The Top 25 Breakthrough Innovations list celebrates recent product innovations across various FMCG categories in Europe.
The leading product innovators in the UK included Mondelēz International, which owns British chocolate company Cadbury, for its milk chocolate wafer snack, Cadbury Roundie, Dutch coffee makers Jacob Douwe Egberts B.V. for the luxury coffee brand L’OR Classique, and General Mills for granola snack Nature Valley Bars.
Other brands which made the list for their product innovations across Europe include Italian food brand Barilla for its new biscuit for Italian consumers, Buongrano Mulino Bianco, and Heineken for its Heineken 0.0 alcohol-free beer, which entered the French market. Aside from food and drinks brands, L’Oréal also made it into the list for its Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink lipstick in the Spanish market. Procter & Gamble showed innovation in Germany for its detergent brand Lenor’s 3-in-1 Pods.
Some of the common factors driving innovation success across this year’s winners came from brands that showcased exceptional abilities not just to win market share and deliver growth, but in deploying specific strategies for their product category. This was done by listening to consumer needs and optimising package and product design, such as offering new formats of currently existing popular products.
Some of the most successful innovative products ranged from ‘special-treats’ to products that tap into the increasing consumer trend towards healthier and free-from options. Others aimed at growing an existing core brand, or appealing to different kinds of consumers such as premium shoppers.
The qualifications for the list of Nielsen’s Top 25 Breakthrough Innovations covered requirements for distinctiveness, relevance, endurance, and the broaders strategies employed by brands to make them successful.
Successful innovation can come in many different forms – some could be disruptive game changers, while others could be launched to fend off competitive pressure, or with the idea of tapping into an emerging consumer trend. Across Europe we can see some remarkable innovation stories where different approaches have been taken to solve a business problem.
The following list of products are recognised for the innovation and growth they brought to their respective categories.
Read the report here.