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Posted on October 29, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Everyone has heard the phrase "we eat with our eyes first," suggesting that the appearance of food is just as important as taste. Of course this saying has merit (who would want to eat a meal that looks disgusting?) and if you've ever watched a co ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Foodservice   Marketing   Food Science  
Posted on October 28, 2015 by Chris Campbell

The A&P Bankruptcy proceedings have hit home in this area, and I've found myself looking for a new grocery store as my go-to shopping destination is in the process of liquidating itself. This week, I visited a store that was purchased from A&a ... Read More

Posted in Produce   Retail   Avocados  
Posted on October 27, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

It's that time of year again: as the end of 2015 looms closer, we start to speculate on what's to come in 2016. Most of us can guess what types of food trends will drive consumers in the upcoming year based on what has been popular in the past (i. ... Read More

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Online grocery shopping is a hot topic in the food industry. Retailers and manufacturers alike are wondering how the rising popularity of e-commerce will impact their business, and with reason. Online grocery is one of the fastest growing categori ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Online   BMO  
Posted on October 21, 2015 by Chris Campbell

The sugar beet harvest in the U.S. is currently underway, and reports from across the country seem to indicate this year's crop will be sweeter than usual. USDA estimates that beet sugar production will account for 41,000 short tons, raw value in ... Read More

Posted in Sugar Beets   Markets   Produce   Sugar   Agriculture  
Posted on October 20, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Addressing climate change and instituting eco-friendly business practices are increasingly important to today's consumers. It is not only essential for food to be natural and sustainable, but for the company as a whole to implement environmental i ... Read More

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Chris Campbell

We've been watching the avian influenza outbreak pretty closely here at the Food Institute. Although most people understood that poultry prices would rise in the wake of the flu, government efforts were focused specifically on stopping the spread ... Read More

Posted in Eggs   Retail   Avian Flu  
Posted on October 16, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

McDonald's has had its ups and downs in the past few years, and it's no secret that its sales have been struggling. The chain has made many attempts to bring customers back to its restaurants, but one in particular may be its most popular: all-day ... Read More

Posted in McDonald's   Breakfast   Foodservice  
Posted on October 15, 2015 by Chris Campbell

If there's one thing Millennials hate, it's being lumped in with the rest of the cohort. Take it from me, your resident Millennial blogger. I'm sure Jennette agrees, too. It seems the neverending chorus constantly harks upon our buying power, our ... Read More

Posted in Millennials   Retail   Foodservice   Marketing  
Posted on October 14, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Whole Foods Market was once the go-to place for organic, natural and specialty foods. However, other retailers are increasingly seeing the merit of expanding their organic and natural food options, which has slowly eaten away at Whole Foods' marke ... Read More

Posted in Whole Foods   Retail   Supermarkets   Organic  
Posted on October 13, 2015 by Chris Campbell

When it comes to branding and marketing, food companies often find themselves in a sea of change and uncertainty. It seems like every day, new rules and regulations emerge that make it more and more difficult for producers to advertise their produ ... Read More

Posted in PepsiCo   Retail   Marketing  
Posted on October 05, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Amazon made its reputation by creating disruptive sales opportunities for consumers since day one. By offering items online at discounted prices and providing quick, reliable and affordable shipping, the online retailer has positioned itself as th ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Retail  
Posted on October 01, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Today marks October 1st, the start of a new month. For many around the country, it also begins a fascination with ghouls, zombies, ghosts and other scary creatures as we ready ourselves for the culmination of the month in Halloween. This provides ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Halloween