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Posted on August 31, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Imagine this scenario: you walk into your local grocery store and are presented with two options for your favorite style of cereal. One is packaged with a bunch of cartoon characters and images of the cereal, while the other presents its nutrition ... Read More

Posted in Transparency   GMOs   Consumer Insights  
Posted on August 30, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Convenience stores have long been considered a place to get road trip snacks and prepackaged sandwiches, but they are not really thought of as a foodservice or grocery destination. However, that is beginning to change as many chains begin to shift ... Read More

Posted in Kwik Trip   C-Stores  
Posted on August 29, 2016 by Chris Campbell

When it comes to food-borne disease, E. coli, along with Listeria and Salmonella, is a fairly common culprit. Most often encountered in undercooked meats, the bacterium can cause a number of medical conditions, ranging from annoying to rather seri ... Read More

Posted in General Mills   E. Coli   Food Safety  
Posted on August 25, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

It's no secret that online grocery shopping is a big deal. Companies ranging from Kroger to Walmart to Amazon are all trying to crack the code of what makes the perfect grocery shopping experience, as the competition grows every day. Just last wee ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Instacart   Platejoy   Ecommerce  
Posted on August 23, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Companies tend to make headlines more for negative developments like foodborne illnesses or dropping sales, but that has been slowly changing. Food businesses are realizing that consumers want to support companies that make a positive impact on th ... Read More

Posted in Nestle   CVS   Starbucks   McDonald's   Coca-COla  
Posted on August 22, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Starbucks didn't become one of the biggest foodservice operations in the U.S. by sitting on its laurels. The company is often-cited as an innovative one, with initiatives including new products, expansive employee benefits, unique stores and more. ... Read More

Posted in Starbucks   Innovation   Retail  
Posted on August 18, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

It's always a good idea for food businesses to be one step ahead of the newest flavor trends, as consumers are becoming more adventurous and increasingly looking for different and unique food ingredients and dishes. Here are some of the up-and-com ... Read More

Posted in Ingredients   Trends   Manufacturing  
Posted on August 17, 2016 by Chris Campbell

When it comes to eating habits, conventional wisdom notes that Millennials as a group are more likely to eat out than to cook their own food. There are tons of reasons for this line of thinking: they value their time differently, they work differe ... Read More

Posted on August 16, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Online grocery shopping is still in its infancy in terms of market share, but it is growing at a rapid rate. Even though some customers are still warming up to the idea of grocery e-commerce, it has the potential to be a huge industry disrupter, a ... Read More

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

There's been a lot of coverage of big name food retailers like Walmart, Kroger, Costco, and Amazon in recent years as food prices fluctuate, consumers trends flip-flop and new shopping models emerge (i.e. e-commerce, meal kits, etc). But, we tend ... Read More

Posted in Grocery  
Posted on August 10, 2016 by Chris Campbell

If you are an avid reader of Today in Food, you know that we cover a countless number of recalls. These recalls range from everything to misbranding to contamination with pathogens. From small mom-and-pop shops to major food manufacturers ... Read More

Posted in FDA   Recalls   Today in Food  
Posted on August 09, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

The definitions of healthy and natural have always been somewhat ambiguous when it comes to food labeling. While there is a regulated definition of healthy from the government, some claim it is not inclusive enough and not representative of what h ... Read More

Posted in KIND   Sugar   Fats   Labeling   FDA  
Posted on August 08, 2016 by Chris Campbell

It's a battle of giants. One is the undisputed king of brick-and-mortar retail, and the other is the best that e-commerce has to offer. Walmart and Amazon have been competing for years to get a larger share of dollars from customers looking for ev ... Read More

Posted in Walmart   Amazon   Ecommerce  
Posted on August 04, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Packaging is an important part of food products. In many cases, it can be as just as important, or even more important, than the food itself. Health conscious, environmentally-aware, on-the-go consumers are shaping the way new food packaging is ma ... Read More

Posted in Mintel   Packaging   Grocery  
Posted on August 02, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Mergers have certainly been ramping up in the past few months, as The Food Institute recorded 256 deals in the first six months of 2016, after a relatively slow year in 2015. This is a 24.3% increase from the same period last year and only three d ... Read More

Posted on August 01, 2016 by Chris Campbell

The next time you are near the checkout of your convenience store, take a look at the brands and products presented. Better-for-you snacks may be making headway in the food industry in general, but it appears consumers at these stores are looking ... Read More

Posted in C Stores   Sweet Snacks   General Mills