How can we help?

A paradigm shift is taking place in the food chain. Sustainability has become a competitive advantage (or disadvantage for brands that do not participate).

However, encouraging consumers to make a sustainable choice cannot be accomplished using traditional marketing tools. Why? Sustainable choices often do not benefit the consumer in the short term.

For this reason, a deeper understanding of consumers is necessary to changing their behavior.

This is where we come in.

Years of experience in the market research industry and expertise in consumer psychology, in combination with a focus on food and sustainability, give us a unique perspective.

With our help you will chose the most impactful strategic direction, develop the most effective sustainable product innovations and communicate the most effective brand message.

Our toolkit consists of effective, efficient and fast research approaches that deliver solid and highly usable results.

Strategy & Positioning

A sustainable marketing strategy takes into account the interests of consumers, the planet and the company. Balancing these interests is no easy matter. In order to define a well-considered and thoughtful strategy, the following questions must be answered:

  • How do consumers define sustainability and how does my brand fit in, now and in the future.?
  • How important is sustainability in my category in the consumer’s purchasing decision?
  • Which elements of sustainability play a role, now and in the future?
  • How are my brand and my competitors perceived?

Future of Food Institute answers these questions in a clear and unambiguous way. And that is how we help you to make the right strategic choices.

How we can help:

Market mapping | Usage & Attitude | Segmentation | Persona’s | Customer Journey | Trends & Developments | Drivers & barriers of sustainable behaviour | Brand health tracking

A handful of recent work:

  • Understanding the adoption of sustainable innovation

    Under which conditions are consumers open to food (technology) innovation? We set to find out with the help of our European online community.

  • Quality marks and certifications

    Do consumers pay attention to quality marks and certifications? We investigated which food quality marks are most recognized and trusted by Dutch consumers. 

  • The Future of Food Report

    What is the state of play in sustainable food consumption in the Netherlands? In 2019 we conducted the largest study so far about sustainable food consumption among Dutch consumers. 

Innovation

Successful innovations strike the right chord with the target group. They solve a problem, fulfill a need and enthuse the consumer.

In every stage of the innovation process, consumer insights can help to speed up the process and minimize risk of failure. Involving consumers will increase the chances that products are developed that meet their demands and have the features that makes them buy them.

We can bring the consumer to the table in every step of the process, whether it’s inspiration, ideation, or selecting the ideas with the most potential and crafting them into products ready to be launched.

How we can help:

Market mapping | Category Exploration | Customer Journey | Trends & Developments | Drivers & barriers of sustainable behaviour | Co-creation | Concept testing| Home use testing | Feature test | Pains & Gains

A handful of recent work:

  • Building the World Food Center Experience

    The World Food Center Experience is a food-themed attraction where children learn about the various aspects of our food system. So what do kids think of this new experience?

  • Measuring the potential for a new food app

    Meal Matchers wants to support you with inspiration that matches your preferences and broadens your palate while encouraging healthy and sustainable choices. How can we help it catch on?

  • Designing a new dish for Amsterdam

    The city of Amsterdam wanted a new healthy and sustainable dish that represents its citizens’ taste preferences. So, what do Amsterdam locals like to eat?

Branding & Communication

Building your sustainable brand means effectively communicating your sustainable message.
Branding is all about finding your own sweet spot in the consumer’s mind. Communicating is all about making sure you reach the right consumers with the right message at the right moment.

​Consumer research can help in each stage of development, by gathering ideas and collecting feedback about your creative work. 

How we can help:

Category Exploration | Trends & Developments | Drivers & barriers of sustainable behaviour | Co-creation | Concept testing | Pre- & Post testing | Effect Measurement | PR studies | Brand Health Tracking

A handful of recent work:

  • Nudging for more fruits and vegetables

    In collaboration with supermarket Hoogvliet we tested whether nudging consumers would increase their (online) purchases of fruits and vegetables. 

  • Increasing demand for organic food

    How can we stimulate consumers to choose for organic products? We set out to find persuasive arguments for Bionext, the association representating the organic food chain.

  • Assessing the impact of FoodUnfolded

    How impactful is online publication FoodUnfolded? How are they perceived by the average European? Does their audience get the message and adapt their eating habits? We tested this in a semi-experimental study. 


We help sustainable food companies to innovate faster and communicate with more impact. We do this by offering accessible and crystal clear consumer insights

We love working with mission-driven food companies and non-profits that have a positive impact on society and our planet. Together we empower consumers to make food choices that are good for them as well as for the planet.

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