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Competitive Intelligence + FnB Industry

Experts Discuss Making Unparalleled Strategic Decisions in the Food and Beverage Industry with Competitive Intelligence Solutions

The food and beverage industry witnessed a significant decline in growth rate and revenue through 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers’ preferences shifted toward home-cooked meals while dining out and ordering in reduced significantly. As the industry attempts to recover from the pandemic’s business implications, there has also been a significant shift in consumers’ needs and preferences, market trends, and the competitive environment within the industry. These changes have given rise to the growing demand for competitive intelligence in the food and beverage industry.

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Competitive intelligence solutions include identifying, researching, analyzing, and interpreting relevant data regarding the competitive environment, industry benchmarks, and competitors’ strategies. Companies analyzing competitor intelligence can also successfully:

  • Predict future market trends
  • Differentiate offerings from competitors’ by identifying their upcoming initiatives
  • Improve ROI
  • Make significant operational and logistical changes,
  • Improve their marketing and pricing strategies,
  • Maintain an unparalleled strategic edge.

To help food and beverage companies better understand competitive intelligence in their market, Infiniti’s experts have detailed the importance and significant benefits in this article.

Competing in a challenging industry and unsure of how your business can stand out? Request a free proposal to leverage our competitive intelligence solutions and gain an unparalleled strategic edge in your industry.

Why is Competitive Intelligence Important in the F&B industry?

A highly consumer-centric space, the food and beverage industry often faces dramatic shifts, and industry players struggle to keep pace with these changes. Additionally, being among the most competitive industries globally, companies in this market often grapple with the need to differentiate their offerings, improve customer satisfaction, and stay a step ahead of competitors. Therefore, industry leaders leverage competitive intelligence solutions. These solutions enable data-driven decision making, provide a comprehensive understanding of consumers’ needs, and help companies prepare for current and future trends while keeping track of competitors’ initiatives and strategies.

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The Benefits of Competitive Intelligence in the F&B Industry

While there are various operational, economic, and functional benefits of competitor intelligence insights in the food and beverage industry, evaluating the most significant benefits is crucial to capitalize on these solutions successfully. Infiniti’s experts identified the following three significant benefits of competitive intelligence solutions in the F&B industry.

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Predict and Prepare for Competitors’ Initiatives

Identifying, analyzing, and understanding competitors’ initiatives can provide companies with an incomparable strategic advantage. In a competitive market, developing novel offerings and constant innovation are imperative to succeed. To keep pace with the competition, industry and competitor intelligence experts advise tracking competitors’ strategies, developing new and improved product development and marketing initiatives before other industry players, and maintaining a distinctive strategic advantage within the industry.

With Infiniti’s competitive intelligence solutions, businesses can gain in-depth, data-driven insights into new offerings entering the market, strategize to differentiate their offerings, and reduces the probability of launching clashing or extremely competitive offerings.

The food and beverage industry is extremely challenging and fast-paced, and competitive advantage is imperative. Request more information to learn how Infiniti’s competitive intelligence solutions can help your business acquire an edge.

Keep Pace with Changing Industry Developments

A fast-paced, consumer-centric industry witnesses a series of trends, challenges, growth drivers, and risks. Keeping track of these various market dynamics is necessary for businesses attempting to stay ahead of the curve and their competitors. Competitor intelligence insights and data are highly influenced by changing dynamics in the surrounding market, and crucial business decisions can be severely impacted if market trends and challenges are not appropriately addressed.

Additionally, the food and beverage industry is vast and witnesses significant changes over short periods due to consumers’ changing preferences. Therefore, Infiniti’s competitive intelligence solutions include insight into end-consumers’ demands, competitors’ offerings, and significant industry developments. These insights also enable efficient strategizing for future trends, capitalizing on upcoming growth drivers, and mitigating potential market risks.

