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Posted on August 31, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend in New Orleans. It was my first trip to the city, and one of the first things that struck me was how beautiful the city itself was, followed closely by how friendly the locals were. By ... Read More

Posted in New Orleans   Foodservice   Retail  
Posted on August 27, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Students complain when the back to school items start gracing store shelves as early as July, but there's another fall item that keeps popping up earlier and earlier: pumpkin. It seems Americans can't get enough of this fall flavor, and this year ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on August 26, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Amazon is often cited as a disrupter in the online retail market, being one of the first to successfully establish themselves on the Internet as a legitimate retailer for the common American. The company continued to evolve, introducing free shipp ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Amazon   Delivery  
Posted on August 25, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Sales of local foods are expected to increase to $20.2 billion by 2019, according to Packaged Facts, but despite the category's popularity, most consumers don't know what the term "local" actually means. Shoppers generally think local means the fo ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Locavores  
Posted on August 24, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Sugar has a strange history, with some estimates noting that it was first domesticated in 8,000 B.C. At one point, the granulated sweetener was considered an exotic novelty. Things began to change, however, in the year 1500, as technological impro ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Sugar  
Posted on August 21, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Working for a food industry trade association comes with a lot of perks. I get to stay informed on agricultural market prices, restaurant chain expansions, new food product news and emerging trends from all over the food sector. Basically, my enti ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice  
Posted on August 20, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Target has had its ups and downs over the past two years or so. It all started with a data breach that impacted tens of millions of customers, forcing the company to upgrade its technology and security, and ultimately testing its ability to regain ... Read More

Posted in Target   Retail  
Posted on August 19, 2015 by Chris Campbell

For some, 2015 may be remembered as the year of the drought. For others, it will remind them of the media's obsession with how the drought could raise prices on specific crops, nuts, livestock... and whatever else was the flavor of the day. While ... Read More

Posted in Drought   Agriculture  
Posted on August 18, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Most consumers agree protein is an important part of any meal, but not everyone uses it in the same way. Dinners used to consist of a one protein at the center of the plate, such as roasted chicken or a steak, with other items like starches and ve ... Read More

Posted in Meat   Retail  
Posted on August 13, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

People love a good comeback story. Not just as the plot of a cheesy movie, but also for their favorite food products. When an item makes its way back on the shelf after a long hiatus, consumers get excited. However, companies seemingly have good r ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Foodservice   Manufacturing  
Posted on August 12, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Millennials are an interesting group, as most grew up experiencing the transition from the pre-Internet era to the social media culture we currently live in. They are thought to be early adopters of technology, disrupters of established marketplac ... Read More

Posted in Millennials   Technology  
Posted on August 11, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Many industry analysts are predicting the demise of the so called "traditional supermarket," which they say is nearing the end of its tenure. With the rise of specialty stores, supercenters and alternative markets (such as convenience stores, drug ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Supermarkets  
Posted on August 10, 2015 by Chris Campbell

The history of the hidden menu is often contested, but by most accounts, it began with In-N-Out Burger in the early 60s. The company's bond with the public took on a life of its own as the chain tried desperately to meet it's guests' demands for c ... Read More

Posted in Fast Food   Fast Casual   Foodservice  
Posted on August 06, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Each retailer operates its business differently. Some focus on improving e-commerce, others promote the in-store experience with remodels and amenities. It is sometimes hard to compare businesses and determine which model is more effective, but&nb ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on August 05, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Not many could foresee the growth Target would achieve in such a short timeframe. The company first opened in 1962 in Roseville, MN, and by 1972, the company had expanded to 46 locations. By 1982, the company had expanded beyond the central U.S., ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Target   Technology  
Posted on August 04, 2015 by Chris Campbell

In the food industry, one of the most important questions can be summed up as thus: "Where do my potential customers shop?" While new retail formats have sprung up in the past few years, and more and more Americans are willing to shell out their d ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on August 03, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

The same seafood order can deliver surprisingly different results in various states across the country. If a customer orders sea bass, they could be served an Argentine Sea Bass, a Japanese Seaperch, or a Pacific Creolefish, among other things. A ... Read More

Posted in Seafood