The store perimeter keeps changing, and you need the latest data and insights to keep up. IRI's Fresh Center of Excellence is the leader in tracking and analyzing everything that's happening in perishables departments including meat, produce, refrigerated/dairy, seafood, deli, bakery and floral.
One of the biggest challenges with tracking fresh foods is that there has not been an industry-standard definition. Until now. In partnership with leading fresh foods industry organizations such as the International Dairy, Deli and Bakery Association, IRI has created the industry’s first syndicated solution for the marketplace on perishable items. Both fixed and random weight items come together for the first time for a true total department view.
Our complimentary monthly reports track fresh food sales performance across dairy, deli, bakery, refrigerated, meat/seafood and produce and include analysis on market conditions, shopper perceptions and what's expected next for the category.
Dairy represents the bulk of sales in the refrigerated department due to strong consumer demand and inflation.
Units are holding nearly flat, an accomplishment in a marketplace with significant pressure on units and pounds.
January bakery department sales were boosted by inflation, totaling $3.1 billion. However, units contracted significantly.
Fresh produce sales reached $5.7 billion in January, up from $5.5 billion in December, an increase of 1.3% compared to 2022.
After a solid December, January meat sales were somewhat subdued. Dollars, units and volume sales were down.
Meat alternatives sales were down year-over-year, generating $89.6 million in January. Units and volume also declined.
Shelf-stable seafood remained the only area with dollar gains in January 2023. Frozen seafood was easily the biggest seller.
Frozen food had strong dollar growth in January, but also the highest year-over-year unit declines, at 8.4%.
Data from the IRI Integrated Fresh Database is integrated into the IRI Demand Index™, which offers a standard metric for tracking changes in spending. It measures weekly changes in fresh food and other consumer purchases by dollar sales against the year-ago period across departments, grocery aisles and retail formats.
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