Health Trends haven’t Hurt Sales of Less Healthy Breakfast Items

Despite current health trends, syrup smothered breakfast items remain a menu staple in American households. While American consumers continue to opt for healthier food choices, new research from Packaged Facts has revealed that Americans have not completely cut out the less healthy items, especially when it comes to breakfast. Recent research by Packaged Facts reveals

Consumers Increasingly Opt for Specialized Diets

Consumers are willing to pay more for foods that do not contain the ingredients that they are trying to avoid. According to recent research from Nielsen, consumers around the world are increasingly choosing more specialized diets in order to eat organic, low-fat, low-carb or to eliminate certain ingredients from their diets for a variety of

Americans Seek Healthful Comfort Food

Traditional comfort foods are getting the boot as consumers continue to grow more health-conscious. New research has revealed that consumers are growing more interested in comfort foods, but the definition of comfort food may be evolving. A national consumer survey on Pinterest has revealed that consumers are moving away from traditional comfort foods in favor

Giving the Gift of Food

Americans are increasingly giving food as a gift, in fact, food gifting sales are expected to reach $18 billion in 2016. New research released in the new Food Gifting in the U.S., 5th Edition has revealed that many Americans are choosing to give food as a gift for a variety of occasions. Since 2010, consumers

Americans Avoid Drinking Calories

Many Americans are seeking healthy swaps for their favorite foods and beverages in an attempt to cut back on caloric intake. As Americans continue to grow increasingly more health-conscious, many are seeking ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle, while also finding opportunities to indulge. According to a new Harris Poll survey, which was commissioned by

Generational Differences in Dinner Preferences

Millennials’ desire to personalize their food has led them to prefer preparing their dinners at home. A new generational study from The NPD Group has revealed that dinner is the one meal that exemplifies the differences between generations, as each generation seems to have unique motivations, needs and wants when it comes to dinner. Millennials,

Now Trending in the QSR Industry

New insight on the QSR industry has been provided by xAd in its new QSR Foot Traffic Trends report. A new report from xAd has revealed a number of trends in the quick service restaurant (QSR) industry. The report used data collected from April 1 through June 30 on 16 of the top QSR brands

Millennials Pave Their Own Path to Purchase

The typical Millennial has a path of purchase that is unlike any other generation. New generational research from Alliance Data has revealed that Millennials have a path to purchase that is quite distinct from other generations. For example, Millennials are more apt to shop online or to visit comparison shopping Websites and couponing Websites to

Americans Seek to Reduce Food and Packaging Waste

Food items with minimal packaging and that offer convenient portions are popular among American consumers. Many Americans are becoming more conscientious of their carbon footprint when it comes to purchasing packaged foods. In fact, half (52%) of Americans prefer to purchase foods with minimal or no packaging in an attempt to reduce waste. As Americans

Does a Wage Increase Mean More Take-Home Pay?

Last year’s wage increase in Seattle may not have had the desired effect on workers’ income. In 2015, Seattle increased its minimum wage to $11 per hour for large businesses. Since this wage increase, the city seems to be thriving, but the true results of the new wage are difficult to determine, as there are

Consumers Demand Convenience in Meal Preparation

Convenience is key when it comes to consumer purchases in the grocery aisle. When it comes to shopping for food to make at home, there are a number of factors that weigh on consumers’ choices in the grocery aisle. Among these factors, convenience stands out as a key decision driver. A recent report from the

NRF Forecasts Stronger than Expected Growth in Retail Sales for 2016

A number of factors have led to growth that has exceeded the NRF’s expectations thus far in 2016, and the trend is expected to continue. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has announced that retail sales for 2016 are expected to grow 3.4% over last year. This newly announced projection is represents an increase over the

Defining the Foodie Label

Many Millennials identify with the foodie label, but what that label means may differ greatly from person to person. When someone says that they are a foodie, a number of different adventurous food items come to mind, but not everyone who identifies as a foodie is eating raw fish and quinoa. In fact, the term

