|By PR Newswire||
|March 22, 2012 06:51 AM EDT||
BROMSGROVE, England, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
just-food.com, the leading online news, analysis and research portals for the global packaged food and food retail sectors, is hosting an exclusive webinar, in association with global research group SymphonyIRI, on 5 April.
just-food managing editor Dean Best will present the results of the website's 2012 Confidence Survey, in which its international readers outlined how they view trading conditions in the sector this year.
With consumer confidence in many Western markets remaining low, and with food volume sales under pressure, the webinar will discuss the challenges facing those operating in the global food sector but also illustrate the opportunities that could lay ahead.
The survey itself canvassed views from global food industry professionals on areas including:
- Consumer confidence
- M&A and industry consolidation
- Commodity pressure
Best will discuss the survey results and look at how 2012 is treating the food industry so far, and what the rest of the year has in store.
He will be joined on the webinar by Rod Street, executive vice president of SymphonyIRI's international consulting group. Street will give his take on the survey results and on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector in the year ahead.
"The webinar, just-food.com's first, will enable leading industry executives to hear what their peers think are the key issues confronting the sector this year and also to share their thoughts on how to navigate some of the most challenging trading conditions for a generation," Best said. "With industry-leading analysis from SymphonyIRI, this webinar is a must for any industry executive wanting to gain insight into the current business environment and gain a competitive edge."
Street added: "Food manufacturers today are operating in an environment where they are challenged on all sides - smarter and more frugal customers, increasing commodity pricing that impacts margins and a race to compete for limited retailer distribution. This webinar will provide a picture of whether and where manufacturers and retailers see the faint signs of a more stable year and a lead indicator on how the industry will face the challenges for the rest of 2012."
Established in 1999, just-food.com is a leading online resource for the global food industry, publishing around 20 news articles, analysis features and insights every working day. Under the direction of managing editor Dean Best, its experienced team of journalists, consultants and analysts provide a unique blend of reports and interpretation of the two sectors, including key events, trends, interviews and research that is delivered to over 96,000 business executives per month.
Via its website, webinars and in-depth management briefings just-food offers insight into industry developments. Its CONSULT research platform provides flexible, custom research delivered by their team of experienced analysts.
SymphonyIRI Group, formely named Information Resources, Inc, is the global leader in innovative solutions and services for driving revenue and profit growth in CPG, retail and healthcare companies. SymphonyIRI offers two families of solutions: core solutions for market measurement and Symphony AdvantageTM solutions for enabling new growth opportunities in marketing, sales, shopper marketing and category management. SymphonyIRI solutions uniquely combine content, analytics and technology to deliver maximum impact. SymphonyIRI helps companies create, plan and execute forward-looking, shopper-centric strategies across every level of the organisation.
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