What are Aussies eating right now? (And how to stock your shelves!)

According to Neilsen Homescan research, in the four weeks ending 22 March 2020, the volume sales for long-life meals, bread mix, rice, flour and pasta have more than doubled! 

These numbers mean the average Australian pantry is stocked with enough of these items to last two to three months. But they’re continuing to buy! 

“Our recent analysis highlights some clear themes in consumer behaviour we can expect to see over the next few months,” says Managing Director of Nielsen Connect, Bernie Hughes.

“More time at home will give rise to more cooking and baking from scratch as consumers find creative ways to use up their pantry staples; but an increase in sales for convenient meal options also cater to smaller person households or those that are juggling the various demands of working from home and homeschooling.”

HOW TO PREP YOUR SHELVES FOR CHANGING CONSUMER DEMAND:

The Post-Carb Loading Diet Craze

The average Australian household has enough rice to see them through 65 days, pasta to last 63 days and enough noodles to last 55 days.

Due to the heavy carb storing, Mr Hughes predicts that, “Brands that focus on health and fitness in the future are likely to see strong demand from consumers who see a renewed sense of importance in staying healthy.”

Have these low carb and keto-friendly options on standby:

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  • Herocup Keto Peanut Butter Cup
  • Lakanto Monkfruit and Erythritol Sweetener
  • PBCo Low Carb Crumbs & Lower Carb Rice
  • Slim Secrets Bare Bar
  • Botanika Blends Protein Powders
  • Macro Mike Brownie Mix
  • The Monday Food Co Keto Cake Mix
  • Vitawerx Keto Mayo

Creativity SpikeS

Australian households are likely to make more of an effort to cook from scratch and attempt to make meals outside of their usual repertoire.

Nielsen Digital Content Ratings data shows that on the last weekend of March, Australians spent 71% more time online with food and cooking content when compared to the last weekend of February.

“We anticipate that shoppers will begin to think more creatively about how they cook over the next few weeks,” explains Mr Hughes.

Let your customers get creative with these easy additions to new and exciting dishes:

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  • Mingle Seasonings
  • Essential Hemp Hemp Seeds
  • Nuilife Coconut Sugar
  • Nutritionist Choice Sushi Nori
  • Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Dandies Mini Vanilla Marshmallows
  • Natural Evolution Dough Mix
  • Organic Times Choc Drops

Convenience continues

Since many families are juggling the challenges of working from home and looking after children – shoppers have also stocked up on quick-and-easy meal solutions, including prepared meals, canned vegetables, canned soup, pasta and sauce.

Instant, effortless or really easy. These products tick the boxes for healthy convenience:

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  • Uptons Naturals Ready Meal Kits
  • Nutritionist Choice Instant Noodles
  • Difatti Gnocchi
  • Plantasy Foods Mac n Cheez
  • Upbeat Instant Meals
  • Plantasy Foods Gravy Mix
  • Turban Chopsticks
  • Spice Girlz
  • Nuilife Teriyaki Sauce

SPRING CLEANING IN AUTUMN

Toilet paper and hand sanitiser are still very hard to come by in-store and online. However, Australian shoppers are also stockpiling other household products including general cleaners, disinfectants and dishwashing detergent.

Disinfectant sales are up 102% on a year-over-year basis.

Try these popular, natural brands:

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  • Planet Luxe
  • Koala Eco
  • Kin Kin
  • Bon Ami
  • Euco Clean

“Consumer habits tend to change over time, but the COVID-19 outbreak is forcing Australian consumers to reconfigure their lives, their habits and their spending patterns at a speed and scale we have never seen.

“With households now in lockdown and experiencing what it means to have restricted movement, limited access to physical stores and expanded reliance on digital connectivity, it is important to continue to monitor these trends as we adjust to a new normal,” concludes Mr Hughes.

Ready to stock your shelves with proven top sellers in this unpredictable time? Head to our online store. It’s open 24/7! Not yet registered with us? Register for your wholesale account here. Excerpts from this article have been reproduced from the original article published on Retail World Magazine.

CAPITALISE ON SNACKIFICATION WITH HEALTHY SNACK BARS

Consumer demand for healthy convenience is driving growth in the snack bar category with plant-based bars leading the charge.

According to Mordor Intelligence, the Australian snack bar market is forecasted to reach $760 million USD by 2024.

With no clear market leader, retail success relies on a robust and diverse range that meets the various needs of today’s modern consumer – with demand for convenience and nutrition being the leading purchase driver.

Changing modern lifestyles with the consumption of smaller meals, is further leading to increased snack consumption, propelling the demand for snack bars. Product development with new flavours and trending functional ingredients, like turmeric, hemp and ginger also factors in the growth.

Top sellers feature claims like organic ingredients, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, raw and no artificial ingredients. Good fats are also in demand, partially fuelled by the keto diet craze. Snacks bars featuring hemp seeds and oil get a big tick with consumers for their high bioavailable protein and functional benefits.

Millennials make up the majority of snack bar customers, particularly for breakfast bars. Modern schedules are leaving millennials extremely time-conscious, hence the rise of the grab n’ go breakfast trend. Similar grab n’ go patterns are emerging with lunch choices, as lunch breaks are getting shorter for many working Australians.

Consumers want snack bars that compliment today’s diet trends, with the main three selling points being low carb, healthy fats and high protein.

Sports bars, including high protein and energy bars are very important with more Australians hitting gyms and fitness clubs and living healthy active lifestyles. The sports bars segment of the sport and diet grocery category grew by almost 8% over the last year and was the largest segment of the overall category in grocery.

According to Mordor Intelligence, trial and destination are key for a retailer to unlock the potential of the sports bars segment, whereas the demand for cereal bars comes from their properties related to functionality and health.

While parents aren’t the primary consumer group, according to Mordor Intelligence, almost half of all parents who purchase snack bars prefer to see “all natural” and “quality and easily recognisable ingredients” when choosing products.

Take advantage of consumer demand, and ensure your shelves are stocked with a snack bar collection to suit all tastes! Find all of the below on-trend bars and more in our online store! You can place and order 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904! If you haven’t yet registered with us, you can do so here

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