February 22, 2019

83% of U.S. Adults Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

"Americans plan to spend a record $5.9 billion to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. That’s the highest level in the survey’s 14-year history, up from last year’s previous record of $5.3 billion."

February 19, 2019

Health Insurance Companies to Promote Expanded Physical and Emotional Support Programs

"More than nine in in ten (92%) adults over the age of 65 who have Medicare coverage say that it is important to them that their health plan offers programs/resources that support physical health (physical activity programs, weight loss, nutrition, etc.) and nearly as many (86%) say the same thing about having access to programs/resources that support emotional health (stress management programs, counseling, etc.), according to Ipsos. Two thirds also stress the importance of having a health plan that offers social connectedness (68%) or financial health (67%) programs/resources, though at least a third nevertheless say these are important to them."

February 18, 2019

60% of Digital Food Orders are Placed Via Mobile App

"Restaurant digital orders have grown at an average annual rate of 23% since 2013 and will triple in volume by the end of 2020, and the majority of digital orders, 6 out of 10, are by mobile apps, reports The NPD Group. A restaurant’s app or website represents 70% of digital orders and the remaining orders are through third-party apps or other types of apps or websites, according to the findings of NPD’s recently released Delivering Digital Convenience report."

February 15, 2019

77% of Pet Owners Rely on Pet Boarding Services

"Holiday time means gathering friends and family and increasingly that includes the family pets. But that can mean drama for both the pet owners and their hosts if rules and responsibilities aren’t clearly laid out. Ipsos polled 1,003 Americans on their attitudes about whether they allow friends and family to bring pets to their homes, how they’ll travel or not with pets and how pet owners accommodate their pet needs in other people’s houses."

February 13, 2019

More Consumers, Both Vegetarian and Omnivores, are Eating Plant-Based Protein

"Case shipments of plant-based protein from broadline foodservice distributors to foodservice operators increased by 20% in the year ending November 2018 compared to year ago with all Census regions showing double-digit growth, reports The NPD Group. The West Census Region represents the most plant-based protein volume and case shipment growth followed closely by the South Census region, according to NPD’s SupplyTrack."

February 11, 2019

Online Clothing Retailers to Target Luxury Shoppers

"U.S. online sales of luxury fashion items are showing significant growth coming from each of the key segments (footwear, accessories, and apparel) according to the new U.S. Luxury E-commerce Report from The NPD Group. Much of the nearly 50% increase in dollar sales seen in recent years across these segments is attributed to an increase in buyer spending."

February 8, 2019

40% of Consumers Replace TVs to Get Bigger Screens

"Looking to purchase a bigger TV to replace your current model? You are not alone. According to the TV Ownership Trends Report from NPD Connected Intelligence, 40% of U.S. consumers who replaced a TV over the last two years were most motivated by a desire to purchase a bigger screen. In fact, 40% of replacement TVs purchased had a screen size of 50+ inches, with 15% of those made up by TV screens 60-inches and larger."

February 7, 2019

Restaurants to Promote Take-Out and Delivery Services

"For a variety of reasons (streaming media, working from home, the need to find comfort and shelter from the maddening crowd, or practicing Hygge, the Danish art of coziness) U.S. consumers are staying home. Staying home also means eating more meals at home and an increasing number of those meals are purchased from restaurants and food service outlets. In the year ending September 2018 dining at a restaurant represented 37% of all visits and remained flat compared to last year and restaurant meals consumed in-home accounted for 32% of all traffic and increased visits by 2%, reports The NPD Group."