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.
The 2019 Formula 1 season commences in Melbourne this weekend, and as always, there is much discussion around the value of one of Australia's major sporting events. Nielsen's SportsLink survey shows the overall popularity of Formula 1 has held strong in recent years despite recent changes to competition and racing formats.
With focus on minimising the link of traditional advertising and excessive drinking, alcohol brands are increasingly considering indirect and responsible ways of engaging sporting fans. Sports partnerships with governing bodies, teams, events and stadia serve as an opportunity to establish and extend alcohol brand reach and meaningful consumer connection opportunities.
Christmas is an important time of year for the alcohol industry in the U.K., as off-trade alcohol sales over the 12 weeks of Christmas account for around a sixth of all Christmas fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sales and a third of total annual off-trade alcohol sales.
A recent Nielsen article found that New Zealand grocery shoppers are some of the most promotionally-driven in the developed world. Almost six in every ten dollars spent on groceries in the supermarket channel are sold on promotion. The estimated retail sales value of discounts applied to products that generate little incremental sales was almost half a billion dollars. For specialist liquor stores, this number is around $160 Million annually.
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.
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.
Now in place, the minimum pricing of alcohol regulation in Scotland means that a single unit of alcohol cannot be sold for less than 50p. And as a result, the stronger the drink, the more expensive it will be. So what effect might that have on consumption?
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.
Five years ago, mainstream alcohol segments drove the majority of the alcohol sales growth in New Zealand. More recently, niche products have emerged, and Kiwis are increasingly opting for more premium and unique beverage offerings.
Millennials (aged 18 to 34) are less likely to drink than their elders. As such, Millennials pose a challenge to alcohol marketers because of the range of factors that influence their drinking choices.
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.
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.
The Australian liquor market is in longer-term volume decline – research shows we simply drink less than we used to. So brands need to create appeal. Recent Nielsen innovation research shows that to obtain real breakthrough, products need to grow the category, provide new occasions and allow consumers to trade-up to a more premium offer.
If you’re a retailer, chances are that nine in 10 (89%) of your consumers purchased a product online last year. Six in 10 online Australians now use a combination of both online and traditional retail stores as part of their product research or purchase process. These ‘new retail’ behaviours are emerging as digital and physical retail stores converge.
While 2013 may have appeared to be the year of cider, it was also the year packaged beer quietly returned to value growth for the first time since 2009. The campaign push by the industry to “drink less, drink better” has certainly appeared to work – Aussies are now consuming less beer, but spending more on the category.
The growth of packaged cider in recent years has been impressive to say the least. Cider has grown from having little presence in the Australian market just five years ago, to a popular trend that is suited to almost any drinking occasion today.
The concept of creating an authentic beer experience at home has been on the innovation hit-list for liquor manufacturers and retailers for some time. Tap King is the newest keg system to hit the market launching to coincide with Father’s Day in September, and enabling retailers to start the spring beer season early with the hope of repeat purchase in Christmas.
In a market where volume consumption per capita has steadily trended downwards since 2008 (see chart 1), new products have been critical in driving up spend levels and overall dollar growth for the wider beverage sector.
While total sparkling wine sales remains rather flat in the Australian off-premise market, sales for the Champagne segment has recorded double-digit growth over the past year in both value and volume terms.