Innova: baby boomers driving sugar reduction

27 May 2019

As sugar becomes more central to the obesity debate, its reduction is becoming a major dietary target for many consumers, notes Innova Market Insights, and this is manifesting itself most in the baby boomer demographic (born 1946-1964).

Innova Market Insights research shows that one in two US boomers have been reducing their sugar intake or buying more reduced sugar products, while two in five are cutting back on their consumption of sweet snacks.

Innova: baby boomers driving sugar reduction

This trend is supported by research into the typical shopping basket.

“Boomers are below-average purchasers of certain sweet products such as chocolate, desserts & ice cream and snack bars,” said Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation of Innova Market Insights. “In contrast, they are markedly more important in the yogurt, sweet baked goods and breakfast cereals categories, so these could offer opportunities for sugar reduction.”

The US yogurt category is already seeing high levels of low/no sugar development, with 20% of all launches in 2018 carrying such claims, up from just 4% in 2013. Breakfast cereals and sweet baked goods have not followed suit, however, with just 2% penetration for reduced sugar products in 2018.

According to Innova, two in five US consumers use sweeteners “because they like sweet things but want to reduce the calories. Three in five would “rather cut back on sugar than consume alternative sweeteners.” One in two US consumers prefer savoury to sweet taste in an afternoon snack. The company also notes that patent activity is thriving in natural sweeteners.

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