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Key insights into the global garlic market

In 2016, global garlic consumption stood at $18.1bn, +8% more than the year before. It is anticipated that the next nine year period will see an upward trend in garlic cultivation due to a number of factors...

1 day ago

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Clone tastings: Vititec puts experimental wines through their paces

"We produce between 50 and 60 experimental wines every year, all part of the clone evaluation process. The feedback from the tasters gives us a good indication of quality and consumer appeal. If the wine meets these requirements, we propagate these cultivars and clones and distribute it commercially."

2 days ago

Global bread and bakery consumption continues to experience modest growth
Global bread and bakery consumption continues to experience modest growth

The global bread and bakery product market displayed modest, but sustainable growth throughout the period under review, increasing from 122,000 tonnes in 2007 to 129,000 tonnes in 2016...

2 days ago

Cardigans and anoraks won't cut it: why there should be more fashion for older men
Cardigans and anoraks won't cut it: why there should be more fashion for older men

Now we find ourselves nearly drawing pensions and thinking what? What now? Put a cardigan on and grey shoes? Is there an age when you think: 'Oh, I can't possibly be involved in fashion now?

By Ania Sadkowska and Katherine Townsend 20 Apr 2018

The 'ennial tribes: Understanding Generation Y and Generation Z South Africans
The 'ennial tribes: Understanding Generation Y and Generation Z South Africans

There are some interesting differences and similarities between centennials - those aged 21 and below - and millennials - those aged 22 to 35...

By Rachel Thompson, Issued by GfK South Africa 19 Apr 2018

SA consumers benefit from lower inflation in February as rand strengthens
SA consumers benefit from lower inflation in February as rand strengthens

The latest Mastercard SpendingPulse report shows moderate growth in consumer spending, but general dealer sales continue to underperform...

18 Apr 2018

RTD sports drinks gaining market share
RTD sports drinks gaining market share

Ready to drink (RTD) sports drinks were one of the few segments of the non-alcoholic beverage categories that recorded positive growth for the year 2017...

17 Apr 2018

The role of mobile in building brand loyalty
The role of mobile in building brand loyalty

With falling consumer confidence and a slow economic growth outlook, brands are intensifying the fight for consumer loyalty...

By Nicholas Bednall 16 Apr 2018

Are SA's coffee consumers becoming connoisseurs?
Are SA's coffee consumers becoming connoisseurs?

Insight Survey's latest SA Coffee Landscape Report 2018 carefully unfolds the global and local coffee markets based on the latest information and research...

Issued by Insight Survey 16 Apr 2018

Parcels delivered within two hours could be the norm by 2028
Parcels delivered within two hours could be the norm by 2028

In response to today's online-buying, smartphone-wielding consumer that expects a seamless, faster purchasing journey, 78% of logistics companies expect to provide same-day delivery by 2023...

12 Apr 2018

Could online shopping help us reduce our carbon footprint?
Could online shopping help us reduce our carbon footprint?

The full lifecycle emissions from a products' consumption is dominated by the manufacturing processes and the product's use, however, emissions associated with the distribution of goods from manufacturer to consumer also matter...

10 Apr 2018

BMi Research in partnership with BlackCurve brings price management solution to South Africa
BMi Research in partnership with BlackCurve brings price management solution to South Africa

One of the greatest challenges facing today's online retailers is accurate pricing. In fact, it's such a business-critical activity that getting it right - provided the data and pricing are accurate - is more than likely to result in an increase in sales and ultimately profits...

Issued by BMi Research 10 Apr 2018

New research reveals traditional retailers intensify focus on omnichannel approach
New research reveals traditional retailers intensify focus on omnichannel approach

A new study finds that traditional 'bricks and mortar' retailers are seeking to buttress their ailing offline-store activities with the development of integrated online engagement channels...

10 Apr 2018

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Study sheds light on SA consumers' attitudes towards wine

According to research, South African wine consumers share similar perceptions about wine across different ethnic groups...

6 Apr 2018

Eighth annual SACSC Research Conference set for Sandton in May
Eighth annual SACSC Research Conference set for Sandton in May

The annual South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) Research Conference is set to take place on 9 May 2018 at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton...

