Consumer grocery trends

Inflation

High gas prices keep consumers driving less

Retailers need to be creative in getting shoppers out to their stores, according to a new survey from convenience retailing association NACS.

Retailers

Inside Target’s push to target Latino consumers

The retailer worked with Latino businesses to add foods such as gluten-free empanadas and grain-free Mexican wedding cookies to its grocery offerings for Latino Heritage Month.

There’s been a significant drop in longer stock-up trips, as consumers are making shorter trips and purchasing fewer items, according to new data.

Despite a slight decrease compared to August, more than half of shoppers are skipping nonessentials, Kroger-owned data firm 84.51° reported this month.

The special edition of the Retailer Preference Index focused on consumers’ reaction to rising grocery prices.

Results show both mass merchandisers and dollar stores reporting larger user bases while grocery remained relatively flat, according to a Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping survey.

Despite this inflationary environment, 86% of shoppers feel they have some control over their food spending, FMI reported.

Food-at-home sales are surpassing those at restaurants, a trend that’s expected to continue, according to new research from Information Resources, Inc. and The NPD Group.

Surging grocery prices are bringing more mid- and high-income consumers to the value-focused retailer, while causing others to trade down; plus, sales of Walmart’s private label products are growing, executives revealed Tuesday.

Despite energy prices dropping, the food index is up 10.9%—the largest 12-month increase since the period ending May 1979.

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