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Shopper Digest: Festive Opportunities for Food



Shopper Digest: Festive Opportunities for Food

Malaysian FMCG market is quite festive-driven, especially in the food categories. During festive seasons such as Ramadan and Raya month, consumer behaviour undergoes notable shifts, impacting various product categories, including convenience foods. While it's common for shoppers to purchase convenience or non-traditional food items year-round, there is an opportunity to capitalise on the changes in lifestyle and consumption patterns during these festive periods.

Festive shoppers in Malaysia exhibit a dynamic purchasing pattern within the non-traditional Western-style food categories. While they may buy these products throughout the year for everyday consumption, their behaviour shifts during Ramadan and Raya times, leading to slightly increased demand with larger baskets. This could be driven for both their own family consumption at home and for open houses for guests. 

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Festive Convenience: Adapting to Lifestyle Shifts and Category Dynamics

Lifestyle Changes: Recognising that shoppers alter their lifestyles during Ramadan and Raya, there is an opportunity to align convenience food offerings with these changes. This could involve promoting products suitable for Sahur (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (breaking fast), as well as those conducive to hosting open houses and gatherings.

Category-specific Strategies: While there is potential for larger baskets during festive seasons, the impact varies across different product categories within convenience foods. For instance, ready-to-eat meals and snacks may experience a surge in demand for quick and convenient options, whereas premium ingredients for home-cooked dishes might appeal to those preparing traditional festive recipes.

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Strategic Recommendations for Festive Convenience Food Marketing

Segmented Marketing: Tailor marketing efforts to different consumer segments based on their preferences and behaviours during Ramadan and Hari Raya. Highlight the convenience and versatility of convenience foods for various occasions, from intimate family meals to grand open houses.

Product Assortment: Offer a diverse range of convenience food products that cater to the specific needs and preferences of festive shoppers. This could include ready-to-cook meal kits, festive-themed snacks, and premium ingredients suitable for traditional dishes prepared during Ramadan and Raya.

Collaborative Partnerships: Collaborate with influencers, chefs, and cultural experts to create authentic and appealing content that resonates with consumers during festive seasons. Engage in partnerships with retailers to ensure prominent placement and visibility of convenience food products in-store and online.


Seizing Festive Opportunities: Navigating Consumer Trends

Festive seasons like Ramadan and Hari Raya present an opportunity for brands in the convenience food category to capitalise on shifting consumer behaviours and consumption patterns. By understanding the unique demands of festive shoppers and adapting marketing strategies and product offerings accordingly, brands can enhance their relevance and appeal during these celebratory periods.

This article highlights the importance of recognising and leveraging the changes in lifestyle and consumption habits of Malaysian consumers during Ramadan and Hari Raya. By implementing targeted strategies and offering relevant convenience food solutions, brands can position themselves for success and drive growth in this dynamic market segment.

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Jamal Muhammad
Account Director - Kantar, Worldpanel Division Malaysia

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