Local and Fresh Foods in the U.S.

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Published May 1, 2007 | 226 Pages | Pub ID: LA1421831

Surveys repeatedly show that U.S. consumers believe fresh and locally grown products are tastier and healthier than their packaged/processed counterparts. High-quality perishables including fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats are in fact among the top three reasons consumers choose a primary store for food purchases, and nearly half of shoppers changed supermarkets during 2006 in their quest for better produce. Accordingly, led by Safeway’s success with its “Lifestyle Format” stores, an increasing number of mainstream supermarkets are remodeling their stores to focus on freshness, while also expanding their perishables and prepared foods departments. Also reflecting the growing interest in fresh and local fare, farmers’ markets are booming across the nation, with their count swelling 40% between 2002 and 2006 as consumers increasingly seek out local foods in a desire to get the freshest products available and support their local economy.

Freshness also rates high with restaurant patrons, leading the list of menu marketing claims in 2006, with more than 40% of consumers saying that fresh produce offerings are “very much” a factor in which restaurant they chose. “Local” foods are also being viewed in an increasingly positive light, in a backlash to “industrial food” production’s negative environmental impact, including excess packaging/waste and the high level of fuel emissions stemming from the long distances many products travel to reach consumers (aka “food miles”). Food safety concerns are mounting as well, especially in light of the recent negative publicity surrounding the contamination of much of the national spinach crop with E. coli.

As a result of these trends, fresh and locally grown foods are fast becoming issues that promise to provide compelling new marketing angles—but also significant challenges—national food retailers, restaurants and other foodservice providers, and packaged foods marketers, all of which are already clearly intent on using these themes to position, romance, and market their products.

Report Methodology
The information in Fresh and Local Foods in the U.S. is based on both primary and secondary research. Primary research involved on-site examination of the retail milieu, interviews with marketing, public relations and industry analysts within the dairy market and consultants to the industry. Secondary research entailed data-gathering from relevant trade, business, and government sources, including company literature. Packaged Facts has derived mass merchandiser sales figures from Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) InfoScan sales-tracking data. Figures provided on national consumer advertising expenditures are based primarily on data compiled by TNS Media Intelligence, the leading provider of strategic advertising and marketing communications intelligence. The analysis of consumer demographics derives from Simmons Market Research Bureau survey data for fall 2006. New product information is gathered via literature research, personal interviews and data compiled by Productscan, a service of Datamonitor.

What You’ll Get in this Report
Fresh and Local Foods in the U.S. makes important predictions and recommendations regarding the future of this market, and pinpoints ways current and prospective marketers can capitalize on current trends and spearhead new ones. Fresh and Local Foods in the U.S.—an all-new report from Packaged Facts—provides an in-depth look at these major trends and examines their implications from every angle:

  • Overriding food industry trends and consumer attitudes toward “fresh,” identifying relevant marketing issues and strategies.
  • Farms, farmers’ markets and community-supported agriculture programs (CSAs).
  • The full retail spectrum, from mainstream supermarkets and Whole Foods to Wal-Mart, convenience stores, and e-commerce.
  • Foodservice, from restaurants at all levels to institutional settings like company cafeterias and colleges.
  • Marketing and new product trends among packaged foods marketers, and what the future holds for this booming business.

Throughout the report, case histories illustrate the many success stories in positioning and marketing foods on the basis of fresh and local appeal. Profiles include New York City’s Greenmarket, Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Safeway, Whole Foods Market, Stew Leonard’s, Costco, Wal-Mart, 7-Eleven, FreshDirect, Bon Appétit Management, Google’s Café 150, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Yale University, Chiquita Brands International, and Kraft Foods.

Plus, you’ll benefit from extensive data, presented in easy-to-read and practical charts, tables and graphs.

How You Will Benefit from this Report
If your company is already competing in the food market, or is considering making the leap, you will find this report invaluable, as it provides a comprehensive package of information and insight not offered in any other single source. You will gain a thorough understanding of the current market, as well as projected sales and trends through 2012. Contributing to that understanding will be a complete analysis of sales data from IRI and other published and trade sources, a detailed discussion of the consumer for fresh and local foods based on Simmons data.

This report will help:

  • Marketing Managers identify market opportunities and develop targeted promotion plans.
  • Research and development professionals stay on top of competitor initiatives and explore demand for fresh and local foods.
  • Advertising agencies working with clients in the food industry understand the product buyer to develop messages and images that compel consumers to purchase fresh and local foods.
  • Business development executives understand the dynamics of the market and identify possible partnerships.
  • Information and research center librarians provide market researchers, brand and product managers and other colleagues with the vital information they need to do their jobs more effectively.

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