Consumer Trends in the Savory Snacks Market in the US, 2011


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This report provides the results for the US Savory Snacks Market from Canadean’s unique, highly detailed and proprietary survey of consumers’ Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) consumption habits, and forms part of an overall series covering all CPG product markets.Its coverage includes, but is not limited to, consumption behaviors, the extent to which consumer trends influence their consumption and the value of the market these trends influence, brand and private label choices as well as retailer choices. Much of this information can also be analyzed by specific consumer group, providing hard and fast data on consumers and markets at the product category level.

Why was the report written?
Marketers in the Savory Snacks market face a major challenge. Understanding market size and segmentation is valuable, but the keys to effective targeting is knowing just how valuable specific consumer groups are, and being able to quantify the impact of consumer trends.This report solves these problems by providing integrated survey-based data on consumer trends, consumer groups and market data which show exactly the size of consumer groups, how much of the savory snacks market they account for and which consumer trends drive their behavior.

What is the current market landscape and what is changing?
Savory Snacks is a market where Consumer Trends tend to conflict as much as combine. While many consumers seek to lead healthier lives snacking and the Trends associated with them revolves around indulgence, fun and enjoyment and other similar trends. To create clarity on which consumer trends are driving the market, and how important they are, marketers need a clear and robust picture of who is consuming these products and which trends are driving their behaviors.

What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?
Consumers’ uptake of products and the influence of consumer trends are fundamental causes of change in markets – making knowing what these trends are and the extent of their influence crucial.The survey-based data provided in this report examines over 20 consumer trends that affect the market and examines the share of sales across 26 consumer groups – providing through the data a detailed insight into exactly who the consumer is and just how much impact the latest consumer trends are having.

What makes this report unique and essential to read?
The data provided is unique in the market as it tracks consumer behavior through to its actual value impact on a product market. This provides readers with a unique data analysis of the market allowing marketing tactics and strategy to be updated in line with the very latest consumer behaviors.

Consumer survey data for the following specific categories: the Ethnic/Traditional Snacks, Meat Snacks, Nuts & Seeds, Popcorn, Potato Chips, Pretzels and Processed Snacks.

Detailed consumer segmentation based on survey data covering over 26 consumer groups, 20 consumer trends and consumption frequency for each product category.

Volume shares in 2011 for brands and private label sales tracked by the survey.

Unique retailer choice and switching data as tracked by the survey are provided at the product category level for 2011.

Reasons To Buy
Unique proprietary data that sizes and segments consumers, tracks their behavior and shows the impact of this on their markets

Results also cover over 20 consumer trends, showing exactly to what extent these trends have a direct influence on a market. As this impact assessment is based not only on how many consumers act on these trends, but also how often they act on this it provides unique insight into the “size of the prize” when targeting these consumer trends in each category covered.

Key Highlights
In volume terms the retailing of Savory Snacks is consolidated at the top end, with a small number of retailers controlling a large share of the market. However, outside of this leading group share is highly fragmented. For players in this market to build significant scale quickly securing listings amongst these leading retailers, inevitably including Wal-Mart, will be key to success.

Several trends affect the market, and while the picture varies greatly by category overall it can be said that many consumers are influenced not only by the trend of Indulgence, but that in Savory Snacks this translates into offering enjoyable, even fun, products that offer little bits of “me-time” during the day

Of the total market value over half of this is accounted for by the two leading categories of Processed Snacks and Potato Chips. However, the importance of trends varies between them, making a deep understanding of “where to play” essential for effective product positioning.


