Why-ology News: Trend Go beyond the what to the why of consumer behavior. April 2018
Milk's Favorite Cookie
Advertised as "Milk's Favorite Cookie," Oreo boasts that it's been the number one–selling cookie in the United States since it launched in 1912. In 2014, global sales exceeded $3 billion. "That's more than twice the global sales of Cheerios cereal (a General Mills brand), and five times the annual sales of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese," according to Quartz.com.
Oreo evolved from the original, simple chocolate biscuit to Oreo Sandwich Cookies with the addition of vanilla crème in between two biscuits in 1948. Through the years, more line extensions have developed. For example, today's consumers can enjoy classic-crème sandwiches, double-stuffed cookies, bite-size fudge-dipped thins, Oreo minis, and Golden Oreo cookies.
Between 2001 and 2017, the percent of US households buying Oreos by VALS type has decreased for all consumer groups except Survivors; Survivors' household use has increased by 2% between 2001 and 2017—from 1.6 million to almost 3 million households. Survivors look for comfort food—inexpensive treats from familiar, well-known brands.
If you're an Oreo fan, see recipes at http://www.oreo.com/recipes/