Market insights

Find reports that provide insights into consumer preferences and behaviour. These reports use data, research, and the experience of the Economic Intelligence Unit within the primary sectors.

What market insight reports are used for

The Economic Intelligence Unit provides both general research as well as targeted reports.

The reports help the primary sector find out about:

  • the development of new products
  • new and changing markets
  • emerging trends.

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Dairy in China [PDF, 6.4 MB]

This report explores 4 key dairy product categories (fresh milk, shelf-stable milk, milk powder, drinking yoghurts) as well as dairy alternatives to identify trends at both a category and individual product level.


Dairy in the USA Part 2: High value spreads [PDF, 3.5 MB]

This report looks as changing consumption trends towards dairy and non-dairy spreads in the United States as well as an assessment of product claims for Butter, Margarine and Ghee.


Dairy in the USA Part 2: Market Access Analysis [PDF, 2.3 MB]

This project analyses United State market access requirements, quota limits and tariff rates for a selection of dairy product categories.


Orange roughy in China – wholesale, retail and consumer insights [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Researches the sale of the fish orange roughy in China. In particular, how much it sells for online, what consumers say in product reviews, and how often people search for orange roughy online.


New Zealand Food and Agri - Tourism [PDF, 828 KB]

Explores the opportunities to growing our understanding of the types of tourists who value quality food and beverage experiences and how supporting these experiences can help create opportunities for the wider primary sector.


The evolution of plant protein – assessing consumer response [PDF, 29 MB]

Explores increasing consumer awareness of the long-term impacts of food production, signalling change for traditional animal protein producers. New meat and dairy substitutes are being released to reduce reliance on animal-based protein.


The Impossible Burger – consumer insights [PDF, 19 MB]

Covers a new type of plant-based protein that is closer in taste and texture to traditional meat. This report assesses the product, its history, and how the market is reacting to it.


Equine supplements – assessing the United States, Australian and New Zealand markets [PDF, 1.2 MB] 

Explores the market size, scale, and opportunities for high value New Zealand primary products such as mussel oils.


Dog food – market and consumer insights [PDF, 3.2 MB] 

Explores high-value dog food markets in the United States, United Kingdom and China. This report helps New Zealand’s primary sectors (especially the red meat sector) identify opportunities in premium dog food markets.


Understanding mussel consumption – a case study of the United States and France [PDF, 2.2 MB]

New Zealand’s mussel production is set to increase. This report informs strategic decision making to help develop a market for New Zealand mussels in the United States and France.


Diabetic snack foods – market insights in China and Singapore [PDF, 4.7 MB]

Assesses market opportunities for snack products, in particular snack bars that help reduce the risk of diabetes in China and Singapore, where rates are expected to increase rapidly.


The United Kingdom red meat market – products, claims and attributes [PDF, 1.4 MB] 

Assesses the current red meat market in the United Kingdom and consumer receptiveness to attribute certification, different products, and claims.


United States beef – raising claims product scan and consumer survey [PDF, 3.9 MB] 

Identifies relative price premiums, consumer ratings, and preferences for different raising claims made on beef products in the United States.


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