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Hot topic: Free From, 2018

Hot topic: Free From, 2018

Summary

Free from growth is largely coming from previously underdeveloped categories, such as fresh and food-on-the-go products. Millennials are the largest proportion of free from consumers, and are also the demographic that purchase the greatest proportion of food-on-the-go and fresh produce.

With convenience space at a premium, ranges need to be efficiently stocked and carefully curated, giving priority to the most commonly purchased items. However, as the number of people eating speciality diets increases, so will the demand for free from essentials and everyday food categories.

The UK hot topic: free from report offers comprehensive insight and analysis of the major players, the main trends, and consumer attitudes. It provides an in-depth analysis of the following: the hot issues affecting the market, strategies for success, key trends, retailer and brand comparisons, retailer case studies, and consumer data.

The report focuses on gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, nut free and meat free food categories and diets. Consumer data is based on our 2018 UK free from survey, using a panel of 2,500 nationally representative consumers. The most popular free from diet followed by consumers in the UK is a vegetarian diet (about 7.4%); vegan though, is the least popular form of diet (2.2%). Over 34 of consumers follow a specific diet because they think it is healthier. Free from shoppers are more likely to shop online, compared to those not shopping for a dietary requirement. This is because there is greater choice online and it is easier to shop. Dairy free alternatives are the most purchased free from item, with more than 11% of consumers. This is driven by consumers following vegan and dairy free diets. More than 24% of the consumers have purchased free from in the past three months; and this is considerably higher for 16-24 year olds where over 37% have purchased free from over the same period.

Companies mentioned in this report: Sainsbury's, Ocado, Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl, Planet Organic, Amazon, Holland & Barrett, Tesco, ASDA, Marks & Spencer, Co-op, Costa, M&S Café, Starbucks, Morrisons.

Scope

  • The most popular free from diet followed by consumers in the UK is a vegetarian diet (7.4%); vegan though, is the least popular (2.2%).
  • 34.2% of consumers follow a specific diet because they think it is healthier.
  • Free from shoppers are more likely to shop online, compared to those not shopping for a dietary requirement. This is because there is greater choice online and it is easier to shop.
Reasons to buy
  • Using our main issues and key trends, understand which subsectors and formats are the strongest performing to ensure more focus and investment in these winning product areas.
  • Gain insight into which formats consumers prefer to shop for free from products as well as which retailers are already successfully doing this.
  • Understand free from shoppers’ purchasing habits and preferences, and what influences their retailer selection in order to drive spend.


  • Introduction
    • Key takeaways from free from
  • The hot issues
    • Market drivers in free from
    • Strategies for success
    • Main issues in free from
    • Key trends in free from
    • Case study - store layout
    • Case study - product range
    • Retailer comparison
    • Brand comparison
  • Consumer insights
    • Highlights
    • Who shops and where they are located
    • What people purchase for
      • Table Consumers who conformed to a daily diet
    • Why consumers conform to a specific diet
    • Opinion on choice
    • Health food specialists
    • Where people shop
    • Who shops and where they are located
      • Table Proportion of people following a specific diet purchasing free from items
    • Frequency of purchase
      • Table Frequency of purchase
    • Spending
    • Products purchased
    • Ease of shopping
    • Retailers used
      • Table Retailer with the best free from range
      • Table Reasons why grocer outperforms its competitors in free from products
    • Products purchased
      • Table Carbohydrate substitutions
    • Exercise
      • Table Frequency of exercise
  • Methodology
    • Appendix

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