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Posted on November 30, 2016 by Chris Campbell

It's the week after Thanksgiving, and people across the nation are starting to think about the upcoming holidays. After enjoying a calorie-loaded feast Nov. 24, and anticipating more food opportunities as the end of the year approaches, I know I c ... Read More

Posted in Consumer Insights   Health  
Posted on November 29, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

While Black Friday shopping is focused more on 4K TVs and PlayStation 4s than it is on food, it is still an important day for food retailers and restaurants. Not only because of the increasing interest in food gifts for the holidays, but also beca ... Read More

Posted in Consumer Insights  
Posted on November 28, 2016 by Chris Campbell

U.S. consumers enjoy bananas just as much as anyone, but I was surprised to see that Japan is also one of the biggest banana-devouring nations in the world. The country relies upon imports for over 99% of its banana consumption due to its climate, ... Read More

Posted in Fruit   Produce  
Posted on November 22, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact has been a topic of much contention, not just in the recent U.S. presidential election, but basically since its inception. The U.S. has been largely torn on whether it will help or hurt the country's ... Read More

Posted in TPP   Washington  
Posted on November 21, 2016 by Chris Campbell

In a few days, the vast majority of Americans will sit down for a meal with their loved ones and give thanks for a nearly-completed year. However, how those Americans will celebrate varies greatly by region and background. It would be impossible t ... Read More

Posted on November 17, 2016 by James Hickey

Sometimes bigger isn't better, as more companies are looking at smaller store formats to grow its business. Three grocery operators, Sendik's Food Markets, WinCo and Raley's, recently revealed plans to open smaller format stores, while Dollar Gene ... Read More

Posted in Sendik's   Dollar General   Raley's   WinCo  
Posted on November 16, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Eat your vegetables. Who didn't hear this phrase as a kid? I know I certainly did, and the chorus has been immortalized in television shows and advertising campaigns for years. And you know what? It just may have worked.

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Posted in Vegetables   Consumer Insights  
Posted on November 15, 2016 by Bryan Wassel

As 2016 comes to an end, producers and retailers are looking at what the future will hold for the food industry. While analysts differ on many fronts, both Mintel and Innova Market Insights had plant-based foods and sustainability among their top ... Read More

Posted in Trends  
Posted on November 14, 2016 by Chris Campbell

We've kept a close eye on McDonald's in the Food Institute Blog since CEO Steve Easterbrook took the helm. Under his leadership, the company has made a number of successful changes to the company, including the McPick2 deals, All-Day Breakfast, he ... Read More

Posted in McDonald's  
Posted on November 10, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Two days after the U.S. Presidential Election, the world is starting to make predictions about what President Elect Donald J. Trump will accomplish in office, and how that will impact the economy, businesses, and the country as a whole. While many ... Read More

Posted in Washington   Policy  
Posted on November 09, 2016 by Chris Campbell

It's November 9th, and America has elected a new president. Donald Trump will assume the office of the chief executive on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, and it is certain things will be changing in the business landscape after he takes office. But that wa ... Read More

Posted on November 08, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

With less than two months left in 2016, we are beginning to get a clearer picture of what the status of the M&A market was like for the year, and we can start to see what may be coming in 2017. In the first nine months of 2016, The Food Instit ... Read More

Posted in Mergers  
Posted on November 07, 2016 by Chris Campbell

The darling of specialty food buyers and producers everywhere, Whole Foods Market seems to be making some shifts to better serve the customers and shareholders. From loyalty programs to CEO streamlining, the company is attempting to better positio ... Read More

Posted in Whole Foods Market  
Posted on November 03, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Snacking has been rapidly gaining traction in the U.S. as a way to supplement or even replace regular meals. Americans have always been known to snack throughout the day, but as more people become busier and look for on-the-go meal options, snacks ... Read More

Posted in Snacks   Consumer Insights  
Posted on November 02, 2016 by Chris Campbell

For the better part of the year, avocados have been hard to come by. Despite high volumes and great prices for consumers in 2015, 2016 hasn't been kind to the popular super-fruit. Weather and labor disputes decreased production significantly in 20 ... Read More

Posted in Avocados   Fruit   Produce  
Posted on November 01, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

USDA approved commercial planting of two types of GMO potatoes which resist late blight resistance. The approval covers J.R. Simplot Co.’s Ranger Russet and Atlantic varieties of the company’s second generation of Innate potatoes. The ... Read More

Posted in GMO   Simplot   USDA