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Animal Welfare an Increasing Concern for Consumers

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Apr 26, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Nearly 60 percent of U.S. consumers say they are more concerned about animal welfare, specifically as it relates to the food supply, than they were just a few years ago, according to a groundbreaking new report by Packaged Facts, a leading market research firm.

Most U.S. consumers believe livestock should be treated humanely and slaughtered in the least painful way possible. Key concerns include how animals are housed, fed, and handled. Antibiotic use is another top issue.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Packaged Facts, Industry Insights

4 New Packaged Facts Reports on the Food Industry

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Mar 9, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Packaged Facts is a premier source of market information for top industry decision makers in the food and beverage industry. Packaged Facts reports are frequently quoted in leading news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes Magazine, and the Associated Press, in addition to many trade journals.

So far this year, Packaged Facts has released four new market research reports on the food industry that are packed with current insights to help drive business growth.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Packaged Facts, Industry Insights

The Sleep Industry in the U.S.: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Mar 6, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? You’re in good company, unfortunately.

According to consumer research firm Packaged Facts, 82% of American adults have difficulty sleeping at least once a week. This translates into 206 million American adults who are struggling to get a good night’s rest.

However, for many people, sleep issues aren't just an occasional problem. In fact, 39% of Americans have trouble sleeping five or more times a week, and a third of U.S. adults have a major sleep disorder.

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Topics: Pharmaceuticals, Packaged Facts, Industry Insights

5 Emerging Food Trends from Around the World

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Mar 1, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Packaged Facts, a leading consumer research firm, just released a new report 2017 Forecast: Culinary Trend Tracking Series. It takes an in-depth look into little-known food trends that are expected to take off in 2017.

Here are five international foods featured in the report that are on “the edge of the culinary world.” These trendy foods have not yet become mainstream items, but are poised for rapid growth.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Packaged Facts, Industry Insights

Projected 2017 Trends in the Pet Industry

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Jan 10, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Americans are spending more on their pets than ever before, and expenditures continue to rise. By 2020, the U.S. pet industry is expected to reach $96 billion in sales, according to Packaged Facts, a leading market research firm.

Approximately 56% of U.S. households own pets, and the close emotional bonds people share with their furry friends is a major driver of industry growth. To learn more about this and other trends, check out the article below, which highlights several key findings from the report U.S. Pet Market Outlook, 2016-2017.

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Topics: Pets, Packaged Facts

Infographic: The Gift Card and Prepaid Card Market

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Jan 9, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Gift cards are a popular go-to option for shoppers of all ages. Not surprisingly, Christmas and birthdays are top occasions for purchasing gift cards. The most widely purchased gift cards are for coffee shops and restaurants, according to Packaged Facts, a leading consumer research firm.

Gift cards are a massive, multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S., but not all prepaid cards are purchased as gifts and stocking stuffers. A variety of prepaid cards are also used for government-administered benefits, employee rewards and incentives, and tax refunds. In addition, millions of consumers use prepaid cards as an alternative to traditional bank accounts.

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Topics: Financial Services, Packaged Facts, Industry Insights

3 Big Trends Shaping the Food and Beverage Industry

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Nov 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The food and beverage industry is undergoing major shifts as U.S. consumers gravitate toward natural, whole foods diets.

Shoppers are scrutinizing nutrition labels more closely, opting for groceries made with fewer, simpler ingredients. Although gluten-free foods are still a hot item, consumers are increasingly aware that gluten-free doesn't always mean guilt-free.

Meanwhile, the popularity of meal kit delivery services continues to soar, as more and more companies roll out subscription offerings for consumers seeking convenient home-cooked meals.

Read on to learn more about these trends.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Packaged Facts

New Survey Reveals Where Consumers Shop for Groceries

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Oct 27, 2016 8:52:56 AM

Grocery retailers in the U.S. face fierce competition. There’s no shortage of retail channels vying for business — including supermarkets and discount stores, wholesale clubs, drug stores, natural food stores, farmers markets, and online delivery services.

How do these different retail channels measure up in the eyes of consumers? And with so many options available, how can retailers stand out from the competition and keep customers coming back? 

The research firm Packaged Facts addresses these questions in the new report Natural and Organic Foods and Beverages in the U.S., Fifth Edition, which includes data from a proprietary Packaged Facts National Consumer Survey conducted in July-August 2016. 

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Retail, Packaged Facts

The Better Baking Trend: Reinventing Packaged Goods

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Oct 3, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Today’s consumers are looking to fill their grocery carts with food made from clean, natural ingredients. As a result, big brands are modifying their products in hopes of winning over health-conscious consumers, and the baking aisle is no exception.  

“A trend that has really burst out in the last year is what I’ve been calling the ‘better baking trend,’” explains Kara Nielsen, a food trendologist and professionally trained baker. “This makes a ton of sense, when you consider a lot of the baking mixes, jarred frosting, and other items in the baking aisle are very family centered. Kids are the main consumer in many cases.”

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Packaged Facts, Industry Insights

The U.S. Cheese Market [Infographic]

Posted by Caitlin Stewart

Jul 13, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Americans' longstanding love for cheese — and the wider availability of premium natural cheeses at lower price points — spurred growth in the natural and specialty cheese market to sales of $17.4 billion in 2015.

Both adults and children alike eat cheese throughout the day, and Millennnials and Gen Xers are eating more than they were a few years ago. Read our blog post and check out our infographic to learn about the U.S. cheese market.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Packaged Facts

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