1 Introduction
1.1 What is this Report About?
1.2 Definitions
1.2.1 Consumer Trends
1.2.2 Consumer Groups and Legal Drinking Age Consumption (for Alcoholic Drinks coverage)
1.2.3 End Consumers
1.2.4 Volume Units and Aggregations
1.2.5 Population Profiles (for interpretation of tables and charts)
1.3 Methodology
1.3.1 Introduction
1.3.2 Large scale, international, program of online consumer surveys
1.3.3 Nationally Representative results (age, gender)
1.3.4 Parents answered on their children’s behalf
1.3.5 Legal Drinking Age exclusions for alcoholic drinks categories
1.3.6 Integrated with industry calling and secondary research
2 Consumer Segmentation, Group Value and Trend Influence
2.1 Cohort Groups and Savory Snacks Market Value
2.1.1 Age Groups
2.1.2 Gender Groups
2.1.3 Location Groups
2.1.4 Education Achieved Groups
2.1.5 Wealth Groups
2.1.6 Busy Lives Groups
2.2 Cohort Groups and Market Value by Category
2.2.1 Ethnic/traditional Snacks
2.2.2 Meat Snacks
2.2.3 Nuts & Seeds
2.2.4 Popcorn
2.2.5 Potato Chips
2.2.6 Pretzels
2.2.7 Processed Snacks
2.3 Behavioral Trends and Market Value
2.3.1 Ethnic/traditional Snacks
2.3.2 Meat Snacks
2.3.3 Nuts & Seeds
2.3.4 Popcorn
2.3.5 Potato Chips
2.3.6 Pretzels
2.3.7 Processed Snacks
3 Consumption Analysis
3.1 Consumption Frequencies by Age and Gender
3.1.1 Ethnic/traditional Snacks
3.1.2 Meat Snacks
3.1.3 Nuts & Seeds
3.1.4 Popcorn
3.1.5 Potato Chips
3.1.6 Pretzels
3.1.7 Processed Snacks
3.2 Consumer Profiles by Product Category
3.2.1 Ethnic/traditional Snacks
3.2.2 Meat Snacks
3.2.3 Nuts & Seeds
3.2.4 Popcorn
3.2.5 Potato Chips
3.2.6 Pretzels
3.2.7 Processed Snacks
4 Brand vs. Private Label Choices
4.1 Brand vs. Private Label Volume Share
4.1.1 By Category
4.2 Savory Snacks Brand Choice and Private Label Shares
4.2.1 Ethnic/traditional Snacks
4.2.2 Meat Snacks
4.2.3 Nuts & Seeds
4.2.4 Popcorn
4.2.5 Potato Chips
4.2.6 Pretzels
4.2.7 Processed Snacks
5 The Share of Consumers Influenced by Trends
5.1 Trend Drivers of Consumers' Product Choices
5.1.1 Overall Savory Snacks
5.1.2 Ethnic/traditional Snacks
5.1.3 Meat Snacks
5.1.4 Nuts & Seeds
5.1.5 Popcorn
5.1.6 Potato Chips
5.1.7 Pretzels
5.1.8 Processed Snacks
6 Consumption Impact: Market Valuation
6.1 Savory Snacks Value Impact of Consumer Consumption Behavior
6.1.1 Market Value by Category
6.1.2 Market Volume by Category
6.2 Savory Snacks Value Analysis by Category
6.2.1 Share by Category
6.2.2 Expenditure per Capita by Category
6.2.3 Expenditure per Household by Category
6.3 Savory Snacks Volume Impact of Consumer Behavior Trends
6.3.1 Share by Category
6.3.2 Consumption per Capita by Category
6.3.3 Consumption per Household by Category
7 Retailer Choice, Switching and Category Share
7.1 Retailer Volume Share
7.1.1 Retailer Volume Share in Savory Snacks
7.2 Retailer Volume Share by Category
7.2.1 Retail Share by Volume - Ethnic/traditional Snacks
7.2.2 Retail Share by Volume - Meat Snacks
7.2.3 Retail Share by Volume - Nuts & Seeds
7.2.4 Retail Share by Volume - Popcorn
7.2.5 Retail Share by Volume - Potato Chips
7.2.6 Retail Share by Volume - Pretzels
7.2.7 Retail Share by Volume - Processed Snacks
7.3 Levels of Retailer Switching in the Last Six Months
7.3.1 Matrix of Switching Behavior in Last Six Months of 2011
7.3.2 Costco Switching Analysis
7.3.3 Kroger Switching Analysis
7.3.4 Publix Switching Analysis
7.3.5 Safeway Switching Analysis
7.3.6 Supervalu Switching Analysis
7.3.7 Wal-Mart Switching Analysis
7.3.8 Other Switching Analysis
7.4 Profiles of End-Consumers of Savory Snacks, by Retailer Used
7.4.1 Costco
7.4.2 Kroger
7.4.3 Publix
7.4.4 Safeway
7.4.5 Wal-Mart
7.4.6 Other
8 Appendix
8.1 About Canadean
8.2 Disclaimer

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