domingo, 15 de enero de 2017

Caffeine factories of China Enjoy Flourishing ExportTrade

Over the past, Chinese caffeine factorieshave been enjoying an extremely robust demand for caffeine factories’ products from marketplace.Caffeine(CAS No.:58-08-2)produced by Chinese caffeine factorieshas been incorporated into the Chinese Pharmacopoeia (2015 Version) so far.

The total demand for caffeine factories’ products in the international market stands at 48,000 tons per year, with a 10% annual growth rate, as a caffeine factory source indicated. At present, the overall global caffeine factories’production capacity is around 45,000 metric tons, among which, Chinese domestic caffeine manufacturer capacity exceeds 19,000 metric tons whilst the rest ofthe worldmanufacturer capacity mostly goes to caffeine factories based in India and Germany. In general, the global caffeine market sees supply ofcaffeine factories’ productsand demand in a tight balancing status.

Caffeine factories’ products can enhance the cortical excitatory process, boost energy, reduce fatigue and improve thinking.  As a result, its addition to cola drinks is another important application area of products from Chinese caffeine factories.

Sales volume of Chinese domestic caffeine factories has been on a continued sharp rise for several decades since this kind of drinks being used, most popular among young people. As for the Chinese market, annual consumption of Chinese caffeine factories’ productshas gone up fromhundreds of tons in the 1990s to the present level of thousands of tons from caffeine factories, recording a dramatic growth of ten times in sales of Chinese caffeine factories’ products, boosting the steady growth of demand forcaffeine factories’ products.

Chinese Caffeine factories’ Export isNo.2 among Antipyretic Analgesic API Drugs

A large number of caffeine factories’ products have been exported oversea for quite a long time due to strong demand for products from caffeine factoriesin the global market, with export volume of Chinese caffeine factoriesand valueof Chinese caffeine factories’ productsincreasing substantially gradually.

Fort antipyretic analgesic API drugs, the export performance of caffeine made by Chinese caffeine factories has long ranked No.2, next only to paracetamol. At the beginning of the this century, annual export volume of Chinese caffeine factories’ products reached 6,000 metric tons, annual export valueof Chinese caffeine factories’ products at $35 million. As a result, Chinese caffeine factories’export has been developing in an optimistic mood year by year.

Export volume of Chinese caffeine factories’ productswas 11,660 tons and export value of Chinese caffeine factories’ products reached $89.6 million in 2011;however, bythe year of 2012, export value of Chinese caffeine factories’ productshad broken through the $100 million, seeing an increase of 20% compared to the previous year; at the same time, export volume of Chinese caffeine factories’ products and value of Chinese caffeine factories’ products maintained annual growth from 2013 to 2015, rising to 14,335 tons and $123.66 million by the end of 2015; and most recently, the first four months of 2016 saw 5,070 metric tons in export volume of Chinese caffeine factories’ products and $44.1 million in export valueof Chinese caffeine factories’ products, which shows an uptrend once againon a year-on-yearbasis and expected to be closing at 15,000 metric tons from those Chinese caffeine factoriesby the end of the year.

Average export prices of Chinese caffeine factories’ products and its salt complexes have demonstrated a steady upward trend. The average export price for products of Chinese caffeine factoriesforthe year of 2013 was $8.45/kg, followed by 2014 at $8.47/kgfrom Chinese caffeine factories and 2015 $8.63/kg from Chinese caffeine factories. Theprice for caffeine made by Chinesecaffeine factories has stayed at $8.72/kg from January to April 2016.

United States, Brazil, Europe and South America are the major export destinations of Chinese caffeine factories’ products.The US ranks the No.1, already accounting for above 30% of the whole export volumeof Chinese caffeine factories’ products.Several major domestic caffeine factories have established strategic partnership with the two international giants of ‘Coke’ production, Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo after establishinga long-term caffeine factoriesrelationship,since Chinese caffeine factories’ products are spreading successfully in the global market.

