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Jun 9, 2015

Interview: E-cigs a ‘consumer-driven’ revolution born from a bad dream

LONDON (Reuters) – Before Hon Lik invented the e-cigarette, a device now shaking up the Big Tobacco industry, he was a pharmacist in China struggling to quit a two-to-three pack a day smoking habit.

Once in 2002, Hon forgot to remove a nicotine patch from his stomach before bed and had nightmares all night. He traced it to the continuous dose of nicotine and then realised it was precisely that steady release that made patches inadequate for him.

Jun 9, 2015

cigs a ‘consumer-driven’ revolution born from a bad dream

LONDON (Reuters) – Before Hon Lik invented the e-cigarette, a device now shaking up the Big Tobacco industry, he was a pharmacist in China struggling to quit a two-to-three pack a day smoking habit.

Once in 2002, Hon forgot to remove a nicotine patch from his stomach before bed and had nightmares all night. He traced it to the continuous dose of nicotine and then realized it was precisely that steady release that made patches inadequate for him.

May 21, 2015

Insight – New breed of food executives raised on mergers, not marketing

LONDON (Reuters) – The consumer goods world has long been dominated by marketing whiz kids raised through the ranks of Procter & Gamble (PG.N: Quote, Profile, Research) or PepsiCo, (PEP.N: Quote, Profile, Research) but the executives now in demand come from a new school that values cost-cutting and mergers over marketing.

The new playbook, embodied by U.S. private equity firm 3G Capital, applies cutthroat Wall Street sensibilities to Main Street shopping aisles, demanding the highest performance from fewer people willing to work extra hard and progress quickly.

May 21, 2015

New breed of food execs raised on mergers, not marketing

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – The consumer goods world has long
been dominated by marketing whiz kids raised through the ranks
of Procter & Gamble or PepsiCo, but the
executives now in demand come from a new school that values
cost-cutting and mergers over marketing.

The new playbook, embodied by U.S. private equity firm 3G
Capital, applies cutthroat Wall Street sensibilities to Main
Street shopping aisles, demanding the highest performance from
fewer people willing to work extra hard and progress quickly.

May 6, 2015

Imperial shuns “heating products” pushed by Big Tobacco rivals

LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – Imperial Tobacco Group is
taking a different path to its rivals as the industry searches
for the most promising technology for e-cigarettes and other
“vaping” products that could eventually outsell cigarettes.

It’s rare for the top competitors in a global business to
have such contrasting visions of the future but the British
company has no taste for the tobacco heating products that
others are embracing alongside e-cigarettes as potentially less
toxic alternatives to traditional cigarettes.

May 6, 2015

New-look GSK bets on consumer health spending

LONDON (Reuters) – Consumers from New York to New Delhi are digging deeper in their pockets for over-the-counter remedies and health products, a trend GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is banking on to help shape the next chapter in its evolution.

Emma Walmsley, head of the British drugmaker’s enlarged consumer healthcare business, says its market-leading position in areas such as pain relief and oral health will bolster the division’s margins and make it a partner of choice for retailers.

May 6, 2015

Interview – New-look GSK bets on consumer health spending

LONDON (Reuters) – Consumers from New York to New Delhi are digging deeper in their pockets for over-the-counter remedies and health products, a trend GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L: Quote, Profile, Research) is banking on to help shape the next chapter in its evolution.

Emma Walmsley, head of the British drugmaker’s enlarged consumer healthcare business, says its market-leading position in areas such as pain relief and oral health will bolster the division’s margins and make it a partner of choice for retailers.

May 6, 2015

Imperial Tobacco reports some revenue improvement

LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s Imperial Tobacco Group
reported a slight acceleration in revenue on Wednesday
as consumer spending picked up in some markets.

Shares of the company, whose brands include Davidoff and
Gauloises, were up 2.6 percent by 0847 GMT.

May 5, 2015

Unilever says its socially responsible brands outperform rest

LONDON, May 5 (Reuters) – Consumer goods maker Unilever
says its brands that most fully embrace its CEO’s
passion for sustainability perform the best, adding fuel to its
oft-repeated argument that social responsibility is good for
business.

Of the more than 400 brands Unilever sells, those with the
strongest sustainability credentials — such as Dove, Lifebuoy,
Ben & Jerry’s and Comfort — have seen sales grow at a high
single-digit or double-digit rate over the past three years,
Unilever said on Tuesday.

Apr 21, 2015

Analysis: Healthy eating sparks M&A on blurring frontier between food and drugs

LONDON (Reuters) – A boom in “nutraceuticals” – food and
drinks with potential health benefits – is paving the way for a
rush of deals, as food and drug companies compete to dominate a
market expected to be worth $280 billion by 2018.

Consumers have been encouraged to eat smarter by an obesity
epidemic and a burst of fitness-focused technology like gadgets
and apps to track exercise and calorie intake. Now companies
supplying goods like probiotic yoghurt, advertised as being
healthier for the gut, and omega-3 biscuits, thought to improve
brain and heart function, have seen demand rise sharply.