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Canadians are broadening their sources of retailer prepared foods

Study conducted by Technomic reveals the latest trends and data on consumers’ shifting consumption behaviour and attitudes toward retailer meal solutions
 
CHICAGO, Apr. 13, 2017—Canadian retailers are continuing to innovate, improve and expand their retailer meal solution offerings (which include prepared foods and beverages that are ready-to-eat or ready-to-heat) and consumers are recognizing these improvements. They are purchasing retailer meal solutions (RMS) from a wider set of retailers, as a result.

“Competition is heating up and will continue to intensify, which points to the growing importance of differentiation” says Anne Mills, manager of consumer insights. “Retailers can win share of stomach and grow consistent, loyal patronage by appealing to consumers’ needs for high-quality, convenient and healthy fare at reasonable prices.”

Creating new opportunities to reach consumers throughout the day may help differentiate and drive sales. For example, offering delivery can encourage consumers to consider RMS during occasions when they can’t make it to the store. Expanding ready-to-heat options can encourage consumers to buy RMS for future meals.

Key takeaways from the report include:

  • On average, consumers buy ready-to-eat more often than ready-to-heat RMS (59% and 41% of the time, respectively)
  • About 62% of RMS purchases are planned, and 38% are made on impulse
  • Half of consumers (52%) now say that the friendliness of the staff plays a role in their decision of where to purchase RMS, compared with 46% two years ago

Compiling findings from more than 1,000 consumers, as well as Technomic’s Digital Resource Library, the comprehensive 2017 Canadian Retailer Meal Solutions Consumer Trend Report serves as a guide for foodservice operators and suppliers to understand consumption behaviour and attitudes toward retailer meal solutions and to identify key areas of opportunity.
 
Technomic publishes a complete library of Consumer Trend Reports. To learn more, please visit Technomic.com or contact one of the individuals listed below. 

Contacts:
Press Inquiries and Report Details: Kelly Weikel, (312) 506-3830, or kweikel@technomic.com
Purchasing Details: Patrick Noone, (312) 506-3852, or pnoone@technomic.com
 

About Technomic
Technomic Inc., a Winsight company, delivers a 360-degree view of the food industry. It impacts growth and profitability for clients by providing consumer-grounded vision and channel-relevant strategic insights. Its services range from major research studies and management consulting solutions to online databases and simple fact-finding assignments. Its clients include food manufacturers and distributors, restaurants and retailers, other foodservice organizations, and various institutions aligned with the food industry. Visit Technomic at technomic.com.

About Winsight, LLC
Winsight LLC is a recognized leader in business-to-business media and information services for the convenience-retailing, foodservice and grocery industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio, including five publications: CSP, Restaurant BusinessFoodService DirectorConvenience Store Products, and Winsight Grocery Business. Winsight also offers a suite of digital products, including websites, e-newsletters, webinars, video products, mobile and tablet apps, and custom marketing solutions. In addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings, Winsight also produces seven exclusive, large-scale executive-level conferences: Restaurant Leadership Conference, Global Restaurant Leadership ConferenceOutlook Leadership Conference, Convenience Retailing University, FSTECMenuDirections and Restaurant Directions. In 2015, Winsight acquired Technomic Inc., a provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services for the food industry. For more information on Winsight and its brands, go to www.winsightmedia.com.

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