Food trends come and go, but as tastes change, so do the needs of consumers. The shift to a wellness-focused lifestyle has resulted in a more mindful approach to food. Consumers are re-prioritizing how and what they eat and the need for reassurance about the safety of food has led to an increased demand for ethically and environmentally sourced products. As consumers seek out healthier food and beverages, brands will have to consider how they position their products and understand what claims are most important to consumers.
Here are four facts you need to know about consumers and their evolving palates:
Making Healthy Choices
Consumers are making an effort to choose healthier foods
93% at least some of the time
63% most, if not all, of the time
25% are committed to at least one health, wellness, ethical or environmental attribute in the foods they eat
Lose Weight! Gain Energy! Live Longer!
Not surprisingly, weight loss is the top motivation for healthier food choices. But, consumers are also taking a long-term view of health.
Top five motivations for adopting a healthier eating pattern
The Claims That Count
It’s no longer as simple as fat-free or low-calorie, consumers are making purchasing decisions based on a variety of claims.
Consumers who frequently buy products with the following health benefit claims:
69% no artificial ingredients
67% no preservatives
66% all natural
67% locally sourced/produced
56% antibiotic/hormone free
38% fair-trade sourced
55% Omega-3 fatty acids or “good” fat
Alternative Dietary Lifestyle
Paying for The Privilege
Increasingly, consumers are willing to pay more for products they perceive to be healthier and/or comply with dietary lifestyle guidelines. Consumers say they’ll pay more…
Natural Ethical Enhanced Less of Alt. Diet
All of the time 22% 20% 18% 15% 14%
Some of the time 51% 53% 52% 48% 45%
Never 27% 27% 30% 37% 41%
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