza masculina no Brasil. De acordo com a Mintel 81% dos homens compram em lojas físicas, contra 61% das mulheres, que tendem a buscar a venda direta (35% mulheres vs. 14% homens).

H&C (Household & Cosmetics): Make-up: A colorful future in Brazil By Luiz Alberto Bozzolo. De acordo com a Mintel 81% dos homens compram em lojas físicas, contra 61% das mulheres, que tendem a buscar a venda direta (35% mulheres vs. 14% homens).

Abre (Brazilian Association of Packaging): Embalagens para cafe conquistam o consumidor. Os tipos de cafes vao da versao commodity instantanea, mais barata, aos graos mais artesanais e caros.

EMEA

Diario de Sevilla (Spain): Marca Jabugo: un impulso turístico para Huelva. El 74% de los turistas británicos que visita España aseguran que merece la pena viajar a nuestro país específicamente por la comida y el vino, según el estudio Holidays to Spain-UK de Mintel, difundido por la Federación de Industrias de Alimentación y Bebidas (FIAB).

Finance.ua (Ukraine): Засуха в Іспанії загрожує світу дефіцитом оливкової олії / Новини / Finance.UA Форум•Домашнi фiнанси•Індекси FUDI укррус Калькулятори ▼ Конвертер валют Кредитний калькулятор Депозитний калькулятор Калькулятор зарплати Головне Валюта USD гот. 12.83 13. Але аналітична фірма Mintel очікує подорожчання у Великобританії і США на 3-5% до початку наступного року, якщо ситуація не погіршиться.

Investor.bg (Bulgaria): Hermes не очаква китайският ѝ бранд да постигне успех преди 2016 г. Shang Xia не успява да набере скорост в Китай, твърди Матю Крейб, директор проучвания в консултантската компания Mintel Group.

Food-Navigator Asia (France): Japanese ice cream innovation ‘couple of years ahead’ of the West: Mintel. Øl-forbuket har blitt mer modent og kundene er villige til å betale mer for «premium» øl, ifølge Mintel, et selskap som spesialiserer seg på markedsundersøkelser.

ID Boox (France): Le prix des ebooks est déterminant pour les anglais. Mintel a découvert qu’une personne sur quatre (26%) qui a acheté un ebook l’an passé a déclaré lire plus parce que les livres numériques sont moins chers que les livres papier.

FødevareWatch (Denmark): Briterne vilde med amerikanske øl. I dag er det Storbritannien det tredjestørste eksportmarked for de såkaldte ‘premium-øl’ og ifølge markedsanalysevirksomheden Mintel, er det fordi det brigtiske ølpublikum er blevet mere modent villige til at betale mere for deres øl, skriver Financial Times.

Dagligvarehandelen (Norway): Øl-eksporten fra USA til Storbritannia tidoblet på ti år. Øl-forbuket har blitt mer modent og kundene er villige til å betale mer for «premium» øl, ifølge Mintel, et selskap som spesialiserer seg på markedsundersøkelser.

Ziare.com (Romania): Ciocolata in 2015: Noile tendinte sunt pe gustul tau? Ciocolata cu lamaie, legumele in ciocolata sau aromele florale se numara printre tendintele in materie de ciocolata pentru anul 2015, potrivit unui studiu realizat de grupul de cercetare Mintel.

S Moda – El Pais (Spain):  Radiografía de la moda premamá. Un estudio de Mintel concluía el año pasado que los beneficios de este sector en Reino Unido se mantenían estancados, en parte por el clima de incertidumbre económica.

Sevilla Independiente (Spain): Diputación de Huelva resalta el papel del turismo gastronómico como elemento para “romper la estacionalidad” El 74 por ciento de los turistas británicos que visita España asegura que merece la pena viajar a nuestro país específicamente por la comida y el vino, según el estudio Holidays to Spain-UK de Mintel, difundido por la Federación de Industrias de Alimentación y Bebidas (FIAB).

Europa Press.es (Spain): Caraballo resalta el papel del turismo gastronómico como elemento para “romper la estacionalidad”  El 74 por ciento de los turistas británicos que visita España asegura que merece la pena viajar a nuestro país específicamente por la comida y el vino, según el estudio Holidays to Spain-UK de Mintel, difundido por la Federación de Industrias de Alimentación y Bebidas (FIAB).

