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Score: 6.5
New and Mild Top 4 Examples: 1,115 Total Clicks Date Range: Jul 15 - May 16
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Brands offer cost-free menu items to intrigue and delight consumers
Implications - In an attempt to draw in new consumers, food and beverage companies offer flavorful giveaways as a means to reach a broader audience. By providing consumers with cost-free snacks and drinks, brands are able to showcase their products and build a more diverse following. This creates a more authentic, humanized brand perception, which is especially relevant to consumers in the social media age. [More]
Score: 9
New and Hot Top 4 Examples: 18,591 Total Clicks Date Range: Apr 15 - May 16
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Footwear brands launch products with VIP consumer events
Implications - In order to create an air of exclusivity around a particular footwear launch, brands are emerging with brand activation venues that in addition to retail and product education spaces, serve as a venue for endorsement-highlighting events. This progression demonstrates that consumers are not only looking to get hands-on experience with a product before buying it, but also of seeking out insider access that may previously be reserved for media and VIPs. [More]
Score: 6
Recent and Mild Top 4 Examples: 1,706 Total Clicks Date Range: Aug 15 - May 16
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Consumers re-embrace healthful vinegar in a variety of beverages
Implications - Prized for its detoxifying properties and use as a digestive aid, vinegar-based beverages are emerging as a viable means of engaging consumers fixated on health and wellness. In addition to reaffirming the desire to experiment with flavor extremes, this progression demonstrates the interest in supporting overall health through ancient methods. [More]
Score: 5.9
Recent and Mild Top 4 Examples: 1,043 Total Clicks Date Range: Jan 16 - May 16
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Hotel brands buck complex structure with youthful diffusion brands
Implications - As Millennial travel habits continue to redefine the industry, many established hotel chains are launching diffusion brands that offer simple, streamlined experiences at lower price points. A progression that was first felt in the fast food industry, this shift is related to the cost-consciousness of younger travelers, as well as the push for transparency from brands in the form of product and fare structures that are more easily understood. [More]
Score: 7.4
Recent and Warm Top 4 Examples: 1,303 Total Clicks Date Range: Oct 15 - May 16
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QSR breakfast menus are upleveled with patisserie-inspired pastry-buns
Implications - As consumers push to see higher quality ingredients used in fast food meals, many QSR brands are incorporating pastry-inspired buns into traditional breakfast sandwiches that take inspiration from artisan options available at local cafes. In addition to highlighting the pursuit of a more refined experience, this pattern showcases a desire to see hybridized offerings that are convenient while still satisfying the taste for fresh, locally sourced foods. [More]
Score: 4.9
Recent and Untested Top 4 Examples: 679 Total Clicks Date Range: Dec 15 - May 16
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QSR brands focus breakfast options on protein-rich handheld meals
Implications - As consumers continue to pursue convenient meal options that fit easily into their morning routines, QSR brands are focusing breakfast menus around items that incorporate traditional breakfast foods into an easily portable handheld option. This highlights the desire to see familiar experiences adapted to fall in line with modern values, such as hyper-productivity via an optimized morning commute. [More]
Score: 7
This Week and Mild Top 4 Examples: 2,206 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 16 - Apr 16
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Brands tap into the self-care movement with rejuvenating spring events
Implications - Brands are looking to timeless themes of renewal in hosting spring-inspired events in store that serve as both a rejuvenating, rewarding experience and an opportunity for product interaction. A convergence of the preoccupation with self-care and the changing retail landscape, this progression demonstrates how consumers are looking to brands for tools that help them live their best lives. [More]
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Score: 6.6
This Month and Warm Top 4 Examples: 5,679 Total Clicks Date Range: Jun 14 - Apr 16
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Food brands pair up to create unexpected food and flavor offerings
Implications - Realizing the need to constantly surprise and delight consumers, food and beverage brands are turning to creative collaborations to create intriguing product offerings. Mix-and-matching unexpected flavor profiles and food forms, brands are collaborating with others to not only create signature products, but also to add an element of intrigue and exclusivity to their goods. [More]
Score: 6.5
This Month and Warm Top 4 Examples: 2,037 Total Clicks Date Range: May 15 - Apr 16
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Alcohol brands partner with food brands to expand their reach
Implications - Moving away from premium food and beverage products, alcohol brands are expanding their market scope by collaborating with more mainstream, fast casual brands. Collaborating with burger chains, dessert shops and fast food eateries, alcohol brands are seeking to not only expand their reach, but also redefine themselves as a more approachable. [More]
Score: 6.9
This Month and Warm Top 4 Examples: 4,756 Total Clicks Date Range: Jul 14 - Apr 16
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Food brands partner up with chefs to add a degree of expertise
Implications - Moving beyond innovative flavor combinations, brands are turning to local chefs to bring an element of customization and expertise to the food experience. Bringing in chefs to curate restaurant dishes, add signature touches or simply be an advocate for products, food brands are seeking to not only elevate their offerings with personalized touches, but are redefining themselves as more educated and community-oriented brands. [More]