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The Asia-Pacific Food and Beverage Sectors : A Company and Industry Analysis (August 2007)

  • ID: 656112
  • Report
  • August 2007
  • 32 pages
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This report updates the previous Asia-Pacific food and beverage report, focusing on the markets in Australia, China, India, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines
Current Environment - Key Points
- Despite higher energy and commodity prices, interest rates hikes, unfavorable currency fluctuations, political uncertainties and intensifying competition, the sector experienced steady growth in sales and profitability in the first half of 2007
- Growing urbanization and a continuous flow of foreign investment continued to turn the Asia- Pacific into a global production hub, spurring food processing in the region. - The Dow Jones Asia-Pacific Food & Beverage Index did not perform well over the last six months, largely as a result of weak investor sentiment. - Most leading companies in the region continued to flourish despite having to cope with a persistent rise in global oil prices, major currency fluctuations and changes in food consumption patterns
- Merger and acquisition activity in the Asia-Pacific maintained its momentum over the last six months, with several leading companies consolidating their market share.

Industry Profile - Key Points
- The F&B industry is one of the largest contributors to GDP in most Asia-Pacific countries, with China, India, Japan and the Philippines having the biggest F&B industries in the region
- The value of F&B exports in most countries grew in the first half of 2007 as a result of mounting consumer demand, which was driven by greater ethnic diversity and rising consumer incomes
- Investment levels in the Asia-Pacific F&B industry maintained their momentum from the second half of 2006 into the first half of 2007, helping to stimulate economic activity, generate employment opportunities and sustain the industry-s competitiveness
- F&B companies in the Asia-Pacific continue to seek opportunities in both foreign and domestic markets to achieve sales growth and profitability, investing in research and development and upgrading technologies
- Several new laws and regulations were introduced in different countries the first half of 2007 aimed at protecting and encouraging industry growth
Market Trends and Outlook - Key Points
- Third category beers (non-malt beer-like) continue to gain popularity in Japan due to lower taxes, making them cheaper and more appealing to Japanese drinkers. - With the current trend for healthier food products, food processors are stepping up their efforts to respond to the evolving consumption patterns of Asian consumers and introduce more nutritious products
- The outlook for the Asia-Pacific industry appears promising in 2007, with rising corporate earnings, improved economic conditions and increasingly affluent populations
- Market liberalization is expected to drive further growth of the sector, with China and India presenting the most investment opportunities. - Factors such as unfavorable exchange rates, interest rate hikes, persistent high oil and energy prices and food scares will continue to pose threats to food processors in the region

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Current Environment
- Sector Overview
- Sector Performance
- Leading Companies
- Mergers, Acquisitions and

Divestures
Industry Profile
- Industry Size and Value
- Sector Investment
- Policy and Regulatory

Environment
Market Trends and Outlook
- Third Category Beers Continue

to Shine in Japan
- Food Companies Enter Health

Battle
- Market Outlook
Country Profiles
- Australia
- China
- India
- Japan
- Thailand
- Philippines
Currency Conversion Table
The Scope of This Report
Key References
Comparative Data
Reports Coverage

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