HARRISBURG, Pa. – The National Frozen & Refrigerated
Foods Association (NFRA) recently released its State of the Industry Report providing
broad-based insights that show how the frozen and refrigerated foods categories
attract shoppers, drive shopping trips, build shopping basket dollars and
Today’s frozen and dairy departments are clearly connecting
with shoppers showing combined sales of $125 billion in the 52 weeks ending
June 29, 2019. Nearly every U.S. household buys from the frozen and dairy
departments annually, and the diverse appeal of these products crosses
generational, multicultural and socio-economic demographics.
With an average buying frequency of 70 trips per year, shoppers are coming to the store more than once a week to make a purchase from the frozen and dairy aisles. The average frozen and dairy department shopper spends $13.44 per trip – making these departments important for increasing the dollar sales of each shopping basket.
“Both the frozen and dairy departments have strong, broad appeal
among consumers with the potential to drive short- and long-term growth for
retailers. In 2019, dollar and unit sales increased in both departments
attesting to consumers’ renewed excitement about the innovative products they
can find there,” says NFRA President and CEO Skip Shaw.
The frozen department showed two years of back-to-back
growth with sales of $54.6 billion delivering $918 million in growth. The
top-five selling frozen department categories were ice cream ($6.7B), pizza
($4.8B), seafood ($4.8B), novelties ($4.6B) and complete meals ($4.5B). Pizza,
seafood, novelties, vegetables and prepared potatoes all showed solid growth
with an increased percentage of dollar sales ranging from 3.7 to 5.1 percent versus
the prior 52-weeks.
The frozen department drives 31 trips per buying household
annually and adds $10.90 to shopping baskets per trip. Ice cream and vegetables
are the categories with the highest household penetration, showing up in more
than 80% of homes. With half of U.S. households having access to more than one
freezer, there is opportunity to take advantage of this extra capacity.
“Frozen foods have seen strong growth over the last few
years as innovative products now align with consumers’ demands for organic,
plant-based, gluten-free and so much more,” states Shaw. “NFRA’s consumer PR
efforts have been successfully working to tell this positive story about today’s
frozen foods. It’s real food, just frozen.”
The dairy department is the second largest edible department
in the supermarket (excluding alcoholic beverages) with sales of $71 billion and
delivering $550 million in year-over-year growth. Sixty-eight percent of all
dairy department sales are concentrated in the top-five selling categories – cheese
($16.3B), milk products ($13.3B), beverages ($8.6B), yogurt ($7.2B) and eggs
($5.8B). The three top-selling categories showing meaningful long- and
short-term growth are cream & creamers, meal combos and prepared foods.
More than 90% of households purchase cheese, eggs, milk
products, and butter & margarine. The dairy aisle drives 47 trips per
buying household annually with milk products and cheese topping the shopping
list. Female head of households aged 35 to 44 years old drive 21% greatersales
than other U.S. households.
modern dairy aisle has evolved to meet consumers’ changing needs,” says
Shaw. “It’s a destination for products that fit every lifestyle including dairy
staples, plant-based alternatives and new innovative foods and beverages to
satisfy every taste and dietary need. It’s dairy and so much more.”
Conducted by Nielsen and compiled by Todd Hale, LLC, the
NFRA 2019 State of the Industry Report identifies key opportunities to drive
sustained growth and ensure the frozen and refrigerated food categories receive
the proper level of shelf space and merchandising support they deserve.
NFRA’s complete 400+ page 2019 State of the Industry Report
is free to NFRA members as a benefit of membership. The NFRA
2019 State of the Industry Executive Summary is available
to the public.
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is a non-profit trade association representing all segments of the frozen and
refrigerated foods industry. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., NFRA is the
sponsor of March National Frozen Food Month, June Dairy Month, June/July Ice
Cream & Novelties promotion, and October Cool Food for Kids educational
outreach program. NFRA holds the annual National Frozen & Refrigerated
Foods Convention in October which is focused on one-on-one business meetings with
trading partners. NFRA provides consumer information such as food safety
guidelines, meal preparation tips, recipes and sweepstakes opportunities at http://www.EasyHomeMeals.com. Further
information available at http://www.NFRAweb.org.