Valentine’s Day is Becoming a High Spending Holiday

Some $1.7 billion is expected to be spent on Valentine’s Day candy this year. MarketResearch.com, a leading research distributor, has released new insight into the spending patterns this Valentine’s Day season. In the U.S., 54.8% of consumers celebrate Valentine’s Day, and many buy presents for their significant other. The average amount spent per consumer reached

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Economic Optimism Plummets

Low fuel prices are not enough to spur economic optimism among consumers. The results of a new consumer survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) have revealed that, despite fuel prices having fallen to their lowest point in seven years, optimism about the economy has reached its lowest level in almost a year.

Millennial Shopping Trends

Growth is on the horizon, and the new trends revealed in What’s in Store 2016 will help retailers to prepare. The annual trends research report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), What’s in Store 2016, has revealed that Millennials will be moving into the heaviest spending life stage over the next 10 years. Millennials currently

Online Versus In-Store

Generations Y and Z, who are often lumped into one category, have some differing shopping preferences. A new GfK study of shopping habits and preferences has revealed that Generations Y and Z have differing opinions when it comes to using computers to make purchases online rather than visiting a brick-and-mortar store. Not surprisingly, some of

How Retailers Can Prepare for Super Bowl Sales

IRI has revealed the Super Bowl’s influence on consumer shopping trends and numerous product categories. With the approach of Super Bowl 50, numerous categories have experienced growth in the retail segment. Data from IRI has revealed that shopping sprees and pre-game preparations have lifted the sales of various food, beverage and consumer product categories. Key

Chicken Wings: America’s Favorite Party Food

Super Bowl Sunday is the hottest day of the year for chicken wings. The new National Chicken Council’s 2016 Wing Report has revealed that 1.3 billion wings will be eaten the weekend leading up to and during Super Bowl 50. That figure is up 3%, or 37.5 million wings, from last year’s big game. It

How Consumer Views On Weight Are Changing

Americans today are becoming more willing to accept their weight status and to take responsibility for their weight. “Weight Management & Healthy Living 2015,” the latest report from The Hartman Group, has revealed that society today is much more accepting of being overweight than society was in the 1950s, when modern dieting culture began. Most

America’s Favorite Comfort Foods

Although generations and demographics differ, there seems to be a general consensus when it comes to comfort food choices. When it comes to stress and depression, many Americans tend to look to food for comfort. According to data from The Harris Poll of 2015, just over half (53%) of Americans indicate they eat more when

How Americans View Health in Modern Society

Health is taking on new forms as society becomes more accepting. New research from Mintel has revealed that all of today’s modern conveniences are making it difficult for Americans to be healthy. In fact, the study revealed that 43% of Americans agree that living a modern lifestyle makes it very difficult to be healthy, and

Americans Are Becoming Increasingly More Budget Conscious

Research has shown that low prices tend to trump convenience, as consumers become more willing to sacrifice their time in order to save money. New research from Mintel has revealed that, despite the continuing growth in the U.S. economy, Americans remain fixed on tightening their purse strings. In fact, Mintel’s research revealed that more than

Top Five Food Trends for 2016

Some unexpected trends will soon be hitting stores for 2016. At the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show, which is owned and produced by the Specialty Food Association, an expert panel of trendspotters discovered a slew of specialty products that are expected to be hot trends in 2016. Snacks made with crickets, grass-fed everything and protein

Why ‘Sugar-Using’ Industry Jobs Are Declining

Outdated policies are leading to massive declines in sugar industry jobs. According to an analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau data from the Coalition for Sugar Reform, between 1997 and 2014 U.S. sugar-using industry jobs declined by 18%. The Coalition claimed that outdated U.S. sugar policies are the cause of much of that decline. The

Consumers Still Prefer to Pay in Cash

The marketplace’s belief that Millennials have abandoned the use of cash is proving to be erroneous.  A recent survey from Cardtronics Inc. has revealed that nearly four out of five consumers choose to use cash when they need to pay someone back. This and additional study findings reveal that, despite increased access to and use

