Clean Label Research shows plant-based burgers bringing new users to the category

Plant burger anticipation

Products such as Impossible Burger and Beyond Beef are gaining in awareness, but still reaching to compete in delivering a clean label addressing consumer health concerns. 

9 October 2019 – Chicago, IL  –  InsightsNow, a behavioral research firm, has released their September report on the Clean Label movement exploring perceptions of ingredients, claims, and brands in the plant-based meat patty category. This release of the “Clean Label Research Community Behavior Report​” specifically uncovered key ingredients to include and avoid in formulations for plant-based burgers.

“Interest in plant-based foods is creating a tectonic shift in clean eating among many shopper audiences.” said Dave Lundahl, Founder and CEO of InsightsNow. “We are closely watching this category in anticipation of how plant-based foods will impact other categories.”

This subscription-based monthly report from InsightsNow provides insights on consumer-driven demand for elimination of allergens and other ingredients from food and non-food products. It compiles behavioral data collected from the company’s proprietary research community of Clean Label Enthusiasts™ (CLE)—primary shoppers with a specific set of behaviors around the clean living movement that influence their buying decisions. The research uses a Clean Label Scoring system based on implicit behavioral science techniques to gauge avoidance or acceptance reactions to ingredients.

The report uncovers that: 

  • In head-to-head competition among the key brands within the plant-based burgers category, Amy’s All American Veggie Burger and Dr. Praeger’s® All American Veggie Burger ranked the highest in choice and scored the most clean.
  • Only 42% of CLE shoppers are aware of relative newcomers Beyond Beef® and Impossible Burger. Both products show high lift in choice from awareness among CLE consumers, suggesting these brands have the greatest capacity to grow through marketing to boost awareness.
  • Products were ranked higher in choice when the average ingredient Clean Label Score™ was high (positive), the ingredient statement was simple, and the low scoring ingredients appeared near the bottom of the list.
  • Beyond Beef and Impossible Burger were also found to be delivering on taste needs of the audience.

These aspects of awareness and taste are helping to bring new users into the plant-based burger category. However, the research shows brands still must work to deliver a clean label product that addresses the health concerns of Clean Label Enthusiasts™.

To learn more about the report and enquire about upcoming research topics, reach out to InsightsNow at michelle.andre@insightsnow.com. For more on the research surrounding plant-based burgers, join InsightsNow for a short 30-minute webinar on this topic Thursday, October 10: https://www.insightsnow.com/wbnr-plant-burger-behav-kpis/.    

About InsightsNow 
InsightsNow, an agile behavioral research firm, partners with clients across a wide array of industry verticals to grow marketing, branding and product development through custom, cutting-edge research technologies and innovative techniques. The company specializes in finding answers faster, improving speed-to and success-in market, and changing the way we all look at humans and human behavior. InsightsNow was named one of the most innovative market research firms in the world by Greenbook’s 2018 Grit Report. www.insightsnow.com 

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Media contact: Michelle Andre, 415-577-8634, michelle.andre@insightsnow.com 

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InsightsNow’s New Wave of Clean Label Research Uncovers Consumer Misperceptions about Functional Ingredients

Consumers reading ingredient labels

Latest release of syndicated report focuses on ingredients that claim health-promoting benefits 

 

29 August 2019 – Chicago, IL –InsightsNow, a behavioral research firm, has released their latest report on the Clean Label movement (consumer-driven demand for elimination of allergens and other ingredients from food and non-food products). The August issue of their “Clean Label Research ​Community Behavior Report​” has identified consumer misperceptions around food, beverage and supplement ingredient claims regarding health-promoting benefits.  

 “This long-term research initiative at InsightsNow applies behavioral science to generate insights for more informed Clean Label product decisions for our clients,” said Dave Lundahl, Founder and CEO of InsightsNow, and recent recipient of the NGMR award for “Industry Change Agent of the Year” based on the company’s work with Clean Label research. “One identified trend is concern around and attention to functional ingredients in products, so this past wave of the study looked at attitudes and lifestyle behaviors driving consumer choice in this area.”  

 The report compiles data collected from the InsightsNow proprietary research community of Clean Label Enthusiasts (CLE), and this issue looks at attitudes surrounding functional ingredients. CLE are primary shoppers with a specific set of behaviors around clean living movement that influence their buying decisions. In this latest report, InsightsNow used an Implicit/Explicit association testing technique to collect data on consumer associations regarding functional ingredients claiming benefits such as: heart health, bone and joint health, digestive health, anti-inflammatory ingredients, immune support and other health topics.  

