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Protein content has been one of the key areas of activity in new product development in the food and drinks industry over the past couple of years, according to Innova market Insights.
Nearly 4% of global launches recorded by Innova Market Insights in the 12 months to the end of June 2015 used a high-in or source-of protein positioning, rising to nearly 8% in the dairy sector and 14% in the yogurt category.
“Dairy products have always had an inherently healthy image and a perception of high protein levels,” reports Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights, “so it is a sector that has been able to adapt relatively rapidly to this rising interest in protein, in some cases by simply changing its labeling and/or positioning.”
The US has led this rising interest in protein content, both overall and specifically in the dairy sector. Over 17% of US dairy launches were positioned on their protein content in the 12 months to the end of June 2015, which is well over twice the global average.
It seems Brummies can't get enough of canned produce as it's revealed Birmingham is the Canned Food Capital of the UK, with residents eating more canned food per head than any other city in the UK, consuming a whopping 640,000 cans a day.
The research undertaken by not-for-profit organisation Canned Food UK, has proven that canned food is as popular as ever, with almost a quarter of Brits eating more canned food now than they did 10 years ago.
Over half (58%) of the nation stocks up to 10 cans in their kitchen cupboards at any given time, with three quarters of UK residents citing the speed of preparation as a key benefit.
Commenting on the findings, Jason Hegarty, Chairman of Canned Food UK said: “It's promising to see that half (49%) of Brits are choosing to include canned produce as part of their main meals. Some of our most popular recipes such as our Salmon and Butter Bean Bake and Speedy Coq Au Vin can be made easily with the help of a few canned products, meaning you can make a wholesome meal for the family with minimum effort and cost.
“What's more, as canned food has a long shelf life, it can be kept in the kitchen cupboards and still retain its nutritional value.”
The Canned Food UK survey also revealed: * Brummies eat more canned food per person than any other city in the UK * Birmingham residents eat 265,000kg of canned food a day, the equivalent of 21 double decker buses * The nation's favourite canned food is Baked Beans, followed by tuna and tomatoes * Brits on average eat four cans a week
Canned food is convenient, affordable and simple to cook as part of a healthy, balanced diet and is ideal for people leading busy, hectic lifestyles. As the canning process itself preserves the food, the contents of the can will remain fresh with the nutrients locked in until the can is opened. What's more, both canned fruit and vegetables count towards your 5-A-DAY.
Slow Retailer Growth Continues As Prices Continue To Fall
The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 16 August 2015, show continued sluggish growth in the British grocery market with an increase in sales of 0.9% compared to one year ago.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Industry growth of around or below 1% has now persisted since summer 2014 and has become the new normal. Despite the accelerating British economy like-for like grocery prices are still falling, with a representative basket of everyday items now 1.7% cheaper than in 2014.”
Thanks to recent efforts to create a more premium image for frozen food, as well as new store openings including its Food Warehouse format, Iceland is attracting more shoppers through the door than last year. Sales are up by 3.4% as a result, though market share remains flat at 2.0%.
Waitrose has had another successful period, with its ‘Pick Your Own Offers’ promotion helping to drive growth of 3.7%. For the second month in a row there is also growth at the Co-operative, with sales at the till up by 1.1% compared to last year.
Fraser McKevitt continues: “It’s been another successful period for the discounters, with growth at Aldi accelerating to 18.0%. Lidl’s sales have also risen, up 12.8%, taking its market share to a new high of 4.1%.
“As anticipated, Asda has retaken its position as Britain’s second largest supermarket, despite a fall in sales of 2.5% and a 0.6 percentage point fall in market share. The retailer’s greater focus on non-food items means its market share is traditionally higher in the summer, and it’s expected that Sainsbury’s will again become the number two retailer towards Christmas.”
Sainsbury’s is the only one of the ‘big four’ retailers to have seen an increase in sales, which are up by 0.1% – its first growth since March. Growing slightly behind the market, Sainsbury’s year on year share has fallen by 0.1 percentage points to 16.3%.
Sales at Tesco fell by 0.9% and the retailer now holds 28.3% of the market. Buoyant growth in the convenience stores and online has not been enough to offset lower revenues in the larger shops. Morrisons’ increased decline of 1.1% this month reflects a tougher comparison against last year, when a widespread voucher promotion was in place.