Americans Advised to Limit Sugar

Sugar is now the top item consumers search for on nutrition labels. The NPD Group has reported that the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are released every five years, were in the first week of January 2016, and  one of the new guidelines’ strongest recommendation is limiting sugar intake. Overall, U.S. consumers have indicated

Top 10 Food Themes for 2016

A report from Campbell’s has revealed which food trends will be influential in 2016. The third annual Culinary TrendScape from Campbell’s Culinary & Baking Institute (CCBI), a global network of highly-trained chefs, bakers and culinary professionals at Campbell Soup Co., has been released. This annual report is tracking the top 10 influential food themes for

Economic Pessimism Rises

Fuel prices are not the only factor considered by consumers when it comes to economic optimism. A new consumer survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that, despite the fall in gas prices to below $2 per gallon, the majority of Americans remain pessimistic about the overall economy. Overall, 47% of

New York Minimum Wage Increase May Do More Harm Than Good

New York governor calls for a devastatingly high minimum wage increase. The New York Association of Convenience Stores has informed the Senate that the $15-an-hour statewide minimum wage being pushed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would backfire in the form of fewer jobs, reduced hours and benefits for remaining workers, higher prices for consumers,

How to Enhance Loyalty Programs to Attract Millennials

Millennials are a crucial part of the U.S. consumer base, and earning their loyalty is critical. Millennials represent 25% of the U.S. population and more than $200 billion in annual spending. The “What Drives Millennial Loyalty” report by Excentus has revealed that this 18-34 year old demographic is willing to join rewards programs to save money

How Americans Are Managing Their Diets in 2016

Weight-control products lose momentum as U.S. consumers adopt more practical dieting techniques. New research from Mintel has revealed that this New Year has fewer Americans starting the latest fad diet, as 91% of U.S. consumers believe it is more sensible to eat a well rounded diet than to use diet products. What’s more, sales of

How Lifestyle Changes Trump Dieting

Although dieting has been on the decline over the last decade, consumers are still concerned with losing weight, they are just going about it differently. The NPD Group has discovered that U.S. consumers today prefer living healthier lifestyles as opposed to restricting their habits with dieting. The NPD’s recently released annual compilation of food and

Holiday Grocery Spending Increase

Consumers planned to spend more on groceries this year than last, and many chose to purchase name brand over private labels for holiday meals. A new consumer study from Acosta revealed that 57% of shoppers who were surveyed planned to spend more on groceries during the 2015 holiday season, as compared to 2014. Acosta’s shopper survey,

NPD Group Reveals 2016 Eating Trends

Clean eating is expected to beome more prominent in the New Year. Research from the NPD Group has revealed that consumers will focus on foods that are “real” or “clean” in the coming year, whether they are eating in or away from their homes. Natural, fresh and preservative-free are attributes that consumers will look for

Fueling Innovation in 2016: Top 5 Trends in Convenience Retail

By Marek Polonski, senior vice president, Applied Predictive Technologies Over the past 12 months, the industry has been abuzz with M&A activity, new in-store technologies and oscillating fuel prices. As the rate of innovation continues to increase, there will be a number of opportunities for convenience retailers to gain a competitive advantage, but only if

Yogurt Industry Grows

Claims that the yogurt market is cooling off couldn’t be more wrong. Data studying year-over-year growth rates has revealed that yogurt retail sales have been on the rise over the last year, despite recent claims that this market is cooling. According to a report from Food Navigator USA, the growth rate in the yogurt industry

Holiday Gifts for the Home

NPD has revealed the hottest home gifts being purchased this holiday season. The NPD’s Checkout Tracking services has revealed an increase in products for the home being purchased during the holiday season. “Products for the home are leaving their mark on Holiday 2015, driven by new introductions, innovation and design – the same things that

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