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National Grocers Association and Nielsen Preview National Grocery Shoppers Survey Findings at The NGA Show

Feb 13, 2017
Latest survey show independent grocers perform highly in local offerings

Las Vegas, NV – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today released topline results from its national grocery shoppers survey that was conducted by Nielsen on behalf of NGA. The survey segments data by independent shoppers from regional and national chain shoppers and provides analysis into consumer attitudes and behaviors. Insights from the survey, along with recommendations on how independents can identify trends and implement strategies to grow their bottom lines were presented during an educational session at The NGA Show.

The results revealed high consumer satisfaction among independent supermarkets. 82% of respondents who primarily shop at an independent supermarket reported being very/extremely satisfied compared to 65% of respondents who reported being very/extremely satisfied with a national chain. Findings from the survey also showed that independent grocers perform highly in featuring fresh food, the selection of locally grown produce and other packaged goods, and high quality fresh fruits and vegetables.

“In an extremely competitive industry, independents are finding innovative ways to differentiate themselves in the marketplace and are doing so with much success,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO, National Grocers Association. “With their strong community roots and the agility to respond quickly to consumer demand, independent grocers are on the forefront of meeting customer demand, particularly in areas such as local and fresh.”

“Survey results show once again that grocery shoppers are extremely satisfied with the experience they are having with independent grocery stores. While independents can grow their market share by leveraging their strengths, there are areas of opportunity for growth, such as in the health and wellness categories and offering dietitian services,” said Laurie Rains, vice president, U.S. Retail Consumer & Shopper Analytics at Nielsen.

“The results from this survey provide good recommendations that independent grocers can implement to win in the marketplace. NGA is providing resources to our members to help them implement new business strategies to grow their bottom line,” Larkin noted.

Key findings of the research included:

Local Offerings – According to the survey results, independents shoppers value locally grown fresh foods and source traceability more than national and regional chain shoppers.

The Health and Wellness Wave – Six in ten shoppers believe that healthy foods should be displayed alongside other food items.

Digital Touch – Results show that 20% of shoppers shop online, up from 16% last year, with 74% who shop online use a delivery service and 44% use click and collect.

Community – A quarter of shoppers are strongly influenced by a store that engages in the community, up 4% higher than last year’s results.

These survey results will be released in full and further examined in a “The Independent Consumer” webinar series throughout 2017. This research report was sponsored by The Shelby Report.

Find more at www.nationalgrocers.org/consumertrends.

Methodology: The National Survey of Grocery Shoppers was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of The National Grocers Association (NGA) among 1902 adults, 18 and over between November 1 – November 25, 2016 using a sample from the Harris Poll Panel.  The sample was split into a geographic grouping of urban, suburban, and rural shoppers, and was segmented by consumers who shop at independent supermarkets.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. Because the sample is based on those who were invited to participate in the Harris Poll online research panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. A complete survey method, including weighting variables, is available upon request.