Enhance Speed-to-Market and Decision-Making

The sooner a company launches a new offering, the lower the chances of conflicting competition in the market. Researching, developing, testing, and launching a new offering requires significant investments, and the process can often fail if competitors’ offerings enter the market first. Various trends enter and exit the food and beverage market within short periods, making it increasingly necessary to improve speed-to-market times. To enhance speed-to-market, companies require a comprehensive understanding of the factors impacting the market, similar offerings and competitors in the market, and necessary improvements.

Additionally, the insights enable well-informed decision-making and improved ROI for companies. With reduced product launch failure risks, the company can efficiently invest in its new offerings and determine significant revenue expectations. Infiniti’s competitive intelligence solutions help companies profile their company, identify weaknesses or gaps and strategize to mitigate the challenges caused by them. Our solutions also help address potential factors impacting the launch or development of a new offering and substantially reduce the probability of failure.

Speak with our industry experts to learn how Infiniti’s competitive intelligence solutions can help your business stay a step ahead of the curve, enhance speed-to-market, and significantly improve decision-making.

Trends Analysis + Health and Wellness Food Market

Maintaining a Strategic Edge in the Health and Wellness Food Industry with Market Trends Solutions: A Case Study

Health and Wellness Foods Market Overview

In recent years, health and wellness have extended beyond physical fitness and basic nutritional fitness. Doctors, nutritionists, fitness professionals, and consumers have become increasingly focused on the value of constant healthy consumption. In a rapidly evolving and incredibly challenging world, maintaining physical, nutritional, and mental health is imperative to growth. This change has propelled the scaling of the health and wellness food market while restricting the development of diet plans.

However, as is the case with most markets, the health and wellness food market has also witnessed the advent and end of many trends, and companies have experienced the need for market trends analysis. With evolving consumer behavior and preferences toward health and wellness, and fitness change, so do their consumption needs and demands. While the market is steadily expanding, continuously changing trends often cause challenges with inventory management, marketing initiatives, product development, and increase potential risks for businesses in the health and wellness food market.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased consumers’ focus on individual health, and companies in the health and wellness food market capitalize on this growing trend. Request a free proposal to learn how your business can capitalize on current and future market trends.

Scope of the Trends Analysis Engagement

Keeping pace with changing market trends has become increasingly difficult as digitization, social awareness, and ethical consciousness continue to grow. However, with Infiniti’s market trends analysis, companies in the food and beverage industry identify, evaluate, and strategize for current and upcoming market trends. This critical analysis provides all clients with a significant competitive advantage and helps them stay a step ahead of their competitors as well as consumers with novel strategies and offerings. In this engagement, Infiniti’s trends analysis experts help a health and wellness food company overcome market challenges with a comprehensive analysis, product research and mitigate the risks of sudden changes.

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Business Challenges

A leading health and wellness food company in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region struggled to keep pace with consumers’ demands and noticed its decline in customer retention. While competitors developed relevant offerings, targeted marketing initiatives, and robust supply chain strategies, the company was losing ground due to traditional and rigid approaches. To keep abreast of the changing market and maintain efficient methods and relevant offerings, the client required a flexible supply chain, targeted marketing initiatives, data-driven product development processes, and a system to identify and strategize for upcoming market trends. Therefore, the company chose to partner with Infiniti Research and leverage our expertise in offering market trends analysis solutions. With this engagement, the health and wellness food market player also wanted to re-establish themselves as an industry leader, decrease their customer attrition rate, and mitigate the risks caused by changing trends.

Infiniti’s trends analysis experts have helped many food and beverage industry players identify and strategize for significant market trends. Speak with our experts to learn how your business can benefit from our solutions and advice.

Our Integrated Approach

Infiniti’s market trends analysis experts worked closely with the company to establish efficient and comprehensive strategies and develop an unparalleled approach to changing trends. This process included three steps. For the first step, the experts identified current significant trends in the market and helped the client evaluate the impact of market trends. With this step, the experts also aimed to provide the client with an effective system to identify, assess, and strategize future market trends.

With the insights from the trends analysis, the experts helped the client adapt their marketing strategies and product development process to accommodate market dynamics and risks. The experts also attempted to enable efficient preparation and proactive adaptation of marketing and product development initiatives while tracking and mitigating potential supply chain, distribution, and revenue-impacting risks.

