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THERE’S A NEW DUO IN TOWN: HOW BEER IS RIVALING WINE AS THE ULTIMATE PAIRING FOR CHEESE

 Cheese and wine is a universally acknowledged good match. However, global new product launches are indicating a separation of the long standing pair. Instead, beer is seen more and more as a worthy companion to cheese. The unlikely pair have more in common than at first thought – as artisanal cheese and craft beer share similar back stories related to their heritage, strong provenance cues, hand-crafting processes and small scale production.


HOW ARE OUR 2015 UK CONSUMER TREND PREDICTIONS PLAYING OUT?

 At the start of the year, Mintel’s team of global expert analysts identified and analysed four key trends set to impact the UK consumer market in 2015. As we move over halfway through the year, Mintel’s Senior Trends Consultant Richard Cope takes a look at how our 2015 trend ‘Get Smart’ is playing out…

 

IN FLAVOUR: LUCUMA
 Lucuma is an exotic Peruvian fruit also known as the “Gold of the Incas”. Here we aee the rare case of an ancient food that has found a place in modern food processing. The fruit contains flavour notes of caramel, pumpkin and maple and is currently the most popular ice cream flavour in Peru. Lucuma is a great source of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins & minerals, especially beta-carotene and other B vitamins.


THE MARY BERRY EFFECT: GRANS GLAM UP?
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Since The Great British Bake Off began, Mary Berry has received increasing media attention for her age-appropriate glamour. Each week she appears immaculately dressed, with each outfit more impressive as the seasons progress. The celebrity cook is now credited with setting fashion trends amongst older women. This has not gone unnoticed amongst her co-stars, with Paul Hollywood quoted as saying, “Whatever Mary wears, sells out. If she came out in a Hessian bag, it would sell.”


THOUGHT BUBBLE: COMIC CULTURE GOES BEYOND THE CONS

Originally marketed toward children, comic book superheroes have matured and in a three-decades old trend, the comic book industry has shifted its target toward a more adult audience. Here our expert analysts explore how comic culture is going “beyond the cons” and driving revenues across leisure, technology and more…


A NEW WAVE OF MASCULINITY HITS THE SHELVES IN POLAND

 In Poland, we are seeing men occupy spaces typically perceived as ‘feminine’ in the home and spending more time on housework and parenting. As consumers they are also embracing yoga, beauty products and the act of shopping itself. Food and drink brands in Poland are responding to these changes in a variety of ways – looking to engage with male consumers in different markets through ‘manly’ packaging designs, dedicated claims, brand names, ingredients and advertising.

 

BEAUTY SPOT: CREMEKAMPAGNE OFFERS ON-DEMAND BEAUTY PRODUCTS IN BERLIN
 It’s hard to remember when you couldn’t customise your car, phone case or gift cards. Consumers want to have some sort of input into what they buy, as they increasingly see themselves as complex, multifaceted, or even ‘multi-identitied’ individuals. The growing number of personalised skin and haircare products in the German market highlights that consumers want to be treated according to their personal set of needs, a trend that beauty manufacturers cannot afford to ignore.


WHAT OPPORTUNITIES CAN BE HARVESTED IN THE BRAZILIAN ORGANIC MARKET?

 One of the main goals of organic food products is to protect the environment. The main features are to not use pesticides, chemical fertilizers or synthetic substances that harm the environment. According to Brazilian legislation, in order for food to be considered organic, the production process must include responsible use of soil, water, air and other natural resources while respecting social and cultural relations.


WHAT IPHONE 6S 3D TOUCH TECHNOLOGY MEANS FOR EMAIL MARKETERS

 The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus took center stage at Apple’s launch event in San Francisco this past Wednesday. Set for a worldwide launch on September 25th, the latest generation of the iPhone takes another step forward with upgrades including new A9 chipsets and 12-megapixel cameras.

 


DIAL-A-NANNY

 Youfu Mama is a Chinese online platform that provides on-demand door-to-door babycare services for newborn babies and their mothers. Parents of newborn babies can request certified professional baby caretakers to come to their home or hospital through the Youfu Mama platform. Consumers can learn more about each caretaker by viewing their detailed profiles with extensive information.

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