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    After the disruption of the pandemic and spiking inflation, prepared meals sales growth has at least temporarily ground to a halt, but the category is projected to return to its long-term slow growth track. The refrigerated meals segment stands out as an exception, with expanded variety and perceptions of freshness..."
    Potential exists to revamp sliced bread, turn sweet bakery items into portion-controlled treats, leverage aquafaba and embrace regenerative agriculture practices. Honorata Jarocka, Principal Analyst ..."
    Despite nutrition being the most sought-after product attribute, and essentially universal, with 84% agreeing to its importance, it is not the attribute consumers are most willing to pay more for. Ease and speed, both of prep and clean up, win there, making simplification of the family meal the greatest opportunity..."
    Snack Bars – US by Mintel Market Sizes provides you with annual year-end market size data, most recently updated in 2024. This market covers packaged snack bars which can be eaten without accompaniment (e.g. milk) anywhere (such as on street) usually between meals. Market size comprises sales through all retail..."
    Chocolate is part of the weekly lineup 1 in 2 for chocolate consumers, suggesting that chocolate hits the permissible indulgence sweet spot for many. Perhaps some of this is tied to chocolate’s strong role as the go-to comfort food for around half of chocolate consumers, too. The uncertainty of the..."
    Cereal is evolving beyond its traditional role as a breakfast staple, adapting to shifting consumer habits and perceptions. While it remains a go-to morning food, its appeal has broadened to include roles such as a convenient dinner option, a guilt-free indulgence, and a quick source of energy for those on..."
    Indulgent experience remains the mainstay of this category, driven by taste and texture. Better-for-you claims are also inspiring innovations. Zoe Wong, Junior Analyst – Food & Drink, BPCH ..."
    Recent patents demonstrate researchers are continuing to innovate ways to valorise or 'upcycle' by-products into ingredients for the food and beauty industries. Neha Srivastava, Senior Patent Analyst – Food & Drink and Beauty & Personal Care ..."
    Cheese – Canada by Mintel Market Sizes provides you with annual year-end market size data, most recently updated in 2024. This market covers total hard/extra hard, semi-hard, soft, spreadable/processed cheese. It excludes cottage cheese, fromage frais/quark/curd/paneer and cheese dips. Market size is based on retail and non-retail sales. Market size..."
    A striking 80% of yogurt consumers consider it a healthier alternative to indulgent snacks, underscoring yogurts position as a mainstay in consideration sets beyond traditional uses. This mirrors a broader trend of consumers seeking protein-rich and convenient foods for a wider variety of eating occasions. The growth of the yogurt..."
    Better-for-you claims are inspiring innovation in bread and bread products, as resealable packaging and nutrient-packed seeds are pitched to convey value appeal. Zoe Wong, Junior Analyst – Food & Drink, BPCH ..."

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    Whether or not inflation is ongoing, cost of living stressors have changed how consumers feel and act moving forward: 62% say they would buy more fruit if they weren’t worried about rising food costs, and 28% have changed their usual selections over the last year because of higher prices. Luckily, fruit’s..."
    Nuts, seeds and trail mix tick a lot of boxes as the perfect snack, yet opportunities exist to more greatly meet their potential in the competitive snack space. Despite their portable, BFY, protein-rich, and flavorful attributes, they occupy a middling spot among the most frequently..."
    Sauce brands will respond to consumer demands for greater transparency, value and excitement. Ayisha Koyenikan, Director – Mintel Food & Drink ..."
    Facing uncertainty, consumers can rely on yogurt and desserts for affordable indulgence, nutrition and authenticity. Caroline Roux, Consultant Analyst ..."
    Elevated food prices have spurred private label gains, but sustaining growth will take more than just competitive prices. John Owen, Associate Director – Food and Retail ..."