From Functional Snacking to Climatarian Lifestyles: Here’s What We Know About Dietary Trends in 2021

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New Year, New Lifestyle Mindset The perennial mindset of “New year, new you, new diet” isn’t quite the same in 2021: The pandemic is still on the rise, many people are still working from home, avoiding crowded places, and trying to keep up with their kids’ virtual schooling. People might be aiming to start fresh in … Read more From Functional Snacking to Climatarian Lifestyles: Here’s What We Know About Dietary Trends in 2021

2021 Functional Ingredients Trends: Food As Medicine Becomes a Priority for Shoppers

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Functional Ingredients Become a Type of Medicine The idea that a mindful diet can improve overall health is not exactly new—especially to anyone in the natural and wellness space. Last year, COVID led more shoppers to take this approach and consider the long-term health benefits of what they eat and drink. With a strong immune … Read more 2021 Functional Ingredients Trends: Food As Medicine Becomes a Priority for Shoppers

What to Expect in 2021: 5 Themes for Natural and Wellness Trends That Will Shape the Industry

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5 Themes that Will Define Natural and Wellness Trends in 2021 As we kick off a new (and hopefully better) year, our experts will be sharing the natural and wellness trends that will drive shopper behavior in 2021. To set the stage, we’ve put together 5 major themes that we’ll be unpacking over the next several weeks. … Read more What to Expect in 2021: 5 Themes for Natural and Wellness Trends That Will Shape the Industry

Self-Care Trends: How to Appeal to Shoppers with Self-Care Products

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The Rise of Self-Care Trends During COVID-19 Staying at home for the past 9 months and wearing a mask when heading to the store seemed to have changed priorities for shoppers heading to the body care aisle. Not only are Google Search Trends for self-care up 550% since last December, items related to self-care saw … Read more Self-Care Trends: How to Appeal to Shoppers with Self-Care Products

Reading the Retail Marketplace: How You Can Leverage Category Data to Identify Growth Opportunity

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One challenge that retailers constantly face is getting a clear view of how they are performing compared to the rest of the market. Only looking at your own sales figures means only getting part of the story, but that’s often the only data you have access to. If you want to understand where you’re succeeding … Read more Reading the Retail Marketplace: How You Can Leverage Category Data to Identify Growth Opportunity

3 Data Questions Every Independent Pet Retailer Needs to Answer

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Actionable Data for Independent Pet Retailers No one knows your store better than you. You have personal relationships with customers and brands that make independent pet retailers different from everyone else. But do you know what products everyone else is selling and how those products are performing?  Staying competitive and on the right track for … Read more 3 Data Questions Every Independent Pet Retailer Needs to Answer

The Complicated CBD Retail Market: Understanding CBD’s Strengths, Weaknesses, and TBDs

The State of the CBD Retail Market Over the last year, and especially during the COVID lockdown, CBD growth in natural and mainstream multioutlet stores has slowed down to under 1%. Yet, even with that slowed growth rate, these stores have accrued $153 million in sales from CBD products, according to SPINS’ Natural Enhanced and MultiOutlet channels (powered by IRI). That’s still a sizeable piece … Read more The Complicated CBD Retail Market: Understanding CBD’s Strengths, Weaknesses, and TBDs

Why Customers Expect Natural Product Integration in Their Grocery Retail Experience

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The Case for Natural Product Integration in Retail The days of natural products being a passing trend or a niche focus are long gone. This year’s grocery sales have been at historic highs thanks to the shopping frenzy that the pandemic kicked off, but there’s another story even within that data. Sales have remained elevated since March, and customers have … Read more Why Customers Expect Natural Product Integration in Their Grocery Retail Experience

How Attributes Helped a Retailer Improve Category Growth

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Setting up Long Term Success for Category Assessment Category assessment can be challenging for retailers: They want to understand what their customers are looking for so they can update their inventory accordingly, enhance the shopper experience, and improve category growth without chasing the wrong trends. No one wants to be overstocked on items that were only fleetingly popular. Fortunately, … Read more How Attributes Helped a Retailer Improve Category Growth

Clean Label Attributes in Body Care: Claims and Ingredients Shoppers are Avoiding and Why

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The Growth of Clean Label in Body Care Grocery shoppers have been moving toward clean label diets over the last several years. Rather than focusing on dietary preferences, shoppers have been reviewing product labels to find high quality, additive-free ingredients that they can pronounce. The clean skincare audience has begun to make that same shift, … Read more Clean Label Attributes in Body Care: Claims and Ingredients Shoppers are Avoiding and Why