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Posted on December 22, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

While organic and gourmet foods were once only available at small and specialty grocers like Whole Foods Market and Fairway, all retailers are seeing the benefits of offering them. Consumers can now go to almost any supermarket and find aisles and ... Read More

Posted in Organic   Specialty   Food Retail   Retail  
Posted on December 21, 2015 by Chris Campbell

It's almost the end of 2015. Companies are finishing up their holiday parties, employees are setting their out-of-office notices and business takes a short-yet-needed respite. The month of December brings with it ugly sweater contests and holiday ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Foodservice   2016   Trends  
Posted on December 17, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Data breaches are becoming all too common in the retail and foodservice industries, as the technology becomes more accessible and credit cards become consumers' main form of payment. It seems no one is immune, with even the largest and most secure ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Security   Technology  
Posted on December 16, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Just how health is the U.S. market for new meal delivery services? It's an interesting question posed in the December issue of Entrepreneur. In some ways, 2015 was the year of the meal delivery kit, with dozens of new ventures beginning o ... Read More

Posted in Delivery   Foodservice   Retail   Grocery  
Posted on December 15, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Supermarkets in the UK are struggling to carve out a niche in the market as competition grows and consumer expectations change. More discounters are coming into play, offering lower prices without the added frills, and threatening the sales of tra ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on December 14, 2015 by Chris Campbell

By many accounts, 2015 was the year of the gig economy. Instead of relying on yellow cabs, we turned to Uber. Instead of buying groceries ourselves, we turned to food delivery companies. Instead of handling online orders themselves, restaurants tu ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Retail   Technology  
Posted on December 10, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

We know that color plays an important role in food. Color is one of the first things we notice when we pick up a piece of produce or see our meal placed in front of us on the table. There are also studies showing that color can impact the way we p ... Read More

Posted in Marketing   Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on December 09, 2015 by Chris Campbell

It's a Wednesday morning in December, and that can mean its a pretty dry day in the news when it comes to fresh fruit and veggies. Sure, there are always some interesting stories coming through this week (including the tantalizing ... Read More

Posted in Avocados   Fruit   Produce   Retail  
Posted on December 08, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Consumers expect a lot from food companies. No longer is it enough to just have a good tasting product at a competitive price point. Businesses are held to a higher standard of environmental awareness, social responsibility, animal welfare, and pr ... Read More

Posted in Eggs   Poultry   Markets   Foodservice   Cagefree   Retail  
Posted on December 07, 2015 by Chris Campbell

The advent of the gluten-free diet is an interesting one. Although the science behind celiac disease has long been understood, in recent years consumers have begun to associate a gluten-free diet with a number of health and lifestyle benefits. The ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Retail   Gluten   Diet   Health  
Posted on December 03, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

As the "better-for-you" trend continues, consumers are looking to replace once-popular items with healthier versions. Some sectors have suffered more than others, such as packaged foods and artificially sweetened beverages. Carbonated soft drink m ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Soda  
Posted on December 02, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Food labeling can be a bit of a struggle in the United States. Consumer consensus rings fairly clear when it comes to what "all-natural" claims should mean, but that term can be considerably variable and often leaves consumers feeling confused. Th ... Read More

Posted in All Natural   Marketing   Foodservice   Retail  
Posted on December 01, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Consumers have a love-hate relationship with sugar. Most people try to cut down on their sugar consumption, but also have a need to satisfy their sweet tooth. This is leading to a rise in sugar substitutes and alternative beverages, such as seltze ... Read More

Posted in Sugar   Retail   Flavors   Consumer Trends