A continuously growing demand for caffeine factories’ products will remain in the global market in the days to come,which shows that export of Chinese caffeine factories’ products will enjoy a momentum of increase.

Following years of development and market adjustment, Chinese caffeine factorieshas been expanding their production size of persistently, process and technologyof caffeine factories improved year by year, product qualityof caffeine factories enhanced steadily, production cost of caffeine factoriessignificantly dropping and competitivenessof Chinese caffeine factories’ products increasingly strong in the international market.

Theproduction process and technology of Chinese caffeine factoriesfor chemical API drugs like caffeine has become quite mature, and there is no concern over intellectual property issues. Coupled with the low production cost of caffeine factoriesand huge market potential of Chinese caffeine factories, some foreign companies are seen turning to China for buying raw materials from Chinese caffeine factories these days, whereas their own caffeine manufacturer facilities are closed one by one.  Such ‘Production Transfer’ has made it possible for Chinese caffeine factories to develop fast in the past decade into the world’s most important caffeine manufacturer and export base.  It is predictable that this trend favouring Chinese caffeine factories will extend further in the near future, and continuous growth in caffeine factories’capacity and export volume from Chinese caffeine factories is on the way.

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Functional beverages are having a moment

Functional beverages are having a moment

Natural foods have been front and center in the CPG innovation spotlight over the last few years, but as we head into 2017, we're excited about a trend that has been gaining traction: functional beverages. Though progress in beverage has arguably been slower than in other CPG categories, beverages are now having a moment, changing rapidly in a variety of exciting ways.

The broad shift toward clean and authentic beverages moved billions in market share from large brands to small ones, and brought a myriad of new CPG options, including vegan, natural, gluten-free, dairy-free and new proteins. But over the last decade in beverage, this shift primarily manifested into a booming bottled water business. A report from Beverage Marketing found that bottled water consumption grew 120% between 2000 and 2015, while carbonated beverages fell 16% in that same time period. When Coca-Cola bought Vitamin Water for over $4 billion in 2007 and ZICO coconut water in 2013, it sent a message loud and clear that giant soda brands were seeking to maintain a foothold by acquiring new products that were not sugar-laden, and instead nutrient-rich.

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Still, there was a white space between sugary sodas and water, leaving room wide open for creativity and innovation offering new options we didn't yet know we craved. The boom in functional beverages isn't about taking away sugar, but about adding something nourishing and unique. They span brands giving customers probiotics, protein, herbs, unique vitamins and more. Here are a few of the most prominent trends - and brands behind them - that we're most excited about.

Unique nutrients and super herbs

Kombucha was the early star in this movement, and is still healthily growing, with new entrants touting key differentiators. But now, new teas and tonics offer a wide range of unique benefits and properties, sparking the interests of shoppers that typically skipped the beverage aisle.

  •  REBBL: delicious, coconut-milk based tonics replete with adaptogens and super herbs, which have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. Some of the functional benefits include improved energy, brain function, response to stress and immune function.

  •  Matcha Love: a line of ready-to-drink products containing matcha, which has been shown to give you energy and improve mood. Matcha Love is one of the innovators in the category making matcha accessible in an easy, grab-and-go format.

Ready-to-drink meal additions

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Beyond classic drinks, we're seeing new beverages serving as solid snacks. The increasingly popular grab-and-go form factor is creating an in-between category between drinks and foods, making it easy to enjoy soups full of fruits and vegetables.

  •  Tio Gazpacho: bottled soups encouraging healthful snacking on the go. All of its recipes are organic, vegetarian and vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, thereby catering to almost every kind of consumer.

  •  NUWI: drinkable snacks with a texture like thick yogurt, containing a blend of quinoa flour, agave and pureed fruits and vegetables.

Performance energy

Finally, we're loving how brands initially attributed to athletes are now making their way to any consumer looking for an extra boost.

  •  Nuun: a brand that's done an excellent job closing the divide between marathoners and everyday consumers looking for refreshing, healthy hydration. It uses new effervescent technologies and non-GMO sourced dextrose so the body can absorb fluids and nutrients faster.

