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Posted on April 28, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

The food industry is extremely competitive, and companies need to do anything they can to set themselves apart. This means businesses are constantly making claims about their products, like what kinds of ingredients they use, how their products ar ... Read More

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Chris Campbell

These days, it seems we can't go a week (or sometimes, even a day) without an update on two of the nation's most important restaurant chains. Yes, I'm talking about Chipotle Mexican Grill and McDonald's. Both companies are in the midst of turn-aro ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle   McDonalds   Restaurants   Foodservice  
Posted on April 26, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Big, national food companies have been the main players in the food industry for many years, making up most of the market share and taking up the majority of supermarket shelves. However, as the healthy, natural, clean-eating movement continues to ... Read More

Posted in GMO   Health   Manufacturing  
Posted on April 25, 2016 by Chris Campbell

McDonald's released it's first quarter earnings report on April 22, and although we've pondered what changes could be coming for the brand, we now have a look at how some of the company's earliest changes under CEO Steve Easterbrook turned out. Fr ... Read More

Posted in McDonalds   Foodservice  
Posted on April 21, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Dairy milk has become a difficult business to be in, as American consumers are flocking more to non-dairy alternatives. Some do so for allergy reasons, but most believe the alternatives are healthier, and in some cases, better for the environment. ... Read More

Posted in Milk   Retail   Dairy  
Posted on April 20, 2016 by Chris Campbell

McDonald's is constantly under the microscope, and rightfully so: as one of the largest fast-food chains in the U.S. (not to mention across the globe), the choices it makes can have reverberating consequences for competitors, customers and even th ... Read More

Posted in McDonalds   Foodservice  
Posted on April 19, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Amazon is certainly a powerhouse in the retail industry. It can't be denied that the company is force to be reckoned with, which is constantly setting the bar for the rest of the industry. For that reason it is one of the companies we cover the mo ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Delivery   Retail  
Posted on April 18, 2016 by Chris Campbell

It's a tumultuous time in the beverage industry. With health regulators, city officials and the average consumer expressing backlash against sugar-laden beverages, many are looking to health drinks with a specific focus on organic drinks as the ne ... Read More

Posted in Technavio   Organic   Beverage   Retail  
Posted on April 14, 2016 by Chris Campbell

In 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Michaelangelo gives his delivery man some sage advise: "Forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza." Although he was speaking to a local pizza delivery man, he was right: America ... Read More

Posted on April 13, 2016 by Chris Campbell

In recent years, Americans have shifted their food purchasing habits. What was once the hallmark of the American food industry, grocery stores have taken a backseat in the news as fast-casual eateries, farmers markets, specialty stores, drug chain ... Read More

Posted in Wegmans   Trader Joe's   Publix   ShopRite   Kroger   Meijer   Retail  
Posted on April 12, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Restaurants that are perceived as healthy are all the rage, with consumers requesting more menu items that are fresh, natural, and low in fat and calories. Many chains have begun to revamp their menus to accommodate these trends and many new conce ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Health  
Posted on April 11, 2016 by Chris Campbell

The phenomena of e-commerce is an incredible boon for consumers: customers can now quickly and easily find, research, purchase and use products in record time, with some areas of the U.S. already getting used to same-day and same-hour delivery. Wi ... Read More

Posted in Drones   Robots   Trucks   Delivery   Infrastructure   Ecommerce  
Posted on April 07, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Quick service restaurants (QSRs) have really been employing any method they can think of to steal customers away from the competition. With the level of saturation were are seeing in the segment, it really is necessary for chains to hone in on wha ... Read More

Posted in Taco Bell   Domino's   QSR   Foodservice   McDonald's  
Posted on April 06, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Amazon is a fairly constant topic here at the Food Institute Blog, and within the past few weeks, the company gave us plenty to write about. From the expansion of Amazon Payments to new products linked to Dash Buttons to the expansion of same-day ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Retail   Dash   Delivery   Payments  
Posted on April 05, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

The Kroger Co. may be a large and successful supermarket chain with over 2,700 stores in 35 states, but that doesn't mean it has time to rest on its laurels. It recognizes the importance of adapting to customer tastes as the food industry is alway ... Read More

Posted in Kroger   Retail   Organic   Natural  
Posted on April 04, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Last night, the Kansas City Royals defended their World Series crown against the New York Mets in a 4-3 game, officially launching the Major League Baseball season. As the 162-game campaign begins, fans round the world will begin to adjust their m ... Read More

Posted in MLB   Stadiums   Foodservice   Baseball  
Posted on April 01, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

In the food industry, like many industries, trends are of the utmost importance. Businesses need to know what caused past price increases or decreases, how other companies are faring, what consumers expect, and what that all means for future profi ... Read More

Posted in WeiserMazars   Retail   Foodservice