The third and final step included developing a flexible approach to supply chain strategies and inventory management. Infiniti’s trends analysis experts helped the supply chain and inventory teams enable quick changes, fast and high-quality delivery, and easy adaptation to changing market dynamics to account for the constant changes in trends.

Business Outcomes

The market trends analysis solution helped the health and wellness food market client overcome the severe impact of the various market trends that had impacted their market share, revenue, and customer retention levels. The engagement also helped the company prepare for potential future market trends and maintain strategies easily adapted or modified as per consumer and market demand. With an effective system to identify future trends, the company could proactively strategize, plan, and approach various market changes.

New, relevant, and flexible marketing strategies helped the client focus on promoting offerings and content that attracted their target consumers while keeping abreast of current market trends. Additionally, the insights into the changing market dynamics helped the client develop new products or adapt previous offerings to appeal to their target audience as per current and future trends. These changes led to a significant increase in customer attraction and customer satisfaction.

Further, a flexible supply chain and improved inventory management enabled enhanced communication, transparency, adaptation, and growth. With fast, high-quality, and trend-conscious offerings, the health and wellness food market client soon re-established themselves as an industry leader, overcame the challenges of the changing market trends, and recovered from the impact of their previous weaknesses. Within one year of the engagement, the client’s customer retention rate increased substantially, also mitigating the risks of changing market trends helped realize huge savings across the supply chain, and their new strategies helped regain significant market share.

Our market trends analysis solutions provide companies with the opportunity to gain and maintain a significant strategic edge in an ever-changing market. Request more information to learn more about the value of trends analysis in the food and beverage industry.

Competitive Pricing + Packaged Food Industry

Assessing the Significance of Competitive Pricing in the Packaged Food Industry During COVID-19

Packaged Foods Industry Overview

Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the food and beverage industry has witnessed many challenges. The sudden decline in dining out and increasing focus on home-cooked meals caused a major rift in the growing food services market but propelled growth in the packaged foods industry. Consumers’ demand for convenient, hygienic, cleaned, and packaged food surged significantly over the past year. However, sudden growth led to more food and beverage industry players entering the packaged foods industry. Rising competition, renewed hygiene protocols, and consumers’ demands regarding cleanliness have made it challenging for companies to keep pace with the market and maintain competitive pricing, particularly during a highly impactful pandemic.

The most prevalent challenge in the packaged foods industry has been providing competitive pricing while logistical and raw material costs increase significantly due to the business implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising competition has made it more challenging, and competitive pricing strategies have become necessary for packaged foods industry players. Many industry leaders leverage competitive pricing solutions from leading research firms to recover from the pandemic, keep pace with increasing costs, and competitively price their offerings.

The COVID-19 outbreak significantly impacted the food and beverage industry. To overcome the pandemic’s impact, maintain business continuity, and regain substantial profits, request a free proposal.

Business Challenges

The client, a packaged foods manufacturer, based in Northern Europe, noticed that increasing competition and changing prices had caused significant customer attrition. The manufacturer struggled to maintain speed and quality due to high costs and simultaneously match their competitors’ pricing in the growing market. Additionally, since the pandemic, consumers demanded healthier and safer alternatives, and the packaged food industry client’s inability to deliver immediately caused further monetary and market share losses. The client required a comprehensive understanding of their competitors’ pricing and supply chain strategies and ensured that their products met consumers’ changing preferences. Therefore, the packaged food manufacturer sought to leverage Infiniti’s competitive pricing solutions.

Through the competitive pricing engagement, the client also wanted to:

  • Understand competitors’ pricing strategies
  • Identify unnecessary costs and mitigate losses
  • Develop a successful competitive pricing strategy
  • Evaluate and meet consumers’ needs with improved offerings

Request more information to learn how Infiniti’s competitive pricing solutions helped packaged food industry players increase their customer retention rate and overcome the implications of the pandemic.