  •  GoodBelly Protein Shakes: GoodBelly, which has long offered popular probiotic drinks, recently launched a line of protein shakes containing chickpea protein, in addition to plentiful active cultures. It's targeted at active consumers, athletes and anyone needing an on-the-go boost.

After an explosion of new kinds of food products, we're excited to see this same kind of creativity and variety hit the beverage category. The early success of the brands above, as well as the major recent exits of Bai to Dr. Pepper and Kevita to Pepsi, demonstrate there are opportunities abound for the entrepreneurs and investors interested in innovating beverages.

Monster Investor Call Reflects Mixed Fortunes in 2016

Executives from Monster Beverage Corporation discussed a variety of topics on Thursday during the company's annual investor call, including the performance of its new Mutant "super soda" drink and the status of its forthcoming coffee innovation, Cafe Monster.

The investor call comes after a year of mixed results for the energy drink brand, the first since The Coca-Cola Company purchased a 16.7 percent stake in the brand for $2.15 billion in June, 2015. The deal included a transfer of Coke's energy portfolio to Monster in exchange for Monster's non-energy brands, as well as an agreement to integrate Monster into Coke's global distribution system.

After reporting double-digit growth in Q2, net and gross sales slowed to 4.1 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively, in Q3, company stock has fallen 20 percent in the last six months amid signs that the overall category slowing down faster than some analysts have expected.

Monster Chairman and CEO Rodney Sacks began the call by pointing out that the company was outpacing its main rivals in the energy drink category, Red Bull and Rockstar. In the all-measured channel for a 13-week period ending on December 24, Monster increased 3.7 percent.

Turning to convenience stores, Sacks said he could not explain slow sales coming from the channel, which he said has historically been a major source of revenue for energy drinks.

"We don't have an explanation for this," Sacks said. "It just is what it is. We do think it is shorter term. We do think these things will start rectifying themselves as we head into the new year."

Sacks praised the performance of the company's major new product launch from last year, Mutant, an electric green colored energy "super soda" designed to directly compete with PepsiCo-owned Mountain Dew. While penetration has still been limited, he noted that Mutant achieved 9.1 percent of Mountain Dew's sales per point of distribution.

Sacks explained that, bearing in mind the strategic decision to launch the product off-cycle in the fall in selected C-stores and with a limited promotional push, Mutant was off to a good start. He reported that Mutant had taken a 1.2 percent dollar share of the category, while Mountain Dew, the leading single 20 oz. SKU in the convenience store channel, was down 1.1 percent. He added the company was exploring the possibility of adding additional flavors to the line.

"The price point is at $1.99, which is about 20 percent above the average price point for Mountain Dew," Sacks said, noting that Pepsi's drink was "very promotionally driven during this period anticipating our launch." "We look at Mutant and the performance over the last quarter as being very important for the brand."

The presentation also included information about Hydro, an energy-enhanced, non-carbonated hydration drink which is positioned to compete with Mtn Dew Kickstart when it launches in three flavors in spring 2017. Sacks explained that Hydro's characteristics have the potential to broaden Monster's overall use occasion, consumer demographic and shelf-space.

"We think it does justice to what we are trying to do," Sacks said, adding that he saw Hydro being shelved in the same cooler as hydration beverages with some functional element, such as Bai and BodyArmor, rather than energy drinks, sports drinks or bottled water.

The company also discussed domestic production issues related to its Monster Java line, which resulted in an inability to fully meet demand in the last few months. Sacks said that shortages led to a 20 percent decrease for Java Monster in December, and that the production constraints cost Monster $20 million in lost revenues in the past quarter.

Looking to grow in the coffee category, Monster is also moving forward with plans to launch an energy drink made with espresso and cream that is an extension of the Java Monster line and referred to by Sacks as a direct competitor for Starbucks' 6.5 oz. Double Shot Espresso drinks. The drink will be produced in Europe.

