If you go to the grocery store or supermarket, you will find that healthy snack products in Hong Kong have increased tremendously over the past couple years. Just the other day I walked into ParknShop and saw a special promotion with snacks from all over the world. Although they are a little bit pricey than usual products, I could see that they are in great demand as people flocked to the cashier to make purchases. Let me break down the reasons for you why here.
First, people in Hong Kong have become as health-conscious as ever. This is a global phenomenon that has also spread across the city. Even for the most regular unhealthy snacks like chips and coke, low-fat or low-sodium versions have been introduced. With increasing cases of cancer, heart attacks and diabetes killing thousands of people in the city, many have switched to incorporate a heathier lifestyle by eating clean and exercising more often. Cutting back on unhealthy snacks is also a common method adopted by a lot of healthy lifestyle practitioners. It is no surprise that companies want to switch their focus to promote more healthy products or snacks to increase and sustain their revenues.
Second, people are just too lazy to exercise these days. Most white collars work very long hours and rarely have time to relax, let alone exercise. It is really no surprise that they turn to healthy products like vitamins supplements to stay fit. Most health products in Hong Kong are designed to specifically protect and support the liver because working long hours can impede its functions from the traditional Chinese medicinal point of view. With the help of heavy advertising and promotion by distributors and manufacturers, this is why more and more people are turning to health supplements to stay healthy.
Third, people in Hong Kong just like to try new things all the time. There is a reason why we are one of the biggest importers in the world. Distributors are constantly looking for new products to meet market demands and healthy snacks and products are no exception to this. Especially with the rather poor health condition among white collars, manufacturers and distributors definitely see a great space for them to fill in the city. You can tell by the new businesses that sprung up due to increasing demands. There are grocery stores that specifically sell Japanese, Korean or European products and they are in continuous demands.
All of the above reasons contribute to the increasing demand for healthy products in Hong Kong. As the population ages, I believe that the demands will continue to be greater than ever. If you are thinking about starting a business of your own, I believe this is a good area to look into.