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Six food trends taking centre stage in 2018
Six food trends taking centre stage in 2018

Here are some of the taste and concept trends set to take centre stage this year, many of which have been seen bubbling up in 2017, and this year, are poised to make their entrance into the mainstream.

By Chef Junelle Germishuizen 7 Feb 2018

Africa's consumer goods and retail sectors driven by expanding middle class, tech development
Africa's consumer goods and retail sectors driven by expanding middle class, tech development

In Africa and the Middle East, the value of mergers and acquisitions transactions is expected to rise to $6.4 billion in 2018 and will continue to rise in 2019, to $6.6 billion...

1 Feb 2018

Top franchising trends for 2018
Top franchising trends for 2018

2017 has been a very tough year for businesses and consumers. However, according to Morne Cronje, head of franchising at FNB Business, the franchise sector continues to perform well...

30 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail
#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail

If you're searching for proof that retail as we know it is changing, look no further than Shanghai's 24-hour, unstaffed, self-driving grocery store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jan 2018

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Trends 2018: Omnichannel is the new normal

As smart technology enters our homes, cars, work and leisure time, marketers have the opportunity to innovate and reach potential customers via ever-expanding touch points...

By Jainita Khatri 25 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 2
#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 2

In Part 1 of the Trade Intelligence Retail Trends 2018 report, we described how globally and locally, we are in the beginning stages of a game-changing revolution in how products are made and sold...

By Maryla Masojada 25 Jan 2018

Consumer confidence holds steady in West Africa
Consumer confidence holds steady in West Africa

The release of Nielsen's latest Consumer Confidence Index figures for Quarter 3, 2017 has been marked by small increases and a relatively stable performance in both Ghana and Nigeria...

Issued by Nielsen 19 Jan 2018

Top five trends for convenience retail in 2018
Top five trends for convenience retail in 2018

According to Joe Boyle, director at FreshStop, these are the trends that will continue to strategically shape the future of convenience retailing...

19 Jan 2018

Body positive movement a significant trend for ladieswear in 2018
Body positive movement a significant trend for ladieswear in 2018

We recently saw a global clothing retailer unwittingly become the target of consumer fury locally, as a result of their sizing...

18 Jan 2018

Economic slowdown drives beverage innovation among bottom-end retailers
Economic slowdown drives beverage innovation among bottom-end retailers

Like so many other sectors, the South African beverage market has not escaped the effects of the country's economic slowdown...

By Shaneev Boodoo 18 Jan 2018

Slight uptake in South African consumer confidence
Slight uptake in South African consumer confidence

The latest Nielsen South African Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) for Q3, 2017 reflects a five-point increase from the previous quarter to 83 points, the highest level since Quarter 3, 2016...

Issued by Nielsen 16 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: What does the travel store of the future look like?
#BizTrends2018: What does the travel store of the future look like?

The travel agency of tomorrow will blend a personal and human touch with digital technologies. Instead of travel agents, we'll see the emergence of...

By Jannine Adams 15 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA
#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA

More and more, consumers in sub-Saharan Africa are looking beyond their borders to get the products and services they need...

By Efi Dahan 12 Jan 2018

Five major trends in South Africa's agro-food system
Five major trends in South Africa's agro-food system

Agro-food systems often differ considerably from country to country, depending on the level of development, resource availability, business sophistication and agro-food policies and legislation adopted...

By John Purchase 12 Jan 2018

Major packaging trends of 2018
Major packaging trends of 2018

The market intelligence agency, Mintel, recently released the top five trends that will shape the packaging industry in 2018...

12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Township retail is taking its rightful place at the top
#BizTrends2018: Township retail is taking its rightful place at the top

Township shopping centres are bucking the trend and outperforming other types of retail centres...

By Ina Lopion 12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 1
#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 1

In this two-part report, Trade Intelligence reveals the drivers and trends shaping grocery retail in South Africa in the short to medium term...

By Maryla Masojada 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Tight budgets, customer demand and African pride driving retail competitiveness
#BizTrends2018: Tight budgets, customer demand and African pride driving retail competitiveness

Budgets are tight, with rising electricity and petrol prices driving many households to tighten their purse strings. In response, the retail industry is becoming increasingly competitive...

By Lindy Lee 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Winning brands will get their competitive edge from memorable customer experiences
#BizTrends2018: Winning brands will get their competitive edge from memorable customer experiences

Consumers around the world are putting more value on experiences than they do on possessions, and South Africans are no different...

By Rachel Thompson 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Creating value remains key in the premium spirits brand experience
#BizTrends2018: Creating value remains key in the premium spirits brand experience

In challenging economic times, consumers either choose less expensive brands that allow them to buy more, or opt to buy less and trade up to indulge their tastes for aspirational brands...

By Elizabeth Lee Ming 10 Jan 2018

Nicola Cooper, senior trend analyst and cultural strategist at Nicola Cooper & Associates (NC&A).
#BizTrends2018: Connecting with ever-connected, ever-younger African consumers

With the largest 'youth bulge' in the world, the future of Africa is young, dynamic, determined. No one can afford to ignore the youth in Africa and the local and global business community needs to prepare for the ever-connected, younger generations...

By Nicola Cooper 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Individuality is key for interior design and decor trends in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Individuality is key for interior design and decor trends in 2018

When it comes to trends in any area it is important to understand that one of the biggest drivers is the consumer. There has always been the belief that interior trends follow on from fashion, but this is no longer the case.

By Dave Nemeth 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?
#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?

Modern-day franchising has been with us since the mid-1950s when it made its presence felt in the USA. Subsequently, expansion was swift and within a few short years, the concept had conquered the world.

By Tony Da Fonseca 9 Jan 2018

Five wine trends to watch for in 2018
Five wine trends to watch for in 2018

The South African wine industry is experiencing one of its most exciting phases in history. So, what are some of the emerging trends in 2018?

By Roland Peens 9 Jan 2018

Tumelo Mojapelo, head of content at Flux Trends Analysis
#BizTrends2018: Mind, body and soul - holistic health is the theme of the year

Last year saw all things focused on wellness go mainstream as the public became aware of the benefits of being physically fit and healthy...

By Tumelo Mojapelo 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Conscious consumption
#BizTrends2018: Conscious consumption

I'm not that big on food trends, to be honest. I find gimmicks and 'flavour of the month' offerings a very slippery slope. That said, I do think established chefs, producers and industry thought-leaders who have the ability to change with the times are critical for the industry.

By Andy Fenner 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: How do we amplify emotional connections through consumer ecosystems?
#BizTrends2018: How do we amplify emotional connections through consumer ecosystems?

Our physical and virtual environments are merging at a rapid pace, making us more digitally connected than ever before. Consumers want what they want and they want it now...

By Molefi Moloantoa 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The rise of authentic fashion
#BizTrends2018: The rise of authentic fashion

Authenticity, inclusivity and conscious consumption are the major themes and buzzwords for 2018. Jackie Burger, salonniere of Salon 58, editor-at-large and style influencer unpacks these fashion trends and more.

By Jackie Burger 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The call for authentic, experiential retail design
#BizTrends2018: The call for authentic, experiential retail design

In today's dynamic business environment, we should be seeking to understand the trends impacting a broader range of industries, regardless of the business sector we're in...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 8 Jan 2018

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