UK consumer goods trends: Top 25 product breakthroughs


Mondelēz International, Jacob Douwe Egberts and General Mills are top FMCG product innovators in the UK, according to a new list released today by Nielsen.


The Top 25 Breakthrough Innovations list celebrates recent product innovations across various FMCG categories in Europe.

The leading product innovators in the UK included Mondelēz International, which owns British chocolate company Cadbury, for its milk chocolate wafer snack, Cadbury Roundie, Dutch coffee makers Jacob Douwe Egberts B.V. for the luxury coffee brand L’OR Classique, and General Mills for granola snack Nature Valley Bars.

Other brands which made the list for their product innovations across Europe include Italian food brand Barilla for its new biscuit for Italian consumers, Buongrano Mulino Bianco, and Heineken for its Heineken 0.0 alcohol-free beer, which entered the French market. Aside from food and drinks brands, L'Oréal also made it into the list for its Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink lipstick in the Spanish market. Procter & Gamble showed innovation in Germany for its detergent brand Lenor’s 3-in-1 Pods.

Some of the common factors driving innovation success across this year's winners came from brands that showcased exceptional abilities not just to win market share and deliver growth, but in deploying specific strategies for their product category. This was done by listening to consumer needs and optimising package and product design, such as offering new formats of currently existing popular products.

Some of the most successful innovative products ranged from ‘special-treats’ to products that tap into the increasing consumer trend towards healthier and free-from options.  Others aimed at growing an existing core brand, or appealing to different kinds of consumers such as premium shoppers.

Smruti Kulkarni, Europe Leader, Machine Learning & Design Solutions at Nielsen commented: “In today’s FMCG marketplace, the pressure on marketers to innovate and provide a unique and differentiated offering is high.”

Kulkarni expanded: “Over time, consumer needs and attitudes have evolved, with the emergence of e-commerce, private labels and exposure to digital platforms providing personalised messaging from brands. This fierce competition for consumer’s attention has made product innovation a challenging feat for FMCG companies.”

The qualifications for the list of Nielsen’s Top 25 Breakthrough Innovations covered requirements for distinctiveness, relevance, endurance, and the broaders strategies employed by brands to make them successful.

“Successful innovation can come in many different forms — some could be disruptive game changers, while others could be launched to fend off competitive pressure, or with the idea of tapping into an emerging consumer trend. Some of these brands have challenged the traditional notion of success. Across Europe we can see some remarkable innovation stories where different approaches have been taken to solve a business problem,” concluded Kulkarni.

The following list of products are recognised for the innovation and growth they brought to their respective categories.


Product Company Country
Bon Pari Koshmariki Nestlé Russia
Buitoni La Sfoglia Rotonda Senza Glutine Nestlé Italy
Buongrano Mulino Bianco Barilla Italy
Cadbury Roundie Mondelēz International UK
Couches Lotus Baby Essity France
Danissimo Shake & Go Danone Russia
Diet Pepsi Wild Cherry PepsiCo Russia
Diplomatico Mantuano Destilerías Unidas S. A. (DUSA) France
Epica Protein Yogurt Ehrmann Russia
Felix Doubly Delicious Dry Cat Food Nestlé Purina Russia
Heineken 0.0 Heineken France
Herta Le Bon Paris Conservation Sans Nitrite Nestlé France
Ichnusa Non Filtrata Heineken Italia S.p.A. Italy
Judith Williams Cosmetics Judith Williams Germany
Knoppers NussRiegel Storck Germany
L’OR Classique Jacobs Douwe Egberts B.V. UK
Ladron de Manzanas Cider Heineken Spain
Lenor 3in1 Pods Procter & Gamble Germany
Lenor Inspiré par la Nature Procter & Gamble France
M&M Bâtonnets Mars Wrigley Confectionery France
Magnat Champagne & Strawberry Unilever Russia
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink L'Oréal Spain
Nature Valley Bars General Mills UK
Oral-B Répare Gencives et Émail Procter & Gamble France
Perwoll Care & Refresh Henkel Germany
Purina Gourmet Gold Tortini Nestlé Purina Italy

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