A hot summer has sparked a rise in sales for both beer and wine in New Zealand. Over the 16 weeks to 25 February 2018, beer generated almost $379.3 million in sales across supermarkets and liquor stores - an increase of 6.3% ($21.3 million) on last summer.
Online New Zealanders now spend close to half a standard working week (18 hours) getting their digital fix, up from 15 hours in 2015. Accessing the internet from a mobile device is now well and truly commonplace for nearly 8 in 10 (78%) online Kiwis- up from 65% in 2015.
New Zealand grocery shoppers are the most promotion-driven in the world. Almost six in every ten dollars spent on groceries in 2017 were sold on promotion - well ahead of other developed markets around the globe.
Australian manufacturers need to think hard about where and how they are going to place their bets in 2018. We are a market that has collectively become accustomed to high growth. At the turn of the century (2000-2009), the industry enjoyed 6-7% dollar growth; while this decade recorded 3-4% average growth. Today, we are facing a different reality. In 2017, grocery dollar growth hit 1.3% - the lowest in two decades.
We expect lifestyle, the “little and often” trend, technology and location to be four of the key influencers on shopper’s behaviour in 2018, which, if executed well, will be true foot traffic drivers for c-store retailers.
Over the past 12 months, fresh salad sales have soared compared with the previous year, up 10.6% in dollar sales in Australia. Examples of fresh salad include serving size lettuce bags and premade salad mixes.
We love our carrots, with 94% of Australian households purchasing this staple every year. While most shoppers purchase standard carrots, some are also purchasing specialty carrots, giving consumers more reasons to buy the category and creating new pockets of growth.
This month, all eyes will be on the U.K. market as a sugar tax on drinks goes into effect there, encouraging consumers through price to reduce their sugar consumption. No doubt the Australian Federal Government will be watching, as they consider a ‘sugar tax’ here in Australia.
2017 was a good year for global consumers, with consumer confidence ending the year at a near-record level. Notably, 51 markets finished the year with higher confidence than they did in 2016, and the gains were bigger than 2 points in 46 markets.
One consumer product category that shows promise is snack foods. A rare global growth story, snacks are satisfying consumer cravings around the world—in fact, the snacking business grew US$3.4 billion globally in 2017.
There’s a new retail revolution underway, and it’s going to affect the global food industry in ways the market hasn’t seen before. The revolution comes at the hand of store-branded products, which continue to gain share across all major geographies.
While sales of fast-moving consumer goods in some traditionally successful markets like the U.S. saw signs of softness in early 2017, opportunities for growth are still readily available if you know where to look.
There’s a new retail revolution underway, and it’s going to affect the global food industry in ways the market hasn’t seen before. The revolution comes at the hand of store-branded products, which continue to gain share across all major geographies around the globe.
Consumers today have access to a wider array of products than ever before thanks to globalisation and connectivity. So when it comes to country of origin, just how much does being a 'local' or 'global' brand influence the purchasing behaviour of consumers in Australia and New Zealand?
For a decade, emerging markets have ignited the global economy, contributing more than 80% to its economic expansion. Today, these markets consistently perform a remarkable three to four times better than their developed market counterparts in the FMCG industry.
Backed by rising consumer confidence and optimism, many of the world’s economies are experiencing degrees of positive momentum. In some cases, that momentum is strong; in others, it’s subtle, but still worth noting.
With summer just around the corner, many of us should be focused on ditching winter comfort foods in exchange for a better, more healthful diet packed with fresh fruits and vegetables. However, Nielsen data reveals that last summer, this assumption did not necessarily hold true. While total dollar sales for fresh fruits last summer versus the previous year, the amount of fruits and vegetables Australians actually consumed declined slightly.
Global FMCG retail is pegged at $4 trillion today, growing at a rate of just 4%, with signs of continuing sluggish performance in developed markets. On the other hand, total retail e-commerce is predicted to grow by 20% (combined annual growth rate) to become a $4 trillion market by 2020.
Authentic Italian grocery brands are growing in popularity. In some categories, products made in Italy have enjoyed strong sales gains over the past year driven by a rise in the number of Australian shoppers spending more on these brands. Despite this, category share for these brands is still relatively low - highlighting significant opportunities for expansion.
The market for dairy products is highly saturated, and driving new growth can prove challenging. However, Nielsen research shows that consumers who purchase cheese on a weekly basis have a very distinct profile and appealing to this group of cheese lovers could uncover new growth opportunities.