 This research showed consumers may be well-informed around the functional benefits of ingredients, but hold misperceptions and misunderstandings regarding some ingredients. For example: 

  • Respondents held misperceptions about olive oil and coconut oil, indicating belief that both ingredients promote heart health—although scientifically neither of those ingredients can be linked that benefit. 
  • The study found the respondents believed that Omega 6 increases energy, even though it actually does not have that effect in proven scientific studies. 

 This subscription-based report is released monthly on a variety of consumer-driven clean label topics and trends. To learn more about the report and enquire about upcoming research topics, reach out to InsightsNow at michelle.andre@insightsnow.com  

 

About InsightsNow
InsightsNow, an agile behavioral research firm, partners with clients across a wide array of industry verticals to grow marketing, branding and product development through custom, cutting-edge research technologies and innovative techniques. The company specializes in finding answers faster, improving speed-to and success-in market, and changing the way we all look at humans and human behavior. InsightsNow was named one of the most innovative market research firms in the world by Greenbook’s 2018 Grit Report. www.insightsnow.com 

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Media contact: Michelle Andre, 415-577-8634, michelle.andre@insightsnow.com 

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When can you trust the implicit nature of CATA?

Implicit Research and CATA

At the recent Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium in Edinburgh, we presented on CATA and measuring implicit behavior. Understanding implicit consumer behavior is vitally important when you are looking to impact your target audiences’ decisions and buying behaviors. In Check-All-That-Apply (CATA), we aim to understand what percent of the population has a belief or perception. By measuring response time when administering a CATA study, you can capture implicit behavioral insights you need to make better product or service innovation decisions.

Check out our CATA presentation here http://bit.ly/320zQ4N

Want to learn more? Let's set up a call!

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Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium 2019

Let's experience and shape the future of sensory!

The Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium only comes along every two years, and we make sure we are there to both talk about the latest and greatest in sensory research and learn about the latest and greatest in sensory research. Here's what we are up to this coming week:

Learn-shop 6: Incorporating modes of thinking into your sensory and consumer studies


Thursday, 1st August, 2019, 08:30 - 10:30, Location: Lowther

Join us for an engaging, interactive Learn-shop where you will experience the future of sensory. We will cover implicit/explicit association, prospective thinking through play, and gamification to understand and better predict behavior through sensory studies.

Instructors: Dave Lundahl, Greg Stucky and Sarah Kirkmeyer (InsightsNow), with Christopher Simmons, Nathalie Janin, Caroline Withers, Carolina Chaya, Roberto Salas, Mackenzie Hannum

Poster Session 2 #196: When can you trust the implicit nature of CATA?

Wednesday, 31st July, 2019, 16:10 - 18:00, Location: Lennox Suite

As we aim to engage with consumers more behaviorally, learn with us about the advantages of a timed survey for implicit/explicit reactions versus CATA and how to leverage for making business decisions.

Authors: Sarah Kirkmeyer and Greg Stucky (InsightsNow)

We hope to connect with you at Pangborne, or let's set up a call for when we return!

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IFT19 Feed The Future!

IFT19 Feed the Future

IFT19 Annual Meeting & Food Expo

June 1 - 5, 2019

Join us in New Orleans to feed your curiosity, your business and your creativity!

Every year, we look forward to digging deeper into the science of food and consumer behavior surrounding food. We hope you can make it to IFT19 with us to collaborate, share, learn, and network—especially at our presentations listed below:

Overcoming Clean Label Challenges in the New Trust Economy


Monday, June 3; 4:15 – 5:00 PM on the IFTNEXT Stage

This interactive, TED talk style session will offer six recommendations for product developers and marketers to thrive in the new trust economy—where perception is reality and likes on social media signal trust more than marketing claims or scientific "facts" from academia or the government. 

Presenter: David Lundahl, CEO, InsightsNow

What Does Clean Mean? Overcoming GMOs & Ingredient Avoidances

Tuesday, June 4; 10:30 – 12 PM in the Convention Center 391-392

This scientific session will help product developers, sensory and consumer scientists, and food marketers gain new insights into how consumers are defining products as clean, what are the tradeoffs they will make in context of different use moments—and how trust and transparency factor into the brands they will consider. 

Presenters: David Lundahl & Greg Stucky (InsightsNowwith Mimi Sherlock (International Flavors & Fragrances), Menexia Tsoubeli (Campbells Fresh), Webb Girard (CuliNex), and Rachel Cheatham (Foodscape Group).

Building Behavioral KPIs into Food Product Decision Making


Wednesday, June 5; 1:15 – 2:45 PM in the Convention Center 260-262

This overview of behavior tools and methods will include a discussion of the impact of implicit, explicit and prospective thinking on food product choices and how consumers internalize food product experiences. 

Presenters: David Lundahl & Greg Stucky (InsightsNow) with Christopher T. Simons (Ohio State University) and Paul Connor (Emotive Analytics).

We hope to connect with innovation teams and help smooth paths of development through insights into product cues and consumer behavior overcome clean label challenges.

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Behavioral Frameworks Highlighted in Quirk’s Article

In the January issue 2019 of Quirk's Research Review Journal Dave Lundahl showcased a core basis for InsightsNow's behavioral market research methodologies, that when one understands the essence of the research through behavioral frameworks, you can better deliver the actionable insights that you promise.

Dave highlighted frameworks developed and used by InsightsNow that have proved valuable - the Habit Flywheel™ and the Emotions Insights Wheel™.  These frameworks compose part of the InsightsNow's  BehaviorLens Approach to research.

Habit Flywheel behavioral research framework
Behavioral market research framework, Emotions Insights Wheel.

This framework lens for behavioral market research helps researchers apply the most appropriate methodologies and interpret the results for useful insights more quickly.

Read the article here.

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The Society of Sensory Professionals 2018 Conference is the place to be!

Are you attending the SSP conference at the Hilton in Cleveland?

If so, we are all over the show and hope you can join us.

 

Join us to get a sneak peek at what we've been up to this past year with our Clean Label Enthusiasts™ research community and what's in the pipeline. This unique research community from InsightsNow is made up of “forward thinking” primary shoppers in a rapidly growing consumer segment—with distinct points of view about ingredients, claims and brands. The community gives you the opportunity to quickly find answers and insights to solve your business challenges—and respond in an agile and effective manner to consumer demands.     To learn more, email us at info@insightsnow.com.

Wednesday evening, we’ve got something special planned for you, starting at 8pm. We want you to join us, but there are some fun parameters – to learn more about your “password” to attend, click here.

And the fun continues!   On Friday, September 28 at 8:30am, we are hosting an SSP Workshop: “Advancing Sensory Science by Integrating Perceptual, Cognitive, and Behavioral Psychology” with Dave Lundahl, CEO & Founder, InsightsNow; Alissa Galatz, Senior Sensory Scientist, Tyson; Mimi Sherlock, Global Director, Strategic Insights, International Flavors & Fragrances; and Greg Stucky, Chief Research Officer, InsightsNow.

Click here for more information https://ssp.confex.com/ssp/2018/meetingapp.cgi/Session/1066

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New Behavioral Research Approach: PlayFULL Insights®

Innovative qualitative approach supports consumer-driven product development ideation and facilitated problem-solving for marketing and brand strategy research 

Press Release

28 August 2018 – Chicago, IL

InsightsNow, a behavioral research firm, has added an innovative new approach to the qualitative research toolbox offered to their clients, PlayFULL Insights® (PFI)PFI is an application of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methoda facilitated thinking, communication and problem-solving technique where participants use LEGO® bricks to build stories in response to a trained moderator’s carefully-crafted questions. 

PlayFULL Insights® fosters “prospective thinking”—a mode of thinking identified by psychologists as “System 3”—one of three ways to make decisions. Two other types of thinking are “System 1” where people make decisions fast using intuitive, more impulsive mental processes and System 2 where decisions are made more slowly using rational processes. Prospective “System 3” thinking involves remembering the past to anticipate future outcomes—where motives for decisions are based on anticipatory emotions such as desire, hope, fear and intrigue. 

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

 “PlayFULL Insights allows participants to use fresh new thinking as they build, share and reflect upon their personally created 3-D models,” said Karen Lynch, Senior Director of Qualitative Insights at InsightsNow and original co-creator of PFI. “Stories about their models becomes the basis for group discussion. By using this unique and innovative method, new and actionable insights are uncovered, and clients can amplify the wisdom they seek for their market research initiatives.” 

 With PFI, participants cycle through rounds of play—using Lego® bricks to create models that represent anticipated outcomes and feelings about projected use moments; describe how conceptual products and anticipated solutions might be applied; illustrate what products and solutions might look like; or indicate point and counter points to various positioning or statements of logic. This play-based, behavioral methodology helps accelerate the discovery of solutions to business challenges.  

 PFI was developed by Karen Lynch, and Siri Lynn of Idea Exchange, in 2016. That same year, PlayFULL Insights was awarded the Next Gen Market Research (NGMR) Disruptive Innovator Award—an award that recognizes the demonstration of harnessing disruptive innovation to drive research industry progress.

 “We are thrilled to welcome PlayFULL Insights into the InsightsNow toolbox of unique, behavioral and psychological research approaches,” said Dave Lundahl, Founder and CEO of InsightsNow. “The approach correlates with and enhances our other agile techniques, all with the goal of getting to insights faster for our clients.” 

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InsightsNow Announces Expansion of “Clean Label” Research to Personal Care and Home Care Products and Ingredients

Insights from proprietory “Clean Label Enthusiasts” behavioral research community grow beyond food categories 

5 July 2018 – Chicago, IL InsightsNow, a behavioral research firm, has expanded the scope of current research on the free-from movement beyond food and food ingredients to include non-food categories in the personal and home care sectors. With growing consumer concerns about unhealthy chemicals being ingested, breathed in from the environment, or absorbed through the skin, we see increased demand for products in all categories that are “free-from” allergens and other flagged ingredients. 

“We learned from our community of Clean Label Enthusiasts that the desire for “clean” products used daily in their home and for their personal care routines is nearly as important to them as for food and beverage items,” said Karen Lynch, Senior Director of Qualitative Insights at InsightsNow. “Due to this growing trend, and the needs of our clients, we have expanded our Clean Label initiatives into non-food categories.”

Clean Label Enthusiasts (CLE) are primary shoppers with a specific set of behaviors around the free-from movement that influence their buying decisions. This group believes that providing clear, clean and understandable information to the consumer should be a duty of the manufacturers in all areas and products, regardless of their use.

The non-food categories with the highest percentage of CLEs rating their need for a Clean Label as “extremely important” or “important” are: Home Care (cleaning products) 87%; Fabric Care (laundry products) 90%; and Oral Care (mouthwashes and toothpastes) 90%. Other ranked categories included Hair Care and Body Care.

To gain access to the InsightsNow subscription-based report or learn more about the Clean Label Enthusiasts community, reach out to InsightsNow.

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InsightsNow Releases “Clean Label Enthusiasts” Syndicated Report Examining Free-From Movement

Clean Label Enthusiast

Latest wave of behavioral research utilizes new Clean Label Scoring approach to inform client decision-making for marketing, branding and product development

May 31, 2018 – Chicago, IL InsightsNow, an agile behavioral research firm, has released a second wave of research on the free-from movement—consumer-driven demand for elimination of allergens and other ingredients from food and non-food products. The new research covers the intricacies and drivers of this clean label shopping behavior. The "Clean Label Research Community Behavior Report" compiles data collected from the InsightsNow proprietary research community of Clean Label Enthusiasts (CLE) and utilizes a new CLE Scoring system. This subscription-based report is released quarterly, with the inaugural report released earlier this year.

"The free-from movement continues to grow in scope and popularity among consumers who are becoming more and more health conscious," said Dave Lundahl, Founder and CEO of InsightsNow, and recent recipient of the NGMR award for "Industry Change Agent of the Year" based on the company’s work with Clean Label research. "Our study and scoring techniques will help brands navigate the new landscape of consumer demands for products that address not only allergies, but also considerations surrounding health, sustainability and farming practices, such as animal welfare."

Clean Label Enthusiasts (CLE) are primary shoppers with a specific set of behaviors around the free-from movement that influence their buying decisions. For example, the data shows that the CLE group reads ingredient labels and will trade away great taste for a cleaner label with ingredients they trust.

InsightsNow has developed a new behavioral scoring system to gain insight into which ingredients contribute to a perceived clean label. This Clean Label Score, using a 100 point rating, is based on implicit behavioral science techniques to gauge avoidance or acceptance reactions to ingredients.

The Clean Label Scoring technique uncovered key findings in the latest InsightsNow CLE report, such as:

  • Calling an ingredient "natural" or "organic" dramatically increases its Clean Label Score. For example, "natural" received an average 85.94 score across all examined food categories (on a 100 point scale).
  • Some "banned" or "black-listed" ingredients from certain retail stores (e.g. citric acid) were scored as clean by 50% or more of CLE.
  • Sweeteners were scored in the study, with honey being perceived by the community as the most clean with a score of 85.07, and corn syrup as the least clean with a score of 20.61.

"Results of this latest wave of the CLE study suggest that the free-from movement is growing far beyond food ingredient concerns," added Lundahl. "Concerns are growing into how non-food products contribute to unhealthy chemicals being ingested, absorbed through the skin or breathed in from the environment. These consumers expect manufacturers to take responsibility for the health and safety of the product sold through retailers."

To gain access to the subscription-based report or learn more about the Clean Label Scoring system, reach out to InsightsNow.

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