Java Monster's manufacturing challenges in turn has affected the launch of Cafe Monster, a new RTD coffee beverage first reported by BevNET in October. Sacks explained that the product's debut has been pushed back because its slower pace of packaging would force the company to curtail production of Java Monster.

"Java Monster is an established brand that is growing, so it didn't make sense to limit production and then try and introduce something that's new," Sacks said. Instead, he said Monster plans to produce Cafe Monster in Europe and build up inventory ahead of its projected launch in the second half of 2017 and then transition to domestic manufacturing once production issues are settled.

Sacks also gave investors an update on Monster's long-term efforts to fully integrate its global distribution into the Coca-Cola network. After transitioning distribution in 12 countries to 2015, the company transferred an additional 25 countries to the Coke system this past year and has about 20 remaining, said Sacks.

Monster's $690 million acquisition of its longtime partner American Fruits and Flavors (AFF), first reported in February, was also touted as a significant achievement during the investor call. Sacks said the decision to purchase AFF, the flavor house which has developed Monster's flagship energy drink flavor and others for the company, puts the company in a position "to work closely with [AFF] to develop new products and new flavors and potentially lowering the cost of goods even further."

The contents of Monster's investor call, however, did not have a major impact on some financial analysts' projections for the company. In Wells Fargo Securities' "Beverage Buzz" report, Bonnie Herzog, managing director for equity research at the investment, wrote that after the investor meeting the firm "came away with our cautious view unchanged." Higher marketing spend to drive growth, margin dilution and overall deceleration of the energy category at retail were cited as reasons.

On TheStreet.com, writer Chris Laudani said that investors may be wary of Monster in the wake of U.S. case volume growth estimates being downgraded from 8 percent to 6 percent. Judging fourth-quarter revenue estimates of $724 million, a 12.3 percent increase,

"To me, those estimates look high," Laudani wrote. "I think the energy drink business is slowing faster than expected and analysts will be forced to cut estimates into next year. For example, in 2015 revenue grew just 8.9 percent. While analysts are expecting the Coca-Cola deal to jump start growth, I didn't hear anything at the analyst meeting that would drive sales to double-digit percentage growth."

Mexico's largest PET recycling plant sets ambitious 2020 goal

PetStar SAPI de CV is launching a revised sustainable business model as it aims to consolidate its position as the world's leading food-grade PET recycler in an increasingly competitive industry.

Founded in 2006, the Mexican company's goal is to recover and recycle all PET bottles by 2020 and therefore achieve zero waste.

"Currently we are collecting 70 percent of the bottles sent to market," company founder and CEO Jaime Camara Creixell said in a Dec. 20, 2016 interview. "We have to get to 100 percent".

PetStar uses wind-generated electricity at its sophisticated recycling plant on the outskirts of Toluca, about 40 miles west of Mexico City, in the State of Mexico; and is aiming for neutral carbon and water footprints by the year 2020.

The facility, some 40 miles west of Mexico City, can recycle up to 130 million pounds of PET a year, enough to fill the Aztec stadium 2.4 times. 1,000 workers are employed in the plant, in addition to 25,000 indirect employees, such as pepenadores nationwide.

PetStar's largest stakeholder is Coca-Cola bottlers Arca Continental SAB de CV (49.9 percent).

The consumption of products is constant in Mexico. Each Mexican produces an average of 311 kilograms of Urban Solid Waste per year, of which only 39.7 percent is likely to be harvested, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi).

A giant in Mexico

Since its original launch in 2006, the plant has expanded to meet the demand of the Coca Cola system.

Additional investment made it possible to double capacity, and in July 2014 the plant was re-inaugurated, becoming the world's largest food grade PET recycler.

In Mexico, more than 120 million inhabitants have raised their life rate to 74.5 years, while in the last six decades the population has quadrupled. The average age of citizens fluctuates between 23 and 29 years, a trend that will raise the consumption of products and the generation of waste.

