Ruby chocolate is the world’s newest indulgence
SHANGHAI — Chocolate and cocoa maker Barry Callebaut is bringing a new type of chocolate to the world. Ruby chocolate joins milk, dark and white chocolates 80 years after the introduction of white chocolate. The company uses a unique process to bring out the natural berry fruitiness and color precursors naturally present in the ruby cocoa bean.
Barry Callebaut said that research from Haystack finds a consumer need for the new variety, with ruby chocolate expected to be introduced in various product categories. The company said that no berries, berry flavor or color is added to make ruby chocolate, and the company has tested and validated ruby chocolate in the United States, the UK, China and Japan, studying consumer appeal and purchase intent at different price points.
“Consumer research in very different markets confirms that Ruby chocolate not only satisfies a new consumer need found among millennials — hedonistic indulgence — but also high purchase intent at different price points,” Barry Callebaut chief innovation and quality officer Peter Boone said. “We’re looking forward to working with our partners on introducing this innovative breakthrough to the market and making the new Ruby chocolate category available to chocolate manufacturers and consumers around the world as the fourth reference next to dark, milk and white chocolate.”
Each BTS shopper represents $500, but they spend across 7 retailers, NPD Group says
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — The back-to-school shopping season isn’t about one-stop shopping, The NPD Group reported Wednesday. Back-to-school shoppers make an average of 16 trips to purchase back-to-school related products between July and September, according to NPD’s receipt mining service, Checkout Tracking.
Retailers are competing across a crowd of product categories for a fraction of each back-to-school shopper’s spending. A third of consumers who made purchases between July and September 2016 were back-to-school shoppers – making purchases in product categories related to back-to-school or back-to-college needs. NPD’s Checkout Tracking information revealed that, during the 16 shopping visits made, on average those shoppers spent $492 on things like apparel, footwear, office supplies, technology, sports equipment, appliances, housewares and home textiles.
Almost all back-to-school shoppers purchased a back-to-school item at a mass merchant last year, and they spent the most at mass merchants and electronics stores, each with an average spend per buyer that was more than $160 for the season.
Repeat visits to a retailer aren’t out of the question, but they are not plentiful. During the 2016 season, the 16 back-to-school shopping trips made by shoppers were spread out over an average of seven different retailers, according to NPD’s Checkout Tracking service.
“Back-to-school marketing is noisier than school recess, and getting the attention of this shopper is just the beginning,” stated Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst, The NPD Group. “Retailers will fare well if they extend the shopping season and nurture their relationship with the back-to-school consumer, ensuring they stay top of mind and get the repeat visit later in the season.”