in the News - February and March 2019

market research's in-house publishing divisions were recently cited in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NBC News, The New York Times, and dozens of other media outlets and trade publications.

See our list below for select media highlights from the past two months featuring our publishers Packaged Facts, The Freedonia Group, and Simba Information.

The Wall Street Journal: PetSmart vs. Petco: A Dogfight That Neither One Is Winning

Amazon generated about $3.3 billion in pet-products sales in 2018, a more than 30% increase over the previous year, according to estimates by Packaged Facts, a market research firm.

Forbes: Why Restaurants, Including Chick-fil-A, Are Exploring Meal Kits

Chick-fil-A’s experiment underscores the strong trajectory of the meal kit market. Packaged Facts predicts the category – now estimated to be worth about $3.1 billion in sales – will experience double-digital sales growth through 2023.

NBC News: Instant Pot Meals and Other Things We're Feeding Our Dogs in 2019

According to the new report Pet Food in the U.S., 14th Edition, from market research firm Packaged Facts, the number one trend this year in the market is personalized pet food, with “marketers and retailers ... experimenting with these trends, including Petco with its JustFoodForDogs in-store kitchens, Purina with its customized Just Right brand sold online, and Ollie with its partnership with,” the report notes.

The New York Times: How a 9-Year-Old Boy’s Statistics Shaped a Debate on Straws

One market research firm, Freedonia Group, determined that the nation used about 390 million straws a day last year.

Market Watch: How Social-Media Influencers Are Making Your Kids Fat

For example, the U.S. salty snacks market hit $24 billion in 2017 and is projected to push past $29 billion in 2022, according to a 2018 report by the market-research firm Packaged Facts.

Pet Product News: Why Pet Toys are Serious Business

Pet toys are more than just fun and games—they’re serious, big business. This single industry category saw sales of more than $1 billion in 2016, up from $851 million in 2011, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4 percent, with similar annual gains expected to continue to 2020, according to market research firm Packaged Facts.

Natural Products Insider: The Plant-Based Protein Market

Consumers have high expectations. In addition to non-GMO, organic, high protein and high fiber, Packaged Facts found they don’t want artificial ingredients.

Packaging World: Retail-Ready Packaging Predicted to Rise

Freedonia reports brick-and-mortar stores will require more retail-ready packaging to cut operation costs and remain competitive in the e-commerce age.

ME Construction News: Mining Equipment to See Rise in Global Demand

Rising metal prices and an increase in output from metal mining will lead to global demand for underground mining machinery climbing 4% a year until 2022, says a new industry forecast provided by the Freedonia Group.

Education Week: One-Fourth of K-12 Math Instruction Occurs Digitally, Survey Suggests

Despite the massive influx of devices and software into K-12 schools, educators say the vast majority of math instruction takes place offline, according to a new survey from market intelligence firm Simba Information.

Information Today: Simba Information Studies Social Science and Humanities Publishing

Simba Information’s report shows that social science and humanities book sales grew in 2017 and 2018 (up 1.3% and a projected 1.5%, respectively), reversing course from previous trends.

Topics: Industry Insights