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Posted on July 28, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Organic and natural food stores are having a bit of an identity crisis. When they first came on to the scene to compete with traditional supermarkets, it was pretty simple to differentiate themselves as specialty retailers selling gourmet products ... Read More

Posted in Whole Foods Market  
Posted on July 27, 2016 by Chris Campbell

As the marketing year closes for tomato processors, growers and producers alike are taking stock of the previous year while looking forward to the next. California tomato processors harvested an ... Read More

Posted in Fruits   Vegetables   Produce   Tomatoes  
Posted on July 26, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

It's been a rough few weeks for online food businesses. E-commerce presents a huge opportunity for retailers and foodservice establishments, but it's not always so simple to implement. Even the most promising ideas can have trouble getting off the ... Read More

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Tonight, when you sit down to watch some TV and relax, count the food commercials you see. From food producers to restaurants to grocers, chances are, you'll run into more than one, and for good reason. Food companies see the value in advertising ... Read More

Posted in GMOs   Marketing   Retail   Labeling  
Posted on July 21, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Traditional food manufacturers are continually trying to keep up with consumer trends and have been fighting to retain customers as artisan and specialty brands have dominated the space in recent years. Today's consumers are more interested in tra ... Read More

Posted in Campbell's   Milk   Retail  
Posted on July 20, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Most maple syrup producers across North America are reporting a banner year in 2016. Increased production is both attributed to excellent weather and an increase in operations extracting and refining the product. But with increased production come ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Retail   Grocery   Maple Syrup   Production  
Posted on July 19, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

The ongoing debate over GMO labeling is gaining a national spotlight as the U.S. federal government decides whether to enact a mandatory labeling regulation across the entire country that will circumvent any state-by-state laws, such as the one re ... Read More

Posted in GMOs   Washington  
Posted on July 18, 2016 by Chris Campbell

More often than not, consumer demand dictates market conditions. Today's consumers are more interested in eating cleaner, healthier foods, and that's not just from a nutrition perspective. This focus on healthier foods translates outside the realm ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Foodservice   Cage-Free Eggs   Eggs  
Posted on July 14, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Chances are you've heard of Pokémon Go, the hugely popular mobile game that has taken the world by storm. The game builds off the popularity of the Pokémon universe that was made popular in the mid-90s with its original video game, w ... Read More

Posted in Pokemon Go   Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on July 13, 2016 by Chris Campbell

On the way into work on July 1, I tuned into a local New York classic rock station. I was anticipating a great Independence Day weekend and wanted to channel that through some music, but instead of gracing me with Creedence Clearwater Revival or L ... Read More

Posted in Fruits   Produce   Retail   Avocados  
Posted on July 12, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

As cereal sales slump and consumers look for more natural, healthy foods, General Mills is rethinking its strategy.

Its first new cereal brand in 15 years, Tin ... Read More

Posted in General Mills   Retail  
Posted on July 11, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Over the past few years, the fast-casual restaurant industry has enjoyed a surprising ride of profits, popularity and prestige. And now, the results are in: Technomic's annual Top 250 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report was released, and it's time ... Read More

Posted on July 08, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Summer is a big season for convenience stores. Long car trips on the way to vacation destinations and days at the beach make them a popular stop for most Americans in the warmer months. But c-stores are facing more competition than ever before, as ... Read More

Posted in Convenience Stores  
Posted on July 07, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Three words heard round the world: All-Day Breakfast. After years of clamoring for fans, McDonald's finally introduced a limited breakfast menu available all day in October 2015, and fans rejoiced at the news. And now McDonald's seems ready to cap ... Read More

Posted on July 06, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

You'd have to be living under a rock to have missed the recent news about Mondelez's takeover bid for Hershey. While not much has actually happened yet, it sparked a lot of speculation about if such a deal would even come to pass and what this mer ... Read More

Posted in Mondelez   Chocolate   Hershey   Retail  
Posted on July 05, 2016 by Chris Campbell

After enjoying a long weekend for Independence Day, I feel most Americans would agree there are a few inalienable rights. We are entitled to the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our forefathers may not have had the foresight t ... Read More

Posted in Coffee   Euromonitor   USDA   Mintel   Retail   Foodservice