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 this week include:

UK:

  • The Daily Telegraph: Girls ‘bigger smartphone users than boys’. As well as smartphones, girls are more likely than boys to own MP3 players and laptop computers, research from Mintel has found. Boys are more likely to own desktop computers, however. “Where there is a difference, it’s because boys tend to go for the big ticket items,” said Samuel Gee, a technology analyst at Mintel.
  • The Guardian: Horsemeat scandal sparks rise in sales of vegetarian alternatives. Amy Price, senior food retail analyst at research firm Mintel, said just 6% of the UK population were vegetarians, although a further 13% choose to avoid red meat.
  • The Daily Mail: Are gel manicures exposing thousands to cancer threat? Nail polish sales rose 14 percent to £179million in 2010,according to analysts Mintel.
  • Food Navigator: Clean label trend helps drive natural colours to overtake synthetics. Clean label trend helps drive natural colours to overtake syntheticsNatural colours have overtaken their synthetic counterparts for the first time ever, and the trend towards clean label products is one of the key drivers according to new data from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research.
  • The Grocer: Natural colours in food overtake artificial for the first time. The use of natural colours in food and drink is soaring in popularity and has overtaken artificial/synthetic colours globally for the first time, new research has revealed.

US:

  • The New York Times: Now a Little Spray Will Quickly Moisturize You. Body lotion is used by 96 percent of women, according to the market research firm Mintel, and for moisturizer marketers hoping to increase sales, that, fittingly, is the rub. There are, after all, so few nonusers to sign on as new customers.
  • Los Angeles Business Journal: Red Bull introducing new flavors. According to research from Chicago-based Mintel, energy drinks are the fastest-growing segment within the beverage industry.
  • Huffington Post: French’s, Grey Poupon launch new campaigns for condiment dominance. French’s is by far the leading mustard brand, representing 35.5 percent of overall mustard sales, according to a 2012 report by the market research firm Mintel Group. Mustard sales overall reached $508 million last year, said Beth Bloom, a food and drink analyst at Mintel.
  • Detroit Free Press: Chia seeds pack a big nutritional punch in a tiny package for baked goods, more. Global product launches of foods containing chia were up 78% in 2012, according to research firm Mintel.
  • Sun Sentinel: South Florida fuels sales of hybrid cars. All those factors converged to make hybrid and electric cars the fastest growing segment in the U.S. vehicle market last year, up 73 percent – from a small base. And hybrid and electric car sales should grow at least 20 percent this year to exceed 535,000 units sold, market research firm Mintel has forecast.
  • Happi Magazine: Americans’ outlook dims. “The fact that younger Boomers are struggling with their household finances is bad news for economic growth, as it is this age group which is usually at the peak of their earning power, and has traditionally been a primary driver of consumer spending and therefore of the economy,” said Susan Menke, VP-financial services, Mintel. “This is also problematic for younger generations, as these younger Boomers will likely delay retirement for financial reasons, which will impact the already difficult job prospects for Millennials and Gen Xers.”
  • Prevention: Natural colors overtake artificial colors in foods for the first time ever. And for the first time ever, natural colors have overtaken their synthetic counterparts, and the trend towards clean label products is one of the key drivers according to new data from Mintel. Annual market growth for natural colors is expected to be 7%.

Brazil:

EMEA:

 

  • Food and Drink Europe:Clean label trend helps drive natural colours to overtake synthetics. Natural colours have overtaken their synthetic counterparts for the first time ever, and the trend towards clean label products is one of the key drivers according to new data from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research.
  • Cosmétique Magazine: Le Royaume-Uni soigne sa culture du shopping. 

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