5 Apr 2018

How innovation can contribute to food and nutrition security
How innovation can contribute to food and nutrition security

"We hope to produce so-called smart foods with extra health benefits that are safe, marketable, affordable, ready to eat and trendsetting."

By Mologadi Makwela 3 Apr 2018

Smartphones shine in a difficult year for South Africa's consumer technology sector
Smartphones shine in a difficult year for South Africa's consumer technology sector

Smartphone unit sales in South Africa climbed by around 21% in 2017, even as South Africans reduced their spending in most categories of the consumer technology market...

Issued by GfK South Africa 23 Mar 2018

Growing affinity among SA shoppers for specialist retailers
Growing affinity among SA shoppers for specialist retailers

A new report by IRI shows that South African shoppers are diversifying their grocery purchases among a growing number of channels...

22 Mar 2018

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Columinate on non-conscious insights as the measure of tomorrow

On Friday, 9 March, I attended the Columinate research presentation on the measure of tomorrow, where I learned that up to 90% of consumers' decision-making is non-conscious. Here's further proof why your brand needs to tap into consumers' non-conscious decisions...

By Leigh Andrews 15 Mar 2018

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How safe is the food on your plate?

In an ideal world, a farmer might sell a harvest of fresh produce to families nearby, who would eat that produce within the week. The more common reality in South Africa and the world, however...

12 Mar 2018

Why the e-cigarette industry needs global regulations
Why the e-cigarette industry needs global regulations

The e-cigarette industry has been increasingly viewed as one of the most disruptive changes in the tobacco market, with vapes now commonly perceived as an alternative to traditional tobacco products...

By Tanusree Jain 8 Mar 2018

SA women remain underrepresented among the ranks of entrepreneurs
SA women remain underrepresented among the ranks of entrepreneurs

While South Africa has made progress in reducing the gender bias for women engaging in early stage entrepreneurial activities, the number of women business owners remains constrained...

8 Mar 2018

PayPal upbeat about digital sales
PayPal upbeat about digital sales

PayPal expects sales from SA of R53bn in 2018 as more and more South Africans use their cellphones as digital wallets...

6 Mar 2018

Richard Shotton, author of The Choice Factory.
Get into your consumers' brain with Richard Shotton's The Choice Factory

Richard Shotton, deputy head of evidence of Manning Gottlieb OMD, and author of The Choice Factory: 25 Behavioural Biases That Influence What We Buy, shares how behavioural science findings can sharpen your brand's advertising and overall creative impact...

By Leigh Andrews 6 Mar 2018

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SACO report highlights growth of trade in cultural goods and services

SA's cultural goods exports are growing faster than imports, according to a new report that examined the growth and structure of the country's cultural and creative industries trade between 2007 and 2016...

27 Feb 2018

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#DesignIndaba2018: The next generation of fashion is biology

New York-based Fashion Institute of Technology graduate and biomaterials research company AlgiKnit co-founder and COO Aleksandra Gosiewski gave a thought-provoking presentation at Design Indaba on Wednesday on why they, at AlgiKnit, believe that biology is the future of fashion and their revolutionary work in their search for a sustainable product...

By Jessica Tennant 23 Feb 2018

UK retail loyalty programmes suffer from a lack of differentiation
UK retail loyalty programmes suffer from a lack of differentiation

The Retail Loyalty Programmes in the UK 2018 survey has found that UK retail loyalty programme operators are struggling to bring fresh ideas to the programme benefit mix...

20 Feb 2018

H&M and Woolworths score top marks in customer centricity rankings
H&M and Woolworths score top marks in customer centricity rankings

With economic conditions in South Africa likely to remain weak, the apparel retail industry growth forecast for 2018 is muted...

19 Feb 2018

ANC change to boost retailers
ANC change to boost retailers

The outlook for consumer goods companies appears upbeat as a changing political landscape provides some impetus to a stuttering economy...

By Michelle Gumede 16 Feb 2018

South Africans are sentimental spenders - Mastercard Love Index
South Africans are sentimental spenders - Mastercard Love Index

South Africans continue to say "I love you" by investing in experiences over material goods, as new data shows sentimental spending has increased by 50% since 2015...

13 Feb 2018

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