On-the-go Kiwi consumers want their meals to be quick and convenient. Over the past year we’ve seen big increases in those who eat on the run (+22%) and buy take-away food to eat at home (+25%). For those with limited time, meal kits and prepared meals are proving to be invaluable.
In the lead up to Father’s Day this year, partners and children across the country will no doubt be racking their brains to pick the perfect gift for dad. Nielsen research reveals that millennial dads (aged 18-34) are a particularly different breed of dad compared to their older counterparts, with lifestyle and aspirations of this age group having evolved notably over the past few years.
Nielsen’s latest consumer confidence results for the second quarter of 2017 reveals Australian and New Zealand consumers paint a very different picture of their future outlook. New Zealand continues to ride its wave of positivity with a consumer confidence score of 103, the highest it has been in nine years. Australia, on the other hand, recorded a consumer confidence score of 89 - well below the global average of 104.
Advertising campaigns that resonate in the minds of consumers are hard to find. Encouragingly, understanding frequency - the number of times consumers see a campaign - has a demonstrated impact on resonance, and can ensure brands maximise their digital spend.
Australians love seafood. And while most of us already purchase seafood, there is still an opportunity to encourage more consumption, and grow the category further with innovation that caters to consumers’ evolving needs and tastes.
For on-the-go Aussie consumers with limited time between the end of the workday and dinner time, food boxes and prepared meals are invaluable. Delivered directly to households, food box meal kits include portioned ingredients and easy to follow instructions, allowing consumers to skip extensive meal preparation and dive right into creating their meals.
FMCG success today is now dependent on quality product images, solid SEO and prominent placement on e-tailer websites—far more so than simply having an abundant quantity or variety on the shelf at the local store.
Marketing teams strive to show how their smarts and silver deliver Return on Investment (ROI). Some global brands are looking for efficiencies by centralising marketing teams and exploring the merits of wider Pacific campaigns - so how alike are we to our Aussie neighbours and what are the differences to watch out for?
While unexpected by many, the Amazon-Whole Foods linkage highlights just how profoundly consumer expectations are changing with regard to food and beverage shopping—and will continue to do so moving forward.
Premium purchases are not just made in glamorous, luxury product categories. In the Pacific, it is the grocery sector that has the most premium potential. Consumers are trading-up everyday products in their shopping trolleys; and marketers can capitalise on premiumisation trends and consumers’ willingness to consider a higher price tag in key categories.
Unbeknownst to most consumers, tremendous thought goes into developing even the most commonplace products. As a result, product development in the FMCG industry is anything but fast-moving. But what if algorithms could help streamline the process and the outcomes?
The variety and increasing scale of data, as well as the scope of activity it is meant to inform, demands a solution that goes well beyond a simple enterprise data warehouse. So what might that more robust solution look like?
Ethnic-Australians’ spend on FMCG retailing is growing at a faster rate than their Australian-born counterparts. In the next five years, this important group of consumers will contribute a total of $18.7 billion (or 28%) in sales for the grocery sector. This represents an increase of $4.4 billion in incremental revenue, with Asian-born consumers making up 57% of this growth.
Innovations in the U.S. liquor market are creating new avenues for growth; and there are a number of key trends that New Zealand can learn from to boost local liquor sales. Danny Brager, Senior Vice President of Nielsen’s Beverage and Alcohol Practice presents the latest Beer, Wine, Cider and Spirits trends.
You’ve heard it a million times – you need to eat more vegetables, particularly your greens. In Australia, this adage appears to be ringing true. Nielsen Homescan data showed that volume sales for Asian vegetables jumped by 22% versus the previous year, while dollar sales jumped by 17%.
Over the past year, growth in the pharmacy channel has moderated substantially - to just below 1%. However, strong performance in other, smaller pockets of the store - including infant formula and cosmetics - signals positive future growth prospects in pharmacy.
When it comes to dining out or feasting on fast food, New Zealanders are certainly not afraid to try something different. Nielsen research shows that 1.4 million Kiwis eat Thai food and the number of consumers that have eaten it in the past month has increased by 17%.
Australians are willing to take to the seas with more than half (55%) considering going on a cruise. Strong growth in advertising spend from cruise operators is driving consumer enthusiasm, but questions have been raised as to whether Sydney’s infrastructure can support demand. If tour operators pull Australian ports from their routes, the current trend in advertising growth could face a sudden change in course.
Amazon’s expansion into the Australian market is expected to launch by the end of 2018. Three-in-five Australian shoppers are looking forward to buying from the (soon to be local) online retail powerhouse.
