This week’s key research in the just-food store includes reports in how the downturn has affected snacking, demand for healthier products in India, the ice cream category in Western Europe and the global probiotics market. Click on the report titles below to find out more.

Snacking Habits
Consumers have been left with no alternative but to shift the way in which they buy, prepare and consume their food following the effects of the economic downturn. The reduction in disposable income has seen a fall in luxury food and drink items.

Cooking Habits
With YouGov SixthSense data showing that almost two thirds of consumers are worse off financially since the onset of the economic downturn, eating and drinking habits have had to change.

Health and Wellness – India
Increasing consumer awareness and a strong economy has accelerated the demand for health and wellness products in the country. Companies ranging from big multinationals to small local manufacturers have focused on creating products to promote health benefits.

Child Confectionery
The child confectionery market is one of the most heavily branded fast moving consumer goods areas, dominated by household names supported by mega advertising budgets. The recent purchase of Cadbury by Kraft demonstrates just how valuable many of these brands are.

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Offering Ethicality & Sustainability in Food & Drinks
Industry players have acknowledged that environmentalism is now a key battleground in the fight to win the hearts and minds of consumers. This is a comprehensive analysis of consumer values, attitudes and behaviors with regard to ethical and environmentally friendly consumption.

The Desserts (Including Ice Cream) Market in Western Europe (16 countries)
The total West European Desserts Market was worth Euros 112.3 billion in 2009, and the Top-10 West European companies supplied 40.7% of this market. This total market is forecast to decline at an average annual real -0.26% during the 2009 – 2012 period.

In-home Eating Habits
This study examines the impact of the change in the eating and drinking habits of British consumers following the reduction in disposable income caused by the economic downturn and inability to continue the purchase of more upscale produce.

Global Probiotics Market: Trends and Opportunities
Ageing population, rising cases of gastrointestinal disease and rising consumer consciousness for health-related issues is driving the growth of the Probiotics market. Probiotics claim to improve the immune system of the body which becomes another important driver for the growth of this market.