The frozen fruit and vegetable category continued to outpace last year’s sales, with a growth of 57.6%. Shelf-stable fruits and vegetables continued to grow with a growth rate of 46.3%. Seventy-nine percent of the total store fruit and vegetable dollars is on fresh produce, but a lot of these consumers are buying fruits and vegetable items in the center store as well.
- A popular fitness app’s sales (Peloton) are up 66% compared to a year ago, showing the continued interest in health and fitness at home.
- Social posts are primarily related to produce, grocery stores, vegetables, and other holistic living terms.
- While conventional produce sales are still larger than organic, organic sales are growing at a larger rate than conventional, showing the growing use of food as a part of overall health.
- Consumers continue to focus on how companies are contributing and in what ways they are making an impact.
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- Fresh sales have contributed the most amount of dollars to total retail sales over the last month.
- Meat sales have been number one with produce being number two.
- Vegetable sales are currently accounting for 54% of all produce dollars. Prior to March, vegetables made up 29% of produce sales.
- Potatoes are the only produce item to show a week of triple-digit growth over the last year.
- Five percent of produce shoppers are new or lapsed.
- Fresh sales are contributing the most to total store share sales.
- Fixed and random weight products are both growing even with a focus around packaged goods.
- Thirty-three percent of consumers are now buying organic produce.
- Ninety-two percent of consumers are showing positive sentiments on social media towards fresh produce purchased in-store.
- Prior to March, 97% of consumers showed positive experiences on social media.
- Frozen and shelf-stable items continue to grow, particularly in fruits and vegetables.
- Forty-six percent of frozen fruit and vegetable buyers are new or lapsed shoppers.
- Frozen potatoes are the number one item in the frozen vegetable’s category, selling $68.3 million in dollars and 43 million in volume sales.
- The new consumers in these categories are interacting with lots of CPG marketing dollars and are reporting positive experiences on social media.
- The marketing around frozen and shelf-stable fruits and vegetables are using similar terms, such as “fresh,” to describe produce and are appealing to consumers.
- Before March, there were very few consumers who were purchasing from both produce and center store for fruits and vegetables. Now they are. Center store produce items have increased 15-30%.
- Forty-eight percent of center store consumers are repeat purchasing fruits and vegetables from these departments.
- Twenty-two percent of consumers are now consistently purchasing groceries online.
- The majority of these consumers use click and collect options where they order online and pick up curbside at the store.
- Ninety-two percent of these consumers plan to continue purchasing this way after everything reopens.
- Education for consumers in this space is highly encouraged by retailers.
- Grocery retailers remain the largest beneficiary of growth dollars.
- Costco sales declined in April after panic buying subsided.
- Consumers are still showing a preference for packaged items, and retailers are following the same preferences.
- Certain cities/counties with plastic bag bans are having difficulty managing these changed measures from retailers.
- Sixty-nine percent of consumers are cooking more food at home, with 91% of households now making consistent meals at home.
- Retailers are figuring out how sustainability can function in a store focused on cleanliness and an efficient supply chain.
- The majority of focus in this category has switched from packaging to an increased focus on food waste.
- While food waste was a focus before March, it has become even more important as consumers continue to analyze the supply chain.
- Local is expected to play a significant role in consumer summer grocery shopping coming in second to price.
- Price-efficient products are expected to perform well throughout the next six months.
- Thirty-three percent of consumers believe they still have at least six months dealing with the virus, if not more. This is up from 11% the week prior.
- Eighty-one percent are planning on waiting longer to eat at restaurants and plan to continue cooking at home or ordering take-out.
- Thirty-four percent will wait a few weeks after everything opens.
- Forty-seven percent are planning to wait a month or more after restaurants open.