Mexico is the main consumer of bottled water worldwide, with a consumption of 28,453 litres each year, according to Kantar World Panel, and the fourth place in the consumption of carbonated beverages, with a consumption of 137 litres per person per year, according to a study by Euromonitor International.

Will Coca-Cola Raise Its Dividend in 2017?

Will Coca-Cola Raise Its Dividend in 2017?

One reason investors gravitate to dividend stocks is their reliability, and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) is a good example of how consistency can turn into strong long-term returns. Coca-Cola has a long track record of providing dividend growth to its shareholders, finding ways to boost its payouts even when the company has gone through difficult situations, and it has averaged more than 12% in annual returns to shareholders over the past half century. The soft-drink giant is facing some tough challenges right now as it tries to navigate the changing consumer preferences among its customers, but the question that shareholders have is whether that will stop Coca-Cola from continuing its impressive history of rising dividends. Let's look more closely at Coca-Cola to see whether investors can count on the Dow component to raise its dividend in 2017.

Image source: Coca-Cola.

Dividend Stats on Coca-Cola

Current Quarterly Dividend Per Share

$0.35

Current Yield

3.4%

Number of Consecutive Years With Dividend Increases

54 years

Payout Ratio

84%

Last Increase

March 2016

Source: Yahoo! Finance. Last increase refers to ex-dividend date.

How Coca-Cola's dividend growth has looked lately

It's hard to find companies that have a longer history of dividend growth than Coca-Cola. The soft-drink giant hasn't made a big splash with the pace of that dividend growth, generally remaining satisfied with single-digit percentage dividend increases. Yet year in and year out, Coca-Cola's increases over the past 15 years have ranged from 6% to 11%, including the most recent increase that sent the payout from $0.33 per share on a quarterly basis to $0.35.

Yet the problem for Coca-Cola investors is that earnings growth hasn't really kept up with those rising payouts, leading to a substantial increase in the company's payout ratio. Back in 2011, Coca-Cola paid out a total of $0.94 per share in split-adjusted dividends throughout the year. That compared favorably with diluted earnings of $1.85 per share, working out to a payout ratio of just over 50%. Since then, however, earnings have actually fallen gradually, and over the past 12 months, Coca-Cola has earned $1.65 per share. When you compare that to the $1.40 per share in total annual dividend payments, you get the nearly 85% payout ratio listed above. That has some dividend investors worried, despite Coca-Cola's long track record of dividend success.

KO Dividend Chart

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What ails Coca-Cola right now?

The primary problem with Coca-Cola is that its namesake line of sugary carbonated beverages has fallen out of favor among customers, especially in its key North American market. Health advocates argue that soft drinks are partially responsible for the epidemic of obesity across the globe, and policymakers have looked at initiatives like adding taxes to soft drinks to discourage consumers from using them.

In response, Coca-Cola has undergone a major transformation. By branching out further into areas like bottled water, tea, and juice as well as emphasizing sugar-free options and product reformulations in its sparkling offerings, the drink-maker thinks that it can successfully navigate the adverse environment for its former core products and use its diversified portfolio of beverage offerings to start growing earnings again.

Will Coca-Cola raise its dividend in 2017?

Investors are hopeful that Coca-Cola's efforts will be successful enough to boost income and support higher dividends. Currently, those following the stock expect nearly $2 per share in earnings in 2017, and that would support a typical high-single-digit percentage increase to $0.38 per share for the beverage giant.

With a 54-year commitment to rising dividends, Coca-Cola won't willingly give up its status as a Dividend Aristocrat by failing to make it 55. Investors can expect an announcement in February with a higher payout. In the long run, though, Coca-Cola needs to find ways to bolster its bottom line if it expects its streak to keep going in the years to come.

viernes, 13 de enero de 2017

Recent trend of 'near water' questions very definition of 'water'

In recent years the near-water trend has hit Japan. The term "near water" in Japan is just another way of saying flavored water. What started out as occasional novelty flavors like orange, lemon, and peach blossomed into an entire genre of beverage that now take up entire shelves.

