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Black Friday Through the Eyes of NPD’s Industry Advisors

NPD’s industry advisors hit the stores over Black Friday weekend. See their observations on store traffic, what was hot, consumer sentiment, and more.

Nov 21, 2018
Food Consumption
Health Goes Tribal

In today’s world of social media and blogging, consumers are seeking their echo chambers of health the same way they use them for lifestyles and politics. They’re finding niche or individualized plans that meet their own specific goals, as opposed to plans that work for the average person.

Are Subscription Meal Kits Doomed?

It’s no secret the subscription-based fresh meal delivery kits are facing struggles. The solution may be for these services to take a multi-channel approach and be where consumers shop for meals.

Jul 17, 2018
Food Consumption
Whole Foods Primed Up My Prime Day Purchase

Amazon is tightening the gap between online and offline experiences by offering discounts to Prime members in Whole Foods. The tightening continues with this year’s Prime Day sales.

Jul 10, 2018
Food Consumption
The American Kitchen is Alive and Thriving

Contrary to recent news reports that U.S. consumers are eating at restaurants more, consumers are, in fact, increasingly eating and preparing their meals at home.

May 14, 2018
Food Consumption
Checking Out Amazon Go Without The Check Out

Amazon Go is a new kind of store featuring, as Amazon describes, “the world's most advanced shopping technology.” Darren Seifer, NPD food and beverage industry analyst, visits the Amazon Go store in Seattle to get a first-hand look at what some bill as the store of tomorrow.

The Consumer Needs to Be First and Foremost

The consumer backlash against GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in the food industry could stem from the fact that the benefits of GMOS were only touted to farmers and agribusiness in the beginning and not to consumers.

Nov 13, 2017
Food Consumption
Real Life Lessons Learned and Treasured

U.S. consumers have new attitudes about their eating choices and food and foodservice companies are addressing these new realities.

Aug 23, 2017
Food Consumption
A New Take on Health and Wellness

It’s that time of year when I gather and review all of the food and beverage and foodservice research we’ve conducted over the past year and begin compiling the next annual edition of Eating Patterns in America.

Apr 13, 2017
Food Consumption
Are Online Grocers Encouraging Multiple-Stop Shopping?

I sometimes feel in the minority of men when it comes to grocery shopping because I actually don’t mind the task.

Mar 22, 2017
Food Consumption
When It Comes to Defining “Healthy,” It’s Personal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration started a public process to redefine the “healthy” nutrient content claim for food labeling.

Mar 14, 2017
Food Consumption
G M Ooooh Here We Go Again!

I’m often asked if non-GMO is a passing fad or engrained behavior, and given how often I’ve been asked this over the years I’m going with the latter.

Feb 16, 2017
Food Consumption
Virtual Grocery Shopping Reality

Virtual Grocery Shopping Reality

Dec 22, 2016
Food Consumption
Five Eating Attitudes and Behaviors to Watch in 2017

In a world of uncertainty, one thing is certain in 2017: America will eat! But how and where people source meals and the attributes that will win share of wallet are ever-changing. Here are five overarching trends to watch in 2017.

Generation Alpha Rises

I was just at a global foodservice conference in Dubai (with a distinctly American agenda) and came across the term "Generation Alpha," which covers anyone born after 2010.

Is it Time for Innovation in the Yogurt Category?

Quark cheese is not yogurt, but it is consumed the same way, tastes and looks similar, and wouldn't ask consumers to make any drastic changes in their behaviors.

Sep 13, 2016
Food Consumption
Can Meal Kits Save You Time AND Money?

I don’t mean to harp on meal delivery kits in my posts but I keep finding new areas of discussion as I continue to use them!

To the Internet I Eat, Follow Up

Executive director of food consumption and beverage, Darren Seifer shares his experience with meal delivery kits and is curious to see if he can stick with it.

To The Internet I Eat!

Two blistering hot delivery stories in the news this week: Amazon Food in London and Chipotle/Alphabet delivering burritos at Virginia Tech via drone.

“There’s a war on sugar – not candy”

NPD’s ongoing snacking research shows that consumers try to avoid sugar earlier in the day, but around 8 pm they are most likely to indulge in sweets.

That Was Then

We found that consumers were reporting a fair number of broiled chicken sandwiches at a chain that we knew did not offer broiled chicken sandwiches.

It’s A Chicken! It’s A Doughnut! It’s A Chicken Doughnut!

It’s A Chicken! It’s A Doughnut! It’s A Chicken Doughnut!

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