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

Many Factors Shape Future Eating Habits

The NPD Group seeks to discover what life factors influence current and future eating behaviors. A recently released study from The NPD Group has revealed that, when it comes to eating behaviors, there are more variables weighing in when it comes to predicting future consumption trends than previously believed. Previously, a great deal of weight

April 2016 Figures Are In

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Changes in sales for April were relatively small. An analysis of 30 convenience stores located in Mississippi comes up with a new winner for April. The winner is CAMEL CRUSH Hard Pack that jumped from the 125th position to 91, an impressive gain in rank of 34. Last month’s

Cake and Pastry Market Poised for Growth

Three major factors have been identified as having a significant impact on the state of the global cakes and pastries market. New data gathered by Technavio analysts has revealed that the global cakes and pastries market is poised for growth over the next few years. According to their latest report, the global cakes and pastries

Exploring Today’s Workforce

The Eighth Annual CSD/Humetrics Human Resources Benchmarking Survey identifies the key employee issues affecting convenience store retailers and what chains can do to overcome them. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics and John Lofstock, Editor Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics have again collaborated on our eighth annual Human Resources Benchmarking Survey. The results reported here are

Forecasting? What’s That?

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport Convenience store operators tend to live in the present—How much will I sell today, this week, this month, this year—and put little or no effort in forecasting. Forecasting is easy, IF you have the tools to do it. Forecasting may consists of multiple systems addressing multiple objectives. For example, merchandise planning,

In-Store Sales Drive Profitability

While motor fuels account for the majority of industry sales, they did not do much for profitability. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) released the industry metrics for 2015 at NACS State of the Industry Summit, which took place in Chicago from April 11-13. According to the data collected by NACS, U.S convenience stores

Customers Desire a Healthier Restaurant Experience

Many consumers are on the lookout for healthier menu items, but the majority believe that healthy menu items are too expensive. New research from Mintel has revealed that the shift away from calorie counting and toward holistic wellness has led to a search among U.S. consumers for restaurants that provide clear indicators of healthy items.

Low Gas Prices Increase Spending in Other Markets

Although some are spending the money they save on fuel in different areas, many are choosing to save more and pay off their debts.  According to data from a recent consumer survey conducted by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), there is variation in the categories that are profiting from current fuel savings. More

Technavio Forecasts Food Stabilizers Market Growth

Growth in the food stabilizers market will help the foodservice industry to innovate and expand. The new Global Food Stabilizers Market 2016-2020 report from Technavio provides an in-depth analysis of the food stabilizers market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. Data from the report suggests that the market will generate $9.69 billion in

Fuel Prices Impact C-Store Sales Trends

The majority of retailers feel optimistic about business prospects in the coming quarter. A new survey of convenience retailers from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that fuel prices are having a significant impact on c-store sales. According to data from the study, low gas prices are driving convenience store sales, in

Snack and Beverage Dollar Sales are Up

Wells Fargo has released data on the current status of the beverage and snacking markets, specifically considering the industry’s giants. Wells Fargo has released data on the beverage and snacking markets. The research has revealed that the sales in both of these markets is up for the period in the last period. All Channel Sales

Significant Growth Expected in the Soy Food Market

Growth in the soy food market is being attributed to a number of factors related to the benefits of soy products, along with the introduction of new products. New research from a study conducted by Technavio has revealed that the U.S. soy food market is expected to experience significant growth in the coming years. Data

January/February Comparison Sales Based on Sales From 33 C-Stores in Southern Mississippi

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Sales comparisons are in for the previous two months. Not a lot of surprises in February. ‘Pall Mall Blue 100 .50 Off Deal’ dropped off the Top 100 List this month after showing a strong showing in the previous month; however Pall Mall Blue 100 HP did well, jumping up

Easter Spending Soars

Consumers are expected to spend nearly $150 per person this Easter holiday, but not all of that spending will be made on the traditional Easter gifts; such as candy and flowers. Data from the annual Easter Spending Survey from the National Retail Federation (NRF) has revealed that Americans anticipate spending more than ever before on

How to Drive Gift Card Sales

Gift cards are some of the most popular gifts, but customers may have some reservations about purchasing generic gift cards for such special occasions. As spring approaches, another season of giving is upon us. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and a slew of graduation parties are fast approaching, and the warmer weather has consumers turning their

What’s The Value of Rewards Programs

Consumers expect to be paid for their repeat business. A new study from Martiz Motivation Solutions has revealed that, for a wide range of consumers, the opportunity to earn rewards is a key driver for purchasing from specific brands. The study revealed that this is the primary driver in more than 45% of consumers. The

Meat and Poultry Markets Remain Strong

Despite the growing popularity of alternative diets, the meat and poultry diets are poised for growth. The annual “Meat and Poultry: U.S. Retail Market Trends and Opportunities” report from Packaged Facts has revealed that, despite the increase in the number of Americans turning to vegetarian and flexitarian diets, the market for meat and poultry remains

What’s Driving Retail Sales in 2016?

Technology is rising to the top of the list of influences on the current retail market. A new market brief from Synchrony Financial has revealed the top 10 trends that are expected to impact retail sales in 2016. The retail environment is in a constant state of change, and in addition to consumer and retailer