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Posted on March 31, 2016 by Chris Campbell

This morning, the news broke that Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. was seeking a trademark for the name "Better Burger," and the internet reacted in the way we've come to expect when it comes to the beloved chain. Bloomberg broke the news, not ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle   Better Burger   Foodservice  
Posted on March 29, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

In recent years, consumers have become more vocal about what they would like, and more often not like, to see in their foods. This has led to a slew of moves by food companies to make major changes to their products in the hopes of keeping custome ... Read More

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Ever-controversial and endlessly debated, it would would appear that the GMO-labeling crowd gained a narrow victory over the past few weeks even though attempts at nationwide regulations failed. A number of major food companies unveiled plans to l ... Read More

Posted in GMOs   Vermont   Labeling  
Posted on March 24, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Grocery shops, drug stores, restaurants and fast-food stores are all battling for a share of consumers' stomachs, and in this battle, retailers seem to have the upper hand, according to an updated study from Technomic. The group's 2015 Retaile ... Read More

Posted in Technomic   RMS   Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on March 23, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Theme parks are not usually known for their food. Meals and snacks are usually an afterthought as a way to keep customers in the park all day and prevent that afternoon crash. However, as more people become self-proclaimed "foodies," consumers exp ... Read More

Posted in Disney   Sea World   Theme Parks   Foodservice  
Posted on March 22, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Over the past few years, American consumers have made a conscious decision to focus on natural, good-for-you brands and healthy foods. Generally speaking, this move can be lauded as a positive for the nation's health, but raw milk in particular st ... Read More

Posted in Milk   Food Safety  
Posted on March 17, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Food industry merger activity, particularly among retailers, will remain strong through 2016 and beyond, according to The Food Institute's webinar, "Will Food Industry Mergers and Acquisitions Ever Slow Down?"

Traditional grocers are evolv ... Read More

Posted in Webinars   Mergers   Acquisitions  
Posted on March 16, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Just two days ago I called Chipotle's 2015 "tumultuous." I think it's fair to say that 2016 has also seen a whirlwind of news activity regarding the popular Mexican quick-service chain, with information leaking about food-safety changes, co-CEO pa ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle   Food Safety   Foodservice  
Posted on March 15, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Industry analysts seem torn on whether or not online grocery will really be the future of food retailing. New food delivery companies keep emerging and expanding, supermarkets are all adding their own e-commerce services and online retailers are e ... Read More

Posted in Online   Grocery   Retail  
Posted on March 14, 2016 by Chris Campbell

"Tumultous" is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Chipotle's performance in 2015. The company's much-lauded move to a menu free of all GMO ingredients was quickly followed up by norovirus and e. coli outbreaks at locations around t ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle  
Posted on March 10, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Snack manufacturers may be targeting the wrong audience.

Companies have the tendency to focus on Millennials, or even Generation Z, bec ... Read More

Posted on March 09, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Not too long ago, I think most consumers saw "organic" and "natural" products as luxury items for those who could afford them. I know that I was in that camp, and although I understood that those types of products most likely had a health benefit ... Read More

Posted on March 08, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

You don't need to be a food industry expert to know that there is a serious debate going on about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Pro and con arguments about GMOs have been circulating in the media for some time now, but it is more recently ... Read More

Posted in GMOs   Labels   Manufacturing   Washington  
Posted on March 07, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Researching and learning about food product recalls is part of the daily routine here at the Food Institute, and a majority of those stories never reach the national news. Often, the products are recalled due to an abundance of caution, and many n ... Read More

Posted in Maytag Dairy Farms   Listeria   Recalls   Cheese  
Posted on March 04, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Sales in the grocery industry are never easy to come by. It takes an experienced leadership team, motivated department managers, an effective supply chain and qualified employees to find those sales. That doesn't even take consumer demand, market ... Read More

Posted in Target   Retail   Grocery  
Posted on March 03, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Food industry merger and acquisition activity reached 410 deals in 2015, about 18% lower than the year prior, according to Food Institute's Food Business Mergers & Acquisitions 2015. Even though 2015's totals were lower than the previ ... Read More

Posted in Mergers   MegaDeals   Acquisitions  
Posted on March 01, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

When eating at a restaurant, diners have a lot of decisions to make. What kind of food do I feel like eating? How much do I want to spend? How healthy do I want my meal to be? Some of those questions may be easier than others to settle, but one is ... Read More

Posted in Sodium   Salt   Washington