MarketTrend: The U.S. Market for Chef- and Foodservice-branded Food Sold at Retail

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Published May 1, 2009 | 126 Pages | Pub ID: LA2091870

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The popularity of celebrity chefs and restaurant culture among consumers continues to grow, driven in large part by the dominance of food-related media, such as television programming, magazines and websites, and cookbooks. The big question is whether consumers will even give a hoot about brand mystique in the midst of an economic crisis as more pressing issues are at hand. Instead of feeling good about expensive and conspicuous purchases as they have in the past, many consumers will increasingly feel good about not spending in 2009. Not just on discretionary items, but on staple goods as well—including food.

Though the market for chef-and restaurant-branded food products in the U.S. grew at an annual rate of eight percent between 2004 and 2008 in dollar sales, in unit terms growth was much less exciting. And for 2009, a new era may be beginning. For food marketers the prospects of changing market dynamics due to shifting consumer preferences, economic worries and a New Frugality may be challenging but can also be viewed as providing new and exciting opportunities.

MarketTrend: The U.S. Market for Chef- and Foodservice-branded Food Sold at Retail examines these issues and many others by looking at the current market, trends, major brands, and consumer preferences. The report presents concise, thought-provoking analyses of various aspects of the industry and provides a forecast for the market through 2013.

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The report uses data from IRI, which tracks sales through mass retail channels (except Wal-Mart) and Product Launch Analytics, a service of Datamonitor, which provides data on new product introductions. Other research data were gathered from trade associations, business journals, financial reports and brand literature, and from the Internet for other useful information on the topic.

Where possible, discussion in terms of unit sales has been included to provide a picture of “real” growth. Sales for all of 2008 were estimated by Packaged Facts based on sales through September 2008 or in some cases through part of November 2008.

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Cogitamus Consulting is a branding and market research boutique in NYC that's all about hard work, imagination and common sense. Working with our clients, we custom tailor solutions and provide creative, thought-provoking analysis that address the most pertinent questions facing marketers, through general business consulting, white papers, and branded product concept and strategy development.

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