Grill Sales Expected to Heat Up

Grilling remains a popular cooking method, with nearly 80% of Americans owning a grill, but as the economy stabilizing, grill owners may be looking to upgrade. Nearly half of Americans (47%) plan to purchase a grill within the next two years, according to the new Grilling and Barbecuing US 2015 report by Mintel. The most common reason


How Has The Economic Outlook Changed For Retail Sales?

The initial forecast for 2015 has proven to be too optimistic. Retail sales are expected to increase at a lower rate than was initially anticipated. Unexpected slow growth during the first half of the year has caused the National Retail Federation (NRF) to lower its retail sales forecast for 2015. Although growth has been slow so

Study Shows Ice Cream Is A Favorite Summer Treat

As the summer heats up, snacking options cool down. Americans report ice cream as their favorite summer treat. The hot, sunny days and warm nights of July create the perfect atmosphere for indulging in your favorite ice cream flavor. July is National Ice Cream Month, and it is the perfect time to celebrate this delicious frozen

GPR Prepaid Card Use Grows

While the unbanked use prepaid cards like checking accounts, those with checking accounts use them as ancillary financial products. A report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts has revealed that consumer use of general purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid cards is on the rise. Some of these consumers are known as “unbanked,” because they use their prepaid

Over 200K Jobs Added Nationwide in June

Job growth is on pace to represent the nation’s strongest gain since 1999. As the economy seems to be on the rise once more, the country is experiencing an increase in job growth over the first half of the year. The rate of increase is currently up slightly from 2014, and there is hope that

Pizza Lovers in America

A national study discovers that four generations of American adults are now consumers of pizza, but not all pizza is created equal. To understand how today’s customers are changing the marketplace, Smart Flour Foods and the Center for Generational Kinetics conducted a national study titled “Pizza Lovers in America 2015: Unexpected Findings From a Generational

General Mills Outlines Key to Winning in Snacks

“To drive traffic and leverage snack occasions throughout the day, c-stores must offer both healthier and more indulgent snacks with messaging around better-for-you snacking in the morning and towards satisfying cravings or treats later in the day,” says General Mills spokesperson. Snacking is a very important occasion for convenience store retailers, but different types of

Report Shows Evolution of Eating Habits

“The way our society views food has come a long way since the TV dinner heyday of the 1950s,” says senior vice president, Acosta. Acosta Sales & Marketing, a full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, has released “The Evolution of Eating Hot Topic Report.” The research report explores changes

Millennials Reach for Private Label Products

Brand trust, improved quality and product innovation among the top reasons shoppers are filling their grocery carts with private labels. Private label food products are getting some much needed attention, especially from young shoppers, according to the Private Label Foods: What’s Driving Purchase? – US, February 2015 report from market intelligence agency, Mintel. Per the

Aite Group Report Shows POS EMV Evolution

Merchants who delay in upgrading to EMV chip will be exposed to US$1.1 billion in counterfeit credit card fraud losses. By the end of 2015, approximately 59% of U.S. point-of-sale (POS) locations will be chip-capable, said Aite Group. This finding and others are included in an upcoming Aite Group research report, “EMVelocity: Outlook for POS

Fresh Food Consumption Growth To Continue

Youngest generations driving trend. The age-old parental advice to “eat your fruits and vegetables” has taken hold. From 2003 and 2013, consumption of fresh foods— fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, and eggs—grew by 20% to over 100 billion eatings, and it’s the youngest generations, Generation Z, ages 0-23, and Millennials, ages 24-37, driving the trend,

Study Shows Complexities of Consumers’ “Path to the Plate”

Acosta Sales & Marketing and Technomic collaborate on “The Why? Behind The Dine” Foodservice Report. Acosta Sales & Marketing, a full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, and Technomic, a fact-based research and consulting firm in the food industry, released “The Why? Behind The Dine,” a joint foodservice report that

Millennials Twice as Likely to See Mobile Payments as Secure

Research shows that, despite attitudinal differences, the generations are essentially the same in their use of mobile payments. New research from GfK reveals vast age differences in U.S. attitudes toward mobile payments, with Generations Y and Z—often referred to as Millennials—twice as likely to view them as faster, easier, or more efficient than other types

Retailers Underleveraging Critical Consumer Data

New HRC Advisory report indicates need for new approach to meet challenges created by today’s digitally savvy consumers. While numerous retailers have collected years of customer data, only 9% are leveraging the information in a structured, usable way, according to HRC Advisory (HRC), a strategic retail advisory firm and unit of Hilco Global. The finding

NRF Study Debunks Myths Surrounding Retail Wages

Report reveals apples-to-apples comparison with other industries, finds retail competitive. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has released an in-depth study authored by a University of Georgia economist who found that retail jobs pay wages highly competitive with those in other industries despite long-held misconceptions to the contrary. “The retail industry finally has definitive data to

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

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 ( 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

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

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

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

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

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 household savings expert. Residents of Orlando shine when it comes to saving money, as the Florida city took the No. 1 ranking on the

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

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 ( 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

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