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U.S. Consumers Less Concerned With Sodium Intake

Some 39% of adults still look for sodium content on nutrition labels. As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prepares to issue voluntary sodium guidelines for food manufacturers and restaurants, food market research by The NPD Group, a global information company, has found that U.S. consumers are less concerned about their sodium intake, and

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Top 10 Foodservice Trends on Campus

Ten years worth of surveys, interviews and roundtable discussions reveal the evolution of trends in the education segments. Ten years ago Y-Pulse (ypulse.org) began tracking foodservice trends through the nation’s leading foodservice directors in the education segments to give food marketers insight on what would shape the tastes of tomorrow’s consumers, and this latest report

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Bacon Love Grows at Foodservice Outlets

Pork bacon remains favorite among consumers, reports NPD Group. U.S. foodservice consumers are smitten by bacon and to show their love they ate some 1.1 billion servings of the “candy of meats” in the year ending April 2014, an increase in servings of 6% compared to a year ago, according to The NPD Group, a

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Families Cut Down On Restaurant Visits

Traffic losses were observed for both lower- and higher-income households, according to The NPD Group. Restaurant visits by families with kids (those including children under age 13) have been declining since 2008, reports The NPD Group, a global information company. Families with kids made one billion fewer visits to U.S. restaurants over the past six years

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Fast-Casual Restaurants Show Faster-Than-Average Growth

Made-for-you appeal driving success. The fast-casual segment continues to lead growth within the restaurant industry. With an 11% increase in 2013 sales and nearly 8% increase in units, fast-casual concepts among Technomic’s 2014 Top 500 Chain Restaurants comprise many of the fastest-growing restaurant chains. At the same time, leaders Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill and

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Health Claims Reflect Trending Food Concerns

Mintel notes claims like gluten-free are appearing more frequently on food menus. Recently, consumer confidence in the food industry has been shaken by food scandals, lack of transparency in food preparation and questionable treatment of animals. As a result, restaurants have shifted their business practices to introduce a greater number and wider variety of claims

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Orlando Tops Most Frugal U.S. Cities List

“While consumers clamor for savings across the entire country, the Midwest and Southeast dominate the most frugal U.S. cities list, owning more than half of the top 25 slots,” says Coupons.com household savings expert. Residents of Orlando shine when it comes to saving money, as the Florida city took the No. 1 ranking on the

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Visits to Convenience Stores Decline in Last Quarter of 2013

Gas prices remain stable as traffic volume dips. A tightened grip on consumer spending and a historically soft December contributed to a decline in convenience store (c-store) visits in the fourth calendar quarter of 2013, reported The NPD Group, a global information company.  In spite of favorable gas prices and improved consumer confidence, traffic volumes

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New Study Explores Millennials Snacking by Age and Lifestyle

Y-Pulse study explores away from home snacking behavior of Millennials at a wide range of foodservice venues. Y-Pulse (ypulse.org) and The Culinary Visions Panel collaborated to conduct a study with over 1,000 consumers to better understand the factors that drive snack purchase decisions for consumers in different age groups and life stages. Snacking behavior and

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First Data Releases February 2014 SpendTrend Analysis

Harsh winter weather continued to subdue consumer spending growth in February. First Data Corp., a global supplier of payment technology and services solutions, released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Feb. 1-28, 2014, compared to Feb. 1- 28, 2013. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and

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IRI Releases 2013 New Product Pacesetters Report

Lists most successful consumer packaged goods brands of 2013. Information Resources Inc. (IRI), has announced the most successful consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands in its 2013 New Product Pacesetters report, an industry-recognized benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year CPG sales success for newly launched products. With 190,000 new UPCs and 9,500 new brand launches hitting the

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Mobile Payments Customers Spend More Through Digital Channels

Survey shows concerns over security, privacy and convenience keep 80% of consumers from using mobile payments. While the ubiquity of mobile devices in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Spain has created a widespread platform for using mobile payments, a revolution is being held back because consumers do not yet find mobile payments secure, private

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Restaurant Breakfast Visits Grow

Lunch and dinner visits decline, reports NPD.  U.S. consumers cut back on their restaurant visits at lunch and supper in 2013, but increased their visits at breakfast for the fourth consecutive year, reported The NPD Group, a global information company. Over 12.5 billion breakfast visits were made to U.S. foodservice outlets last year, a 3%

