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Mintel Announces Five U.S. Flavor and Ingredient Trends 

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, announced from IFT19 the flavor and ingredient trends that are influencing the foodservice and packaged food and drink categories in 2019 and beyond. The five new trends link the relationship between consumer behavior and food and drink to dishes on restaurant menus and products on store shelves, and explain the significant momentum that has led to this moment.

Seeking out ingredients that provide sustenance for healthy eating is top of mind for Americans. However, consumers today are also looking beyond the balanced diet. Flavors that tap into relaxation and support a healthy gut are satisfying consumers that are looking for ingredients that will feed the mind, body, and soul...

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Jun 4 10:32 AM, General News



Delivering the Goods: British Courier and Express Delivery Market Hit £12.6 Billion in 2018 

Brits’ love of online shopping* is sending the courier and express delivery market** into double digit growth, according to latest research from Mintel. Last year, courier and express delivery sales increased a spectacular 12% to reach £12.6 billion, thereby completing growth of 62% since 2014. Meanwhile, volume sales increased by 14% alone in 2018 and 66% between 2014 and 2018. Last year, Brits sent an impressive 3.65 billion packages, up from 3.2 billion in 2017.

Over the next five years, the market for courier and express delivery is expected to continue to post first-class sales. Volumes are forecast to maintain double-digit yearly growth, rising by 54% between 2019 and 2023, further surpassing value sales, which are forecast to grow by 42% over the same five year period.

Cost (53%), ease of finding products online (51%) and greater variety (39%) are the top three reasons why Brits are choosing to have products delivered as opposed to shopping in-store...

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May 17 1:45 PM, General News


Eating with a Conscience: Ethical Food and Drink Sales Hit £8.2 Billion in 2018 

British consumers are increasingly eating with a conscience as latest research from Mintel reveals that last year the nation spent £8.2 billion on ethical food and drink, including organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified products. Over the past five years, sales of ethical food and drink have shot up by 43% from £5.7 billion in 2013. This year, sales are forecast to increase a further 4% to reach £8.6 billion. The sector’s ongoing popularity is set to continue, as sales of ethically certified food and drink are projected to rise by 17% to reach £9.6 billion between 2019-23.

This popularity is widespread, as today, a caring 83% of UK adults say they have bought food/drink with some sort of ethical certification. Proving a hit with more mature Brits, those most likely to...

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May 3 9:36 AM, General News


Brits Spent £12.3 Billion on Online Groceries in 2018

Brits continue to shop with the click of a button, as according to the latest research from Mintel, last year sales of online groceries in the UK hit £12.3 billion, up 9% from 2017.

One of the fastest growing channels in the UK grocery market, the online grocery sector is still adding to its share of total grocery retail sales, up from 6.1% in 2016 to 7% in 2018. What is more, consumers’ love of online shopping is set to continue as this year, sales are expected to reach £13.6 billion. Over the next five years, online grocery is forecast to account for 10% of all grocery shopping, with sales growing by ...

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Apr 12 2:39 PM, General News


Mintel Announces Top Global Packaging Trends for 2019 and Beyond

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has today (26 March 2019) announced four trends impacting the global packaging industry in 2019 and beyond.

  • Connected Packaging: Multiple technologies are enabling brands to connect physical packaging to the virtual world.
  • Closing the Loop: Brands have an opportunity to differentiate and ride consumer awareness of recycling issues.
  • Reinventing the Box: With online shopping set to gain further popularity, brands must fully establish an e-commerce packaging strategy.
  • Plastic-Free: As the momentum behind plastic-free supermarket aisles grow, brands need to ...
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Mar 26 9:34 AM, General News


The Amazon Effect - Nine in Ten Brits Shop on Amazon 

Amazon is the retail phenomenon which started in a garage and now, nearly a quarter of a century later, new research from Mintel reveals that almost nine in ten (86%) Brits are Amazon users/shoppers*. Highlighting the ongoing popularity of the retail giant, according to Mintel, more Amazon shoppers have increased their shopping (21%) with the retailer than decreased it (13%) over the past year. Overall, most (70%) Amazon customers shop with the retailer at least once a month, while just under a fifth (17%) use the retailer on a weekly basis.

