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Sustainability and Consumer Research by IRI and NYU Stern CSB Showcases Trends and Opportunities for Consumer Products Growth

CHICAGO – Sept. 13, 2022 – IRI®, which recently merged with The NPD Group to create a leading global technology, analytics and data provider, and the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) today released new research, Sustainability and the Consumer, which features new survey data on consumer perceptions and leverages CSB's Sustainable Market Share Index to illustrate the sustainability attributes that matter most and how to optimize marketing efforts and product innovation to drive growth.

Key findings from the research include:

Consumers and Sustainability

  • 93% of consumers have maintained or increased their sustainable purchase habits in the past year
  • 77% of consumers believe sustainability is important when selecting products to buy, up 8 ppts from 2021 findings
  • 27% of shoppers — and 32% of Gen Z and millennials — seek out retailers that carry sustainable products, indicating a shopper preference that is likely to endure and increase over time

Sustainability in Products

  • While sustainable products represent just 17% of total CPG sales, they drove one-third of all CPG growth in the past year
  • Sustainability marketed products grow 2.7x faster in their categories than conventionally marketed products
  • Roughly 50% of all new products in 2021 were sustainable, up 20% from 2017
  • Sustainability-marketed products can command price premiums over their conventional counterparts that can range from 8% to 130%

"Challenges such as supply chain disruptions and inflation have made it difficult for brands and manufacturers to identify which shopping behaviors are real trends, and which are a temporary response to market conditions," said Randi Kronthal-Sacco, Senior Scholar, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business. "Each year, our research with IRI shows increasing interest in sustainability-marketed CPG products, showing that sustainability has become a lasting priority for consumers."

"Because our research with CSB shows a growth of sales and interest for sustainable products year-over-year, it’s no surprise that we’ve seen successful new product launches incorporating sustainable benefits increasingly since 2017," said Joan Driggs, vice president, Content and Thought Leadership, IRI. "Our new research finds that Gen Z and millennials are noticing this increase and are more likely to try these new products than older generations."

Register for Today’s Webinar

IRI and CSB will present key findings from the report in a co-hosted webinar today, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. CT. Randi Kronthal-Sacco and Joan Driggs will cover which sustainability attributes matter most and how to optimize marketing efforts and product innovation to drive growth. To register for “2022 Sustainability and the Consumer,” visit here.

About IRI

IRI unifies technology, analytics and data to reinvent how people and companies make decisions, take action and optimize performance. With the largest repository of purchase, media, social, causal and loyalty data, all integrated into an on-demand, cloud-based technology platform, IRI helps to guide its more than 5,000 clients around the world in their quests to capture market share, connect with consumers, collaborate with key constituents and deliver market-leading growth. For more information, visit www.iriworldwide.com.

About NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

The NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) was founded on the principle that sustainable business is good business. We provide education, conduct research, and influence industry practice by proving the financial value of sustainability for business management and performance. At CSB, we aim to equip future and current corporate leaders with updated business frameworks that embrace proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability, resulting in competitive advantage and resiliency for their companies as well as a positive impact for society. Learn more at www.stern.nyu.edu/sustainability or follow us on LinkedIn @NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business and Twitter @NYUSternCSB.

IRI Contact
Shelley Hughes
Email: Shelley.Hughes@IRIworldwide.com
Phone: (312) 731-1782

NYU Stern CSB Contact
Alison Berg
Email: alison.berg@stern.nyu.edu
Phone: (609) 356-2891

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