The nation's grocery shoppers have one question to ask: What's new? In a recent survey released by trade association Grocery Manufacturers of America, paying attention to the freshness dating of food products was cited as the top up-and-coming trend in grocery shopping.
Although perennial favorites such as cereal and dairy products have long been judged according to their timeliness, a less likely candidate for the dating game-until recently, that is-has been soft drinks. But as the fervor over freshness spreads, don't be surprised to see an increasing range of manufacturers using product freshness as a selling point.
Of course, consumers aren't interested solely in food's freshness. The survey revealed shoppers also care about buying reduced-fat foods, as well as reading food labels. And-no surprise here-shoppers of all ages are in the market for meals that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less.
It's all a matter of time, isn't it?
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