Consumer Behaviour
Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. announced their 2019 confection aisle shelving guidelines for c-store retailers, based on consumer research, to increase total category growth of confectionary.
A Mintel report indicated that consumers are buying more fermented drinks, such as kombucha. Kombucha is a lightly fermented tea that is made from a yeast culture and yields a slightly fizzy, often fruity but acidic taste.
 Marketing intelligence firm, Mintel stated that Ketogenic diets, or “Keto” diets have gone from niche to fad: But how can the vending industry gain from this market?
Consumer research has revealed that cereal is no longer just a breakfast food item. Mintel revealed that more than 43 per cent of cereal consumers eat it as a snack.
A consumer study by Mintel has revealed that the ready-to-eat (RTE) popcorn market is experiencing a strong sales boost due to its “health halo”, but consumers are seeking wilder flavours.
Market research company Packaged Facts reports that meal kit delivery is disrupting vending services: Last year, sales of meal kits exceeded US$5 billion.
A consumer behaviour study by Packaged Facts revealed that on-the-go breakfast preferences are changing for more protein-laden options.
The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) stated that despite environmental concerns, the convenience of plastic packaging will win out over cost.
Market research firm Packaged Facts states that the trend towards more “exotic” tea blends such as matcha and sencha are gaining popularity, due to perceived health benefits.
Researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) have found that the cleanliness of restaurant employees is vital to customer perceptions of food safety, equally as important as a clean environment and hygienic food preparation.
New study by food and agribusiness financial service provider Rabobank states that millenials’ current beverage habits will change the way coffee will be sold within a decade from now.
Front-of-Pack labels were found most effective when they included a graphic warning of the dangers of diet-related diseases.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO,) tea consumption is on the rise. 
Confection company Nielsen reported that the two weeks leading up to Easter of 2016 generated 20% more sales than Halloween. In total Easter candy generated over $1.1 billion U.S. Confectionery News reports.
Sports bloopers often about preventable errors that favor the other team. The classic is when players score against their own side. In the world of business, there are similar blunders - particularly during buying conversations with potential customers - that end up favouring the competition. As I explain in my seminars for sales teams, it's not always a shortfall in your company's product, price, or service that ruins a potential sale. Often it's inadvertent comments that put customers off just enough for them to choose your competitor. Unfortunately, sales reps are usually unaware they commit these offences so they keep repeating them. See if you or your team members ever make these top six selling gaffs.
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