The altering face of Australian grocery consumers

The most recent Focus Insights 2022 Grocery Shopper Report once more highlights the necessity for suppliers and retailers alike to be conscious of modifications in shopper behaviours and to concentrate on frequently reviewing these modifications as a method of assessing the place each innovation and product and promotional affords align with shopper traits and expectations.

From a macro stage, we see that the sooner traits in modifications in shopper behaviour proceed publish the Covid interval, and are according to pre-Covid traits. From a top-line perspective, there was a transfer again to the grocery store for recent gadgets, after elevated assist ranges for impartial operators reminiscent of butchers and greengrocers on the top of the pandemic.

A key outtake from the desk above highlights these continued traits and the necessity for focus of outlets to allocate the suitable house, innovation, affords, freshness administration and pleasure to maintain their shopper’s curiosity in these necessary classes and permit for a extra full shopper basket profile from these classes and centre of the shop.

From a provider perspective, it additionally means focusing at a channel stage to make sure the suitable tailor-made options to reinforce their function in every channel, permitting them to maximise their income and margins. In easy phrases, suppliers must concentrate on the important thing parts of ‘what’s their function within the class’ and ‘what do they need to be well-known for’ and activate these plans that ship and improve that profile.

The Focus Insights 2022 Grocery Shopper Report additionally highlights traits amongst fruit and vegetable consumers: this profile is necessary for each retailers and suppliers alike on how they maximise these modifications in behaviour to innovate new product choices that meet shopper expectations.

There was a transfer again in direction of extra free/single gadgets after the elevated demand for pre-packaged fruit and greens through the peak of the pandemic the place extra customers demanded pre-packaging as a “safety” in opposition to different folks touching/dealing with the product. There has additionally been a noticeable shift towards packaged/ready meal measurement parts which helps the continued shopper traits for extra meal kits and meal options.

The present development of plant-based buying by consumers additionally continues with 39 per cent of Australian consumers having bought a plant-based meal product, up from 27 per cent final yr. Whereas this class continues to expertise robust progress and curiosity, worth (it’s perceived as too costly) continues to be the primary cause why individuals are not persevering with to purchase (or strive) plant-based meat alternate options.

With the consistently altering grocery store atmosphere, it’s crucial, that retailers and suppliers maintain abreast of customer behaviours and preferences and be open and agile in responding to the evolving and ever-changing behaviour of Australian grocery consumers.

To be taught extra, register for the Focus Insights 2022 Grocery Report webinar right here.

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