Trends & Research

Planning for the Future: What Retail Sales Data Is Telling Us About the Rest of 2020

Planning for the rest of 2020 can be tricky when you’re in the middle of a recession and pandemic. We look at consumer trends of the previous recession, the consistent growth of natural, the persistence of holiday staples, and consumer concerns (price points and wellness).

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

January 22, 2021

New Year, New Lifestyle Mindset The perennial mindset of “New year, new you, new diet” isn’t quite the same in … Read more From Functional Snacking to Climatarian Lifestyles: Here’s What We Know About Dietary Trends in 2021

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

January 14, 2021

Functional Ingredients Become a Type of Medicine The idea that a mindful diet can improve overall health is not exactly … Read more 2021 Functional Ingredients Trends: Food As Medicine Becomes a Priority for Shoppers

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

January 7, 2021

5 Themes that Will Define Natural and Wellness Trends in 2021 As we kick off a new (and hopefully better) … Read more What to Expect in 2021: 5 Themes for Natural and Wellness Trends That Will Shape the Industry

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

December 16, 2020

The Rise of Self-Care Trends During COVID-19 Staying at home for the past 9 months and wearing a mask when … Read more Self-Care Trends: How to Appeal to Shoppers with Self-Care Products

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Cutting Back On Sugar: Which Sweetener Alternatives Are Shoppers Choosing and Why?

November 4, 2020

The Rise of Sweetener Substitutes The average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons of added sugar every day, translating to almost 60 … Read more Cutting Back On Sugar: Which Sweetener Alternatives Are Shoppers Choosing and Why?

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Grain Growth: 3 Purchase Drivers That Are Boosting Heritage Ingredients

October 21, 2020

When shoppers head into the grocery store, they’re bringing a trio of priorities with them: They want foods that are not processed, align … Read more Grain Growth: 3 Purchase Drivers That Are Boosting Heritage Ingredients

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From Basic to Booming: 4 Emerging Pumpkin Spice Trends, Brands, and Categories

October 21, 2020

Pumpkin Spice: A Basic Trend Gone Mainstream What comes to mind when you think of fall? Leaves changing? Football? How … Read more From Basic to Booming: 4 Emerging Pumpkin Spice Trends, Brands, and Categories

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

October 14, 2020

The State of the CBD Retail Market Over the last year, and especially during the COVID lockdown, CBD growth in … Read more The Complicated CBD Retail Market: Understanding CBD’s Strengths, Weaknesses, and TBDs

Consumers Are Heading to the Freezer: 3 Factors Driving Frozen Foods Trends in 2020

October 14, 2020

The Rising Popularity of Frozen Foods Frozen foods are popular kitchen staples for several reasons: a long shelf life, convenience, and an … Read more Consumers Are Heading to the Freezer: 3 Factors Driving Frozen Foods Trends in 2020

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Plant-Based Attributes: A Guide to the Evolving Definitions in Today’s Plant-Based Market

September 23, 2020

Plant-Based Attributes are Evolving The growing popularity of plant-based options has helped push sales of plant-based items up year over … Read more Plant-Based Attributes: A Guide to the Evolving Definitions in Today’s Plant-Based Market