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Posted on May 31, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Cold coffee may seem unappealing to some, but it has become quite the trend in U.S. markets. Coffee shops and beverage manufacturers are continually seeing a rise in sales of iced coffees, expanding even beyond the popular sugary "coffee milkshake ... Read More

Posted in Cold Brew   Coffee   Starbucks  
Posted on May 26, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Usually when we think of meat, we picture juicy beef burgers and sizzling bacon, but some food manufacturers would like consumers to think of a different image. How about chicken tenders that don't contain any chicken, or a burger made out of pea ... Read More

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Chris Campbell

On May 20, the FDA finally unveiled long-awaited changes to the trusty and omnipresent Nutrition Facts labels Americans rely on for information regarding their food. Over the past twenty years, the minimalist, black-and-white label served as a gui ... Read More

Posted in FDA   Nutrition Facts   Washington   Labeling  
Posted on May 24, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Digital ordering kiosks are all the rage, with restaurants from McDonald's to Panera installing tablets and touch screens to make the quick-service restaurant experience even more simple. These ordering systems make lines move quicker, enable more ... Read More

Posted in Pizza Hut   Eatsa   Foodservice   Technology  
Posted on May 23, 2016 by Chris Campbell

What type of juice is selling best? What are frozen fruit sales numbers looking like? Which brand of canned corn should we sell?

Whether you work in the grocery sector, the manufacturing arm or the producer side of the food indust ... Read More

Posted on May 19, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

As the dollar share of traditional grocery retailers is expected to decline 0.4% and non-traditional grocery stores by 0.2% by 2020, e-commerce activity is seen ramping up and is projected to account for 10% of all grocery sales within ten years, ... Read More

Posted in Willard Bishop   Ecommerce  
Posted on May 18, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Restaurateurs are constantly looking for new concepts to increase their popularity, and ultimately, their bottom line. With the advent of social media, the demand for these unusual locales and the unique experiences they offer is only amplified: P ... Read More

Posted in Taco Bell   Social Media   Foodservice  
Posted on May 17, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Online grocery is not a new concept anymore. Increasingly, analysts are seeing that the competition is not so much between traditional supermarkets and e-commerce, but between the plethora of online grocery services themselves. Traditional brick-a ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Ecommerce   Retail  
Posted on May 16, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Borders. Tower Records. Gamestop. What do these companies have in common? Amazon successfully disrupted each of their businesses (or is in the process of doing so). Amazon started by delivering books to your door, and then moved into music, where ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Delivery   Food   Private Label  
Posted on May 12, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Grocery delivery is not a new concept, but it definitely has yet to be perfected. So many companies claim to offer a unique take, whether it's artisan products, fast delivery, or low prices, but I'm not sure any one has figured out exactly what th ... Read More

Posted in Delivery   Retail   Grocery  
Posted on May 11, 2016 by Chris Campbell

When consumers are pleased, they may tell a few people about their experience with a store. When they are dissatisfied, you can count on that number increasing exponentially. In the case of food-borne illness, you can expect the stories to continu ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle   Food Safety   Foodservice  
Posted on May 10, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Meal kits are a great way to solve a lot of the modern consumer's food-related problems. They can save people time, removing the need for food shopping and meal planning, they can offer an easy way to eat healthy or stick to a certain diet (such a ... Read More

Posted on May 09, 2016 by Chris Campbell

The month of October 2015 was supposed to be a reckoning of sorts for the retail industry: retailers were told to transition to the new chip-based EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) cards and associated devices or be liable for fraud committed wit ... Read More

Posted in EMV   Payments   Retail  
Posted on May 05, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Packaging is one of, if not the, most important parts of a brand. It is the first thing customers see when they approach a product in the store, and in many cases, it can be the sole reason one item is picked over another. However, it can be diffi ... Read More

Posted on May 04, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Meal kit, food and grocery delivery services are all the rage: from Uber to GrubHub to Blue Apron and every startup in between, food producers are looking for innovative ways to bring their products directly to customers' doorsteps. A number of co ... Read More

Posted in GrubHub   Instacart   PlateJoy   Delivery   Shipt  
Posted on May 03, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Retailers and manufacturers are constantly trying to figure out what demographic groups should be the focus of their marketing. It is important to know who spends the most, and in what categories they are most likely to center their budgets on. Re ... Read More

Posted in Demographics   Hispanics   Millennials  
Posted on May 02, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Making a claim about a product is at the center of marketing, and for food sector businesses, this couldn't be more true. Consumers are constantly on the lookout for healthier products, more natural foods and other specialized products, and withou ... Read More