|DUBLIN, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Sugar, Sugar Substitute, and Sweetener Trends in the U.S., 4th Edition” report to their offering.
Intense focus on added sugars consumption and links to obesity, diabetes and heart disease is motivating consumers to both reduce total consumption and switch to sweeteners perceived as more healthful, including less refined sugars, honey, coconut sugar, and natural zero calorie sweeteners. Less refined, niche sugars and sweeteners are expected to grow at the expense of commodity sugar, especially white granulated. Despite a tangle of negative consumer sentiment about zero calorie sweeteners, acceptance of these products will grow–in part due to the increased availability of natural options such as stevia and monk fruit, but also as a matter of pragmatism. The growing number of Americans being diagnosed with diabetes or taking steps to prevent it will drive demand for alternatives to sugar. Moreover, economic and environmental sustainability factors are increasingly important to consumer choices about sweeteners, and avoidance of genetically modified foods will likely drive sweetener selection for a growing number of consumers.
Scope of Report
The information in this report was obtained from both primary and secondary research. Consumer data were derived from a Packaged Fa! cts nati onal online consumer survey conducted in April 2014 with a panel of 2,000 U.S. adults (age 18+) balanced to the national population on the primary demographic measures of gender, age range, ethnicity, geographic region, marital status, presence or absence of children in the household and household income.
Additional consumer data were obtained from the Simmons National Consumer Survey through Fall 2013 from Experian Marketing Services. On an ongoing basis, Experian Marketing Services conducts booklet-based surveys of a large and random sample of consumers (approximately 25,000 for each 12-month survey compilation) who in aggregate represent a statistically accurate cross-section of the U.S. population.
Retail sales figures credited to IRI (Chicago, IL) are based on IRI aggregated multi-outlet (MULO) sales tracking, which represents sales through U.S. supermarkets, drugstores including Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid), mass merchandisers (Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart and Shopko), warehouse clubs (Sam’s Club and BJ’s, but not Costco), dollar stores (excluding Dollar Tree) and military commissaries.
Nine retailers in three geographic locations (Houston, TX, Minneapolis, MN, and New York and New Jersey) were visited and sugar and sweetener offerings studied in conjunction with this report. A wide range of industry sources were also leveraged including interviews and discussions with industry participants and subject matter experts, sugar and sweetener company websites, videos embedded in these websites, trade publications, business newspapers and magazines, consumer blogs, financial blogs, social media, annual reports, 10Ks and press releases.
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