Our Competitive Pricing Approach

Infiniti’s experts developed a comprehensive competitive pricing engagement to address all the packaged food industry client’s pain points and challenges and help them enter the post-COVID era with a strong foothold in the market. The approach included the following three processes:

  • Our experts conducted a pricing analysis to assess consumers’ reactions to various price points in the market and evaluate competitors’ prices for similar offerings. The competitive pricing analysis helped the client gain insight into competitors’ pricing strategies and consumers’ preferences in the packaged foods industry.
  • A competitive benchmarking helped the client gain insights into their key competitors’ and industry leaders’ supply chain strategies and understand how they controlled costs, maintained quality, and speed while offering consumers’ favorable prices. The client also understood how to streamline their supply chain further and significantly reduce costs.
  • Due to significant market changes since the pandemic started, the client needed to revamp its offerings to meet consumers’ demands. Therefore, Infiniti’s experts conducted product research and helped the client understand how their new offerings would perform in the market. This research included providing data regarding consumers’ feedback, similar offerings in the market, and the potential success or failure of a particular product.

Business Outcomes

By leveraging Infiniti’s competitive pricing solution, the packaged food industry client overcame the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed their strategies and offerings to meet consumers’ expectations. The pricing analysis helped the manufacturer identify consumers’ preferred price points, and understand their competitors’ pricing strategies, consequently enabling well-informed competitive pricing within the preferred range.

The insights from the competitive benchmarking study enabled significant supply chain improvements for the packaged food industry player. They renewed their supply chain strategies, identified better suppliers, increased transparency within the supply chain, and improved quality and speed with their new approach. Additionally, the product research provided relevant data regarding target consumers’ unmet needs and enabled the development of unique offerings in the highly competitive packaged foods industry.

Our competitive pricing experts also used the product research insights to help the client forecast revenue estimates and set competitive prices for their novel offerings. The competitive pricing solution helped the packaged food industry client overcome the implications of COVID-19, streamline their supply chain, significantly reduce costs, develop improved pricing strategies, and introduce offerings that targeted consumers’ unmet needs. Within six months of the engagement, the manufacturer started to regain its market share, improved its price points, increased customer retention, and successfully launched a new set of products that exceeded revenue expectations and received positive consumer feedback.

Staying a step ahead of competitors, evaluating consumers’ needs, and identifying changing market trends is imperative to growth in the food and beverage industry. Speak with our experts to learn how your business can achieve this and champion your sector with our market and competitive intelligence solutions.

Food and Beverage Industry Trends

Preparing for the New Decade with Expert Insights into Significant Food and Beverage Industry Trends

The global food and beverage industry has witnessed trends, challenges, and transformations like no other. Over recent years, all industry players have been substantially impacted by the highly dynamic market and consumers’ changing preferences. As trends, worldviews towards food groups, interest in new culinary adventures, and opinions regarding health and wellness change, so does the food and beverage industry.

Consumers have become increasingly selective about their food or provide for their families and peers to consume. Additionally, increasing competition, variety, and options have made it more challenging for companies to monopolize a certain niche segment in the food and beverages market. On the contrary, there has been a sudden upsurge in niche markets, wherein companies are focusing on highly specific dietary, health, or taste preferences and creating new segments continually.

The industry has been through tumultuous changes over the second half of this decade. In the last five years, food and beverage companies have witnessed a sudden increase in innovation, rising demand for environmentally friendly alternatives, and a need for service and packaging alternatives. Infiniti’s industry experts have studied the ever-changing food and beverage industry and discovered three significant trends that have impacted the industry over the past five years. Before entering the new decade, and the new post-COVID era, it is essential for industry players to evaluate and strategize for the biggest trends affecting their market. To help companies through this process, our experts have highlighted the significant trends, discussed them in detail, and provided insights into our solutions and how they can help businesses transform.

