Previously, consumers bought imported food mainly as gifts and the preference was to buy mid- to high-end items of famous brands. Now, with consumer confidence in domestically produced food shaken, the market for imported food for self-consumption has been growing relentlessly, offering imported food of different grades opportunities to enter the mainland market and establish their brands.
Environmental, health and traffic issues are all inspiring a new generation of mainland cyclists to opt for the folding variety, while new high tech-powered variants are also beginning to make significant inroads in the sector.
This year's FMI Connect showed US consumers favouring both convenient and nutritional foodstuff. Snack-size and "snack pack" packaging was seen everywhere. Single-serving packs of everything were pretty much ubiquitous, including fresh berries, pre-cut fruits (such as apples and peaches), olives, nut mixes, and guacamole.