With staple foods continuing to see inflationary pressure due to a number of cost-push and demand-pull drivers, monitoring these categories and their changing daily prices is paramount for staying ahead of the competition. Using Via, Euromonitor International’s e-commerce tracking tool, prices for stock keeping units (SKUs) by product categories and leading players can be easily tracked and compared.
Staple foods have come under intense pressure from inflation in recent times, and the drivers show no immediate signs of easing. While costs were already rising across the board, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting impact on the world’s wheat supply has meant costs have soared for producers and prices have surged on-shelf for consumers.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show took place in Chicago from 21-24 May 2022. As the foodservice industry recovers from the challenges of the pandemic, companies are focused on innovation to drive business. The show hosted attendees from around the world and featured the latest developments in food, drinks, packaging, and technology for the restaurant industry. Euromonitor International analysts attending the show observed several key trends driving innovation.
Companies around the world are struggling with price increases due to disruptions in local and global supply chain. It is critical for companies to stay aware of changing online prices and understand how competitors' products are faring.
In a time when the world is striving to create a balance between sustainability and profitability, a challenge such as food waste can severely undermine these efforts. With recent advancements in sustainable development and increased international pressure on countries to play a role in mitigating associated risks, many countries are exploring novel ways to reduce food waste.
The COVID-19 pandemic profoundly disrupted the market for meals in Germany. With foodservice largely restricted, most food spending is funneled into grocery retail and retailers are leveraging this position of strength, working with grocery delivery startups, to target consumers at home.
During the pandemic conventional dietary habits were challenged, and daily use products were reconsidered. Consumers’ expectations of gaining some health-boosting benefits from food increased, as it appeared that immunity, obesity and other underlying health factors could be key when faced with COVID-19.
Sales of alternatives to animal-based products have boomed in recent years, with dairy and meat substitutes seeing strong sales. As plant-based products gain more consumer attention, the demand for seafood alternatives is also seeing dynamic growth and evolving fast.