From Nutraceuticals World
According to Netherlands-based Innova Market Insights, new food products with an ethical or premium positioning are on the rise despite the difficult economic situation. New data show that consumers, while pinching pennies elsewhere, are readily snatching up value-added products positioned on ethical platforms.
As a percentage of total U.S. launches, new food products with an ethical positioning grew from more than 3% in 2008 to 6% of introductions tracked in the first quarter of 2011. This paradigm shift comes as the wellness category is blurring to encompass new areas not typically considered as health and nutrition, such as “minimally processed,” “locally sourced” and “sustainable” and appealing to a more “responsible” American consumer increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability.