Both Russia and Ukraine are important suppliers of commodities, agricultural goods and manufactured goods to the global economy. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and economic sanctions will have a negative impact on supply chains and are likely to impact a wide array of industries, ranging from food products to hi-tech goods. In addition, the invasion adds more pressure to global logistics and the transportation network.
Social occasions and travel have made a comeback, boosting the recovery of fragrances, colour cosmetics and sun care in Western Europe. But inflation is now in the mix, and consumers want their beauty products to do more. New trends (hint: multifunctionality) are emerging in the region as pandemic-related changes subside. What are consumers looking for in their personal care products today and where are they buying them? Listen in to find out.
According to Euromonitor’s latest research on alcoholic drinks, the UK is showing a clear trend towards domestic products with a distinctive, modern heritage and premium cachet. Anna Ward explores this burgeoning trend, and asks how sustainable it is, given the cost of living crisis and rising inflation.
Climate change poses a significant threat to the future of travel and tourism, with this industry accounting for 8% of global carbon emissions. If travel and tourism were a country, it would rank third behind the US and China in terms of the scale of its emissions.
Mask wearing in Germany - or the country's famously strict Maskenpflicht rules - is likely to end in the coming weeks, and consumers will be able to shop and dine maskless for the first time in over two years. Lipstick sales, and by extension many other facial care products, are expected to surge in its wake. The greatest opportunities, however, will be private label brands offering "accessible luxury" to consumers who are both excited to show off but are also sensitive to prices.
As cost of living concerns rise, value creation has become a defining feature of beauty in the UK, while digital engagement offers brands unique ways in which to connect with target consumers. Demand for sustainability remains high, with regulation leading change, while heightened awareness of mental wellbeing promotes products with ties to emotional wellness.
This episode is part of a series we have recently started, that explores how hybrid working has impacted several industries in Western Europe. This is the second episode in the series. We will focus on how retailers in the food and nutrition space are responding to this recent change in working patterns, in terms of retailing, product assortment and distribution.