Do you know what are the main trends in the food distribution sector? Knowing them is key to ensuring competitiveness in the market and meeting consumer demands.
Read on, we summarize the most important ones for 2023 and the following years.
4 trends in the food retail sector
There is no doubt that food distribution is a strategic and essential sector for the population, something that has become clear since the pandemic caused by the coronavirus.
In addition, distributors are of great importance when it comes to providing value to the end consumer, as well as transmitting the values of the brand to differentiate it from other options and achieve greater customer loyalty. For this reason, it is not surprising that manufacturers are paying more and more attention to the choice of their partners.
However, retailers must adapt to change and adjust to the needs of consumers. Otherwise, they risk penalizing their competitiveness and productivity. That is why it is essential to be aware of the main trends in the food distribution sector, and here are some of them.
Healthy and quality foods
More and more people are following a healthy lifestyle and moving away from ultra-processed foods in favor of those that stand out for their quality and nutritional properties.
In addition, there is also a clear reducetarian trend to limit the consumption of meat and animal foods, such as dairy products and eggs. This leads to an increased intake of plant-based products.
To expand business opportunities, a good option for distributors is to include in their catalog new products designed to meet the demands of consumers who are looking for healthy, nutritious and quality foods. Among all the possibilities available, healthy nut snacks stand out: almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts….
Of course, these delicious snacks, which can be consumed alone or as an ingredient in multiple recipes, expand the sales possibilities for distributors, since it is possible to market them in supermarkets, delicatessens, hotels, vending machines…
In search of new gastronomic experiences
Consumers are also looking for new gastronomic experiences that allow them to discover different flavors, without losing sight of healthy and nutritious food. It is therefore not surprising that the gourmet sector is booming, something that will continue in 2023 and beyond.
In this context, it is important that retailers are also betting on this type of food. Of course, there are great options to choose from, and one of them is Spanish gastronomy, as it provides quality, nutrition and different flavors. For example, at El Nogal Wellness Nuts we have an exquisite range of recipes made with natural ingredients and inspired by Spanish tapas and its most characteristic flavors: Let’s Tapas. In addition, they can be consumed as a snack or included in all kinds of preparations, being an ideal solution for retail stores, catering businesses, supermarkets, gourmet stores…
What is another trend in the food distribution sector? Sustainability. Consumers are now looking for products that respect the planet, so it is necessary to offer a greater environmental commitment.
There are different alternatives, from opting for reusable packaging and eliminating single-use plastics (bags, straws, cups…) to reducing carbon emissions or sourcing sustainable ingredients, among others. Moreover, this trend is not only beneficial for the planet, but also attracts a greater number of customers and allows the sector to gain in competitiveness while reducing its production and energy costs.
Greater variety of formats and packaging
In our selection of trends in the food distribution sector, we could not miss the commitment to new formats and packaging, key to adapt to the daily routines of all types of consumers.
In this sense, functionality and convenience are essential. For example, why does a person living alone need a family-size package? Not only is it more cumbersome to carry, but it also means more food is wasted, as it is unlikely to be consumed within the set timeframe.
This is why retailers should include all kinds of options in their catalog (individual packs, packs, ready to go…). A great alternative is to offer individual packs of nuts, which provides quality and nutrition, but also functionality and convenience. Customers can buy these packs in any store and consume them whenever and wherever they want: at home, in the office, at the gym…
El Nogal Wellness Nuts, gourmet nuts suppliers
El Nogal Wellness Nuts is a supplier of premium nuts of Spanish origin that offers the food distribution sector, retailers and catering companies unique and innovative recipes. Solutions elaborated with natural and healthy ingredients and with the most exquisite flavors to conquer the lovers of Mediterranean gastronomy.
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