Consumer Insights: SmartBrief Originals

Not that long ago, “eating in” could only mean one of two things: buying groceries and cooking from scratch or ordering delivery or take out from a restaurant. Today “foodservice at home” means much more.

In-store restaurant, grocerant
In-store restaurant, grocerant

Concentrating on upping fresh perimeter experiences, food retailers have been savvy to the fresh trend for some time, and a small number, have even emerged as talented grocerant operators.

When is a craft beverage no longer considered "craft?"
When is a craft beverage no longer considered "craft?"

As craft beverages proliferate, many in the industry are wondering what qualifies a drink as "craft"

What's behind the tea movement?
What's behind the tea movement?

Tea is growing in popularity as new varieties and brands come onto the market. Could it overtake coffee as the drink of the moment?

Healthcare foodservice
Healthcare foodservice

Over the next year, consumer spending in healthcare foodservice is expected to grow 2.1%, a slightly stronger growth figure than that of the foodservice industry overall.

snacks
snacks

As an anchor point to innovate around, our increasing propensity to snack throughout the day presents multiple opportunities for food and beverage companies in terms of meeting the needs of new, flexible eating styles.

Looking ahead, for both natural and organic products, consumer culture sees nature, rather than science, as the route to a better world, particularly in food.

The future of snacking
The future of snacking

We are now a nation of snackers! As The Hartman Group’s, The Future of Snacking 2016 report finds, 91% of consumers snack multiple times throughout the day

Salad
Salad

While salads may have had the reputation of being a ‘diet’ food or just a side, that’s no longer the case.

For today’s consumers, food is now a cultural product to discover, share, make and trade, and this reconnection with food and its origins is encouraging a new level of participation.