Supermarkets that serve Black constituencies should raise the health and wellness profile in their stores.
In response to dire food-related health issues, African-Americans are watching their diet to improve general wellness rather than solely to lose weight, indicates new Mintel research.
First, some key concerns from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:
Moreover, the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, reports that:
The latest Mintel findings show that 70% of African-American adults limiting the amount of foods and/or the kinds of foods they eat do so to improve general wellness; 52% do so to prevent or control high blood pressure; 46% want to maintain their current weight.
“Black adults are concerned with controlling cholesterol, blood sugar levels, hypertension, salt intake and other health-related issues. [They need] effective targeted solutions….Dieting simply to be thinner isn’t as important,” says Leylha Ahuile, senior multicultural analyst at Mintel. “Marketers should emphasize elements of delicious taste to make healthier products more appealing to Black consumers.”
The Lempert Report sees these findings as key insights for supermarkets to serve the better-for-you dietary goals of African-American consumers, and to earn their ongoing business.