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Food and Beverage Industry Trends Over the Last Five Years

Understanding your market is the first step towards success. This must include understanding market trends, changing business models, and most importantly, consumers’ preferences. In an industry as highly reliant on consumer spending as the food and beverage industry, it is imperative for companies always to stay a step ahead of their competitors. The following three trends have impacted businesses and brought to light the importance of efficient strategizing and relevant data over the last five years:

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Increased Digitization in the Food and Beverage Industry

The world has grown exponentially through digitization over the last two decades. Recently, digitization has expanded across industries and has been incorporated across supply chains, business models, and consumer relations. Digitization has also propelled urbanization in many geographic locations and helped growth, demand, and consumers. Additionally, the automation of various processes across the supply chain and increased logistics efficiency has helped businesses address hurdles that were previously major challenges. Improved cold storage facilities, smart factories, the simplification of predictive maintenance through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the growing influence of the internet’s social aspect have transformed the way companies interact with consumers and changing market dynamics.

Infiniti’s trends analysis experts have evaluated the impact of this major trend and the subsequent industry trends that have impacted businesses’ food and beverage industry trends. To successfully compete with the growing competition, companies will need to embrace digitization as best they can. This includes identifying the newest technologies adopted by industry leaders, revamping their supply chain to include technological advancement, and establishing new business models to accommodate the changes influenced by digitization. With Infiniti’s trends analysis solutions, food and beverage companies can identify upcoming trends, strategize for them, and stay a step ahead of competitors and market dynamics at all times.

Overcoming challenges in a highly competitive and challenging industry requires skill, data-driven insights, and well-informed decision-making. Request a free proposal to learn how our solutions help companies successfully achieve the same.

Direct-to-Consumer Business Models

Streamlined supply chains, increasing eCommerce adoption, and the increased availability of delivery services have propelled all industries into a new form of business services. Companies have started to offer their products via their own websites, mobile applications, and social media channels in the food and beverage industry. Additionally, companies are available on various other platforms and embrace an omnichannel business model for efficiency, growth, and consumer convenience. Major brands have established an online presence, tactfully placed certain brick-and-mortar stores, and engaged with their clients across various platforms, most often over the internet. This direct-to-consumer approach has transformed multiple markets, and the food and beverage industry is one among them. This enables improved services, personalized offerings, better offers and rewards for consumers, well-informed decision-making, and better reach to consumers.

Infiniti’s market intelligence experts studied direct-to-consumer business models and identified various crucial benefits including, reduced customer attrition, increased consumer feedback and room for improvement, higher customer loyalty, and most importantly, a more comprehensive customer engagement approach. With our market scanning and monitoring experts’ help, companies can identify and incorporate better strategic decisions into their business models, improve their offerings, compete with industry leaders, and overcome industry challenges.

Changing Dietary Demands

Consumers’ preferences change continually and directly impact major market dynamics. In the food and beverage industry, consumers changing choices influence company offerings, products, and services directly. Recently, awareness regarding the environmental impact of various food groups and the increasing particularity of dietary preferences have caused substantial industry changes. Veganism, lactose intolerance, gluten allergies, and rising concern regarding the meat industry have propelled growth and transformation. Companies are now creating niche product ranges and offering innovative alternatives to standard foods. The introduction of vegan baked goods, bottled healthy smoothies, and packaged ready-to-eat meals are some instances of industry changes. This helps companies increase brand loyalty, introduce niche products, create smaller market segments, and provide an ideal consumer experience.

Infiniti’s customer intelligence solutions have helped businesses identify customers’ needs, understand changing consumer preferences, and develop comprehensive strategies to meet consumers’ demands. Additionally, with our brand health assessment, companies can evaluate current and potential consumers’ reactions towards their offerings, assess brand visibility, and understand the factors influencing their brand image. This enables the development of comprehensive strategies to improve overall brand health and optimize consumer experiences.

Infiniti’s solutions help food and beverage industry players overcome changing market dynamics and strategize for the future. Request more information to learn how you can prepare for the upcoming decade.

