Almost 1% more households purchased carrots last year compared to the previous year, according to a new Nielsen data provided to the vegetable industry.
AusVeg spokesperson Andrew White said he wasn't surprised by the data, as carrots had always been a staple in the diet of Australians.
AusVeg is the national peak industry body representing around 7,000 vegetable growers.
"Over the last year to 16 April, 95.2% of Australian households purchased carrots, compared to 94.5% in the previous year," says White.
He noted that carrots were consistently on the shopping list when consumers shopped: "Consumers who bought carrots purchased them 11.7 times in the past year, spending an average of $1.5 per shopping trip.
"Carrots are clearly a readily available, affordable and easy to prepare option for all household segments. Their high penetration in the family household segments highlights their market power and the value they represent for families."
The report revealed that 57% vs 51% of carrot consumers bought carrots in winter vs summer respectively, indicating a probable spike in cooking of the popular product in the colder winter months.
"Established and senior couples make the most significant contribution to sales of carrots, and this is likely representative of the establishment of this product over time," says White. "By contrast, singles and young transitional groups buy the least carrots, so this would be a real target market for growers and retailers to try to generate greater sales.
"Unlike other vegetable products, market share across the major retailers is spread relatively evenly in the case of carrots. While Woolworths has the major share of the market with 37.1%, Coles and greengrocers have about a 22% share each."
Data released in the VegInsights report confirmed the popularity of carrots among consumers. The report revealed that consumers are buying an average of 705g of carrots when they select from a display of loose product.
The report also commented that the absence of smaller pack sizes in the Australian market compared to the US and the UK could potentially be an area to capture additional value per kilogram, and respond to consumer preference for smaller portions.
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