Hispanic Consumers Want More

The reasons why the U.S. Hispanic community increasingly matters to c-stores’ marketing plans are becoming more varied, and important. By Sylvia Klinger and Tania Melendez, Contributing Editors In a country that has been shaped by the cultures of many different lands, it should come as no surprise that the many changes occurring in convenience stores

Are You Ready for Generation Z?

Retailers, restaurants and leisure companies will be required to adapt to meet the demands of the upcoming generation. According to the new report “Gen Z: Get Ready for the Most Self-Conscious, Demanding Consumer Segment,” from Fung Global Retail & Technology, having grown up with social media and assuming instant access to almost all things digital,

July/ August 2016 Comparisons Are In

By Bill Scott, president, StoreReport LLC Taking samples from 33 stores located in the southeastern U.S., the same Top Ten items held their own with the exception of 20/32 ounce Ice Cup dropping four positions and making way for Newport cigarettes moving up one position to command position number 10. Note: Not all of these

How Long will Baby Boomers Remain in the Workforce?

The nation’s most reliable generation is not likely to be exiting the workforce any time soon. New research indicates that baby boomers, some of the most driven members of today’s workforce, are not likely to be retiring early. In fact, a newly released survey from the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry suggests that businesses can

How to Manage the Five Generation Workplace

Each of the five generations are looking for different things in the workplace, and employers must work to appeal to top performers. There are currently five different generations in the workplace. With Generation Z (under 18 years old) now entering the workplace, the workforce is now more diverse than ever. Research has revealed that Gen

The Healthy Eating Trend Shows No Signs of Slowing

Americans are now more willing to try new better-for-you options, but health food trends have not completely removed unhealthy snacks from consumers’ diets. A new national health food study from Earth Balance, which polled two thousand consumers, has revealed that grocery shoppers are increasingly searching for better-for-you options. The study observed which new foods consumers

Ice Cream Consumption Cools

Americans may be cutting back on their ice cream consumption, but they are not necessarily cutting back on spending, as many are willing to pay more for premium products. Ice cream consumption is quite popular among Americans, as research has shown that it is almost universally consumed, many Americans are taking a different approach toward

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