The news has been tough to interpret lately. On the one hand, we have just seen several earnings reports where F&B giants like PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have reported resilient demand for products despite price increases — and have indicated that prices may go even higher. On the other, several consumer surveys have shown that people are feeling the pinch at the grocery store.
Adding to the latter body of work is a new survey commissioned by Ingredient Communications showing that almost all (97%) of U.S. consumers have noticed price increases on food and beverage products in the past three months.
As a result:
Richard Clarke, Managing Director of Ingredient Communications, said: “Since we conducted our first price sensitivity survey, the war in Ukraine has exacerbated an already volatile situation. As well as difficulties sourcing certain raw materials, fuel costs have gone through the roof. With winter on the way in the western hemisphere, and no sign of Russia backing down, demand for energy will spike and it’s hard to see any short-term easing of the inflationary pressures that food companies and consumers are facing.”
By Krista Garver
Recent reports reveal The Body Shop will shut up to half of its 198 stores in the UK and cut the size of its head office, incurring hundreds of job losses. According to the firm overseeing the restructuring of the beauty retailer, closures will begin this Tuesday.
Amidst brewing tensions, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a coalition of states are poised to take legal action as early as next week, aiming to prevent grocery giant Kroger’s $24.6 billion acquisition bid for Albertsons, Bloomberg reported.
The owner of Guinness and Baileys has hired financial service group Rothschild to explore the sale, which includes Pimm’s, fruit liqueur brand Safari and Pampero rum. Each brand could be offloaded individually or as a three, according to Sky News.