Fresh Apple Demand

Again we connect to China with an apple but this time it’s the fruit. As incomes rise, so too has fresh fruit consumption in China. In addition to buying pork and owning dogs, consuming pecans and carrying Coach purses, an…

Pooches and Prosperity

In Latin America, with Brazil #1, being middle class means owning a dog. According to the Economist, more dogs mean more pet food, “knick-knacks,” and veterinary care. Based on pet food sales, the Latin American dog to cat ratio is…

Dogs, Coach, and Cars

When you have extra income, what do you buy? In China, the more affluent consumer is buying dogs, Coach handbags, and cars. Banned in Beijing in 1983, only recently, the dog has returned as a new “best friend.” A stress…

Random Notes From Recent News

1. Among the U.N.’s 8 millennium goals for 2015, sustaining aging populations was not included. Why? 2. You might want to decide with whom you agree: WSJ‘s Daniel Henninger saying that “Capitalism Saved the Miners” or The Huffington Post with…