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Fresh Produce in an Era of Inflation

Fresh Produce in an Era of Inflation

June 13, 2022

Produce isn’t immune to inflation, but consumers are willing to pay higher prices for their go-to items and value-added produce that enable easy meal prep. Join IRI’s Bob Morales, principal and Produce Team Lead, and Kate Allmandinger, a consultant with IRI’s Fresh Center of Excellence, to learn what draws consumers to the produce department. 

Mine the Private Label and National Brand Gap

Mine the Private Label and National Brand Gap

May 25, 2022

While private label products were able to gain share during the Great Recession, they have yet to make notable gains against national brands in our current period of high inflation. Mary Ellen Lynch, principal, Center Store Solutions at IRI, discusses some strategies retailers should employ to build the value proposition of their private brand offerings. 

Retailers Are Dialing Up Innovation and Curation

Retailers Are Dialing Up Innovation and Curation

May 10, 2022

With inflation high, home meals and home entertaining are winning out over foodservice. Retailers are stepping up, showing a greater understanding of consumer needs and helping consumers create interesting at-home experiences. Jonna Parker, Principal of IRI’s Fresh Center of Excellence and Anne-Marie Roerink, President of 210 Analytics, share winning strategies and additional opportunities to win with consumers.

Nurturing Happy and Healthy Homes

Nurturing Happy and Healthy Homes

May 4, 2022

IRI’s Growth Insights C-Suite Conversations feature notable leaders talking about the future of CPG, retail and media. Our newest installment features Tim Cofer, CEO of Central Garden & Pet, a Walnut Creek, Calif.-based leader in the garden and pet industries.  

In this exclusive interview, Cofer speaks with IRI’s KK Davey and Russ Dunham about his company and its growth during a pandemic that fueled a rise in pet adoptions and an increased interest in gardening. He also talks about the company’s approach to growth through mergers and acquisitions, its ongoing e-commerce expansion, how the company is overcoming supply chain challenges, the importance of company culture, and several other topics.

Achieving and Winning with Accurate Portrayals of Women and Girls in Media

Achieving and Winning with Accurate Portrayals of Women and Girls in Media

May 2, 2022

The 2021 GEM® Lift Study, produced in partnership between IRI and the Association of National Advertisers’ SeeHer movement, reveals the positive sales lift when women see themselves accurately and positively portrayed in advertising. Jennifer Pelino, executive vice president of IRI’s Global Media Solutions, and Latha Sarathy, executive vice president of Analytics, Insights & Measurement at ANA/SeeHer, share how doing the right thing in advertising can boost the bottom line. 

More on ”Meats” the Eye

More on ”Meats” the Eye

April 20, 2022

Even with high inflation, meat sales remain strong. Still, the industry is taking steps to meet cash-strapped consumers at the meat case. From value cuts and value packs to promoting benefits beyond protein, Jonna Parker, principal of IRI’s Fresh Center of Excellence, John Crowder, head of Beef Marketing at JBS, and Heather DeLuca, VP, Meat & Seafood, AWG, share strategies being employed to deliver in a category Americans indicate they’re committed to.

March 2022’s Fresh Pulse

March 2022’s Fresh Pulse

April 12, 2022

Inflation is rising and shopper behavior is changing. Jonna Parker, principal of IRI's Fresh Center of Excellence, and Anne-Marie Roerink, president of 210 Analytics, discuss how inflation is showing up in grocery retail and offer some insight into how younger consumers are working to save money. Hint: they aren't turning to paper circulars the way older shoppers do. 

The Dairy Case: Our Recovery Barometer

The Dairy Case: Our Recovery Barometer

March 29, 2022

Increasing mobility, product versatility, innovation and a balance of health and indulgence are all reflected in the dairy case. John Crawford, IRI’s vice president of Client Insights, Dairy, provides the current and future state of the dairy case and shares some product innovations worth watching. 

Cannabis Outlook 2022 and Beyond

Cannabis Outlook 2022 and Beyond

March 17, 2022

Despite regulatory hurdles, the cannabis market continues to grow, especially in the $45 billion U.S. market. BDSA’s chief commercial officer, Jessica Lukas, shares insights into growth opportunities for CPG manufacturers and retailers and why 2022 is the right time for investing in and developing cannabis-derived products. 

February 2022’s Fresh Pulse

February 2022’s Fresh Pulse

February 28, 2022

A confluence of inflation, supply challenges, bad weather and the omicron variant drove at-home food sales in January 2022. In this monthly outlook of fresh categories, Jonna Parker, principal of IRI's Fresh Center of Excellence, and Anne-Marie Roerink, president of 210 Analytics, discuss consumer behaviors – including an increase in at-home meals – as well as retailer strategies to retain shoppers during this complicated time.

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