With Whole Foods, Amazon Goes for the Grocery Gold

With Whole Foods, Amazon Goes for the Grocery Gold

Even before the acquisition, it was hard to escape the sense that time was on Amazon’s side rather than Walmart’s, especially in terms of growth.


Lidl and E-Commerce Putting a new Face on Value Grocery Retailing

Lidl and E-Commerce Putting a new Face on Value Grocery Retailing

In the $40 billion market for value grocery retailers, Lidl could represent a major shift, possibly influencing the way large numbers of Americans shop for groceries


Store brand ice cream heating up competition

Store brand ice cream heating up competition

Sales of private label frozen desserts have grown steadily over the last couple of decades. In recent years, about two-thirds of consumers have come to accept that private label frozen desserts are equal in quality to name brand frozen desserts. This perception is based in reality, as private label frozen desserts have been on a steady rise in terms of quality over the past three decades.


Alternative Ingredient Snacks are for City Folk

Alternative Ingredient Snacks are for City Folk

Americans living in urban areas are the biggest fans of alternative ingredient snacks, even more so than people who live in suburban areas and far more than those living in rural settings. The differences are most pronounced for pulse- and seaweed-based snacks, but the pattern holds true for every type of alternative ingredient salty snack and cracker; rural snackers are just less interested.


Gluten-Free: More Than A Matter of Trust

Gluten-Free: More Than A Matter of Trust

For the millions of people who have celiac disease the various gluten-free certifications are of great value, not only helping them to manage a serious health condition, but providing psychological and emotional relief as well.


Marketing kids’ foods: threading the health needle

Marketing kids’ foods: threading the health needle

The kids’ food and beverage market is particularly challenging because industry players must market to children and parents at the same time. This means delivering on healthfulness: Nearly half (46%) of parents list nutritional value as most important when choosing foods at the supermarket for their children, the highest response rate among 16 choices.


Consumers and meat & poultry: Transparency and knowledge

Consumers and meat & poultry: Transparency and knowledge

Perhaps more than ever before, consumers want to know about what’s in their meat and poultry, how it was raised and where it came from. This need to know taps a breadth of concerns related to food healthfulness and sustainable practices, as discussed in the Packaged Facts report, "Meat, Poultry and Seafood: Restaurant Trends and Opportunities".


Blurring the breakfast food lines: breakfast or snack?

Blurring the breakfast food lines: breakfast or snack?

Consumers continue to embrace snacking—not only as viable daypart option but also as a paradigm through which to view eating in general (smaller, more frequent meals). This has caused and will continue to cause changes in consumers’ relationships with traditional breakfast foods.


Is health of the planet more compelling than personal health?

Is health of the planet more compelling than personal health?

The recent attention being paid to plant proteins, both by ordinary consumers and the food industry, begs the question, are consumers more willing to eat less meat to help save the planet than they are to reduce their own chances of developing heart disease?


Whole Foods, Purple Carrot delivering meal kits to retail stores but which consumers will bite?

Whole Foods, Purple Carrot delivering meal kits to retail stores but which consumers will bite?

Based on the number of meal kit delivery services around the country, the current numbers of meal shipments, and the almost certain entry of such services from retailers and food marketers (ahem Whole Foods), Packaged Facts conjectures that the U.S. meal kit delivery services market will generate $1.5 billion in sales by the end of 2016 and will grow to a multi-billion market over the next five years.