September 24, 2010
Portion size, packaging, smaller households, a higher frequency of vegetable shopping trips, less structured meals and an eye for value are among a range of factors influencing vegetable purchasing according to new findings in this week’s Veginsights report.
AUSVEG spokesperson Elizabeth Cox said any change in consumer buying patterns was key to understanding the future direction of the vegetable industry.
“Households have become less tolerant of waste at home and prefer to visit supermarkets several times a week, rather than buy in large quantities that are more likely to deteriorate within a shorter time period,” said Ms Cox.
AUSVEG is the National Peak Industry Body representing the interests of around 9,000 vegetable and potato growers throughout Australia.
“Not only do consumers want smaller quantities of vegetables, they are purchasing vegetables more frequently. With the majority of supermarkets and greengrocers open seven days a week, there is no longer the need to buy large quantities of vegetables in one trip,” Ms Cox said.
“Carrots, onions, broccoli and pumpkin are four leading vegetables that consumers prefer to purchase in smaller portions,” she said.
The Veginsights reports reveals consumers prefer to buy fewer onions than purchase onions in larger 1kg, 1.5kg or 2kg bags. Carrots are available in smaller pre-pack bags of 1kg, with this product type purchased by around 55 per cent of shoppers.
Ms Cox said the main target audience for smaller portions of vegetables was singles, couples and smaller households, who don’t need or want to purchase bulk vegetables.
“This has created an opportunity for certain vegetables to be packed in alternative portion sizes to reach target markets such as singles, couples and smaller households that have been missing out on their vegetables in the past,” said Ms Cox.
“Consumers want their vegetables to stay fresh, and they know that with longer retail opening hours they can go shopping whenever they want.”
“From this research, growers and packhouses across Australia can now take into account what the consumer wants and needs, and tap into an unlocked market,” said Ms Cox.