If you're like me, you may have come across these near waters completely by accident since their bottles look almost identical to regular water. The drink itself also looks just like plain old water, but the difference is apparent when after an intense work out on a hot day you take a swig only to end up with the sensation of a mouthful of yogurt.

For that reason, I'm inclined to say that near-water is not water. By adding flavor it ceases to have that same clean and refreshing quality that water does.

Our Japanese writer P.K. Sanjun is also in this camp. A hardcore water drinker who draws the line at carbonated and shuns even tea, he wouldn't give near-water the time of day, dismissing it as just another flavored drink along the lines of Hi-C or Kool-Aid.

But recently P.K. had his mind blown after meeting a woman who saw near-water completely differently. Here's what she had to say.

"As a rule I never buy regular water - just like I would never eat white rice without some sort of seasoning or side dish. Why would you pay money for water unless it has had some kind of flavor added to it? If I pay for it, I want to be able to taste it. Near-water is just delicious water."

It's food for thought. However, taking her argument further, you could make the claim that Coca-Cola is just enhanced water - enhanced to the point it can trigger a diabetic coma, but enhanced water nonetheless. That's an extreme case but I would still argue that if the sun was blazing down most people would not consider soaking a cloth in some chilled peach-flavored I Lohas to cool down. Therefore it is not water.

I guess in the end, where the line between water and not water lies in the individual. P.K. says nothing more than carbonation can be added to water and I'm not sure I would even go that far. We're all unique little snowflakes in that regard and perhaps we'll just have to learn to agree to disagree on this matter.

Then again, there was that "Sleep Water" that came out a few months back. Sounds to me like that stuff tastes like the gunk that builds up in the corner of your eye and I think we can all agree that would be just nasty.

Countries that Produce the Most Bottled Water in the World

Drinking bottled water has become a feature of a healthy lifestyle and surely a recognizable sign of people who care about their health and the quality of the food they consume. Many countries in the world have clean water to take pride in and some of them have recognized the great opportunity to sell pure and clean water. You would particularly be in need if you didn’t like in one of the 12 Countries with the Cleanest Tap Water.

Some of these specific water brands have never been popular among the big exporters, while some of them were from countries without a popular industry or large infrastructure. But, it seems that having a source of natural and pure water is enough to increase the number of products which can be exported to other countries.

Finding the countries with the biggest production of bottled water for this list was not easy, because there are no statistic data about the bottle production of each country in the world. There is a list of the biggest exporters of bottled water in the world, but that research is from 2008, so it should be taken cautiously as the parameter for this list. More importantly, the country which sells most bottled water in the world does not necessarily have to be the country with the biggest production. We know that market rules determine the way how some product will be promoted all around the world, so defining a country which sells the most bottled water in the world is simply not enough for the conclusion that it’s also the largest producer of bottled water. However, you will notice that some countries on our list are also among the biggest exporters marked on the chart from 2008, as it is logical that that are some overlaps.

We found a list of the most popular water sellers with the highest profit in 2015. Many of those companies actually have facilities in many different countries, so we started from there. To make a more precise list, we took twolists from previous years and combined them with the first one. That provided us information about the companies with a long tradition and durability on the market, which is also a way to define the most popular and sold water in the world. The list of the most sold brands of bottled water contains the names of these companies (in this order) – Nestle, Hangzhou Wahaha Group, Danone, Apollinaris mineral water, Gerolsteiner mineral water, The Coca-Cola, Nonafu springs, Tingui Cayman Holding, Pepsi Co, Cr Beverages, Natural Water of Viti and Bisleri International.

Now, when we have all the relevant information, we consulted the manufacturers’ official sites about the countries where their companies produce bottled water and made a list of the countries with most producers of bottled water there. The number of producers had decided which country will be the higher place on the list, while in some specific cases, where two countries had the same numbers of companies, we included information from the chart from 2008 or the position on the list of most popular water in 2015. That’s, in short, a way how we came to the list of 8 countries that produce the most bottled water in the world.