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How the Global Food and Beverage Sector Will Change Post COVID-19: Lessons from China’s recovering F&B Industry

For several months China’s food and beverage companies bore the brunt of demand-supply adversities due to the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has also had a severe impact on the global supply chain, foodservice sector, commodity prices, and demand for essential and non-essential products, especially after some of the major cities in China went into complete lockdown. As China enters the recovery phase after months of battling the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak, the food and beverage sector companies in China have started to resume operations. However, the food and beverage sector in the country is far from going back to the normalcy as it was before the crisis, much has changed in the consumer approach to the F&B sector. We’re seeing the activities across the value chain take a different direction. From the introduction of automated, contactless sales amidst the rising food safety concerns to safe online purchasing and offline food delivery involving ‘no touch’ technology, the industry seems to be dancing to a very different tune. As a result, food and beverage companies in China are rolling out new initiatives to meet the seismic shift in consumer purchasing behavior.  

In this article, food and beverage industry experts at Infiniti Research examine the changing consumer habits in China about what they eat and how food and beverage companies across the world will soon be faced with similar challenges.

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New Trends Global Food and Beverage Companies Can Expect

Provide easy-to-prep meal options

As food service companies shut shop during the COVD-19 outbreak, there has been an increased spike in the demand for canned foods in China over the past few months. However, due to the prolonged nature of the existing crisis, consumers are now seeking to explore more nutritious options apart from canned or frozen. A recent analysis by experts at Infiniti Research shows that consumers in China are gravitating towards in-home products as compared to canned or frozen foods. Food manufacturers can take this as an opportunity to explore new avenues of business and invest into introducing easy-to-prep meals to suit changing consumer demands.

Increasing concerns over product safety

Consumers are now highly aware of the importance of hygiene and food safety. Food and beverage manufacturers across the globe must consider technological advancements like blockchain to enhance visibility and transparency into their supply chain. As consumers begin to become more cautious about the safety of the food products that they consume, allowing ample visibility and transparency can help gain and retain consumer trust in the brand.

Increased popularity of online buying

A notable trend in China post the pandemic is that a greater number of the elderly population are resorting to online buying platforms than ever before. Known to be less tech-savvy, this group of the population needs to have an easy-to use interface and clear images and easy to read product descriptions in order to fuel the trend and increase the popularity of food delivery among this group of the population.

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What Food Retailers Can Do to Revive the Declining Sales Volume

food retailersFood retailers saw a steady increase in the product volumes sold during the late 90s’ and the early 2000s’, but the growth of food-at-home (FAH) segments have been stalled over the past decade. One of the main reasons for this is when the US customers faced the heat of the recession in 2008, the common trend among households became to eat out less and save money. As a result, the volumes sold by food retailers in the FAH category saw a steady rise. However, as the economy improved, consumers began dining out frequently, consequently, volumes of products sold by companies in the food retail sector took a hit. Although food industry experts at Infiniti Research predict that the sector will continue to undergo the pressure of declining sales over the next few years, there are a few measures to help food retailers resign from flat or negative growth.

By having a clear understanding of the changes and transformations that have driven food-volume growth in the recent past and how those trends will likely evolve, consumer food companies can better prepare for the road ahead. Request a free proposal to know how our food industry experts can help you stay in line with the market changes in the sector.

Ways to spur growth in food retail

Amidst the downbeat forecast relating to the growth patterns, several food retailers have already begun taking an ad-hoc approach for addressing the sluggish FAH growth on the overall business. Measures such as minor product innovations and or reduction in packaging size are some common examples. But to make way for sustainable growth and plan for the challenging years awaiting them, food retailers must take a broader and long-term view of the market. This can be done through bold strategic moves including collaborations or even partnerships.

Re-evaluate product portfolios

There is no doubt that there has been an overall decline in FAH volumes. Despite this, some subcategories have managed to show signs of growth in the recent years. This has been largely driven by the demographic shifts that have taken place in the US over a span of the last 10-15 years. It is vital for food retailers to identify pockets of growth by combining data related to changing consumer attitude and purchasing behavior with the data collected on the changing demographic and economic trends. Furthermore, the lifestyle changes of US consumers are promoting the growth of healthy and organic food products. Therefore, food retailers can concentrate their efforts on these verticals to ensure stable profits. Identifying underperformers is another area of focus for companies in the food retail sector. Divesting in product categories that are rapidly declining in terms of volumes and profits would be advisable.

