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North America Baby Food Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2023-2028)

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  • 110 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: North America
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4703952
The North American baby food market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.25% over the next five years.

Key Highlights

  • Today's young American parents want the best food to be served to their children and are conscious of the nutrient content their children take, irrespective of the product's cost. Infants and children are vulnerable to foodborne illnesses because their immune systems are not fully developed to fight infections. Thus, factors like premium quality products and their safety are among the essential criteria influencing the buyer's decision. Due to the convenience and improved nutrition that packaged baby food provides, parents have increasingly adopted it over the past few years.
  • A rise in public knowledge of the numerous health benefits of feeding newborn baby food has significantly fueled the growth of the baby food market in North America. It's not surprising that parents choose organic, GMO-free, and additive/preservative-free items for their children as consumers choose fewer processed foods.
  • Although parents desire greater flavor, they do not desire additional sugar and are monitoring their child's calorie intake. Instead, parents concur that producers can enhance cereal's flavor and nutritional value by incorporating superfoods like blueberries and pomegranates and a wider choice of whole grains.
  • There's plenty at stake for the baby care manufacturers, as the competition in the baby care markets is stiff due to the presence of numerous branded and store-brand products offering their products at a competitive price. The existing baby food manufacturers have expanded their product ranges to include organic variants, sometimes through mergers and acquisitions. New entrants have also forayed into this sector with specialized offerings to tap the vast potential.
  • For instance, in July 2020, the early childhood nutrition leader, Gerber, expanded its organic snacks line with the introduction of Gerber Organic BabyPops™, new puffed corn and oat snack in a fun, popcorn-like shape made just the right size for little fingers learning to pick up. BabyPops come in three varieties - peanut, tomato and banana raspberry - and do not contain any added sweetener or salt, plus organic is always non-GMO..

North America Baby Food Market Trends

Busy Lifestyle of Parents Fostering RTE Product Adaptation

  • The role of a parent or mother/father is considered vital for a baby's overall development, especially regarding dietary and nutritional requirements. The changing societal landscape worldwide has ensured that the contribution of women toward the workforce and the economy is ever-increasing.
  • For instance, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the female participation rate in the labour force of the United States increased to 56.1% in 2021. It became challenging for working parents to take their time preparing regular meals for their babies. Thus, in the United States, where the female labour force participation rate is one of the highest globally, the demand for commercial baby food formulations is increasing in this regard due to the busy lifestyles of parents. Parents of 18- to 34-year-olds are North America's most significant demographic group of organic food buyers.
  • Moreover, convenient packaging in the form of spouted squeeze pouches, which can be consumed straight from the refrigerator or by heating minimally in the microwave, is one of the major factors adding to the comfort of providing ready-to-eat baby foods. Manufacturers are increasingly offering baby food to restore the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables added to these ready-to-eat products.
  • Packaging sustainability, now ranked highly by consumers at large, is also taking up its parts. At the same time, innovation, wherein in 2020, Nestlé launched a single-material pouch for its baby food products designed for the future of recycling. It will be 100% recyclable through Gerber's national recycling program with TerraCycle.

United States dominates the North America Baby Food Market

  • In North America, the baby care industry is highly regulated, so consumers are conscious that their baby food products will be safe and nutritious. The United States was the dominant segment in the studied market, and the country accounted for a significant market share due to rising demand driven by a high birth rate.
  • For instance, according to US Census Bureau, in 2021, the Hinesville metro area in Georgia ranked first with 20.4 births per 1,000 residents, followed by Odessa in Texas with 18.99 births per 1,000 residents.
  • Additionally, changing lifestyles due to rising living standards and consumer awareness about nutritional diets for babies are expected to propel regional market growth further. Moreover, online channels are anticipated to experience encouraging expansion throughout the analysis. E-commerce websites are becoming increasingly popular with American customers. Growing modernization and many internet users are accelerating the expansion of online channels that sell infant food.
  • Furthermore, the market has strong penetration of prepared organic baby food among United States consumers due to growth in dual-income families that has led convenience to be an integral part of the diet. The same can be seen in the ready meal segment growth. For organic baby foods, the growing demand for pouches and cup holders has been prominent over the past years.

North America Baby Food Market Competitor Analysis

The North American baby food market is competitive, with various operating players and many new entrants registering to grab the market share. Companies are focusing on expanding facilities and product portfolios due to the growing demand for baby food. Some of the major key players in the North American baby food market are Hero Group (Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation), Nestlé S.A., Danone S.A., Abbott Laboratories, and Hain Celestial Group, Inc. Mergers and acquisitions and partnerships are the two other strategies that are being widely witnessed in the market. Companies adopted these strategies to compete with the other players, expand their global presence, and broaden their product range.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Deliverables
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Scope of the Study
3.1 Market Overview
4.1 Market Drivers
4.2 Market Restraints
4.3 Porter's Five Force Analysis
4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1 Product Type
5.1.1 Milk Formula
5.1.2 Dried Baby Food
5.1.3 Prepared Baby Food
5.1.4 Other Product Types
5.2 Distribution Channel
5.2.1 Hypermarket/Supermarket
5.2.2 Drugstores/Pharmacies
5.2.3 Convenience Stores
5.2.4 Online Retail Stores
5.2.5 Other Distribution Channels
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 United States
5.3.2 Canada
5.3.3 Mexico
5.3.4 Rest of North America
6.1 Market Share Analysis
6.2 Most Adopted Strategies
6.3 Company Profiles
6.3.1 Kraft Heinz Company
6.3.2 Abbott Laboratories
6.3.3 Hero Group (Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation)
6.3.4 Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
6.3.5 Nestlé S.A.
6.3.6 Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (Mead Johnson & Company, LLC)
6.3.7 Amara Organics Foods
6.3.8 Danone S.A.
6.3.9 Lactalis (Stonyfield Farm, Inc.)
6.3.10 Sun-Maid Growers of California

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Kraft Heinz Company
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Hero Group (Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation)
  • Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
  • Nestlé S.A.
  • Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (Mead Johnson & Company, LLC)
  • Amara Organics Foods
  • Danone S.A.
  • Lactalis (Stonyfield Farm, Inc.)
  • Sun-Maid Growers of California