Following freezing cold temperatures and frost across Western Europe during 2017’s critical spring growing period, Lloyds Coverholder Meteo Protect confirms a dramatic increase in France’s winemakers subscribing to parametric weather insurance in its second year offering. May 31st saw a conclusion to its spring frost risk coverage, which saw a 15 fold increase in viticulturists subscribing, and the same increase in the number of brokers in France adding the coverage to their portfolio. Continue Reading
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It is billed as the world’s rendez-vous for startups and leaders, and this year did not fail to disappoint. Lloyd’s Coverholder Meteo Protect was honoured to be highlighted at the invitation of SAP France to join its open innovation Lab. Over May 24-26 in Paris, the Meteo Protect team was center stage amongst the 80,000 attendees of ViVaTech, demonstrating how its award-winning parametric weather insurance hedging and pricing platform protects businesses when the weather impacts their financial performance. Continue Reading
Whilst this month’s mild temperatures across Europe have been pleasant to many of us, they represent a very real financial risk for energy providers, who sell much less electricity and gas than during a cold year due to a reduction in use of heating appliances. In fact, during the first 3 weeks of January, temperatures reached their highest levels since 2010, with a significant impact on energy consumption. The average power consumption in France is more than 12GW lower than at the same period last year, or the equivalent of the production of 12 nuclear power plants! Continue Reading
An ice cream parlour that closes in the throes of summer, refreshing soft drinks and beer being eschewed by customers when the mercury soars… What to make of consumer behaviour and how businesses compete and manage their risks in the summer months
Nestled in a quiet neighbourhood on the picturesque Ile St. Louis, in Paris, France, is possibly the most celebrated ice cream maker in the world, so well-known for its artisan quality and variety of ice creams and sorbets, lines routinely stretched around the block to its discrete bistro. This iconic glacier is a celebrated and essential component of the Paris experience, for aficionados and tourists alike. Yet, in the hottest month of the Paris summer, when ice-cream is undoubtedly the most in demand, and visitors are arriving in droves to the capital eager to sample this incontournable classic, Berthillon remains, in what can only be described as one the greatest snubs of capitalism, firmly, resolutely, even aggressively, shut. An ice cream parlour closed, the entire month of August. Sacrilège!