The Brand Footprint ranking reveals how consumers around the world today are buying FMCG brands, as well as highlighting the opportunities that remain for brands to increase their footprint.

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Consumer Reach Points

There is a decision point in every FMCG purchase; a point at which the shopper decides to buy one brand instead of another. The Brand Footprint ranking reveals which brands are winning at that moment of truth, using the Consumer Reach Points measure. This measures a brand’s strength in terms of the number of times brands are chosen by shoppers.

The Consumer Reach Points of each brand is calculated by multiplying three numbers:

  • Penetration
  • Population
  • Consumer Choice

The measurement is then weighted by actual population to calculate the brand’s reach. As well as a clear picture of the size of its global footprint, this reveals where the brand has opportunities to grow its penetration and its frequency.

Population x Penetration x Consumer Choice

While the number of occasions is the main driver of consumer choice, this alone fails to capture brands chosen for separate needs within a single trip—for example a brand present in both skincare and haircare. This won’t impact most brands but is important for any that cross multiple categories.

Methodology & Criteria

The categories: The complete ranking is comprised of 5 FMCG sectors tracked around the world by Kantar across the Beverages, Food, Dairy, Beauty & Personal Care and Home Care. Fresh food, batteries and pet food are not included in the global ranking – but brands in these categories may appear in local rankings where they are tracked within a specific country.

All data relates to purchases that are brought into the home to be consumed there.

The 'universe': The research behind the Brand Footprint ranking covers 74% of the global population across 52 countries, and 85% of the global GDP.

The data period: Brand Footprint data was collected over the 12-month period between November 2018 and October 2019.

Data source: The Brand Footprint publication is a Kantar initiative, and the ranking is created in collaboration with GfK in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, the Netherlands and Sweden, with IRI in the US, with Intage in Japan and with CTR in China.

Criteria of eligibility for a brand to appear in the global ranking: Only global brands are analysed to create the Global Top 50 Ranking. To be considered as global, a brand must be available in at least two continents. For instance, Indomie is in the global ranking, as the brand is purchased by households across Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines etc) and also in Europe (Netherlands, Russia, Belgium) and North America (the US).

Data collected from Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Japan, Nigeria and UAE is not included in the global ranking, and therefore if a brand is present in any of these markets plus only one other continent it will not be considered global.

Criteria of eligibility for a brand to appear in a regional ranking: To be considered in a Regional Ranking, a brand should be available in at least two countries from that region. For instance, Lala number four in the LATAM FMCG ranking, is purchased by Mexican households as well as Central America’s ones.

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Brand Definition

Brand Footprint only covers consumer brands; retailers’ own-label brands are not included.
Brands listed include all variants, categories and formats that sit within them – for instance Pantene includes all of its shampoo, conditioner, hair treatment, hairspray and hair oil products.

For brands with a name that has been directly translated into a local language, for example Mr Muscle and Mr Músculo, both are counted as the same brand.

However, brands sold under different names in different countries are considered as individual brands – for instance Tide and Ace.

If a ‘master’ brand features the ‘manufacturer’s endorsement’ in the packaging, we consider the ‘daughter’ brands separately as their branding is most prominent. For instance, Special K from Kellogg’s or Cadbury’s Dairy Milk would be reported as individual brands.

Where a brand’s name contains the name of its manufacturer, it is considered to be part of the master brand. For instance, Heinz Soup, Heinz Mayonnaise and Heinz Tomato Sauce are all counted under Heinz, however Big Soup and 57 Sauces from Heinz are reported separately. This also applies to brands such as Bimbo, Ajinomoto, Nestlé or Danone.

How to use Brand Footprint

The Most Chosen Brand seal signifies that your brand is among the Top 50 most chosen brands by consumers in 2019 – be that across the world, a particular region or within a country.

This seal can be placed on your packaging, advertising, PR, social media as well as in your internal communications.

Please get in touch with your usual contacts at Kantar in your country if you wish to receive the artwork that corresponds to your ranking.

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