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Supply chain changes to manage volatility

Food retailers often find themselves exposed to commodity price fluctuations and aggressive supply chain transformations are the only solution to overcome such challenges. For instance, a popular coffee chain had purchased its first coffee farm in 2013 to ensure an undisputed supply of coffee beans. Food retailers can also consider joint ventures which will help increase their collective bargaining power and respond better to commodity volatility. Some top food retailers are also trying to develop new and innovative product formulations to better respond to commodity price fluctuations. Such process changes can help to considerably lower costs so that food retail companies can better handle the volatility.

Enter into mutually beneficial partnerships

The challenges faced by both food retailers and food manufacturers over the coming years will be more or less the same. Some of the top retailers are already deeply invested in the private-label and prepared-foods businesses. These categories present opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships among food companies. Seeking new ways to collaborate with food retailers will be the trait of winning food companies.

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Thought Leader Insights: Key Challenges in the German Food and Beverage Market

Germany is Europe’s largest market for the food and beverage industry. The changing food habits of German consumers are prompting several international food and beverage companies to set shop in this region. Food and beverage companies in Germany can also expect to see significant investments and growth over the next few years. The lucrative market prospects make the German food and beverage market a highly lucrative one, consequently, leading to cut-throat competition. In this article, an Infiniti Research thought leader, who has expertise in working with several global food and beverage companies overcome their business challenges, shares some critical insights on the German food and beverage market and describes strategies for players to succeed in the long run.

What makes the German food and beverage market challenging?

Given the fact that Germany is one of the largest economies in the world and its huge market size makes it extremely challenging for companies doing business in this region to become a significant player in the market. In the food and beverage industry, every category is characterized by immense competition and each brand attempts to be recognized by consumers by telling them a unique story. Often food and beverage companies struggle to achieve this with several players trying to do the same thing and sometimes companies even try to communicate too many things at the same time. This often ruins the effectiveness of a message in reaching the target audience and creating an impression in their minds about the brand. Also, due to the increased level of competition, both the consumers and buyers are very skeptical in this market. It takes considerable time and effort to convince them of their first purchase, and then it takes a great product in order to be purchased regularly. Despite all these factors, what makes the German and food and beverage market appealing is the fact that once a brand gets a foothold in the German market and people start to like it, both consumers as well as buyers become loyal partners.

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Is there any common pitfall while entering the German food and beverage market?

There is often a lot of impatience when it comes to launching a new product in the German food and beverage market. This is especially true in the case of companies that are fairly young and inexperienced in venturing into international markets. It is important for such players to work collaboratively with market experts who can validate the idea of expansion plans. Another pitfall that becomes crucial in a German market entry is when brands overly follow the lean approach and try to venture into the market without the right preparation in terms of product quality, packaging, websites, or marketing strategy. Germans are not as proficient in English as many of their neighboring countries like the Netherlands or Scandinavia. So, being fluent in German is key if you would like to convince both consumers as well as buyers about your product.

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Playbook for Success in the Modern Food and Beverage Industry

The total revenue of the global food and beverage industry is skyrocketing with each passing year. Although the quality of products or service plays a significant role in the survival of food and beverage companies, this no longer remains the only ingredient for success in the food and beverage industry. With the ever-changing market trends and the growing need to satisfy changing consumer demands, companies in the sector must be on their toes to grasp new food and beverage industry trends. It is also important for businesses in the sector to identify ways to leverage maximum benefits from the market opportunities. Based on our discussions with several prominent food and beverage companies from different regions, here are some key takeaways on how the food and beverage industry is changing and what companies in this sector must do to thrive.

With consumer demands and preferences changing rapidly, it’s time for food and beverage companies to take a fresh look at their strategies to better connect with target consumers. Request a free proposal to know how we can help you achieve this.

