Opportunity for Light Products in Europe

Sales of beverages and low-calorie foods such as cereals and snacks, have picked up in the old continent.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

From an article by the Costa Rica Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

Sales of products and low-calorie drinks have risen in Europe, according to the consulting firm Mintel, after a decline in 2004. According to Laura Jones, analyst at Mintel, the rise in demand for these products is driven by the popularity of low calorie diets such as Atkins, which has led people to be more aware of the amount of calories and carbohydrates they are consuming." This increased awareness has been promoted by some consumers. In Europe recently low-calorie products have been launched which have introduced a wide range of products that are normally associated with carbohydrates."

This year, 10% of low calorie product and drink launches were of pasta and bakery products. The bread category accounted for 9% of the launches, while snacks, cereals and energy bars accounted for 8 %. Among the countries which have seen the highest levels of innovation in these types of products are France (17%), and Germany and Spain (15%).

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