Investment opportunities in Europe’s food & drink industry – Business Monitor release brand new whitepaper

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Business Monitor release new whitepaper on the investment opportunities within Europe’s food & drink sector, looking specifically at countries of interest: Germany, France, Russia and Poland and the risks and rewards facing those looking to invest.

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As Western European markets continue to grapple with the continuing fallout of the eurozone crisis, austerity measures continue to challenge growth.

Business Monitor has just released its latest analysis on Europe’s food & drink investment opportunities in their new whitepaper ‘Europe Investment Opportunities in Food & Drink: Risk/Reward Analysis’. The whitepaper includes Business Monitor’s country comparative risks and rewards ratings tables for the food and drink industry in each country within the region, as well as specific analysis on four countries of particular interest – Germany, France, Russia and Poland - including key trends and developments.

A snapshot of the whitepaper:

As Western European markets continue to grapple with the continuing fallout of the eurozone crisis, austerity measures continue to challenge growth. Stubborn unemployment levels and accompanying weakened consumer confidence remain serious obstacles, with Greece's continued economic struggles reflected in its poor position in our Risk/Reward Ratings table, despite its score rising slightly from last quarter.

The UK continues to lead, with Germany, France and the Netherlands closely behind, and Spain, Ireland and Italy forming another cluster beneath, arguably demonstrating not only the pressure the region faces as a whole, but the clear division between the top four and lower three Western European markets.

Most Western European food and drink sectors are highly concentrated (reflected in low market fragmentation scores), making it difficult for a new entrant to come in and quickly capture market share. On this factor Spain, Italy and Ireland are viewed more favourably, with these markets less developed and with room for growth in certain sub-sectors.

This relative immaturity has to be balanced against the third factor, per capita food consumption (five-year compound annual growth). Fiscal tightening and weak economic growth is expected to put downwards pressure on consumption over the next five years across all markets in the region. However, it is those markets facing greater pressure such as Greece, Spain and Italy that score poorly on this factor, with the UK a clear leader…

To read the rest of this brand new whitepaper and to gain access to even more of Business Monitor’s expert views and analysis, please click here or contact Sarah Sutcliffe at Press(at)businessmonitor(dot)com.

Business Monitor is a leading, independent provider of proprietary data, analysis, ratings, rankings and forecasts covering 195 countries and 24 industry sectors. It offers a comprehensive range of products and services designed to help senior executives, analysts and researchers assess and better manage operating risks, and exploit business opportunities.

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