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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Trends in U.S. Military and Correctional Facility Food and Foodservice

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Trends in U.S. Military and Correctional Facility Food and Foodservice

For food and foodservice manufacturers, suppliers and operators, speaking the language of the military is big business, which Packaged Facts’ Trends in U.S. Military Food and Foodservice helps participants translate into increased sales.

Fact: The U.S. Department of Defense is the nation’s largest employer and a gateway to more than 3.2 million people.

Fact: The scope of military reach extends to the more than 12 million military members, families and retirees who depend on its wide net of retail, military installation, and combat food and foodservice operations, which have an international reach that incorporates everything from food and beverage supply to foodservice management to restaurant franchising.

This new market study assesses the attitudes toward various on-installation and off-installation foodservice options as well as, analyzes off-site foodservice spending among military service members, military spouses, civilians and retirees.
The report covers food and foodservice operations at military installations, including mess halls, exchanges and recreational facilities; and food and foodservice field training and contingency operations. While it focuses primarily on domestic military food and foodservice, the report also presents global U.S. military foodservice sales and trend analysis.
As a bonus, the report also includes an overview of the U.S. correctional facilities foodservice market, including growth drivers, market sizing and forecasting, prison cost trends, state correctional facility budgeting trends, state prison count reduction strategies, foodservice cost analysis, and foodservice cost cutting initiatives.

Baked Goods: Culinary Trend Mapping Report

For the past several years, consumers have been soothing themselves with all manners of baked goods, ranging from freshly made pies and Parisian macarons to decadent cookies and oozing lava cakes - all while enjoying new twists on old favorites as well as a more varied selection of baked goods and flavors.

Despite recent economic difficulties, baked goods generally remain an affordable indulgence, and one consumers can access in many places. The recession hasn't prevented sales of baked goods from growing, as the market has been pushed by a variety of drivers: convenience, premium ingredients, global flavor twists, wellness and nostalgia/comfort.
In Baked Goods: Culinary Trend Mapping Report, Packaged Facts and the Center for Culinary Development use the CCD signature Trend Mapping technique to profile seven sweet and savory baked good trends that provide fresh ideas for manufacturers and restaurant operators to enliven stale offerings, spruce up the bread basket and add excitement to both the baking aisle and freezer case.
The seven sweet and savory baked good trends appearing across the Trend Map® include:
  • Stage 1: The Micropatisserie
  • Stage 1: Alfajores
  • Stage 2: Popovers & Gougres
  • Stage 3: Specialty Frozen Desserts
  • Stage 3: Better Baking Mixes
  • Stage 4: Pretzel-mania
  • Stage 5: Gone Gluten-Free

Children's Food and Beverage Market in the U.S.

New Market Research:Children's Food and Beverage Market in the U.S.
There are a number of reasons why food marketers are developing products specifically for the 2- to 12-year-old age group. For starters, this demographic represents about one-seventh of the population. Also, life-long dietary habits are established at this early age, and brand loyalty begins.

These factors and more are influencing the $10 billion market for children’s food and beverages. Take advantage of this market study to:
  • Understand the shopping behaviors of your top customers.
  • Assess new product introductions as well as, the competitive marketing action plans of key industry players.
  • Identify with your client: what motivates kids when it comes to food, beverages and ingredients and flavors.
  • Learn the tactics retailers are implementing in marketing to kids.
  • Analyze food advertising campaigns geared toward Kids in the 21st Century.
  • Evaluate the market composition in seven distinct categories broken down by dollar sales and percent share for strategic perspective and forecasting.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Opulent lodgings arise in Boston strictly for pets - The Boston Globe

Opulent digs arise in Hub strictly for the 4-legged set

The Boston Globe | Beth Teitell | 13 Apr 2011

With 91 percent of owners calling their pet a member of the family and with the economic downturn easing, there is increasing demand for luxury pet lodging, according to a report by Packaged Facts, a Maryland research firm. Many facilities have added upscale amenities, such as customized suites with individualized decor or advanced air purification systems, according to the company’s most recent report.

Unlike the kennels of the past, with their chain-link fences and concrete floors, luxury pet hotels offer more than just flat-screen televisions. There are webcams, spas, airy rooms, and, increasingly, cage-free sleeping arrangements that allow pets to sleep on a bed with a hotel employee or engage in slumber parties with other (well behaved) animals.

Learn more about the 2011 - 2012 Pet Market Outlook

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Functional and Natural Ready-to-Drink Beverages in the U.S. : Packaged Facts

Packaged Facts’ Functional and Natural RTD Beverages in the U.S. offers a comprehensive look at the $21 billion market for single-serve, ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages across three categories and several competing product segments: (1) energy drinks/shots, sports drinks, and nutrient-enhanced waters, in itself a $15 billion category; (2) RTD tea and coffee, and (3) refrigerated yogurt drinks and juice/fruit smoothies. A 7% aggregate compound annual growth rate for these products over the most recent five-year period is a testament to the strength of the market before 2007 and since 2010. In the recessionary years of 2008 and 2009, most of these product segments flat-lined in sales growth, in keeping with the overall sales slump in foods and beverages as well as in the U.S. consumer economy overall. By 2010, nonetheless, energy/sports drinks and RTD tea/coffee showed renewed dynamism, signaling the onset of a new cycle of sales growth for these convenience, refreshment and re-charge beverages. However controversial some energy drinks may be, this lively product segment continues to call the shots in the market, accounting for 44% of the total product introductions in 2010. Many new product introductions in rival “pick up, pick me up” beverage segments are clearly marching to the beat of energy drinks or energy shots, and the newest product segment in this market, nutrient-enhanced waters, competes as a lighter re-mix of energy/sports drinks.

Functional and Natural RTD Beverages in the U.S. examines sales and trends across the retail spectrum, using proprietary primary data from Packaged Facts' March 2011 food shoppers Insights survey as well as retail sales-tracking data from Information Resources, Inc. InfoScan Review for mass channels and SPINSscan Review for the natural channel. This report tabulates market composition by product category and retail channel, as well as marketer/brand shares within and across product segments. The analysis pays special attention to cross-category trends in new product development, drawing on comprehensive new product data from Datamonitor’s Product Launch Analytics database, and analyzes consumer usage (including demographic and psychographic context) based on current and five-year-trended Experian Simmons national consumer survey data.

Functional and Natural Ready-to-Drink Beverages in the U.S. : Packaged Facts