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Posted on June 30, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

It seems like we can't go a week without talking about the state of Chipotle's business. That may be because even though the chain's E. coli outbreak was officially declared over by the FDA just about six months ago, it is still dealing with the r ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle   Foodservice  
Posted on June 29, 2016 by Chris Campbell

The Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show is a gigantic affair, and one that no single person can fully encapsulate. I was lucky enough to spend a good portion of my day yesterday attending the show, and over the course of a few hour ... Read More

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Diners today are different beasts than those encountered in the past. Previously, major foodservice chains were able to create empires across the nation by cooking foods that changed little no matter where you ate them, from Florida to Washington ... Read More

Posted on June 24, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Earlier this year, we spent a lot of time talking about the fast food wars. McDonald's was pushing to regain it's crown, Burger King was trying new products to keep its fans coming through stores, and up-and-comers like Shake Shack, Five Guys Burg ... Read More

Posted on June 27, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

When Whole Foods Market first unveiled its plans to open a lower priced chain aimed at Millennials, the reviews were mixed. Some thought it was a good way for the company to boost sales and gain new customers; others were worried it would cannabal ... Read More

Posted on June 23, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Today's foodie society has cleared the way for all sorts of specialty and artisan foods to hit the mainstream culture. What was once considered high-end and exclusive can now be found at retailers and restaurants ranging from Whole Foods to Walmar ... Read More

Posted on June 22, 2016 by John Dunham

Every morning about this time, she gets me out of my bed a-crying. Get a job! After breakfast every day, she throws the want ads right my way, and never fails to say. Get a job! So goes the first verse to the famous 1957 doo-wop song by t ... Read More

Posted on June 21, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Overall, the foodservice industry seems to be doing pretty well. It is adapting to modern consumer tastes with fresher ingredients, more technology integration, and higher-end dishes and restaurant concepts. Quick service restaurants in particular ... Read More

Posted on June 20, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Last week, we wrote about the growing importance of the Hispanic market for grocers, but let's not forget that Millennials are still the largest growing cohort in the U.S. Retailers need to continue to evolve to meet the demands of this group, esp ... Read More

Posted on June 16, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

As you've probably realized by now, the food industry is very interested in Millennials. Actually, when you think about it, every industry is interested in them. Virtually every new product and marketing effort is geared towards appealing to Mille ... Read More

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Retail has long been beholden to a simple rule regarding economies of scale: bigger is better. However, with advancing technology over the past 10 to 15 years, the retail landscape has changed. Improvements in the supply chain make it possible to ... Read More

Posted in Grocery   Retail   Nielsen  
Posted on June 14, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

The Department of Labor released the final rule updating the overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation. Starting on Dec. 1, 2016, the initial in ... Read More

Posted in OFW Law   Overtime   Retail   Foodservice   Washington  
Posted on June 13, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Figuring out how to feed a family is no easy task. Often, it's a juggling act, with the needs of nutrition, variety, personal taste and cost all competing for what ends up on the plate. For millions of Americans, the daily costs of eating make up ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on June 10, 2016 by Chris Campbell

The Harris Poll released The Harris Poll 2016 EquiTrend Study on June 9, its listing of the top restaurant brands for 2016. While some winners are customary favorites, there were a few surprises in this year's listing. Without further ado, let's d ... Read More

Posted on June 09, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

If you're an avid reader of the Food Institute blog, or really, if you are involved in the food industry in any way, you should know by now that grocery delivery is a big deal. It is a rapidly expanding market with the potential to completely chan ... Read More

Posted in Technology   Grocery   Retail   Online Grocery  
Posted on June 08, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Take a quick look around your office and see what your coworkers are drinking. Yes, I'm sure coworkers are drinking coffee, but how many of them are slugging down sodas, sweet teas and other sugar-added beverages? Chances are, more and more of you ... Read More

Posted in Water   Bottled Water   Grocery   Retail  
Posted on June 07, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Despite the increased decline of ready-to-eat cold cereals in recent years, General Mills seems to be optimistic.

The company released its ... Read More

Posted in General Mills   Tiny Toast   Retail   Grocery   Cereal  
Posted on June 03, 2016 by Chris Campbell

A lot has been said about Millennials, and rightfully so: in the coming years, the demographic will become the dominating force in the American economy, not to mention its politics. But as retailers scramble to find the perfect way to reach this c ... Read More

Posted on June 02, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Whole Foods Market was once the go-to food store for all things specialty, organic and natural, but now as many other retailers are expanding into the sector, Whole Foods has had a hard time keeping its lead. Part of problem is its "Whole Paycheck ... Read More

Posted on June 01, 2016 by Chris Campbell

We're back in action over here at the Food Institute following a much-needed Memorial Day weekend, and it seems like summer is finally here for good. Despite some up-and-down weather this spring across the nation, most Americans are starting to se ... Read More

Posted in Hot Dog   Retail   Trends   Foodservice   Hot Dogs