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Posted on September 28, 2016 by Chris Campbell

While not the largest food producer in the world, Brazil is no slouch either: most estimates note the country represents nearly 7% of the global food market. It is the world's largest exporter of soy, orange juice, chicken, beef and coffee, and is ... Read More

Posted in Brazil   Sugar   Coffee   Citrus   Exports  
Posted on September 27, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Millennials in America now add up to about 75 million people, which is definitely a sizable chunk of the consumer market. They (myself included) are a notoriously fickle bunch, that place a lot of importance on sustainability, traceability and cre ... Read More

Posted in Millennials   Retail   Organic  
Posted on September 26, 2016 by Chris Campbell

On this, everyone can agree: last year's avian flu outbreak was a disaster for producers and consumers. And I think everyone can also agree that it is a good thing the disease has not resurfaced thus far this year. However, a year removed from the ... Read More

Posted in Eggs   Cal-Maine   Consumption   Production  
Posted on September 22, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Packaged breakfast foods have been having a tough few years. Cereal sales are down, more fast food outlets are offering breakfast as an alternative to eating at home, and now light yogurt's popularity is on the decline. Some types of yogurt, such ... Read More

Posted in General Mills   Yogurt   Breakfast   Cereal   Retail  
Posted on September 21, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Emotion, commonly understood as the most significant driver of customer loyalty, can pay huge dividends for companies. And for the food industry; that's a good thing. According to the 2016 Temkin Emotion Ratings, consumers are very happy with thei ... Read More

Posted in Publix   Wawa   Amazon   Temkin   Save-a-Lot   Kroger   True Value   H-E-B  
Posted on September 20, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Meal kits are the new fad in the food industry, addressing most of the major consumer trends of today, like convenience, gourmet offerings and health consciousness. However, environmental sustainability is another huge concern among consumers, spe ... Read More

Posted in Blue Apron   FreshRealm   Meal Kits  
Posted on September 19, 2016 by Chris Campbell

What's for dinner? This timeless question has haunted Americans for ages. For many American consumers, the answer involves traveling out of the house to enjoy a meal prepared by someone else in a business setting, but recently, t ... Read More

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Supermarkets offering prepared foods is not a new concept, but the scale at which it is now done, and the quality that customers have come to expect, is increasing at a rapid rate. The "grocerant" is a new alternative to quick service restaurants, ... Read More

Posted in Food Safety   Foodservice   Grocery  
Posted on September 13, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Amid slowing sales and pressure from investors, Olive Garden unveiled its Never Ending Pasta Pass three years ago to create interest in its brand and get diners back into its restaurants. The first year, the chain offered 1,000 passes for $100 all ... Read More

Posted in Olive Garden   Foodservice   Promotions  
Posted on September 12, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Last week, I wrote about whether or not Americans were ready to eat more pork and meat. While USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) clearly believes that to be the case, there is one subset of meat products that is already thriving: the meat snac ... Read More

Posted in Jerky   Meat   Pork  
Posted on September 07, 2016 by Chris Campbell

For nearly a decade, red meat and pork consumption in the U.S. has been falling. According to USDA, U.S. beef production dropped 15% while pork consumption dropped 4% during the past ten years. And despite the growing number of vegetarians and "fl ... Read More

Posted in Consumer Insights   Meat   Pork   Poultry  
Posted on September 06, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

In May 2016, FDA published the final rules for its new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. This is the first major overhaul of the labeling panel in over 20 years, and it poses a challenge for many companies trying to determine how they must ... Read More

Posted in FDA   Labeling   Webinar  
Posted on September 01, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

One of the top concerns among grocery shoppers continues to be value. Despite other trends that may come and go, like sustainability concerns, transparency or natural claims, consumers always look for value from their supermarkets, year after year ... Read More