MBS Intelligence

Consumer Goods & Services

As Generation Z’s come of age and the purchasing power of millennials rises, the value of positive brand messaging will become priceless. With their huge customer bases and wide marketing reach, blue-chip brands are well placed to address pressing...

A Direct to Consumer future for the FMCG industry?

Digital

Waves of innovation are fundamentally reshaping the dynamics of the sectors we serve. Scaling tech-led challenger brands and transforming corporates are converging on the benefits of Direct to Consumer business models. DTC propositions can meet the...

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People & Profiles

The Fruit and Veg King

Panzer's today, after its major refit, is back to being an iconic brand and now boasts chefs and a fully functioning kitchen in the basement. With an excellent delivery service, customers can buy on credit or pay on a monthly basis. David Josephs' next...

Leadership & Talent

Equality delegates and crash test dummies: Where are we…

We are moving in the right direction and I’ve enjoyed seeing lots of interesting developments across our sectors in the run up to IWD. Initiatives like WiH2020 and Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index are just one testament to the progress we’ve made...

Concept & Creative Direction

From 501 to 2019: The Levi’s story

Earlier this month, Levi’s filed the paperwork for an initial public offering at the New York Stock Exchange. If the IPO gets away, it will be the second time the 165-year-old behemoth – known the world over for its iconic blue jeans – has gone...

Trends & Emerging Markets

The rise of the Asian consumer

Asian shoppers already play a critical role in the world economy. In the years to come, bolstered by the Belt and Road initiative and an East-East corridor, an increasingly large portion of consumer products will be sold to this influential Asian middle...

Tech & Innovation

A Direct to Consumer future for the FMCG industry?

Waves of innovation are fundamentally reshaping the dynamics of the sectors we serve. Scaling tech-led challenger brands and transforming corporates are converging on the benefits of Direct to Consumer business models. DTC propositions can meet the...

Marketing & Strategy

The role of consumer brands in redefining social conscience

As Generation Z’s come of age and the purchasing power of millennials rises, the value of positive brand messaging will become priceless. With their huge customer bases and wide marketing reach, blue-chip brands are well placed to address pressing...

Events & Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

Women in Hospitality, Travel & Leisure

Diversity in the Hospitality, Travel & Leisure sectors

The MBS Group has been championing diversity in our sectors for over thirty years, so we were delighted to be asked to join forces with the WiH2020 initiative and PwC on the latest report on diversity in the Hospitality, Travel & Leisure (HTL)...

 

How the data revolution will change every element of business as we know it

As the global news cycles of recent weeks starkly demonstrate, we are on the precipice of the global data revolution. Companies, organisations, governments, regulators and individuals are starting to understand the value, power and potential of the data...

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MBS News

Retail

25 March 2019 - 16:23

Tesco launches packaging reduction initiative Currently on trail at its Watford and Swindon Extra stores, Tesco has removed plastic packaging for its fruit and vegetables wherever a loose alternative exists. If successful, the retailer will roll out the initiative across the UK. Read more on The Guardian

25 March 2019 - 16:08

Asda announces plans to sell clothes made from recycled plastic As part of several commitments to improve the ethical and environmental impact of products, the retailer's clothing brand George has announced plans to only use recycled polyester by 2025 - including cushions and throws made from recycled plastic bottles. Read more on The Grocer

Consumer Goods & Services

25 March 2019 - 16:31

Westons posts strong results for 2018 For the year ending 31 March 2018, sales at the cider producer rose 5% to £64.6m, an increase of £3.8m. The company's products, now shipped to more than 40 countries, is also making steady progress abroad. Read more on The Grocer

22 March 2019 - 17:13

Australian beer business Lion secures 50% stake in Four Pillars The gin maker's portfolio includes Rare Dry, Spiced Negroni, Navy Strength and Bloody Shiraz. To gain a foothold in European markets, Lion acquired British craft beer brand Fourpure in July last year. Read more on FoodBev

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

25 March 2019 - 8:22

Hugo Boss Fragrances and Coty unveil first podcast series To be released on 30 March and hosted by personal trainer Gunnar Peterson, the series called Essentials by Boss Bottled will encourage men to become the best version of themselves. The podcasts will available on Spotify as well as other platforms. Read more on WWD

25 March 2019 - 8:17

Tiffany & Co. sees full year profits rise For the full year, the American luxury jeweler saw profits rise to $586.4m from $370.1m as sales rose to $4.44bn from $4.17bn. The company posted net Q4 profits of $204.5m, up from $61.9m during the same period last year. Read more on WWD

Digital

25 March 2019 - 16:53

Alibaba aquires Infinity Augmented Reality The Israel-based start up's augmented glasses can be used by consumer-facing companies and integrated into apps. In 2016, Alibaba led InfinityAR's series C funding round which raised $18m. Read more on TechCrunch

25 March 2019 - 16:47

Uber may purchase Dubai-based Careem The deal for Careem, a transportation network company with operations in over 100 cities, has been speculated to be worth $3bn. Uber has been seeking new growth avenues as competition within the sector increases. Read more

Private Equity

25 March 2019 - 16:15

Ascena Retail Group sells stake in retail chain Maurices The owner of Ann Taylor and Dressbarn has sold its majority interest to an affiliate of OpCapita, a private equity firm that specialises in the retail, consumer and leisure industries. The transaction has an enterprise value of $300m. Read more on Fashion United

25 March 2019 - 8:34

BlackCurve raises £1.5m in funding round led by Nauta Capital BlackCurve, a pricing optimisation company, uses artificial intelligence to help retailers manage and optimise the price of each item they sell. The company partners with retailers across several sectors including sporting equipment and garden & outdoor. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

25 March 2019 - 16:42

London to see recyclable and compostable cups from Starbucks The coffeehouse operator will trail cups designed by the winners of the NextGen Cup Challenge, a project that saw Starbucks and McDonald’s offer prizes for solutions for reducing the amount of cups that go unrecycled. Read more on The Caterer

25 March 2019 - 16:35

Air Malta reports first profit in two decades Compared to a loss of €10.8m in 2017, the airliner reported an operating profit of €1.2m for 2018. Predominantly driven by an 11% increase in passenger numbers, Air Malta's operating revenue increased by €5.3m to €197.m. Read more on Breaking Travel News

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