Nutritional bars trend from sweet to savory

Nutritional bars trend from sweet to savory

Nutritional bars have gained a prominent place in the pantheon of snacks revered by a nation of snackers. Nutritional bars are a handy way for consumers to stop eating three meals a day at set times and to start consuming smaller portions of food throughout the day, whether they are on the go or at home.

Nutritional bars conform to a broad cultural shift toward healthier, good-for-you food products. Bars provide an attractive way for food marketers to offer bold, exciting flavors; ingredients ...


Pet retailing times a-changing

Pet retailing times a-changing

The privatization of PetSmart. The encroachment of mass-market players on premium product sales. Pet owners’ growing infatuation with online shopping. These are just some of the changes rocking pet retail in just the past year, and the hits just keep on coming.

By infiltrating niches previously occupied by pet specialty retailers, mass players are clinging to their share of pet product sales. For example, supermarkets offering superpremium product options, and mass merchandisers promising high...


Retail pizza innovation moving in the right direction

Retail pizza innovation moving in the right direction

The frozen pizza industry has a problem on its hands: in the face of health and “real food” trends, frozen pizza may be suffering from a processed food stereotype. The bottom line is that during 2010-2014, the percentage of households eating frozen pizza in the past 30 days has dropped slightly, while the percentage eating 10+ pizzas per month has dropped 15%. The trend is particularly troubling because it involves demographics that have been core users, such as consumers living in households wi...


Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle presents at 2015 Global Pet Expo, seminar data indicates pet food and pet supply sales at $44 billion

Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle presents at 2015 Global Pet Expo, seminar data indicates pet food and pet supply sales at $44 billion

According to data presented by David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts, during his U.S. Pet Market Trends and Outlook seminar at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida on March 4, retail channel sales of pet food and pet supplies approached $44 billion in 2014, up 2% over 2013. The pet market’s longer-term growth and prospects have continued to attract new players, expanding the range of marketers and retailers vying for a slice of the pie.

The market for the dog and cat food mar...


Local foods: A sales boom on par with “organic”?

Local foods:  A sales boom on par with “organic”?

Will local foods overtake organic foods in popularity? Some members of the industry think so based in part on consumer demand now at an all-time high. Data from a November 2014 proprietary Packaged Facts National Consumer Survey published in Shopping for Local Foods in the U.S. found that 53% of the 2,271 adult respondents specially seek out locally grown or locally produced foods. Among the primary reasons for purchasing locally grown or locally produced foods, 60% of consumers who purchase loc...