The spreads market continued to grow throughout the recent recession, driven by a desire for indulgence and a demand for new natural and functional spreads. Sweet spreads remain a staple food, although the penetration of jams, for example, is threatened by the growing use of breakfast cereals, lower sales of bread, and even a decline in the frequency of eating breakfast, as a result of hectic lifestyles. Chocolate spreads continue to benefit from their popularity among children and teenagers, although concerns about obesity have impacted on volume demand, leading to low calorie NPD in recent years.
Both sweet and savoury spreads are marked by suppliers trying to increase the use of their products in cooking and baking, in order to boost usage frequency in these highly mature and saturated markets. The markets have seen considerable price hikes recently as a result of the increase in the price of raw materials.
NPD continues to be driven by health and wellness trends, with a growing presence of organic spreads and products suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Ethical and environmental claims are also gaining ground as a way of differentiating products and brands.
In this report we answer the key questions:
How well have spreads weathered the recession? Will the twin demand for indulgence and health benefits continue to drive growth?
Recent price increases, caused by the hike in commodity prices, have put brand margins under pressure. Will this have a significant effect on the market?
How dynamic was NPD in 2010, as manufacturers focused on consolidating and repackaging their lines?
How will traditional segments such as jam and honey respond to the challenge of cereals to defend their place at the breakfast table?
GNPD covers all sweet spreads and savoury spreads. Sweet Spreads include: caramel and cream spreads; chocolate spreads; confiture and fruit spreads; honey; nut spreads; and syrups. Savoury spreads include: dips, a common condiment for many types of food; meat pastes and pâtés; sandwich fillers/spreads; savoury vegetable pastes/spreads; and yeast extracts.
Specific GMN definitions are included below. Please note that GMN and TGI data only cover sweet spreads. Please also note that for individual countries, the scope in terms of segmentation or distribution may differ depending on which source data are available.