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Posted on February 29, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Just shy of a year after its creation, the Kraft Heinz Company is already making waves in the food industry. The company is working with a new advertising budget for its updated, natural product formulations. In addition, it's playing a small part ... Read More

Posted in Kraft   Heinz   Kraft Heinz   Manufacturing  
Posted on February 25, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Wholesale retailers used to be frequented solely by restaurant owners and consumers with large families, but they are now taking a bigger bite out of the food retail market. Consumers of all ages and incomes are beginning to see the benefit of the ... Read More

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Chris Campbell

It's hard to believe that the Food Institute Blog is already over a year old. One of the topics we covered heavily in the early days of the blog concerned the West Coast port slowdown. While it obviously affected commerce across the economic spect ... Read More

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

GMO labeling is definitely a hot topic in the industry. Several states have passed or are trying to pass mandatory labeling laws, and many are pushing for a national standard. On the other side, many prefer only voluntary labeling, saying there is ... Read More

Posted in GMO   Labeling   Retail   Manufacturing  
Posted on February 22, 2016 by Chris Campbell

The Dash Button ordering system. The face of American drone research. One-hour delivery to select markets. Whether it's food-related or not, Amazon serves as a weathervane for today's retail landscape. The company generates a surprising amount of ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Retail  
Posted on February 19, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

If you search "best if used by" on Google, you'll find a plethora of results, some with "experts" detailing why "sell by" and "best by" dates mean nothing, and others with concerned consumers asking "can I use x product if it's past the sell by/be ... Read More

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Chris Campbell

My last name has lead to a variety of interactions over the years, ranging from questions about my relationship to the classic soup maker (spoiler alert: nope, not related) to the gifting of a Andy Warhol-inspired Campbell's Soup tie from ... Read More

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Many people use the phrase "you are what you eat," but what if what you're eating isn't what you think? Food fraud is a major problem in the industry, and not just on a food safety level. Many times foods are labeled incorrectly or in a misleading ... Read More

Posted in Maple Syrup   Fraud   Cheese   Parmesean   Retail   Manufacturing  
Posted on February 16, 2016 by Chris Campbell

The Kroger Co., by all accounts, is a giant. Born in 1883 in Cincinnati, OH, The Kroger Company is now the country's largest supermarket chain by revenue and operates over 2,620 supermarkets and multi-department stores. In addition, it's the secon ... Read More

Posted in Kroger   Grocery   Retail  
Posted on February 11, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Quick-service restaurants (QSRs) are constantly looking for ways to improve. Sometimes it's by sourcing more local and sustainable ingredients, or by adding new menu items. But one way a lot of QSRs are attracting attention is with digital integra ... Read More

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Chris Campbell

What a wild ride the last twelve months have been for Chipotle. From GMO-free to E. coli-laced with a touch of norovirus in between, much has been written about Chipotle Mexican Grill's wild year. Once the darling of Millennials and Baby Boomers a ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle   Food Safety   E. Coli   Norovirus  
Posted on February 09, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Grocery shopping has drastically changed in the past few years. Traditional supermarkets still have their place, but specialty stores, online retailers, and big box stores are rapidly moving in on supermarkets' turf. It is becoming increasingly di ... Read More

Posted on February 08, 2016 by Chris Campbell

If you take a look through past editions of the Food Institute's Today in Food daily newsletter, you won't run out of stories concerning meal delivery, grocery shopping and other food-related technology. For example, our Feb. 8 edition in ... Read More

Posted in Technology   Delivery   Grocery   Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on February 04, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Grocery delivery services are expected to the big disruptor to the food retail industry, with convenience and customization key drivers of customer satisfaction. New companies are popping up every month that claim to offer a different spin, whethe ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Delivery   Technology   Good Eggs   Peapod   Artizone  
Posted on February 03, 2016 by Chris Campbell

In 2015, a number of major companies in the food industry were forced to deal with the backlash surrounding a foodborne illness tied to their products. Chipotle Mexican Grill was the focus of scrutiny following an e. coli outbreak surrounding its ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle   Food Safety   Foodservice   CDC   Washington  
Posted on February 02, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

If you are food company, you need to think about switching to cage-free eggs. Animal welfare is becoming increasingly important to consumers, and the cage-free movement is at the forefront. While other concerns (like removing gestation crates for ... Read More

Posted in Eggs   Retail   Foodservice   Cagefree   Trends  
Posted on February 01, 2016 by Chris Campbell

If you are a lover of soda, social media and live entertainment, PepsiCo is about to make your dreams come true. The company unveiled plans for its first Kola House, an experimental kola bar, restaurant, lounge and event space. The flagship locati ... Read More

Posted in PepsiCo   Kola House   Soda