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.
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.
Thanks to globalization and connectivity, consumers around the world have access to a wider array of products than ever. So how much weight does the “made in” moniker carry when it comes to purchase motivation?
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.
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.
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.
After a long day spent on a sunny beach, there isn’t a meal quite as perfect as fish and chips. This time-honoured, classic fried feast is synonymous with summertime in Australia. Research from Nielsen’s Consumer & Media View (CMV) survey shows that almost a third (32%) of Australians aged over 14 years old have claimed to have eaten or bought fish and chips in the past six months, with consumption peaking during the warmer months (October to February).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The premium sector is growing globally, and as it turns out, it isn’t ritzy categories like diamonds and champagne that are topping the charts. Rather, global consumers are most often willing to trade up for everyday consumables.