Shoppers Want the In-Store Experience to Match Convenience of Online

Accenture study finds successful balance of in-store and online is key to driving growth across all channels. Even as online shopping continues to grow, more U.S. shoppers are planning to make purchases from physical stores, according to the results of the latest study of “seamless retailing” by Accenture. In a survey of 750 adult consumers,

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InComm Sees Increased Demand for Digital Gift Cards

Sales of digital cards on ecommerce sites peaked on Dec. 24; shopkick delivered nearly seven times more digital cards than its average on Black Friday. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, has released internal 2013 holiday data that demonstrates the rising popularity of digital gift cards and the success brands can have by

Conservative Consumer Behaviors To Remain In 2014

IRI MarketPulse Survey finds shopper sentiment declines in Q4 2013; 39% feel their financial situation is worse today than one year ago. After a year of sluggish economic growth in 2013, it is no surprise that consumers are beginning the new year with a conservative outlook. In fact, IRI’s MarketPulse survey found that shopper sentiment

GasBuddy Recognizes Lowest Gas Price Offerings

Costco and ARCO take top honors in annual survey. GasBuddy, a national gas price app, congratulates the top 25 lowest priced retail gasoline offerings, which together saved consumers millions of dollars on their yearly gasoline fill-ups in 2013. Each year, GasBuddy combs through nearly 35 million individual gasoline prices and compares each brand’s pump offering

Mintel Outlines 2014 Consumer Trends

Saving time and preparing for the unexpected are among top concerns for Americans. As 2014 begins, Mintel’s Consumer Trends Analysts Jennifer Zegler and Stacy Glasgow explained the four trends set to impact the American consumer market, examining the areas of commercial opportunity for brands—and what consumers will be buying into in 2014. Internationalism“In 2013, from

What’s in Store 2014 Reports On State of the Industry

Digital platforms and personalized promotions are encouraging the “de-averaging” trend. What’s in Store 2014, the latest edition of the annual trends publication of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), is an essential dairy-deli-bakery-cheese resource providing vital data on the growth, trends, and category changes shaping the food industry. What’s in Store 2014 is composed of six

Experian Points To Six Types Of Deal-Seeking Customers

Nearly 40% of U.S. consumers are unlikely to change their behavior as the result of a discount. A new report from Experian Marketing Services, a global provider of integrated consumer insight, targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing, argues that while many consumers expect to get a deal or discount, others are willing to pay more,

Private Label, National Brands Have Opportunity For Mutual Growth

New IRI report shows private label and national brands each showing areas of strength. About one year ago, Information Resources Inc. (IRI) predicted that private label in the U.S. had hit a proverbial glass ceiling. This prediction has proven true, at least at the macro level, according to the latest IRI Times & Trends, “Private

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Experian Study Shows Email Volume Growing

Email volume increased nearly 13% Q3 2013. Experian Marketing Services, a global provider of integrated consumer insight and targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing, showed that overall email volume increased 12.7% in Q3 2013 versus Q3 2012, according to the Experian Marketing Services 2013 Q3 Email Benchmark Report. The cross-channel marketing leader also found that

Survey Shows Consumer Holiday Shopping Preferences

Some 51% of customers plan to use a smartphone app to compare prices and 31% say they would use a mobile wallet for their purchases. Twice as many Americans are planning to increase their spending during the 2013 holiday season compared to just three years ago, according to the Discover Holiday Shopping Survey commissioned by

Consumers Reveal Privacy Concerns With Loyalty Programs

“Reassurance of privacy is undoubtedly a key strategic tool in loyalty program engagement, but there is a paradox at play here between personalization and privacy,” notes one Mintel analyst. Enrollment in loyalty programs is on the rise across all retail categories, but soaring participation in retailer loyalty programs does not necessarily translate to ‘genuine’ loyalty

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Survey Evaluates Caffeine Alternative

National survey shows 60% of Americans are seeking a caffeine alternative that reduces caffeine consumption without sacrificing desired energy boost. ChromaDex Corp., a natural products company that provides proprietary, science-based solutions and ingredients to the dietary supplement, food and beverage, animal health, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, announced the results of a cross-over clinical evaluation of

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