Download slides: “Consumer Market Opportunities in Protein” from the 2016 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar

Download slides: “Consumer Market Opportunities in Protein” from the 2016 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar

Packaged Facts offers two reports focused on protein: Meat and Poultry: U.S. Retail Market Trends and Opportunities and Food Formulation and Ingredient Trends: Plant Proteins.

May 16 - Why are consumers turning to high-protein foods? A new free presentation from Packaged Facts presents answers through an assortment of data- and analysis-rich slides.

The slides were originally included in a speech given by Packaged Facts’ research director David Sprinkle at the 2016 Protein Trends & Technolog...


A moment to reflect on world hunger

A moment to reflect on world hunger

We are one planet and one people. Oceans may separate us physically, cultural and language differences may influence our perspectives, but today on World Food Day we are reminded that the needs of the few cannot be ignored by the many.

Few needs are as universally pervasive as having enough food on a daily basis. Yet world hunger remains an international blight afflicting people in both developed and developing countries alike. An estimated 1 out of 9 (or 805 million of the 7.3 billion) people...


The science and religion of nutritional supplements

The science and religion of nutritional supplements

Discussion of the merits of nutritional supplements can be tricky, in the same way topics such as politics and religion are sometimes best avoided. That’s because you have two very polarized types of people when it comes to supplements: the “true believers” who believe that the supplements they take help to keep them healthy, and may have personally experienced positive results from taking specific supplements, and the “unfaithful,” who may point to studies that prove (to them) that vitamins and...


Zurich romances Kansas City

Zurich romances Kansas City

In the chocolate market, as in life, you never know what you are going to get-as evidenced by the announcement of Zurich-based Lindt & Sprűngli that it will acquire Russell Stover. The acquisition will firmly establish Lindt as the number # 3 chocolate candy manufacturer in the U.S. market-still well behind Hershey and Mars, but now firmly ahead of Swiss rival and global food leader Nestlé. This development has far-reaching implications for premium chocolate in the U.S. market, particularly in...


Beyond the kale: American foodies seek exotic, elaborate, and upscale packaged salads

Beyond the kale: American foodies seek exotic, elaborate, and upscale packaged salads

Packaged salad’s a commodity? Foodies may not think so. And that’s a lot of us. More than one-third of consumers explicitly identify themselves as foodies, according to Packaged Facts’ January/February 2014 consumer survey. In addition 60% enjoy trying new foods and beverages, a hallmark of foodie-ism.

King Kale - Who’d a thunk it? “Consumers are being more adventurous in produce choices,” says Melissa Hehmann, a Registered Dietitian with Meijer, the Michigan-based grocery chain, where sales o...


Not all salty snackers look like Homer Simpson

Not all salty snackers look like Homer Simpson

Nearly everybody eats salty snacks at one time or another. More than 90% of households in the country report using a salty snack in the past 30 days. Potato chips are eaten by 85% of American households. Corn/tortilla chips/cheese snacks rank next in popularity (72% of households), followed by popcorn products (71%) and pretzels (55%).

Although salty snacks are a ubiquitous part of American diets, some of us crave salty snacks much more than others do. There are 50 million Americans who say th...


More ebb, less flow in sales of seafood in the U.S.

More ebb, less flow in sales of seafood in the U.S.

Consumption of seafood in the United States continues to decline incrementally, according to the recently released Fisheries of the United States, 2012 report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

According to NOAA data, Americans on average consumed 14.6 pounds of seafood in 2012, compared with 16.5 pounds in 2006 - a 14% drop. Incremental decline has been evident since the Great Recession.

The report notes that while most fish caught in the U.S. is consumed as seafood, ...


Food additives are ground zero in shift to natural ingredients

Food additives are ground zero in shift to natural ingredients

Processed food manufacturers are finding themselves in a confounding situation. The processed food industry’s turnover from artificial to natural ingredients continues with a vengeance, and food additives are ground zero. Consumers’ preference for clean labels has continued to expand, and the food additives industry is running hard to keep up. For example, major industry R&D investment is driving the release of new naturally sourced colors applicable to a growing number of food categories. The i...


Goodbye to trans fats

Goodbye to trans fats

As expected, the FDA is (at a very measured pace) closing the door on trans fats. Our understanding of the role of fats and oils in the diet has advanced considerably since the simplistic 1980s and 1990s focus on reducing dietary fats altogether (Nabisco’s Snackswells brand is usually cited in this context). That made sense to a degree because fats are higher-calorie than protein or carbs, and because saturated and especially trans fats aren’t healthy.

But that doesn’t mean that anyone ever go...


Label fatigue

Label fatigue

U.S. consumers are increasingly seeking out foods that simply read as fresh and “real,” in addition to inherently healthier foods with positive nutritional qualities. From this perspective, extensive technical nutritional content information on packaged food and beverage products, whether in the mandatory Nutritional Facts Panel or in the currently contested front-of-package labeling schemes, is somewhat beside the point. Consumer interest in knowing as much as possible about the ingredients in ...