Consumer Trends in the Suncare Market in The UK, 2011




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This report provides the results for the UK Suncare market from Canadeans unique, highly detailed and proprietary survey of consumers Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) consumption habits, and forms part of an overall series covering all CPG product markets.Its coverage includes, but is not limited to, consumption behaviors, the extent to which consumer trends influence their consumption and the value of the market these trends influence, brand and private label choices as well as retailer choices. Much of this information can also be analyzed by specific consumer group, providing hard and fast data on consumers and markets at the product category level.


Why was the report written?

Marketers in the Suncare market face a major challenge. Understanding market size and segmentation is valuable, but the keys to effective targeting is knowing just how valuable specific consumer groups are, and being able to quantify the impact of consumer trends.This report solves these problems by providing integrated survey-based data on consumer trends, consumer groups and market data which show exactly the size of consumer groups, how much of the Suncare market they account for and which consumer trends drive their behavior.

What is the current market landscape and what is changing?

Attitudes towards both health and beauty concerns affect the market and its developed, as well as impact of the weather. While awareness of the harmful effects of the sun has increased compared to previous generations, this is likely to be reflected more in the SPF factors chosen rather than the frequency of reapplying protection.

What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?

Consumers uptake of products and the influence of consumer trends are fundamental causes of change in markets making knowing what these trends are and the extent of their influence crucial.The survey-based data provided in this report examines over 20 consumer trends that affect the market and examines the share of sales across 26 consumer groups providing through the data a detailed insight into exactly who the consumer is and just how much impact the latest consumer trends are having.

What makes this report unique and essential to read?

The data provided is unique in the market as it tracks consumer behavior through to its actual value impact on a product market. This provides readers with a unique data analysis of the market allowing marketing tactics and strategy to be updated in line with the very latest consumer behaviors.


  • Consumer survey data for the following specific categories: the after-sun, self-tan and sun protection markets.
  • Detailed consumer segmentation based on survey data covering over 26 consumer groups, 20 consumer trends and consumption frequency for each product category.
  • Volume shares in 2011 for brands and private label sales tracked by the survey.
  • Unique retailer choice and switching data as tracked by the survey are provided at the product category level for 2011.


  • Unique proprietary data that sizes and segments consumers, tracks their behavior and shows the impact of this on their markets
  • Results also cover over 20 consumer trends, showing exactly to what extent these trends have a direct influence on a market. As this impact assessment is based not only on how many consumers act on these trends, but also how often they act on this it provides unique insight into the size of the prize when targeting these consumer trends in each category covered.

Key Highlights

  • Brand analysis reveals that private label penetration by volume in the Suncare market in the UK varies between 20%-25% by volume. It is marginally higher for Sun Protection compared to After-Sun products.
  • While Boots is the dominant retailer for Suncare products in the UK, compared to many other consumer packaged goods the pattern of distribution through retailers is more fragmented. In particular the major grocery multiples have not been as successful in targeting this area as they have in other Health & Beauty categories.
  • Sun-Protection is the dominant category in the market, and accounts for more than 60% of total suncare sales in the UK. It is followed by the Self-Tan and After-Sun segments.