Trends disrupting the food and beverage industry

Catering to a new group of shoppers

The old rules of the CPG no longer work with the new-age shoppers. Millennials and Gen Z consumers are inclined to brands that fit their lifestyle. This group of consumers are known to shy away from manufactured marketing of traditional food and beverage industry products. They favor ‘real ingredients’ and expect labels to be clear and easily understandable. Moreover, the internet has brought about drastic changes to customer expectations not only online but also in the store. Younger consumers want to be able to order ahead, pay, and capture loyalty rewards, all by using their phones. Catering effectively to this new group of consumers should be a major milestone for companies in the food and beverage industry.

Direct to consumer channels for launching new products

New players in the food and beverage industry often start out by selling directly to consumers, mostly using online channels. Direct to consumer brands are often more successful in capturing deep data on their target consumers which can be further used to deliver personalized consumer experience, refine product strategy, and build long-term customer relationships. By selling directly, players in the food and beverage industry can also experiment with new business models. Furthermore, when these brands plan to move to brick and mortar, it can dramatically enhance their chance of success.

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Focus on smart growth

With so many brands in the food and beverage industry and ample choice available to consumers, retailers are often quick to pull the chord on products that fail to deliver quick sales or even attract new customers. When launching a new product in the food and beverage industry, it is always better to start small in order to be able to manage the complexities of retail distribution. Brands that focus on expanding too rapidly could run into crippling cashflows or may even face critical manufacturing or supply chain problems. Also, increased focus must be given to communicating stories at the shelf via packaging, promotions, shelf-edge marketing, and the other tried and tested tools of retail marketing.

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Four Food Industry Trends to Expect in 2019

The food industry is rapidly evolving. Apart from staying on top of the emerging technologies and innovations, companies in the food industry must also keep a close watch on the changing consumer preferences and rising costs. Globally, the food industry in emerging markets including Philippines, China, and Malaysia are booming, while more established and mature market such as the US, Europe, and Canada are showing stagnant and slower levels of growth. There are similar macro trends that are driving growth and innovation across the globe despite varying economic and cultural differences. Infiniti Research reveals four food industry trends to expect in 2019 as this sector grapples with changing eating habits.

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Increasing demand for transparency

One of the biggest food industry trends this year is the rising consumer need for transparency. Modern consumers are well-informed and greatly interested in knowing the ingredients that go into the food products that they consume. Considering the rise of health and diet conscious customers, a greater number of consumers are reading the back of packages now more than ever.

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At-home meals

Recent research reveals food industry trends wherein a greater number of consumers prefer to have their meals delivered to their homes. This is primarily due to factors including streaming media, work from home, and rising need to stay away from the maddening crowd. Consequently, through the mid of 2018 to throughout 2019, the decline in dining at restaurants is expected to become one of the ongoing food industry trends.

Made to order/ customization

This is one of the food industry trends that have been evolving for years due to the growing demand of consumers to personalize the meals that they eat. Furthermore, the dietary preferences, restrictions, and allergic reactions to certain food items are some of the main factors that are driving the popularity of customization in meals to suit the needs of individual consumers.

Channel blur

An increasingly diverse array of operators in the food industry are venturing into foodservice in order to compete for their “share of stomach”. Players in the food industry no longer compete with only counterparts offering similar products. Rather, they now have to compete with segments including food trucks, convenience stores, supermarkets, and other meal kits that provide innovative options for consumers who are looking for variety and flexibility.

What were the top food industry trends in 2018?

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Food and Beverage Industry: A Comprehensive Overview

Food and Beverage Industry Overview

The food and beverage industry is going through rapid transformaContact UStions; and with the latest trends and innovations in place, it is not inappropriate to say that there is no looking back for food and beverage companies. Furthermore, the demand for healthy foods and packaged food and drinks items are some of the popular food and beverage industry trends that are all set to stay for a longer period of time. Food and beverage companies that revitalize themselves with the changing market trends will be successful in their venture to top the list of customers’ preference. However, like most other industries, this market is also facing several critical challenges that are even bigger than the growing market competition. Technological advances in the food and beverage industry also create a challenge in terms of adoption and budget restraints. In this article, we have analyzed the top trends and challenges that food and beverage companies are facing, globally. (more…)

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