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Posted on June 29, 2015 by Brian Todd

Walmart is not the only competitor grocers have to look out for. When Darden Restaurants reported last week that it expects one-fifth of its Olive Garden chain’s sales will come from takeout as it initiates home delivery, grocery store opera ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice  
Posted on June 30, 2015 by Chris Campbell

When you take a look into the shopping carts of U.S. consumers, you're likely to find fewer packaged goods and more fresh produce, meats, seafood and dairy. U.S. fresh food sales have gone up in the last four years, ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on June 25, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

U.S. consumers are spending less time eating and drinking in the average day than a decade ago. The overall population spent 1 hour and 14 minutes eating per day in 2004, but in 2014, we spent only 1 hour and 10 minutes eating and drinking, accord ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on June 24, 2015 by Chris Campbell

The next time you're sitting in line, waiting for the cashier to find an oddly-placed barcode on the snack package the customer in front of you so desperately craves, think of this: this dismal part of life may be coming to an end.

While n ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Technology  
Posted on June 23, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Many large restaurant chains are revamping their interior decor as they try to compete with new, smaller concepts that offer healthy options and a contemporary environment. Studies have shown that  ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice  
Posted on June 22, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Few countries tie in their national identity with their culinary history as closely as France. When you think of French cuisine, your mind probably focuses immediately on cheeses, wines and baguettes. That may need to change, however, as the organ ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Fruits   Vegetables   Organic   Produce  
Posted on June 19, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Imagine, if you will, a small food market with about 200 items, including the staples: milk, fresh produce, eggs, bread and toiletries. Instead of cashiers, stock personnel and managers, however, shoppers order via a screen and all products are de ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Technology  
Posted on June 18, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Companies have been trying to understand Millennials for years, ever since they started becoming old enough to make their own purchasing decisions. However, they may not be as complex as marketers have been led to believe. Specialty stores and sma ... Read More

Posted in Millennials   Retail  
Posted on June 17, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Food and technology have always been intrinsically linked. As humanity expanded its ability to manipulate the world around it, food was always a logical place to apply new tools. From human ancestors learning that cooking food via fire could incre ... Read More

Posted in Google  
Posted on June 16, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

German retailer Lidl plans to expand into new markets, including the U.S. and Australia, becoming direct competition for similar discount retailer Aldi. Lidl will invest $202 million to create a U.S. headquarters in Arlington, VA, and a distributi ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on June 15, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Is your diet local? If not, can it be? Researchers at the University of California, Merced asked these very questions and, overwhelmingly, the answers were yes. According to the ... Read More

Posted in Agriculture  
Posted on June 11, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Today's consumers love to snack. Some believe snacking throughout the day is healthier than eating three large meals, while others look to snacks for their convenience and portability. Whatever the reason, it's undeniable that snacks, especially i ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Snacks  
Posted on June 10, 2015 by Chris Campbell

New Jersey doesn't always get the credit it deserves. Up north, we live in the shadow of the greatest city in the world. Down south, New Jerseyeans play second fiddle to the city that helped birth our national independence. The perception of our g ... Read More

Posted in Manufacturers  
Posted on June 09, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Every sector of the food industry is experiencing an increase in merger activity, possibly demonstrating a shift from organic expansion to acquisition-based expansion. In 2014, the Food Institute  ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Mergers   Acquisitions  
Posted on June 08, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Trader Joe's has a long-established reputation for providing healthy fare at affordable prices, but a former executive from the company is taking it one step further with the opening of the Daily Ta ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on June 04, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Private label sales continue to control dollar share in the canned vegetable sector, according to a Food Institute analysis of data provided by IRI Worldwide. Private label products remai ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Sales  
Posted on June 05, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Foodservice spending is rising because of increased food and operation costs, but that has not translated into more restaurant visits, according to The NPD Group. Foodservice operators are trying to get consumers to dine out more, but four out of ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on June 03, 2015 by Chris Campbell

At the intersection of food and technology, you'll find an interesting paradox. Although companies such as Monsanto would receive nothing but ire for announcing a genetically-modified yeast strain that could create a milk-substitute, when a Silico ... Read More

Posted in GMOs   Technology  
Posted on June 02, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

An increasing number of supermarkets, warehouse clubs and even discount stores are seeing the potential of moving into the organic space. Young consumers especially are looking for more healthy, natural and specialty products, and if retailers wan ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Organic  
Posted on June 01, 2015 by Chris Campbell

It's no secret that fast food restaurants are the most galvanized by the explosion of fast-casual restaurants opening around the country. As consumer tastes expand and develop, discerning customers are looking for a more gourmet experience without ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice