Ingredient statements, brand trust and past trial impact product choice for Clean Label Enthusiasts

Clean Label Report from InsightsNow explores impact of ingredient statements, brand trust and past trial on product choice 

Using plant-based burger category for context, this study delves into Behavioral Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to determine factors influencing consumer decision making. 

6 November 2019 – Chicago, IL –InsightsNow, a behavioral research firm, has released their October Clean Label behavioral Report that further reviews the plant-based burger category. This study looked into the choices among Clean Label Enthusiasts™ (CLE), a primary shopping group identified to be driving the clean label movement and growth in plant-based food choices.  

 The research examined CLE shopper consideration of the front label (with product brand and claims) and back label (with product ingredient statements) among 14 plant-based burgers, and the impact of these aspects on choice. These SKUs included recent additions to the category, such as The Beyond Burger® and Impossible Burger. 

 Nine different Behavioral Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that marketers and/or product developers can utilize to help improve share of this expanding category were researched. Consumer choices, along with these Behavioral KPIs, were built into a predictive model that was used to generate a Behavioral Scorecarding tool for strategic decision making. 

 Behavioral Scorecards based on Behavioral KPIs are changing the way companies make decisions about product development and innovation.” said Dave Lundahl, Founder and CEO of InsightsNow. “This methodology allows product developers and marketers to quickly make strategic product decisions, in areas such as chosen ingredient statements, ingredient inclusion or exclusion, and brand awareness and trust. And these decisions directly impact purchasing behavior in their target markets. 

Results show a category undergoing great change in response to the introductions of new plant-based burger choices.    
  • Amy’s All American Veggie Burger ranked highest in choice—chosen 36% more frequently over either The Beyond Burger® or Impossible™ Burger.   
  • Brand awarenessand an implicit measure of brand trustwere found to be important Behavioral KPIs driving choice decisions.  
  • For example, only 41% of CLE shoppers polled were aware of either The Beyond Burger® or the Impossible™ Burgersuggesting their choice positions can be increased through promotions.  
  • Also, those aware of the brand scored the Impossible™ Burger low in implicit trust, possibly in response to recent media coverage that its colorant is not GMO-Free. 
  • The category overall was found to be fairly fragmented with past trial, giving most SKUs a significant lift in ranked choice. 
Burger KPI profile
Ingredient Scores plant based burger

Clean Label Subscription Research Reports

This subscription-based monthly report from InsightsNow provides insights on consumer-driven demand for natural and plant-based foods, as well as for the incorporation of ingredients that consumers perceive to contribute to a clean label. It compiles behavioral data collected from the company’s proprietary research community of Clean Label Enthusiasts™—primary shoppers with a specific set of behaviors around the clean living movement that influence their buying decisions.  

 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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Back End of Innovation Conference

“Break through barriers and create impact with innovation!”

We hope you’ll join us in Las Vegas for the Back End of Innovation Conference from November 5-7, 2019. The BEI conference is THE event that Innovation, R&D, and Product Development executives rely on as their annual best-practice roadmap. By joining us at the show, your corporate innovation team can get help turning “ideas into dollars”.  

You don’t want to miss our talk on "Behavioral KPIs to Win in Rapidly Changing Categories—From Impossible to Beyond" that our founder and CEO Dave Lundahl is presenting on November 6th, from 9:50am - 10:20am. This will focus on how to use behavioral KPIs for creating strategies to respond to market change—a hot topic right now that can really help your next project succeed, faster.  

An Invitation

 BEI is a highly interactive innovation conference where you can bring your real-world innovation challenges. We hope you can also attend our private hospitality event on November 6th at 7pm, where we can talk about your challenges and successes with innovation. Come relax with us and enjoy some wine… You can RSVP for this event here, and we look forward to seeing you to “talk shop”. 

If you aren’t already planning on attending, you should! We have a discount code just for you. BEI Discount Code

As put by Navin Kunde, Department Manager of Open Innovation at Clorox: “This conference is a must for innovation practitioners—where you find out if your vision and strategy can translate to real-world impact. BEI is where the rubber meets the road.”  

 We are excited to be part of the 200+ leading innovation senior executives at this event and one of the more than 40 speakers from a variety of industries, sharing on stage. This is definitely an innovation event not to be missed, and we expect there to be many important insights gained in just three days in Vegas! 

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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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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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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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