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December 2012

Cover Story:

2012 Top 100: The Consumer Goods Registry

12/13/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman, Lori Castle & Renee Covino

For the first time in a long time, this year's listing of the top 100 public consumer goods companies tells more good news than bad. The majority of companies realized modest revenue growth despite ongoing economic challenges; and some categories, like Food and Apparel, posted sales gains across the board. Read on to find out how your company, your partners and/or your competitors performed by comparison.

2012 Top 100: Apparel, Accessories & Footwear

12/12/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman, Lori Castle & Renee Covino

The Apparel, Footwear and Accessories market is alive and well thanks to increased consumer spending in 2011. Plus, find out which companies hopped on the list when mainstays, like Liz Claiborne, made an exit.

2012 Top 100: Beverages

12/12/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman, Lori Castle & Renee Covino

Merger and acquisitions continue to transform the beverage list year after year, but growth remains steady for the majority. Look back at how the major beverage leaders grew market share in 2011.

2012 Top 100: Food

12/12/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman, Lori Castle & Renee Covino

Big break-up headlines rocked the food industry in 2011. But the market overall reported growth across the board. Expect big changes on this list next year.

2012 Top 100: Health & Beauty Aids

12/12/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman, Lori Castle & Renee Covino

Apparently, beauty is everything; at least to these companies and their loyal consumers. This market posted growth across the board with innovative health and beauty products and business strategies.

2012 Top 100: Housewares/Appliances

12/12/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman, Lori Castle & Renee Covino

Last year, Stanley Black & Decker proved to be the runaway hit with greater than 100 percent growth. This year, the playing field has evened out.

2012 Top 100: Packaged Goods

12/12/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman, Lori Castle & Renee Covino

No. 1 player P&G made progress toward its purpose-inspired growth strategy, while Unilever reported gains in its transformation to a sustainable growth company. Most of the companies on this list followed their lead with modest sales gains in 2011.

2012 Top 100: Pharmaceuticals

12/12/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman, Lori Castle & Renee Covino

Pfizer Inc. knocked out some competition in the OTC pharmaceutical market when it acquired Wyeth's consumer healthcare brands in 2009. How has the Centrum-brand owner performed compared to the competition since?

2012 Top 100: Retail

12/12/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman, Lori Castle & Renee Covino

Economic conditions and emerging technologies are forcing retailers to identify new ways to set themselves apart from the competition. Walmart, for example, stepped up supplier collaboration in more ways than one.

2012 Top 100: Tobacco

12/12/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman, Lori Castle & Renee Covino

Some things are simply out of our control. Find out how the earthquake that hit Japan literally shook the Tobacco market in 2011.

2012 Top 100: Toys/Games

12/12/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman, Lori Castle & Renee Covino

Children are perhaps the most fickle of all consumers. Find out which toy companies stayed on the "hot" list in 2011 and which ones are losing the popularity contest.

Editor's Note:

Time Out for Thanks

12/12/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman

CGT Editor Alliston Ackerman gives you a sneak peek into the trends and topics discussed in this month's issue.

Special Section:

2012 Innovation, Business & Technology Awards

12/12/2012 -
By Alliston Ackerman

CGT honors Chobani, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Kimberly-Clark, Phoenix Brands and TrashCo for excellence in five award categories.

Insights:

Supply Chain Outlook

12/12/2012 -
By Steve Steutermann, Vice President Research, Gartner

Gartner is witness to many on-going supply chain transformations within the consumer products industry. Here are some common characteristics of supply chain leaders. Plus, Steutermann reveals four important thoughts for the coming year.

Between the Lines:

Growth in Uncertain Times

12/12/2012 -
By Albert Guffanti

Mark Osborn of SAP details innovative ways in which consumer goods companies can capitalize on new market opportunities.

Shared Strategy Report:

2012 SHARED STRATEGY REPORT

12/12/2012 -
By IDC Manufacturing Insights, IDC Retail Insights, CGT and RIS News

This annual report features the latest research on retailer and manufacturer collaboration strategies in areas like product quality, big data, new markets, mobility and more.

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