This week’s key research includes a report on Spain, one of the European markets hit hardest by the downturn and where economic conditions remain tough.

Spain Food and Drink Report Q4 2010
Spain’s economic problems have not spared the food and drink industry, with sales growth in this sector stuck in negative territory throughout H110. This research see little prospect of growth in the medium term, with high unemployment, falling wages and rising taxes placing downwards pressure on consumption. However, it does see greater room for growth beyond 2011. 

Chocolate Market in the U.S.: Trends and Opportunities in Premium, Gourmet and Mass Chocolate Products
The U.S. chocolate market is a mature, differentiated and exacting market, which makes distinguishing yourself a challenge to marketers of chocolate products. This report examines the current state of the industry and how the market will evolve over the next five years. Chocolate marketers today are drawing inspiration from other segments of the food and beverage industry in an effort to boost sales – witness chocolates that feature super fruits, functional ingredients, savoury touches and ethnic flavours.

The Future of Nutrition Labelling for Food and Drinks in Europe: Evolving consumer needs, manufacturer and retailer strategies and market opportunities
‘The Future of Front-of-Pack Nutritional Labelling in Food and Drinks’ report aims to dispel some of the myths, compound some of the confusion and clarify many of the complications surrounding the issue of point of purchase labelling in the food and drink market. Taking a global perspective, the report was written in the first half of 2010 during a time of economic turbulence, political changes and regulatory transformations around the world.

Future Directions in Functional Foods
The key focus areas of this report include a discussion of the major drivers within the global functional foods market and a review of how the industry currently views the market and its future potential.

Online Food & Grocery: The Shopper Perspective
Addressing the increasingly important online channel in food and grocery retailing, this report provides authoritative research, analysis and insight into shoppers’ motivations and behaviour across the online path to purchase. It provides detailed insight into shoppers’ attitudes, behaviours and purchasing habits online, retailers’ propositions and shopper marketing effectiveness, helping FMCGs, retailers and agencies understand and influence the shoppers’ decision making process across the online path to purchase.

Gourmet, Specialty and Premium Foods, Beverages and Consumer Trends in the U.S., 8th Edition
This comprehensive report answers such questions as: Which gourmet/premium products and market segments have been faring well in the new economy? How are marketers and retailers adjusting? How can they recast and reposition their goods? Who are the most viable consumers, and how can they best be reached? Which media and marketing messages resonate for these consumers, and in what contexts?

Innovations in Glass Packaging for Food and Drinks: Premium and sustainable applications and the impact of emerging markets
The global glass packaging market for food and drinks was valued at about $26bn in the year ended December 2009. In Western Europe and the US, the market is fairly mature. However, growth in the industry will primarily come from the key emerging markets such as China, India and Russia. Ethical concerns relating to sustainable packaging will drive innovation and demand for glass packaging.  This report examines the trends and issues.

Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit – UK – September 2010
This report covers nuts, seeds and dried fruit, eaten as snacks and used in cooking/baking. Also included in this report are nut mixes. The report looks at Premiumisation, a revival of interest in home baking and the trend towards healthy eating, more education on the nutritional properties of nuts, seeds and dried fruit and the way in which brands can continue to drive consumption by positioning them as healthier alternatives to traditional snacks.