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May 2018

Second Cup plan to serve up cannabis a bold move

BNN Bloomberg

Robert Carter, executive director of Foodservice at The NPD Group, talks about the plan for Second Cup to sell marijuana.

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March 2018

After a three-year delay, Nordstrom hangs its hat on rollout of Rack discount outlets in Canada

Globe and Mail

According to Tamara Szames of The NPD Group, off-price sales in Canada are far outperforming the overall apparel market. They jumped 12 per cent to $1.8 billion in the year ended Jan. 31, even as overall apparel sales dropped 2 per cent to $26.9 billion in the same period.

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December 2017

Canadians expected to pay more to dine out in 2018

CBC

Convenience is the most influential trend shaping the food industry according to Robert Carter, executive director of food service at the market research firm The NPD Group.

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November 2017

More Canadians shift to online shopping as holiday season begins

The Globe and Mail

E-commerce is taking over in the United States as the holiday shopping season goes into full swing, and Canada isn't far behind.

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July 2017

McDelivery with UberEATS launches in three Canadian provinces

BNN

BNN speaks with Robert Carter, executive director of Foodservice at the NPD Group, about the fast-growing delivery service segment and which business the company is biting into.

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June 2017

Social media's role in driving toy sales growth in Canada

BNN

Toy sales in Canada grew more than three per cent in the first five months of this year. BNN speaks with The NPD Group's Michelle Liem, about what she calls "unwavering consumer demand" and the key drivers behind the industry’s growth.

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June 2017

Breakfast for Dinner? Canadians buying into all-day breakfast at fast food joints

CityNews

McDonald’s doesn’t detail its Canadian sales, data from The NPD Group finds that McMuffins in the afternoon have been a huge hit.

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April 2017

Taco Bell Canada will soon add beer to the menu at some stores, begins aggressive expansion across country

Financial Post

"The challenge is, sales of alcohol at restaurants is declining. For them to introduce alcohol, it might not be enough,” said Robert Carter, executive director of foodservice at market research firm NPD Canada.

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April 2017

Plus-sized men's wear retailer Destination XL aims for big splash in Canada

The Globe and Mail

According to The NPD Group, sales in the big-and-tall men’s-wear sector climbed 3 per cent to $645-million in 2016 from a year earlier, representing 8 per cent of the $8.5-billion men’s apparel sector. Tamara Szames, Fashion Industry Analyst at The NPD Group, shares some insight with The Globe and Mail.

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April 2017

Freshii founder makes pitch to lure franchisees away from rival Subway

The Star

Subway has struggled over the past few years with softening sales and customer counts as their business model didn’t evolve with the market, said Robert Carter, executive director of food service for market research firm NPD Group.

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February 2017

Tim Hortons parent company nears deal to buy Popeyes

The Globe and Mail

The fast-food sector has been trying to adapt to changing consumer tastes, including a shift by some consumers toward healthier food.

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February 2017

All-day breakfast starts at most McDonald's across Canada

CBC News

According to market research firm NPD Group, 1.24 billion of the 6.5 billion visits to Canadian restaurants between December 2015 and November 2016 took place during breakfast.

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January 2017

'I want to touch and feel': Online-only retailers open regular stores

CBC

"If you're trying to capture awareness online, you're really hoping that someone is researching your product or has heard about your product somewhere else," says Tamara Szames of market research firm The NPD Group.

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January 2017

Sit-down restaurants expected to struggle as the food service sector remains tepid

Financial Post

Overall restaurant customer traffic will remain stagnant this year, according to market research firm NPD Group, following a flat 2016.

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December 2016

Canadian retailers must disrupt — or be disrupted

The Star

NPD Group retail analyst Tamara Szames said retailers understand that their online presence is a “gateway” to their physical store.

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December 2016

Still steady growth: Athleisure’s heyday may be over, but sales are still surging

National Post

Canadian sales of athleisure have annually grown by an average of seven per cent since 2010 to an estimated $4-billion market in 2016, up from $2.7 billion six years ago, according to The NPD Group.

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November 2016

Millennials spending more on fitness, but build communities in the process

Metro News

Athletic clothing and footwear is growing at a rate of 7 per cent a year, and millennials in particular make up 30 per cent of these purchases – or more than $2.4 billion a year.

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November 2016

McDonald’s to start offering McCafe on WestJet flights as coffee wars move from ground to the skies

Financial Post

“This is not going to move the needle for McDonald’s on volume or revenue. But it is going to expand coffee branding for McDonald’s and get it in front of those passengers,” said Robert Carter, executive director of foodservice at market research firm NPD Group Canada.

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September 2016

Poultry for the People

Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine

“From a menu standpoint, it’s the third-most consumed category in Canada, after coffees and red meats,” says Robert Carter, executive director, Foodservice with Toronto-based NPD Group.

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September 2016

Tim Hortons to expand into Great Britain with full-service coffee shops in England, Scotland, Wales

The Financial Post

In Canada, about 68 per cent of restaurant traffic is at quick-service establishments, about double that of quick-service restaurants in Great Britain, according to NPD.

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August 2016

Pokemon Go frenzy boosts real-life merchandise sales

The Globe and Mail

The Pokemon Go excitement may be dying down a little, but that hasn’t stopped sales of merchandise from passing through registers.

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August 2016

Giant Tiger eyes expansion and revamp as key to lure in loyal

The Business News Network

Retail analyst Sandy Silva, who is with market research firm NPD Group, says part of Giant Tiger's success comes from customers who like the idea of supporting a Canadian business.

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August 2016

With Nordstrom Rack announcement, discount luxury continues to surge

Toronto Star

Off-price shoppers are responsible for 75 per cent of apparel purchases across all channels in the U.S., according to a figure from NPD Group.

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July 2016

S'mores or creme brulee doughnuts? Canadians embrace artisanal

The Globe and Mail

Last year, Canadians ate more than 521 million doughnuts, according to NPD Group.

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July 2016

Star Wars could propel the U.S. toy industry to its best year since 1999

Financial Post

Demand for Star Wars merchandise is set to propel toy sales growth to a 17 year-high, according to industry research firm The NPD Group. 

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July 2016

How Pokemon Go may help lift augmented reality into the mainstream

The Business News Network

The Pokémon Go craze has not only taken the world by storm recently, it could also help push augmented reality technology into the mainstream, according to some experts.

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July 2016

Let the doughnut wars begin: Krispy Kreme cooks up Canadian

CBC.ca

The smaller, more intimate doughnut shops are a far cry from the big bustling factory-style outlets the chain set up during its first foray into Canada 15 years ago.

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July 2016

Canadians who don't cook turning to convenience of delivery

National Post

Research by marketing analysis company NPD Group suggests 75 per cent of all meals are now typically prepared in 15 minutes or less

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July 2016

Canadians cutting down on cooking time with meal kits

CTV News

Research by marketing analysis company NPD Group suggests 75 per cent of all meals are now typically prepared in 15 minutes or less as Canadians rely on more shortcuts in the kitchen.

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