UK smoothies top Ã‚Â£300 million
UK consumption of smoothies grew by almost 40% to reach 75 million litres in 2007, generating a retail market value of Ã‚Â£319 million, according to the latest UK Smoothies report from leading food and drink consultancy Zenith International. Sales have witnessed stellar growth since the introduction of the smoothie concept to UK consumers nearly 15 years ago, yet the category remains a relatively niche area at 1.2 litres per person last year.
"High retail prices and concerns over calories do not appear to have dampened enthusiasm for smoothies as consumers continue to embrace their 'healthy convenience' proposition," commented Zenith Market Intelligence Director Gary Roethenbaugh. "The development of innovative flavours, ingredients and packs has also acted to broaden consumption occasions and widen appeal, particularly for fruit based offerings."
Further findings from the 2008 UK Smoothies report include:
- Pure fruit smoothies represented nearly 90% of total smoothie sales in 2007.
- Chilled products remain dominant, maintaining popularity over ambient alternatives.
- Cartons of 1 litre and above now account for over 50% of volume, reinforcing the recent advance of multi-serve formats.
- Innovation remains key to the growth of the smoothie segment.
- Strong future potential is foreseen as manufacturers focus on generating mass appeal.
So far, the category has been led by small to medium sized enterprises, but competition has now intensified from larger manufacturers and private label alike. Despite these developments, the Innocent brand continues its dominance, having paved the way in raising consumer awareness and acceptance of the category.
With public policy campaigns advocating the role of fruit and vegetables in a healthy diet, smoothies are well placed for continued growth. Looking beyond the current credit crunch, UK smoothie sales are projected by Zenith to pass 120 million litres and Ã¯Â¿Â½500 million by 2012.
The 2008 Zenith Report on UK Smoothies contains 47 pages including detailed tables and charts, leading company profiles and a full market commentary. Contact Zenith International on tel +44 (0)1225 327900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Gary Roethenbaugh or Natalie Cording, Zenith International Ltd
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