Consumer food survey shows health consciousness on rise in India.
Expecting better quality, content and value, consumers want fresher and more natural food products.
Puratos- a leading global food ingredient company launched its Taste Tomorrow 2015 Research results that captures consumer behavior in the food space and provides unique insights into emerging consumer trends in the baked goods industry.
Taste Tomorrow 2015 is part of a series of events that take place in different parts of the world, each providing unique global and local insights into emerging trends in the baked goods sector that help manufacturers with actionable information to enable them to adapt their product innovation and development to current and future consumer needs.
The results of this global consumer survey demonstrate consumers’ attitudes and perceptions towards bakery, pastry, patisserie and chocolate in various regions and cultures and point out key observations and future trends. The key takeaway of this 2015 survey is that consumer preference for baked goods is based upon 3 key criteria: freshness, health and taste.
The survey threw up strong indicators of consumer expectations for the future with up to 46% consumers in India expecting food to be healthier and of a better quality by 2025. The preferences are clearly veering towards fresh, healthy and organic with a growing number of consumers expecting food to be more natural, more sustainable and fresher by 2025.
In a sharp indication of the growing consciousness of health and nutrition concerns, the survey indicates that 74% of consumers in India tend towards reading labels in detail. Along the same lines are indicators that some food materials are being now being considered ‘power’ ingredients because they offer the perfect balance of taste and health. 86% Indian consumers find whole-grains and whole-meal to be healthy and 75% feel it adds something to taste also.
The report also points to the growing craving among consumers for confectionery but with health, freshness and taste as essential parameters. The report indicates that 76% of consumers would appreciate a live bakery where they can see freshly baked items on the spot. Additionally, and perhaps not so surprisingly, 80% of consumers in India feel chocolate adds taste to patisserie products.
The survey concludes that consumers have become more empowered and articulate over the last few years. They want to have a say in the products they consume and have more means than ever before to do so, particularly with the growing trend of social media.
Puratos is a leading global food ingredient company. Headquartered in Groot-Bijgaarden, Belgium, Puratos has a presence in over 68 countries via local subsidiaries. With a full range of innovative products and application expertise in the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sector, Puratos products and services are manufactured in more than 55 plants spread over 43countries, and sold in over 100 countries around the world. With a tagline ‘Reliable partners in innovation’, Puratos helps customers in delivering nutritious, delicious food leveraging new technologies and innovations in ingredients across countries of presence.
Puratos entered India in 2008.