In terms of what’s in the basket, hardcopy media (books, DVDs or video games) (39%) remains Amazon’s most popular purchases. This is followed by electricals (30%), fashion/jewellery (30%), and toys (20%). An impressive 45% of ...

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Mar 13 8:27 AM, General News


Mintel Announces Four U.S. Foodservice Trends for 2019

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has today (January 14, 2019) announced four trends set to impact the US restaurant industry in 2019. In the year ahead, the foodservice landscape will evolve, driven by increased awareness around social and environmental responsibility and innovation in technology-enabled customer service.

You Are Where You Eat

Where you choose to dine says more about you than just your food preferences; it’s a reflection of who you are. With more restaurants extending their reach beyond the dining table, diners are supporting restaurants with cultures and values that align with...

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Jan 15 9:44 AM, General News


Mintel: Americans Prefer to Excercise Over Eating Healthy

However, Nearly Half of Consumers say They are Purchasing More Healthy Food Than a Year Ago

As Americans look to start 2019 off on the right foot, it seems this year’s resolutions are more likely to see consumers hitting the gym than improving the quality of their diets.

While consumers recognize the importance of a healthy diet, with 60% saying eating healthy food is important as compared to 57% who say the same for exercising, new research from Mintel reveals that Americans prefer to jump-start their healthy lifestyles through exercise. Consumers are more likely to say that exercising is worth the effort (48% vs 31% eating healthy), fun/enjoyable (28% vs 17%), empowering (27% vs 16%) and a source of pride (21% vs 15%) than eating healthy.

When it comes to the actions consumers take to stay healthy, a healthy diet falls farther down the list. The top ways consumers say that they stay healthy is by... 

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Jan 14 9:49 AM, General News


Mintel Announces Three Global Food and Drink Trends For 2019

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has today (14 November 2018) announced three forward-looking trends which will lead the momentum of global food and drink innovation in 2019 and beyond.

2019 Global Food and Drink Trends at a glance

  • Evergreen Consumption: A circular view of sustainability that spans the entire product lifecycle requires action from suppliers to consumers.
  • Through the Ages: Food and drink will build on today’s dialogue about wellness and transition into more solutions for healthy ageing.
  • Elevated Convenience: To match the premium expectations of consumers in the on-demand age, convenience food and drink will get an upgrade...
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Nov 14 8:56 AM, General News


Canadians Spend Their Extra Dollars on Entertainment, Travel and Dining Out in 2018

As the saying goes, “money can’t buy happiness,” and while the jury is still out on whether or not that’s true, the majority seem to agree that life isn’t about material items as 58% of Canadians value experiences more than things. New research from Mintel reveals that consumers are more likely to spend their discretionary dollars on experience-focused categories in 2018 as compared to a year ago, with entertainment (39% in 2018 vs 25% in 2017) and dining out (38% vs 30%) ranking as the top ways consumers spend their extra income. Rounding out the list of the top three ways consumers are spending their extra dollars this year is on travel (35%).

Although experiences are winning over consumers, debt reduction remains a priority. One third (33%) of consumers are putting their discretionary money toward...

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Oct 18 8:15 AM, General News


Mintel Announces Six New Trends Shaping the Global Consumer Landscape

Mintel has revealed six key consumer trends impacting industries and markets around the world and identified how they will play out in the years to come. In 2019 and beyond, the global consumer landscape will evolve like never before, driven by themes of privacy, individuality, wellness, convenience and connectivity:

  • Total Wellbeing: Consumers are treating their bodies like an ecosystem and seeking solutions that complement their personal health and evolving needs.
  • Challenge Accepted: A growing momentum to take on new challenges is driving consumers to reach new heights and uncover new passions.
  • Rethink Plastic: While not inherently bad, the throwaway use of plastic is driving consumers to review their own behaviours to prevent plastic pollution...
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Oct 4 10:03 AM, General News




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