Corporate responsibility and sustainability strategies can take many different forms depending on the individual retail sector, but one thing is clear: consumers are using their spending power to influence the change they want to see on environmental issues.
The online grocery sector in Australia has shown strong growth as the level of trust, ease and willingness to purchase increases among online shoppers. When looking at countries that have shown the biggest percentage increase in online shoppers for fresh groceries over the past year, Australia ranked fifth.
There are many ways to create a community of beauty consumers that are loyal to retailers and brands. But don’t be overwhelmed: It’s not too late to join the conversation with your beauty consumers—they’re listening, and they’re more than happy to connect directly with you to provide their feedback.
As companies look to break into new markets, they must understand that each market demands its own approach. In burgeoning sustainability markets, however, natural and organic are paving the way for more detailed and specific claims.
Whether a gift for themselves or a gift for a friend, Australians are hungry for cookbooks, especially in the final weeks leading up to Christmas. In 2017, a total of $14.8 million of cookbooks went through the tills during the four weeks leading up to Christmas, accounting for close to a quarter of 2017’s total cookbook sales.
The fish and seafood category is well-positioned to be a premium protein offer for Australian consumers. In the 52 weeks ending 8 September 2018, more than nine-in-ten (94%) Aussie households purchased some type of fish or seafood. These households spent an average of $167 split across 16 shopping occasions in the last 12 months.
Households who purchased for the first time accounted for 21.6% of Australian online grocery growth for the year ending 6 October 2018. Compared to the rest of the population, these new online buyers are more likely to spend on health and beauty products and pet supplies online.
Seasonality has a huge impact on OTC sales performance, and although it varies by category, 60% of sales are subject to this. We, of course, associate summer with hay fever and allergies; however, lots of other categories also enjoy the seasonal uplifts that come with summer.
Competing in the beverage categories is a tough business. Shelf space is limited; shoppers buy beverages for various needs and motivations; and they are faced with an abundance of choice. Keeping a close eye on consumer needs, as well as on the performance of like-categories, can avert falling behind in the beverage game.
Affluence, a calculation based on income, number of children and household size reveals a lot about purchasing power. But how does affluence affect how many vegetables Australians eat? Can Australian shoppers reach their “two and five a day” on any budget?
Protein - a compound that builds and repairs muscle tissue - is driving a health food craze sweeping the globe. With demand and interest increasing, the opportunity for manufacturers to boast their products’ protein content and drive growth is large.
Australian households are buying healthier packaged grocery products thanks to greater health education and awareness, along with supplier innovation bringing in a range of better-for-you alternatives. However, this growing demand for healthy products is yet to be fully realised when it comes to fresh produce.
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.
More than any other consumer industry, beauty and personal care are driven by trends. New trending ingredients, formulations, colors and brands come around every season. Walk into your average retail store and you’ll see this reflected on shelves.
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.
More consumers are using product information and labels on food packaging, nutrition and fitness to meet personal health goals. Fusing Nielsen data with nutritional information from The George Institute reveals the positive impact the Health Star Rating is having on brands in particular categories.
The news that Amazon is coming to Australian shores has the local retailing community set for something of a shake-up; and the pharmacy sector is not immune to the imminent disruption. In January 2017, 38% of Australians were aware of a potential Amazon launch, this increased to 47% by March 2017.
We’ve been talking about health and wellness for years. There are two critical forces at play that are shifting this topic from niche to mainstream: increasingly complex needs and massive digital engagement.
Beyond in-store clinics and the traditional health care aisle of the store, a handful of departments should be top of mind for drug store retailers where more multicultural dollars are spent in comparison to non-Hispanic whites.
Winter and spring 2016 was one of the wettest periods Australia has seen for a number of years. The rainy weather also triggered a rise in allergy and hayfever remedies which increased by 3.3% on last year’s allergy season.
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.
As retailers ramp up their health and wellness offerings, and the lines between channels blurs, it’s interesting to think about the role that drug stores will play in an increasingly crowded, wellness-oriented marketplace.
In an age where consumers say they are increasingly health aware, New Zealanders still regularly indulge in fast food. Research from Nielsen’s Consumer and Media Insights (CMI) survey reveals that in the past month, as many as 80% of New Zealanders ate fast food. Fish and Chips continues to be our fast favourite, with 1.7 million Kiwis eating it in the last month - an increase of 11% over two years.
In recent years, 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.
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.
As consumers take the fight against obesity and chronic disease into their own hands, many are eliminating ingredients that concern them from their daily diet. Across the Pacific, consumers are adopting a back-to-basics mindset where a focus on simple ingredients and fewer artificial or processed foods is a priority.
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.
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.
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.
In a world of choice, social responsibility is increasingly a factor for purchasing one product over another. In fact, 66% of respondents say they’re willing to pay more for products and services that come from companies who are committed to positive social and environmental impact.
When it comes to learning about which diapers are best, 44% of global respondents go direct to the people they know and trust for recommendations, which is the top source of information in every region.
When it comes to keeping babies comfortable and clean, diapers are a top priority for parents—and one for which they spare no expense. In fact, Nielsen estimates diaper sales around the world will exceed $29 billion in 2015.
From the pureed food on spoons to the formula in bottles, you’d be hard pressed to find a parent who didn’t want the best for their baby. And they're willing to spend for it. But for baby care manufacturers, there’s plenty at stake in the battle for baby bucks.
Lunchbox snacking presents the ultimate dilemma. Parents want to provide their children with healthy options, but recognise that ‘child appeal’ is still important. As such, finding ways to bridge the gap between nutrition, taste and portability is the key to both retailers and manufacturers winning in this space.
Nielsen has followed up its recent Global Snacking report with an infographic to sum up the latest global trends in snacking. It shows that the global snacking market is worth more than $374 billion annually. In Europe, confectionery represents the biggest contributor to the overall snack category, with sales of $46.5 billion.
Australian consumers are turning to ‘healthy foods’ to curb our growing waist lines and combat medical issues. More than half (56%) of us believe we are overweight and 78% think changing our diet to lose weight is more important than physical exercise (72%). The health craze has well and truly hit; we’re looking at our diet more closely, which is being reflected in our buying habits.
Health and wellness are hot topics around the globe, and they have been for years. Despite the immense amount of attention devoted to the topic, however, the obesity rate is high—and rising. The good news, however, is that consumers around the world are taking steps to take charge of their health.
Eating between meals is almost unanimously widespread. Research from The Nielsen Global Survey on Snacking has revealed that 96 percent of Australians say they regularly consume snack foods. And while Aussies’ healthy habits do prevail overall - it's only by a slim margin. The concerning number of Australians who regularly skip meals in favour of snacks presents an opportunity for manufacturers to step in and offer busy consumers nutritious and portable meal alternatives.