Aussie consumers are still bananas for bananas. It is the nation’s most popular fruit. Nine-in-10 Australian households purchased bananas in the year ending 24 February 2017 and total volume sales grew by 7.5% during this period.
Australians are big fans of the humble, yet versatile, cauliflower. In 2016, dollar sales for cauliflower increased by 12% on the previous year - and while this was partly driven by higher prices - consumption also continued to grow at a steady pace, with volume sales up by 2% on 2015.
China, with its huge population and increasing affluence, is a very lucrative market for companies and brands in the Pacific. The Demand Institute, projects that consumers in China will spend $56 trillion over the next decade, with a largely young, affluent, connected consumer base with disposable incomes leading the charge.
As we head into the winter months, Australians aren’t slowing down on purchasing their favourite frozen dessert, ice cream. The category has experienced diverse product innovation and creativity, with a broader range of products now available to consumers.
It’s no secret that consumers are increasingly connected online, both in-and-out-of the home. In fact, eight-in-10 Australians now own a smartphone, and six-in-10 use this device to connect daily. Whether they are grocery shopping, watching sport, studying, commuting to work or connecting with friends - these activities are no longer purely offline experiences.
New Zealand consumer confidence index reached 103 in the fourth quarter of 2016 – the highest score in nine years (since Q3 2007 where it reached 115). The index represents a two point increase from Q3 2016 and a four point increase on a year ago (Q4 2015).
Online retailing giant, Amazon, is set to shake things up in the Australian retail jungle when it launches in September 2017; with talks of it offering a completely new grocery shopping experience in the way it integrates physical stores with online ordering.
Whether it is driven by lactose intolerance, allergies, veganism, the paleo diet, or just general health and wellbeing, it appears New Zealanders are exploring emerging alternatives to traditional white milk.
December 2016 will be remembered as one of the hottest festive periods on recent record in Australia. However, grocery sales during this peak period remained cool, with just 1% growth in dollars spent during the four-week period ending 31 December 2016 compared with the same period in 2015 - well below the annual growth rate for total grocery.
Consumers are faced with a dizzying array of retailers vying for their attention, and a retail loyalty program can be a determining factor for where they decide to shop. In fact, 56% of Australians and 57% of New Zealanders say that they’ll buy from a retailer with a loyalty program over one without.
Grocery e-commerce, while still small in Australia, represents a major opportunity for retailers. Nielsen Homescan reveals that the average basket size of an online shopper is close to $100 - more than double that of the average basket shopped in a physical store.
Around the world, consumers are looking for a taste of the good life. And it’s not just those who are wealthy. Sales of products in the “premium” tier are growing at a rapid pace. In fact, the growth of the premium sector in many markets is outpacing total growth for many fast-moving consumer goods categories.
This study identifies the attributes consumers are looking for in premium product offerings, and reveals the underlying sentiment behind the reasons for purchase. We explore what “premium” means to consumers, and we identify the categories for which they’re most willing to pay a higher price.
In recent years, Australian retailers have increased their efforts in maximising the opportunities particular events and holidays can bring. In pharmacy, however, much of the channel seasonality appears to be driven by factors such as weather.
While grocery e-commerce is still relatively small in Australia - accounting for just over 2% of total grocery sales - it is growing seven times faster than the total market. We predict that online consumer spending will inject up to $2billion of incremental sales into the Australian grocery industry over the next five years.
Global consumers, by and large, have more shopping choices at their disposal than ever before. For retailers, differentiating your brand in such a crowded space is critical. A retail loyalty program can be an effective way to create competitive advantage by reducing customers’ likelihood to switch stores.
Done well, loyalty programs can help drive more frequent visits and heavier purchasing. More than seven in 10 global respondents (72%) agree that, all other factors equal, they’ll buy from a retailer with a loyalty program over one without.
The avocado industry has unlocked eye-popping growth in a mature category—without breakthrough innovation. Instead, avocados have grown their share of our wallets (and stomachs!) simply through significant and sustained investment in marketing and promotion.
Where growth is being driven (or declining) from can vary considerably by retailer and understanding the differences can help improve your category’s performance. Taking the craft beer boom as an example, we see how different market dynamics can be between banners.
When it comes to staying healthy, consumers are all too aware of how the foods we eat can affect our overall health. Almost a quarter (24%) of Australian consumers follow a diet that limits the consumption of sugar, while 44% say they avoid sugar as an ingredient.
The New Zealand consumer confidence index reached 101 in Q3 2016 – the highest score since Q1 2015. In the latest online survey, the three key drivers of New Zealand’s confidence all increased from the previous quarter.
