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Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as virus surges

November 18, 2020

A surge of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. is sending people back to stores to stockpile again, leaving shelves bare and forcing retailers to put limits on purchases.

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Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as virus surges

Grocery shoppers trade up from dried beans and rice to premium foods as Covid cases rise

November 13, 2020

Grocery shoppers are gravitating toward premium products such as specialty chocolate and gourmet pasta sauce as coronavirus cases rise across the country, according to data from market research firm IRI.

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Grocery shoppers trade up from dried beans and rice to premium foods as Covid cases rise

Some grocery stores are limiting toilet paper and disinfecting wipe purchases again

November 13, 2020

Several leading grocery chains are reimposing limits on key items such as toilet paper, paper towels and disinfecting wipes, hoping to keep their shelves stocked and prevent shoppers from hoarding as they did when the pandemic began in the spring.

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Some grocery stores are limiting toilet paper and disinfecting wipe purchases again

Some Grocers Bring Back Purchase Limits as Covid-19 Cases Rise

November 13, 2020

Retailers say there is higher demand for some staples, but shoppers aren’t stockpiling as much as they did in the spring

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Some Grocers Bring Back Purchase Limits as Covid-19 Cases Rise

Bottoms up: How grocers can keep alcohol sales pouring in

November 12, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic boosts category sales, retailers are setting the table for long-term shopper engagement with larger departments and expanded online availability.

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Bottoms up: How grocers can keep alcohol sales pouring in

Once mocked, nonalcoholic beer creates a buzz as traditional brew sales stagnate

November 12, 2020

New offerings from brands like Guinness and Budweiser are flooding the space as the segment, which pulls in nearly $200 million in sales, suddenly heats up.

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Once mocked, nonalcoholic beer creates a buzz as traditional brew sales stagnate

Scavenger hunts, treats dangling from a tree and COVID-19 maps: Candy makers get creative to save Halloween

September 22, 2020

Candy companies, including Hershey and Ferrero, say they are hopeful that kids will still trick-or-treat and adults will seek out sweets, even if their Halloween celebration is simpler or socially distanced because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Scavenger hunts, treats dangling from a tree and COVID-19 maps: Candy makers get creative to save Halloween

Why Americans love cheese

September 15, 2020

Americans are eating more cheese than ever, even as Americans drink less milk every year. Cheese’s popularity can be traced to the rise of fast food and pizza in America but also innovations and new products in grocery store dairy aisles.

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Why Americans love cheese

Understanding what today’s eco-conscious food consumers want

September 09, 2020

Series of posts looking at how food companies, retailers and foodservice operators can reach four key consumer archetypes that are shaping the industry today.

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Understanding what today’s eco-conscious food consumers want

8 Supermarket Staples That Are Still Hard to Find

September 03, 2020

Pandemic shortages go beyond toilet paper and disinfectants, especially if the product comes in a can

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8 Supermarket Staples That Are Still Hard to Find

Big CPGs struggle to gain market share during COVID-19 despite sales boost

September 01, 2020

IRI data shows while large manufacturers grabbed shelf space at the height of the pandemic, upstarts are taking advantage of out-of-stocks and demand for variety to win it back.

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Big CPGs struggle to gain market share during COVID-19 despite sales boost

With Stimulus Checks on Hold, Americans Are Spending Less at the Grocery Store

August 27, 2020

End to extra unemployment benefits among reasons for recent dip in food spending

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With Stimulus Checks on Hold, Americans Are Spending Less at the Grocery Store

Sales shifts prompt changes within convenience channel

August 25, 2020

Despite dip in overall beverage sales, various categories performing well in c-stores

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Sales shifts prompt changes within convenience channel

Why Are There Still Not Enough Paper Towels?

August 25, 2020

Blame lean manufacturing. A decadeslong effort to eke out more profit by keeping inventory low left many manufacturers unprepared when Covid-19 struck. And production is unlikely to ramp up significantly any time soon.

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Why Are There Still Not Enough Paper Towels?

The pandemic economy is changing the way Americans buy groceries

August 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we shop for food.

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The pandemic economy is changing the way Americans buy groceries

Coronacoping: Cooking at home is a 'thing' again and the numbers prove it

August 10, 2020

Fiction writer Sherrie Flick had an inkling there might be shortages of her favorite cooking and baking supplies when Pittsburgh shut down during the start of COVID-19.

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Coronacoping: Cooking at home is a

Why Are Some Groceries Still So Hard to Find During Covid?

August 10, 2020

Toilet paper and frozen veggies are making a comeback, but other backlogs in the supply chain are causing bare shelves and higher prices

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Why Are Some Groceries Still So Hard to Find During Covid?

Podcast: Succeeding with center store during COVID-19 — and beyond

August 05, 2020

IRI’s Sally Lyons Wyatt shares insights on the sales boom in center store, and the opportunities for retailers in the category.

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Podcast: Succeeding with center store during COVID-19 — and beyond

Baby Boomers' Consumer Habits Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Could Have Lasting Changes

August 03, 2020

CBS 2’s Lauren Victory looked at a particular consumer group commanding changes that could last long after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Baby Boomers

Why CPG Brands Shouldn’t Ditch Advertising During The Pandemic

August 03, 2020

President, IRI Media Center of Excellence, improving the consumer experience through more relevant advertising.

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Why CPG Brands Shouldn’t Ditch Advertising During The Pandemic

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