Consumers Consider Product Labels

When it comes to food packaging, the information provided may be more attractive to consumers than a flashy design. Many Americans are now looking to product labels when making their food choices. New research from Packaged Facts has revealed that more than half of Americans (56%) are actively seeking nutritional information on food labels before

Consumer Spending May Soon Decline

This year’s election process seems to have caused a shift in consumer sentiment, as many are expecting a decline in their financial well-being, regardless of who wins the November election. The results of the recent IRI Consumer Connect survey have revealed that many U.S. consumers expect their financial situations to deteriorate in 2017. According to

Opportunities Emerge to Reach Flexitarian Consumers

Consumers are trending toward consuming less meat is on the rise, and retailers and food manufacturers are working to appeal to these consumers. As consumer diet trends continue to shift, Innova Market Insights has observed drastic increases in the release of vegetarian and vegan food items. Innova Market Insights data shows a 60% rise in

Retail Theft Plagues Industry

The latest Annual Retail Theft Survey has revealed an increase in shoplifter and dishonest employee apprehensions in 2015. The 28th Annual Retail Theft Survey, conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, has revealed that, in 2015, the number of shoplifter and dishonest employee apprehensions has risen from previous years. The survey showed that over 1.2 million

Why Millennials are Grocery Shopping Online

Although the majority of grocery shopping is still done in-store, a growing number of Millennials are choosing to grocery shop online, for a number of different reasons.   A growing number of shoppers have started doing their grocery shopping online; however, data shows that, despite the fact that more and more consumers are choosing to

Food Marketers Adapt Based on Consumer Ingredient Avoidance

A new report from Packaged Facts has revealed which foods consumers are trying to avoid, as well as their reasons for doing so. A recent report from Packaged Facts has taken an in-depth look into the growing “free-from” foods trend. The new report, Food Formulation Trends: Ingredients Consumers Avoid, 2nd Edition, identified the ingredients that

Snacking Changes Consumer Relationships with Traditional Breakfast

The idea of snacking for breakfast, rather than eating a traditional meal, is being embraced by a growing number of consumers. A new report from Packaged Facts has revealed that consumers are embracing snacking, both as a ‘between meal’ solution and as an opportunity to eat more frequent, smaller meals. The new report, Breakfast: Retail

Mondelēz International Addresses Child Protection in Cocoa Production Sectors

Embode has advised Mondelēz International to address the root causes of child labor in cocoa-farming communities in order to address the bigger picture and foster the well-being of children. As part of the company’s continued efforts to empower cocoa-farming communities through its Cocoa Life program, Mondelēz International recently commissioned two independent assessments of child protection

Millennial Grocery Shopping Trends

A new report from Retale has revealed grocery shopping trends and preferences among Millennial consumers. The results of a recent commissioned study from Retale that examines grocery shopping preferences among Millennial consumers have been released. The study, “Retale Millennial Grocery Report” collected data from 1,000 Millennials across the U.S., and was conducted May 2-6, 2016.

Organic Food Industry Reaches All Time High in 2015

Enormous growth in the organic food industry in 2015 can be attributed partially to overwhelming consumer demand. A recent survey from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) has revealed that the organic food industry reached new industry records in 2015. The Organic Trade Association’s 2016 Organic Industry Survey revealed that the industry reached a new benchmark

Independent Restaurants Increase Spending with Broadline Distributors

Independent retailers who were able to withstand recent economic hardships are now doing quite well. Research from The NPD Group has revealed that, despite declines in the number of independent restaurants in the industry, independent restaurant operators account for one third of broadline foodservice distribution dollars. Data from the NPD’s report also revealed that independent

How to Ensure Customer Retention

A new survey has revealed what consumers consider when deciding whether or not to return to a particular retail location. As many consumers continue to turn to online shopping rather than visiting a brick-and-mortar retail location, it is becoming increasingly important for retailers to work to ensure customer retention. While not all variable that may