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Posted on July 30, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Today's world is filled with conveniences. Ideally, you could buy a new outfit, order a pizza, book a vacation, do your grocery shopping, and send your mom a birthday present, all without having to leave the house (or even talk to anyone else). Co ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Technology   Amazon  
Posted on July 29, 2015 by Chris Campbell

"Fight for $15" has become a popular rallying cry for laborers looking to increase their wages across the country. Although some proposals want to raise the minimum wage across the board, a surprising portion of legislation is aimed directly at fo ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Fight for $15  
Posted on July 28, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Competition is fierce between hamburger chains in the Japanese market, and each is trying to keep customers and set themselves apart from the others. As more restaurants expand to Japan or re-open in the country, three major U.S. chains each have ... Read More

Posted on July 27, 2015 by Chris Campbell

College students tend to exhibit the traits associated with Millennials, but to an extreme. They are more likely to start their day later, try unique and foreign cuisines, snack throughout the day and put an emphasis on environmental and social re ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Millennials   GMOs  
Posted on July 23, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Walmart is one of the biggest names in retail, not only in the U.S., but internationally as well. Here at the Food Institute, it seems we are constantly reporting on new developments in Walmart's business, whether it be new store openings, warehou ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on July 22, 2015 by Chris Campbell

From freight trucking services to the average Joe getting to work to road tripping Millennials, America is a nation on-the-go. The national reliance upon individual vehicles offers Americans a specific and unique freedom of mobility, and in an eco ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on July 21, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Groupon has become popular and well-known because of its half-off restaurant deals and event coupons, but it's not pleasing investors with slumping share prices. Even now that its sales are up, the company's stocks are still sliding, and the compa ... Read More

Posted in Technology   Delivery  
Posted on July 20, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Soda, once the quintessential American beverage, has had a long and storied history within our society. From humble beginnings as a medicinal tonic to the evolution of Coca-Cola as a global voice of unity, soda has made its mark on much of our cul ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Soda  
Posted on July 16, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Consumers have been steadily increasing their away-from-home eating ever since restaurant visits fell during the recession. As people become more and more busy and look for ways to save their valuable time, restaurants provide the benef ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Trends  
Posted on July 15, 2015 by Chris Campbell

In a world that is increasingly dependent upon technology and convenience, it's no surprise that online ordering is becoming a staple for the American consumer. Although brick-and-mortar locations will always be a viable choice for those who need ... Read More

Posted in Technology   Retail  
Posted on July 14, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Grocery and meal delivery services are growing at an astonishing rate within the United States. Specifically, Millennials, who are often portrayed as having too much work and not enough time, seem eager to take full advantage of meal delivery serv ... Read More

Posted in Millennials   Retail   SNAP   Delivery Services  
Posted on July 13, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Frozen meals are known for their convenience, easy to pop into the microwave after a long day at work or school. However, they are not usually popular among the health conscious, which is an ever-growing segment of the consumer population. As peop ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on July 08, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Every morning, in offices and homes alike, people turn to the convenience of K-Cup coffee pods and Keurig brewing machines to get their morning dose of caffeine. Just how many pods are used each year? Some estimates note that empty K-Cups sold by ... Read More

Posted in Coffee   Retail  
Posted on July 09, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Even when FDA published the final rule requiring disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain restaurants and retail food establishments in December 2014, they admitted that it wasn't a simple rule to understand, ... Read More

Posted in Washington   FDA  
Posted on July 07, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Two of the most important attributes Americans look for when buying a product or service are price and variety. Consumers like to have a wide selection of options to choose from, especially if they can compare prices and make sure they are getting ... Read More

Posted in Mergers   Acquisitions  
Posted on July 06, 2015 by Chris Campbell

At The Food Institute, we have a little saying we like to repeat: we cover the entire food industry, from farm to fork. But the distance between the two seems to be shrinking as American consumers are exhibiting rising demand for locally-grown and ... Read More

Posted in Produce   USDA   Retail  
Posted on July 02, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Barbecues are a a staple of the American summer. Especially as Fourth of July approaches, many people are deciding what type of meat to buy or what sides to make. As much as individual taste comes into play, price and value may be just as, or more ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on July 01, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

Several trends stood out at the 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show as companies capitalized on consumer demand. Some long-running flavors also made an appearance, whether continuing their existing trajectories or becoming slightly altered as consumers lo ... Read More

Posted in Trends   Retail   Foodservice