Master Kong is the Most Chosen Brand in China
Master Kong is the Most Chosen Brand in China for the second year in Kantar Worldpanel’s Brand Footprint ranking.
Master Kong is the only brand with largest shopper base being bought by more than 91% of households in China. It is also the brand purchased the most often, 9 times per year on average. It was chosen more than 1.3 billion times in the last year, a growth of 5.6%.
The Brand Footprint ranking reveals the brands that are being bought by more people, the most often in 35 countries around the world, across the food, beverage, health and beauty and homecare sectors. The report outlines the winning strategies that most successful global FMCG brands are employing as well as key global industry trends.
The state owned dairy company Bright added the most new purchases in the last year, expanding its reach by 40% to 487 million and shining a light on this rising star as one of China’s Top 10 Most Chosen Brands. Bright has capitalized on the Chinese consumers’ willingness to pay premium prices for products by offering international credibility with its Momchilovtsi UHT yoghurt from Bulgaria that enables it to overcome the barriers of limited availability of refrigeration units in more remote regions and lower tier cities.
While some global brands – including Oreo, L’Oreal, Knorr, Nescafe, Omo, Fanta and Lay’s - derived most of their growth in the last year from China (as well as Indonesia and India), Asian brands still capture more than 75% of all brand purchases in China.
In fact local brands in Asia continue to outpace global brands in many ways. They capture more than two thirds (69%) of all FMCG purchases and have grown their reach by 3.1% in the last year compared to global brand growth of 2.6%. But it is in China where local brand growth is the fastest. They grew their reach by 7.3% in the last year, compared to 5.9% for global brands operating in China.
Jason Yu, General Manager China, Kantar Worldpanel says, “The brands in the Brand Footprint ranking are masters at making their brands matter to consumers. Their responsiveness to fast changing consumer trends across China is critical to their success. They continue to grow by solving functional needs while bringing significance, and a little luxury, to people’s lives beyond mere consumption. As Chinese businesses become more market-oriented they are leveraging their extensive knowledge of consumers’ lives and acting boldly in response to local trends to establish a strong brand affinity.”
Other brand and category highlights for China in the Brand Footprint ranking include:
A Thirst for Premium – while shoppers in Europe and the USA remain cautious after a long period of economic gloom, Chinese shoppers are spending more on premium products because they can and love to. Food safety issues and increased disposable income are key consumer drivers for this trend. Categories such as beverages, cooking oil and personal care provide a clearly marked path for consumers to trade up to more advanced formats or add a new step to an existing regime, which has been quite common in oral care where consumers have moved from a two-step toothbrush and toothpaste daily care regime to a four step regime that includes toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss. Chinese FMCG brands have responded to the desire for premium and luxury products and have been especially successful in the top tier cities where the consumption is already very developed.
Desire for a healthier lifestyle – as Chinese middle classes expand, consumers are more aware and have more money to spend on their health and wellbeing. Many food and drink brands are leveraging the consumer desire for a healthier lifestyle introducing products with added health benefits and functions. Where trust in the safety of products such as milk has been shaken, consumers are prepared to pay more for quality.
Ecommerce energises Chinese brands - and has played a critical part in the growth of the most successful brands. Although value sales through this channel remain relatively small in the world of FMCG, the fast growth in 2013 helped add incremental growth to the FMCG market as shoppers bought more expensive products online. Nearly a third (30%) of all FMCG purchases are now online in China, up from 18% two years ago. As e-commerce retailers expand their network and reach, Kantar Worldpanel expects more lower-tier cities to catch up to these high levels of penetration over the next few years.
Master Kong is the Most Chosen Brand in China for the second year in Kantar Worldpanel’s Brand Footprint ranking