Nontraditional Channels REPORT: Emerging Competitive Threats

Pentallect’s report, NONTRADITIONAL CHANNELS: EMERGING COMPETITIVE THREATS, evaluates the impact of eleven under-reported nontraditional channels on the total food industry. For each of these channels, we provide size and growth estimates, measure their impact on the total industry, and provide extensive survey data on consumer behavior, usage intentions, and attitudes, including the reasons for using/not using.

The eleven nontraditional channels analyzed in the report include:

■  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
■  Meal Kits/Home Delivered Meals like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh
■  Ethnic/Neighborhood Stores (e.g. bodegas)
■  Online like and
■  Farmers Markets
■  Restaurant Delivery Services like Grub Hub and Uber Eats
■  Food Trucks
■  Specialty Stores (e.g. bakeries, butchers, etc …)
■  Grocery Delivery Services like Peapod and Instacart
■  Trader Joe’s
■  Limited Assortment Stores, like Aldi and Save-A-Lot

The Nontraditional Channels: Emerging Competitive Threats report covers the following topics in total and for each nontraditional channel:

  • U.S. Food and Beverage Industry Sales and Growth
  • Nontraditional Channel Summary Statistics
  • Nontraditional Channel Growth
  • Usage of Nontraditional Channels
  • Frequency of Using Nontraditional Channels
  • Spending at Nontraditional Channels
  • Planned Usage of Nontraditional Channels
  • Heavy User Group Dynamics
  • Consumer Attitudes Toward Each Nontraditional Channel
  • Significant Findings