Consumer Trends

Consumer trends, insights and preferences

Consumer Trends

Dining out is going up

Of consumers surveyed during May and June by Market Force Information, 25 percent said they plan to eat out more over the next three months. That’s a significant jump from the December, 2009 survey, when just 5 percent responded with the same intention.

Consumer Trends

Dessert trends for 2010

Good old-fashioned cookies and cake will never go out of style, but these classics must now compete with trendy treats that capture the collective sweet-tooth. According to The Food Channel’s “Top 10 Dessert Trends for 2010” list, bite-size chocolate cake, beer for dessert and new flavor combinations are just some of the latest sweets to come out of the pastry kitchen.

A majority of diners approve of the new healthcare bill requiring all restaurants with 20 or more locations to include calorie counts on menus, according to new research from Mintel.

Doing away with daily expenses like morning coffee and bottled water, Americans are taking all measures to cut back on spending, according to the latest Harris Poll.

Although the economy may be improving, research by the Nielsen Company illustrates that consumers are still being cautious when it comes to buying alcohol. This trend has led to more people staying in and purchasing less expensive products.

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has sparked concern among most Americans over the safety of Gulf seafood, according to a continuing survey done by the Food Industry Center at the University of Minnesota.

Market research consistently finds that roughly 15 percent of Americans are hardcore eco-shoppers, but that more than half of consumers are spending on sustainable items some of the time.

It is not just the dismal economy that is leaving restaurants trolling for customers—it’s the changing attitudes of customers themselves.

The new Whole Foods Market in Portland, Maine, is a 48,000-square-foot behemoth, just two blocks off the turnpike spur that connects Maine’s largest city with a string of affluent towns along the coast.

Some seniors may want the menu and decor to stay the same year after year. But plenty of others would just as soon shake up their dining habits.

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