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Argentina Food & Drink Report

Published 17 November 2014

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Argentina Food & Drink Report

Argentina's struggling economy, plagued by high inflation and ongoing currency devaluation, will continue to have a negative impact on the country's food and drink sector. After considerable sales decline (in USD terms) in 2014, the industry is expected to enter the path of slow recovery throughout the rest of our forecast period to 2018. Nonetheless, the improvement will be negligible in 2015 with the risks lying firmly to the downside.

Headline Industry Data

  • Total food consumption (local currency) growth year-on-year (y-o-y) in 2014: +15.0%; compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to 2018: +9.5%

  • Total food consumption (USD) growth (y-o-y) in 2014: -7.2%; CAGR to 2018: +0.9%

  • Per capita food consumption (local currency) growth (y-o-y) in 2014: +14.1%; CAGR to 2018: +8.6%

  • Per capita food consumption (USD) growth (y-o-y) in 2014: -8.0%; CAGR to 2018: +0.0%

  • Alcoholic drinks sales (local currency) growth (y-o-y) in 2014: +17.2%; CAGR to 2018: +9.3%

  • Alcoholic drinks sales (USD) growth (y-o-y) in 2014: -5.4%; CAGR to 2018: +0.7%

  • Alcoholic drinks volume sales (litres) growth (y-o-y) in 2014: +2.4%; CAGR to 2018: +1.4%

  • Soft drinks sales (local currency) growth (y-o-y) in 2014: +18.9%; CAGR to 2018: +12.4%

  • Soft drinks sales (USD) growth (y-o-y) in 2014: -4.1%; CAGR to 2018: +3.6%

  • Mass grocery retail sales (local currency) growth year-on-year (y-o-y) in 2014: +16.9% CAGR to 2018: +11.8%

  • Mass grocery retail sales (USD) growth (y-o-y) in 2014: -5.7%; CAGR to 2018: +3.1%

Key Industry Trends & Developments

Finlays Buys Casa Fuentes : In September 2014, Finlays bought Argentina's largest tea estate company Casa Fuentes to ensure the supply of black tea, which is highly sought after by ready-to-drink tea brands in the US. Casa Fuentes, with an annual production capacity of 27mn kilograms of black teas a year, operates 2,000 hectares of plantations and five factories equipped with tea processing, grading, blending, packaging, storage and export...

The Argentina Food & Drink Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s market assessment and independent forecasts for food and drink expenditure, consumption, sales, and imports/exports and forecasts for the mass grocery retail sector. The report also includes analyses of major regulatory developments, the background macroeconomic outlook and competitive landscape comparing national and multinational companies by leading products and services, sales, investments, partners and expansion strategies.

BMI's Argentina Food & Drink Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the food and drink industry and the mass grocery retail market in Argentina.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent food and drink industry forecasts for Argentina to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Argentinian food and drink market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Argentina through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments.
  • Exploit latest competitive intelligence on your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity) and Competitive Landscape Tables.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, and views, covering food and drink manufacturing and consumption and the retail market.

Business Environment Rankings

BMI's Food & Drink Business Environment Rankings provide a country-comparative Risk-Reward Rankings index aimed at investors, food and drink manufacturers and mass grocery retailers.

The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of over 40 industry, economic and demographic data points.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the food, drink and mass grocery retail sectors, and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

Food Forecasts

BMI's food chapter is divided into sections such as Meat, Fish, Confectionary, Dairy and Canned Foods, and provides insight into a market's food industry, centred on a forecast to end-2018 for the sector. The chapter includes the following elements:

Industry Forecast Scenario - Historical data series and forecasts to end-2018 for growth of key indicators within a market's food industry. Including consumption, food consumption as % of GDP, canned food sales, confectionery sales and food and drink imports and exports, among others.

Industry Developments - A summary of corporate developments, including news on M&As, FDI, expansions, closures and financial results, in addition to analysis and explanation of the latest industry events and how these could influence further investment.

Market Overview - An overview of the structure of the market, introducing the key players and discussing underlying trends.

Drink Forecasts

Segmented the same way as BMI's food chapter, the drink section provides insight into the market's drink industry, centred on a forecast to end-2018 for the sector. Forecast indicators include alcoholic and soft drink sales by value, volume and sub-sector and tea and coffee sales, among others.

Mass Grocery Retail Forecasts

Segmented the same way as BMI's food and drink chapters, the mass grocery retail section provides insight into a market's grocery retail industry, centred on a forecast to end-201 for the sector. Forecast indicators include mass grocery retail sales by format (including supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience and discount stores) and a breakdown for the organised retail sector versus the traditional sector, among others.

Competitive Landscape & Profiles

Illustration of the industry via rankings tables comparing revenues, number of outlets and number of employees. BMI analyses each company's market position, business strategies and investment potential.

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