Imbibe Discusses New Beverages that Target Essential, Environmental, Experiential Benefits for Consumers
Most consumers look for overall money-saving value and continue to reduce non-essential spending at restaurants, grocery stores, and on alcohol.
Let’s face it. Turning the page on a new calendar year doesn’t mean leaving behind all that happened before. Last year found consumers still adjusting to two years of COVID pandemic impacts.
Today’s consumers still balance so many real-life issues and ideals. Most look for overall money-saving value and continue to reduce non-essential spending at restaurants, grocery stores, and on alcohol. And when it comes down to supermarket in-aisle purchase decisions, they’re not only weighing price but also competing interests for a new or novel experience (with unique flavors, ingredients, textures, colors and taste); essential, functional benefits for physical and mental health; and even environmental health for the planet.
While 85% of consumers say rising inflation has had an impact on the way they shop overall, there are areas in which they are not willing to compromise (NPD America’s Health Pulse: Closing the Gap Between Wants and Needs, 2022). Today’s brands are being pushed to be different, accessible, and to seem premium and/or customized—all while driving cost savings for their own operations.
Consumers are considering price, convenience, functional benefits, experience, and taste when reaching for new products. That has beverage formulators striving for the ultimate “it” factor that makes the product essential. One interesting new example is Hydralyte’s latest collaboration, a ready-to-mix hydration beverage mix developed with actress Shay Mitchell. A specialist in mixers, Siren Shrub Company LLC, Stevens Point, Wis., created a canned coffee shrub that touts the many benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Among the top 100 most innovative companies are the usual suspects, including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and Unilever. What’s interesting too, here, however, is that retailers including Walmart and Target make the list for their latest private label category efforts (BCG Most Innovative Companies Report, 2022). With the expansion of their in-house lines, we’ve seen new products from GoPuff’s Basically and Goodnow brands, Target’s Favorite Day, and Kroger’s Simple Truth.
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