The announced sugar tax has highlighted the issues around sugar consumption, and hit carbonates sales volumes. Supermarket PL brands have gained terrain in 2015 and this continued in Q1-16, whereas hard discounters started to lose terrain. Consumers are switching over to open market style supermarkets and skipping the regular shop at hard discounters now that they have a little more disposable income.
Packaged water suffered during the economic crisis, with consumers turning to tap water to reduce their household budgets.
Most of the alcoholic drinks remained at stable volumes, as health issues related to alcohol and increased excise duties affected the segment.
Consumers seem increasingly divided in their opinions as to the health benefits of drinking milk. Some are convinced that it is essential for health whereas others believe that it has a negative impact on health.
The extended colder spring favoured volumes for hot beverages. However, the category is so large that the market is as good as saturated.
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