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Urban Plates Uses Food Service Market Research for Menu, Expansion, and More

Posted by TrendSource on 3/12/20 9:00 AM

Urban Plates--the freshness-forward, Cardiff, CA based restaurant chain serving sandwiches, salads, and braises in a made-to-order cafeteria format since its opening in 2011--is in the middle of a carefully-executed expansion strategy that will see it triple its store count by 2023.

Why has the chain succeeded where so many other similar concepts have failed? According to co-founder and CEO Sadar Nadhir, "Urban Plates is changing the way America eats. Guests desire affordable high-quality, customizable meals served in a convenient yet inviting atmosphere with fine-dining hospitality.” Though Nadhir may be inclined to exaggerate for obvious reasons, it's hard to argue with his restaurants’ successes.

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Topics: Market Research, Food Service, Competitive Intelligence, Omnichannel, Health Food, vegan

Market Research 101: Competitor Monitoring Mystery Shopping

Posted by TrendSource on 9/19/19 10:15 AM

Market Research 101 continues this week with an in-depth exploration of competitor monitoring mystery shops. Sure, competitor monitoring mystery shops are a little bit like spying, but it’s also just really good business and everybody else is doing it.

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Topics: Food Service, Competitive Intelligence, Mystery Shopping, Grocery, Retail, Market Research 101

Aldi is Coming for Your Customers: How Grocery Market Research Can Help

Posted by TrendSource on 9/13/18 9:19 AM

Grocers beware, Aldi is coming for you, your margins, and your customers (protect your millennials!).  The German discounter, which currently operates 1,800 stores in 35 states, was just named Retailer of the Year by Supermarket News, its second such victory in the past four years.

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Topics: Market Research, Customer Intercepts, Competitive Intelligence, Grocery, Omnichannel, Mobile Technology, Grocery Delivery, Shopalong

Manufacturing Market Research: “I Got Hot Sauce in My Bag, Swag”

Posted by TrendSource on 5/17/18 10:01 AM
We love a good pun around here but saying that hot sauce is hot right now is a bit too easy for us. Yet, though a bit lazy and humorless, that statement is nonetheless true.

How hot is it? Consider some numbers: Since 2000, US sales have grown by 150%, which is more than the sum growth for all other condiments combined (yes, all of them: ketchup, mustard, mayo, BBQ sauce…).  In 2015, Euromonitor noted that sales of hot sauces grew at nearly twice the rate as other packaged goods writ large.  Spicy products have a 20% compound annual growth rate over the last 10 years.  Oh, and as of last count, more than half the American population has at least one bottle of hot sauce in their fridge. All this means that, within the next five years, hot sauce will be a $1.65 billion industry.  

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, CPG, Manufacturing, Focus Groups, Beyoncé

Cocktails in a Can: A Competitor Analysis of the RTD Cocktail Market

Posted by TrendSource on 3/21/18 10:39 AM

Last week, we wrote about how Coke was set to debut its own alco-pop in Japan, marking the first branded foray into alcohol in the company’s history. This got us thinking about the alcohol-in-a-can market in general, and before long, we were researching (yes, both traditional research and enthusiastic taste testing - for science) the newest wave of cocktails in a can.

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Topics: Market Research, Competitive Intelligence, Grocery, CPG, Manufacturing, Beverage

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