New Excise Tax Impacts Company Health Policies

The Cadillac Tax drives employers to reevaluate health care benefits. The American Health Policy Institute (AHPI) has released the “ACA Excise Tax: Cutting Family Budgets, Not Health Care Budgets,” report. This report contains an analysis of employer trends in response to the looming high-cost excise tax. AHPI conducted two new surveys of large employers, in June and September of

How Nutrition Trends Are Changing

Consumers are being taken back to the future with new nutritional trends. In recent years, everything that was believed about fat and cholesterol in foods has changed. Recent reports have revealed that the consumption of cholesterol has little impact upon the cholesterol in our blood, and therefore it should not be avoided in an attempt to lower cholesterol. A

How Consumers Are Showing Interest in Specialty Foods

The range of specialty food consumers has widened considerably in recent years. The specialty food category is growing in popularity and attracting new consumers. Men are among the category’s growing fan-base, as well as some less affluent shoppers. These groups are interested in a variety of products like artisanal cheese and single-origin chocolate. Along with these

How Americans Are Coping With Debt

As the economy strengthens, consumers may become more comfortable taking on debt. Consumers have begun borrowing money again, as the U.S. economy continues to strengthen. However, a new report from Mintel has revealed that 31% of Americans are overwhelmed by debt and they feel as though they will never repay it all. Nearly half of Millennials

How Americans Perceive Natural Ingredients

Americans prefer foods with natural ingredients, but brand may be just as important as ingredients when it comes to choosing products. A new consumer poll from Instantly has revealed that many Americans do not trust large companies to produce all-natural alternatives to artificial ingredients. According to the study, 75% of Americans said that when it

Falling Gas Prices Fail to Change Consumer Sentiment

The recent decline in fuel prices has done little to spur consumer optimism. The latest Consumer Fuels Survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that, despite the two in three American drivers (67%) who report that gas prices are falling, lower gas prices have not significantly altered consumer behavior or attitudes about the

How Customers Are Eating Breakfast for Dinner

Millennials lead the pack of breakfast for dinner fanatics. An annual national breakfast poll from Krusteaz has revealed that breakfast for dinner continues to be a popular trend among Americans, with 90% of Americans eating breakfast for dinner. More than half (53%) of the survey’s respondents claim to enjoy breakfast night dinners at least once a month, and nearly a quarter said

How Americans Think About Money

Financial fears weigh heavily on Americans today. Rather than spending time thinking about health and fitness, work or relationships, a survey from has found that Americans spend much of their time thinking about money. Other standout findings from the survey include: One in five people say their biggest money challenge is sticking to a budget. Always living

How The Fresh Trend Is Changing Home Cooking

The desire for fresh-cooked meals causes slow cooker use to skyrocket. According to The NPD Group, as freshly prepared meals become increasingly popular among consumers, slow cookers are once again being viewed as crucial kitchen appliances. A great deal of consumers (81%) already own a slow cooker, but many are also purchasing new ones as the slow cooking

How to Cater to Millennial Shoppers

Catering to the spontaneity of Millennial shoppers can prove to be quite the feat for grocers. The unique consumption patterns, budget constraints and spontaneous shopping habits of Millennials are having a profound impact on the food shopping landscape. According to the report, Food Shopping in America, by MSLGROUP and The Hartman Group, Millennials’ food purchase decisions

How to Cater to the Fill-In Shopper

Many customers prefer shopping at grocery stores on their fill-in trips, but there is a way to bring the fill-in shoppers to c-stores. The quick and convenient features that are the staple of today’s convenience stores make them a perfect place for consumers to shop when they need only one or two items between grocery store trips. However,

Growth Rate of Wine Industry Decelerates

When it comes to wine, brand may play less of a role in sales than other factors. Early in the decade, the wine industry experienced strong volume growth, and the industry’s upward trajectory has continued into recent years; however, the rate of growth has decelerated. According to Technomic Inc.’s  2015 WineTAB report, total wine volume rose 1% in 2014,

How To Make Better Burgers

Despite price increases and health concerns, Americans haven’t given up on this popular entrée. According to Technomic’s Burger Consumer Trend Report, the majority of consumers eat burgers at least weekly (57%). However, the report also notes areas of opportunity for innovation. As the price of beef rises and consumers become more health conscious, the burger industry must look for ways to improve

Global Market Sees Increase in Non-GMO Products

Non-GMO foods are on the rise, and their popularity is only expected to grow. According to research from Packaged Facts, non-GMO products are rising at an alarming rate. The global food and beverage market had a market retail value of more than $5 trillion (U.S. dollars) in 2014. Of that $5 trillion, non-GMO products accounted for

New Retail Benchmarking Report Released

Some 93% of retailers agree that Computerized Maintenance Management Systems standards would benefit the industry. A recent study from the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) was conducted to better understand work order management practices and their impact on retail store maintenance operations. The study, The PRSM Association Work Order Management Practices Benchmarking Report, surveyed

Overtime Proposal Could Cost Retailers Millions

The overtime proposal issued by the Department of Labor meets strong opposition due to the increased costs and the decreased career opportunities for employees. Updated research on the Labor Department’s overtime proposal was presented to Congress on July 22, 2015 by the National Retail Federation (NRF). This research illustrated how the proposal to expand overtime would limit

Grocery Shopping Responsibilities are Changing Hands

Younger generations are seeing a shift in household dynamics, and this shift is bringing about changes outside of the household as well. According to Retail Food Marketing Trends in the U.S.: Technology, Mobile, and Social Media, a recent report by Packaged Facts, as household dynamics have shifted, grocery shopping is no longer solely the mother’s responsibility. Research indicates that the

American Consumers Link Food Safety to Cleanliness

A majority of American consumers claim that they will only shop in a store that appears clean. One-third of U.S. adults have ended shopping trips due to a lack of cleanliness. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s (IDDBAs) new research, High Stakes of Food Safety in Dairy, Deli, Bakery & Prepared Foods, developed in conjunction with Phil Lempert,

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