Retail players have long believed that large-format stores will eventually take over the landscape, but today’s reality disproves the “bigger is always better” myth. Although large stores still account for 51% of global sales, smaller channels are growing sales up to eight times as fast their larger counterparts.
Third-quarter 2016 global consumer confidence remained stable at 99, up one point from the second quarter and unchanged from third-quarter 2015. Country-level scores, however, varied dramatically throughout the regions, reflecting considerable economic diversity around the world.
Many inroads have been made in recent years into the use of big data sources. And with the imminent arrival of supermarket customer card data to New Zealand there will even more available. So what data is best placed to help you?
Grabbing a bite to eat outside of the house is a weekly occurrence for almost half of global respondents, but are we stopping to savor our entrees or eating grub on the go? As it turns out, we’re doing quite a bit of both.
We’ve become so accustomed to our fast-paced lifestyles that it’s even crept its way into how we consume food. This is especially the case when you look at breakfast. So what does the future of the most important meal of the day look like?
While today’s consumers certainly scrutinize the foods that fill their pantries, they aren’t just eating at home. In fact, eating out isn’t just for special occasions; it’s a way of life for nearly half of global respondents.
Brands armed with new products have always rushed to be first to market, as first movers often establish a stronghold that can be difficult for later entrants to break into. But being “first mover” at the expense of being “best mover” can often lead brands to competitive disadvantage.
The ins-and-outs of what a healthy diet looks like may vary somewhat around the world, but simplicity resonates globally. While there is some variation across regions, the story stays the same: Artificial is out, many of us avoid food with long lists of ingredients and consumers are intent on removing the bad and adding the good.
Nearly two-thirds of global respondents say they follow a diet that limits or prohibits consumption of some foods or ingredients. Taking a closer look, a majority of global respondents say that when it comes to ingredient trends, a back-to-basics mind-set, focused on simple ingredients and fewer artificial or processed foods, is a priority.
Growing a brand isn’t easy, especially for those in in crowded categories. But even the most established categories change over time, and even categories that appear stable may be one critical innovation away from awarding one brand a significant long-term advantage.
Consumers around the world are increasingly focused on clean eating and the benefits of eating more healthfully, with 70% of global respondents saying they actively make dietary choices to help prevent health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.
Over the last 10 years New Zealand has consistently scored confidence indices between 90 and 100, following the global financial crisis. Over a third of New Zealanders (35%) believe the country is in an economic recession.
In modern retail, the use of promotions has slowly escalated to become a now-standard practice that has resulted in a shared reliance among retailers and manufacturers, but decent returns are increasingly hard to generate. So knowing which categories are more or less sensitive to pricing changes is essential for driving growth.
A core element in increasing share of wallet is understanding and responding to local consumer needs. It makes sense then, that differentiation from your competition could be an important way to build a competitive advantage. So what are consumers looking for?
Modern retail has long been guided by a powerful premise: the bigger, the better. But the retail landscape is shifting, and this mantra no longer holds true in all cases. This report explores the pain and pleasure points in global consumers' shopping experiences.
Modern retail has long been guided by a powerful premise: the bigger, the better. Retailers, consumers and suppliers all benefited from economies of scale, but over the past 10 to 15 years, the retail store model has evolved. So how can retailers stay ahead in the rapidly changing landscape?
New Zealand consumer confidence remained stable in the first quarter at an index of 99, just below the optimism baseline score of 100. In Australia, confidence declined seven points to 89, as all three consumer confidence indicators declined.
When it comes to choosing a product, do consumers prefer global brands or local ones? Around half of New Zealanders (52%) try to buy NZ made products as often as possible but it really depends on the category.
Whether you think a gluten free diet benefits everyone or it is just the latest fad, there's no denying it's big business. Last year New Zealand shoppers spent over $50 million on gluten free products.
When it comes to choosing specific products, do consumers prefer global brands or local ones? The answer depends primarily on the category, and there is a surprising amount of agreement across regions.
Soft drink, soda, pop, fizzy drink, tonic—Americans have long loved bubble beverages. But over the last four years, total U.S. dollar sales for carbonated beverages have dipped 1%, a $1 billion loss to the industry.
When it comes to cleaning products, it should come as little surprise that efficacy tops the list of most important attributes that consumers around the world seek out when selecting household cleaners.
As multinational companies continue to expand into new markets, often providing access to a greater range of products for local consumers, are local companies getting lost in the shuffle? Not necessarily so. In fact, many local companies are thriving.