Health, nutrition & ethics articles and infographics

14 September 2020
One month after lockdown our health tracking recorded that more than four in ten shoppers (41% in April 2020) stated that they almost/mostly eat healthy food and drink and that 89% are actively trying to improve their diet in some way.  But how has this been impacted by COVID-19, when how we buy, prepare, eat and even value food changed for us all? Shopper’s aspire to be healthy, but it doe...
30 July 2020
Like many others in the 18-24 age bracket, lockdown brought on a different way of life for me. When at first, I expected my older relatives to find lockdown the hardest, it has turned out to be my friends who have struggled the most. Living in London, most of us live in small flats and house shares – because we spent most of our lives ‘out and about’. Our homes suddenly transformed from bein...
05 May 2020
The food industry is helping shoppers in challenging times As we enter week seven of the lockdown, the food and grocery industry has managed to maintain the supply of food and drink following the spike in demand in March. Traffic at food retail stores reached levels rarely seen before, outpacing peak trading periods including holidays and special shopping events. Sainsbury’s recently rep...
03 April 2020
Stress testing the relationship between the food industry and shoppers In the last few weeks, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has really tested the relationship between the food and grocery industry and its shoppers. Traffic at food retail stores has been at a level rarely seen before, outpacing peak trading periods including holidays and special shopping events. In response to incre...
05 February 2020
If you’re reading this blog post, then you’re probably already aware that the heart of the ShopperVista survey is a detailed tracking questionnaire. Through this service we speak to a nationally representative panel of more than 1,000 British food and grocery shoppers every month, about topics as varied as their personal economic expectations, how satisfied they were with their latest food shop a...
28 January 2020
EU exit: deal or no deal?  After more than three years since the EU referendum, and three prime ministers, the UK officially left the EU on 31st January 2020. Is that it then? Does that then bring certainty to businesses and shoppers?  Not entirely. The UK and EU have moved into the transition period. This will last until 31st December 2020 and should help cushion the impact. In this t...
17 January 2020
It’s January. Christmas is over, we’ve all eaten too much and as a result many of us have made bold claims about diets for 2020. Veganuary 2019 saw a quarter of a million people try a vegan diet , and with our Christmas research before and after Christmas 2019 showing that 14% of households prepared a vegan or vegetarian option for their main Christmas meal this year – up from 9% in 2018 – that ...
03 January 2020
It’s time to start planning for the year ahead. I’ve built on our five Global Retail Trends for 2020 with five key shopper related trends to follow and act on in the year ahead. You can find them in our new Shopper trends 2020 report.  For those of you who are a bit time poor (see trend 3 below), here is quick summary. 1. Value seeking The decisive result of the General Election me...
07 November 2019
Key themes came up repeatedly across several of our speakers in the Food-to-Go stream at IGD Live and one of those was the need to focus on sustainability. This stretched from different ways to reduce and remove packaging, to reducing food waste and to thinking about how products and ingredients are sourced. Our research shows that solutions which present ways to help shoppers achieve th...
23 October 2019
There is a lot to be grateful for working at IGD. Whether it is the great colleagues, the lovely countryside setting or the tasty lunches. I am also lucky to be able see first-hand some of the great innovation taking place in the food and grocery industry. Our Retail Analysis online service includes visits to almost 1,000 stores in 50 countries every year. As part of our ShopperVista ...