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August 2018

The Close Constellation Brands' move into Canopy 'makes a lot of sense'

BNN Bloomberg

Robert Carter, Foodservice industry advisor at The NPD Group, joins BNN Bloomberg to analyze Constellation Brands' boosted stake in Canopy Growth and why this is a good move for the company at this point in time. 

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August 2018

U.S.-based owner of Town Shoes to close all 38 stores in Canada by January

CBC

Tamara Szames, a fashion industry analyst with research company The NPD Group, said "off-price" and luxury apparel retailers are both exceeding growth expectations, but businesses in the middle are being challenged.

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July 2018

U.S. fast-food chain Chick-fil-A coming to Canada

BNN Bloomberg

Robert Carter, Executive Director of Foodservice at The NPD Group, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss Loblaw's latest quarter, the state of the grocery sector and U.S. fast-food chain Chick-fil-A entering the Canadian market.

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June 2018

McDonalds extends its cafe chain rollout as it battles Tim Hortons and Starbuck

National Post

Robert Carter, Executive Director of Foodservice at The NPD Group, says McDonald’s is keen to expand its distribution model to try and siphon more market share away from its rivals.

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June 2018

Pay-what-you-can grocery opens in Toronto, but experts say model can be hit-or-miss

The Globe and Mail

Suggesting pay-what-you-can risks turning some potential benefactors off, says food industry expert Robert Carter, noting the fear of paying too much, or too little, can lead some uncertain shoppers to go elsewhere. “I could see that being a bit of a challenge,” says the NPD Group executive. “It’s such a different mindset for consumers.”

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June 2018

Egg sales soar as Canadians jump at all-day breakfast

CBC News

"I don't know if the breakfast sandwich will directly cannibalize some of those lunch or supper burger items, overall," said Robert Carter, a food service analyst with Toronto-based market research firm NPD Group. So far, Carter said, customers are frequently buying breakfast items more as a snack or as a fourth meal during the day.

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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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April 2018

Focus on exciting in-store experience is Toys 'R' Us' way forward

BNN Bloomberg

The NPD Group's Director of Toys, Michelle Liem, says the way forward for Toys 'R' Us is focusing on the exciting in-store experience consumers can't get with online shopping.

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April 2018

Fairfax readies game plan for Toys 'R' Us Canada

The Globe and Mail

The shakeup at Toys “R” Us has caused uncertainty for toy makers and retailers. But Canada has shown stronger growth in the toy market through the year and during the last holiday season than the United States, according to Michelle Liem, Director of Toys at The NPD Group.

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April 2018

Air in a bottle? How companies sell Canadian nature

Toronto City News

People want more openness and details on products and to know, for example, what they’re putting on their face, said Amy Chung, Canadian beauty industry analyst for market-research firm NPD Group.

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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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March 2018

E-commerce not the only cause of death for Canadian malls

CBC

E-commerce is not the only cause of death for Canadian malls. Big discount chains, standalone specialty shops and multi-purpose technology making malls less relevant.

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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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