Consumer Behaviour
Atlantic Canada – When the skies turn grey and the wind howls along the eastern coastline, shoppers head to supermarkets and convenience stores, to stock up on the essentials. But in the Atlantic provinces, there’s a new bad-weather staple: storm chips. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
London, Ont. – Breakfast is front and centre in McCormick & Company's 2017 Flavour Forecast, which highlights adventurous breakfast options, versatile eggs, and peppery foods as food trends to watch.
Chicago – Demand for natural beverages will grow as Canadians become more health-conscious, according to a new report from Technomic Inc.
London, UK – A company called Engagement Labs recently employed a tool known as TotalSocial to examine consumer conversations about brands and categories. The company found that while people seem to be talking about regular soft drinks, talk about diet soft drinks is starting to fizzle out. Bravo reports. | READ MORE
While big soda brands still lead the charge in the Canadian beverage market, consumer demand for healthier products and sustainable packaging are making an impact on the industry.
Canada - In a contributed article to the Times Colonist, Sylvain Charlebois, dean of management and professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, writes that the food industry needs to capitalize on the growing number of single people in Canada.
The blurring of lines between a meal and a snack continues as more and more busy Canadians skip traditional sit-down meals in favour of something they can grab on the go or at work. Of course, this is good news for vending companies who are ready with what those busy snack-meal eaters want.
La Jolla, CA – Most people eat for 15 hours or longer, with less than a quarter of the day’s calories being consumed before noon and more than a third consumed after 6 p.m., says a recent study published in Cell Metabolism. The Salk Institute for Biological Studies reports. | READ MORE
Snacking is changing its image.
People are waking up to the idea they shouldn’t skip breakfast.
Chicago – Single-person households in the U.S. are 38 million strong and growing, which stands to reason why this group has an impact on snacking in terms of eating behaviours, packaging, and marketing, reports The NPD Group.
Chicago – Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are the most popular platform for gaming, with half of Americans playing video games on mobile devices, rather than on dedicated gaming consoles, says new research from Mintel.
Otago, New Zealand – Research out of a New Zealand campus suggests the fact that food packaging has front-of-pack labelling influences consumers to buy regardless of whether the product is labelled good or bad. Public Health Nutrition reports. | READ MORE
London, U.K. – According to a global survey conducted by Canadean in 2015, six out of 10 respondents find products that remind them of their childhood and simpler times either very appealing or appealing. Due to its indulgent nature, confectionery – a global market worth US$174,738.55 million in 2014 – is one of the go-to products that help consumers relax and alleviate feelings of stress.
Chicago – Forty-six per cent of U.S. students, up from 37 per cent in 2013, say it is important that the foodservice locations they visit are socially and environmentally responsible.
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