Consumer Trends

Consumer trends, insights and preferences

Consumer Trends

Cautious alcohol consumption

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.

Consumer Trends

Americans worried about quality of Gulf seafood

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.