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Posted on November 30, 2015 by Chris Campbell

The last twelve months have not been kind to the Florida citrus industry, as it appears to be beset with an unending barrage of bad news. From lowered production numbers to the ever-present threat of the Asian citrus psyllid and the greening disea ... Read More

Posted in Citrus   Florida   Produce  
Posted on November 24, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Here at the Food Institute, we tend to find that some food industry stories have more staying power than others. Whether it's a merger deal that goes on for months or a trend that has long-lasting appeal, there are some things that we just seem to ... Read More

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Competition in the foodservice industry, especially for quick-service restaurants, has never been fiercer. Consumers, particularly the surging purchasing power associated with the Millennial generation, are looking for a different experience than ... Read More

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Consumers are increasingly interested in where their food comes from, both for ethical and safety reasons. Traceability is a major reason why shoppers, especially Millennials, purchase the brands they do. If they could, many people would like to k ... Read More

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Oft-maligned, poorly understood and apparently a powerhouse in spending, once again the Millennial generation comes into focus with the release of a report by market research group Turn, noting that advertisers spend up to 500% more when trying to ... Read More

Posted in Marketing   Millennials   Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on November 17, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Food industry analysts always warn that shoppers are moving away from center store products, opting instead for fresh, perimeter items. The belief is that consumers, especially younger ones, want to stay away from processed foods as much as they c ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on November 16, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Food enthusiasts (commonly known as "foodies") are becoming more and more prevalent in today's American culture. The rise of cooking TV channels, social media recipe swap groups and myriad publications on specialty and otherwise-unknown foods is b ... Read More

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

The term "natural" has always been used pretty loosely in the food industry. Companies generally put it on their products to portray a sense of quality, while consumers assume the items with that claim are made without artificial ingredients, pres ... Read More

Posted in Washington   Retail   Natural   Marketing   Organic  
Posted on November 11, 2015 by Chris Campbell

If you live on either the East or the West Coast, it's quite likely that your local supermarket scene is in a state of change. Some may call it a state of turmoil. With A&P announcing its bankruptcy on the East Coast and Haggen declaring bankr ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Kroger   A&P   Haggen  
Posted on November 10, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

The shift in popularity from big food companies that hold the largest share of the market to small, specialty companies that are just getting started may not be limited to only consumers. Investors are starting to notice that it may beneficial to ... Read More

Posted in Organic   Retail  
Posted on November 09, 2015 by Chris Campbell

The modern advertising truism is simple: be ready for the Millennials! In 2015, the U.S. is said to contain nearly 83.1 million Millennials, and although we can be a bit finicky about where our meals are sourced, the reality is we represent a huge ... Read More

Posted on November 05, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Sales of organic and natural products are more popular than ever, but Whole Foods Market does not seem to be benefiting from the rise in demand. The specialty retailer should be thriving in a time when sales of organic foods are at an ... Read More

Posted in Whole Foods Market   Retail  
Posted on November 04, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Chipotle Mexican Grill is facing a supply chain nightmare in the wake of a recent E. coli outbreak in Washington state and Oregon. The company's woes began as initial reports on Oct. 31 counted 22 illnesses connected to the chain. The com ... Read More

Posted on November 03, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

The food industry is constantly changing as new trends emerge, consumer tastes change and government regulations are updated. History is usually a good indicator of what is to come, and past trends are bound to lend themselves to future shifts. So ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Foodservice   Markets  
Posted on November 02, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Perhaps no crop and state have such an intimate relationship as Florida has with its beloved citrus groves. Even the license plates in the Sunshine State feature two bright oranges connected to a branch in the middle of the identifying numbers. Fl ... Read More

Posted in Produce   Florida   Citrus   Olives