Which consumer trends is General Mills monitoring as Americans navigate the 'new normal'?

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Which consumer trends is General Mills monitoring as Americans navigate the 'new normal'?

Related tags: unlocking innovation, General mills, Mattson, Hartman group, Organic food, Meal kits, e-commerce, coronavirus, COVID, COVID-19

As Americans tentatively emerge from lockdown, the industry is likely to face a very different consumer landscape. How might tighter household budgets change consumer priorities and behaviors? Will ‘Big Food’ really stage a comeback? Will habits (stress baking, scratch cooking) formed during the pandemic become part of the ‘new normal’?

In our FREE webinar​ June 29 (10am PT/1pm ET)​, we'll be joined by:

  • Jodi Benson,​ chief innovation, technology and quality officer, General Mills
  • Barb Stuckey​, president and chief innovation officer, Mattson
  • Dr Shelley Balanko​, SVP, Hartman Group
  • Ana P. Ferrell, ​VP Marketing North Ameria, ADM​                                                                                    

The first hour will be devoted to a panel discussion, followed by a presentation from ADM. If you have particular questions you'd like panelists to answer, please email rynvar.jngfba@jeoz.pbz​ or message @EWatsonWrites on Twitter. 

Event​: Navigating the new normal: NPD and the evolving consumer landscape

Date​​: Monday, June 29, 2020

Time​​: 10.00am-11.20am PT/1.00pm-2.20pm ET

AGENDA​​: In our debate​, moderated by FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson, we’ll discuss:

  • What consumer trends has General Mills been tracking during the pandemic?  
  • How sustained will these altered buying/cooking/lifestyle habits be?
  • When inspires consumers who have a limited repertoire of dishes?  
  • Has this pandemic given meal kits a new lease of life?
  • What does all this mean for innovation plans at CPG companies?
  • Are retailers taking a different approach to new brands and launches? Are they looking to rationalize SKUs?  
  • Are legacy brands finding new audiences... and will ‘Big Food’ stage a comeback?
  • What might a deep recession mean for organics?
  • Nielsen says, “Companies that continue to invest in new product innovations during challenging economic times emerge from recessions with much higher growth rates than companies that cut back.​” Do our panelists agree?
  • Will this accelerate the adoption curve for… meal delivery? E-commerce? Plant-based foods? Other things?
  • Health and wellness – Everyone is highlighting immunity right now, but will this initial interest be sustained, and should brands be careful about how they approach this topic?  
  • What broader health trends /ingredients might gain traction in the next year or two?  
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Register HERE​​ for this event, the first in FoodNavigator’s global Unlocking Innovation webinar series​.

Signing up gives you access to all of the webinars (when you get the confirmation email, select those you are interested in and add them to your calendar.)

The US-focused events are:

June 29 - August 6   ●   12 Webinars   ●   3 Regions

The Unlocking Innovation Webinar Series

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