The processed food industry: how does it meet the consumer perception challenges?

How Consumer Perceptions are Challenging the Processed Food Industry

Today’s health-conscious consumer tends to think twice while walking down the processed food aisle. Rather than thinking of the convenience of the products, they are now considering the perceived low nutritional quality and negative news stories.

The same consumer is laden down by a busier lifestyle and may not have the luxury of time to prepare a fresh meal three times a day. Studies show that around 70% of the people eat at their desks. This presents quite a dilemma to the food and retail industries.

Consumer perception of processed foods

According to a study carried out by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), consumers have a negative attitude towards and an increasing awareness of processed food. For the study, 1500 adults who identified as the primary grocery shoppers were interviewed.

The results showed that 43% were not in favour of the consumption of processed food; a perception found across all demographics and age groups.

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Based in Farrelly & Mitchell's Dubai office, Regional Director Chaitanya has decades of experience in the MENA region. With extensive knowledge of the food and beverage industry, Chaitanya can help your business thrive in the consumer food sector.


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