Glamour (Russia): Платье со шлейфом: как подобрать аромат для делового и вечернего образа. По данным аналитической компании Mintel, в настоящее время продажи косметики и парфюмерии занимают 37 % мирового рынка предметов роскоши. Но дизайнеры создают ароматы не только ради денег.

APAC

AdNews (Australia): 2015 key trends: cauliflowers and cuffs. Increased awareness of consumer rights and the migration of digital opportunities into the brick and mortar retail space will be at the forefront of consumer trends in Australasia next year, according to Mintel.

Medindia.com (India): Fussy Eating Arrives in Europe With Vegan Croissants and Gluten-Free Pasta. In France, four percent of people say they follow a diet free from gluten — a protein found in wheat, rye and barley — along with eight percent in Italy, seven percent in Germany and six percent in Spain, according to Mintel, a London based market research company.

Campaign Asia (Hong Kong): China ‘megatrends’ for 2015 include smart tech, pollution protection. Consumers in China will avidly adopt wearables and other ‘smart’ technologies, will be drawn to products that claim to protect them from pollution effects and will continue to drive brands to transform the retail experience, according to Mintel’s Consumer Trends 2015 report.

61ef.cn (China):  爱马仕预计中国子品牌“上下”2016年前不会盈利. 英国敏特国际集团(Mintel Group)亚太地区研究主管马修-格莱博(Matthew Crabbe)表示,ShangXia品牌在中国市场增长乏力。

赢商网(China): 爱马仕预计中国子品牌“上下”2016年前无法实现盈利. 英国敏特国际集团(Mintel Group)亚太地区研究主管马修-格莱博(Matthew Crabbe)表示,ShangXia品牌在中国市场增长乏力。

Yahoo! Singapore Finance (Singapore): Schawk! BLUE Users Conference Draws Industry Leaders. Viktorija Gnatoka, global packaging analyst, at market intelligence giant, Mintel, completed the team of keynote speakers, presenting Bridging the Innovation Gap.

腾讯财经 (China): 爱玛仕预计中国子品牌2016年前不会盈利. 英国敏特国际集团(Mintel Group)亚太地区研究主管马修-格莱博(Matthew Crabbe)表示,ShangXia品牌在中国市场增长乏力。不过,也有分析师表示中国本土高端品牌也到了行业爆发临界点。

21世纪新闻 (China): 男士美容养生有望“驶入”蓝海. 全球性调研公司英敏特的市场调查员经过研究发现,男性美容产品2012年的销售额为5800万英镑,增幅为3.6%。记者了解到,LOOKSEE男士养生馆目前总共有四个加盟店,主要分布在广州、深圳和佛山,每天还有不少电话咨询加盟的,目前也正在四川筹备新的加盟店。

中搜电商社区 (China): Twitter发布应用内音乐流服务Audio Card. Mintel的高级技术分析师山姆基(Sam Gee)在接受电话采访时称:“Audio Card要好得多,推特消息不少,因此不必使用不同的应用,你可以在使用Twitter的同时将音乐保存下来。”

企业网(D1Net) (China): Twitter推出音乐流服务,提升用户体验. Mintel的高级技术分析师山姆基(Sam Gee)在接受电话采访时称:“Audio Card要好得多,推特消息不少,因此不必使用不同的应用,你可以在使用Twitter的同时将音乐保存下来。”

Yahoo! India Finance (India): Twitter launches in-app music streaming service. “Audio Card is much better, there are tweets the timeline so don’t need to use a different app and you can dock the music as you use Twitter,” Sam Gee, senior technology analyst at Mintel, said in a phone interview.

ZDNet 코리아 (Korea): 매체·광고대행사, 네이티브 광고 선호. 영국 시장조사기관 민텔(Mintel)에 따르면, 미국에서 2013년 네이티브 광고비로 13억달러(약 1조3천700억원)가 쓰였지만, 2018년에는 94억달러(약 9조 9천600억원)가 쓰일 것으로 보인다.

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