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Posted on February 28, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

As the competition in the grocery sector heats up, retailers are being forced to lower prices and increase convenience in order to keep their customers from jumping ship in favor of another store. As more types of retailers successfully transition ... Read More

Posted in Price   Grocery   Target   Walmart   Kroger  
Posted on February 27, 2017 by Chris Campbell

The fast-food landscape is always competitive. With so many chains competing within the market and emerging fast-casual chains taking a portion of market share, fast-food companies are being forced to innovate. Recently, Wendy's has shown that it ... Read More

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

When it comes to regulatory issues in the food industry (and outside it, for that matter), it is almost impossible to please everyone. It becomes particularly complicated when the health and well-being of consumers is involved, such as in GMO labe ... Read More

Posted on February 22, 2017 by Chris Campbell

When it comes to regulatory legal battles, it is often the case that two opposing sides are pitted against each other. Washington state is contending with an interesting situation regarding proposed discharge permits for dairies and other concentr ... Read More

Posted in Washington  
Posted on February 21, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

The business industry has been abuzz this past week with news of two major food industry mergers in the works.

First, there were rumblings that Kraft Heinz was looking to acquire Unilever for $143 billion, in one of the biggest mergers in ... Read More

Posted on February 16, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Food product expiration dates have long the been the subject of scrutiny, with many critics arguing they confuse customers because they lack standardization and they contribute to food waste because they lead edible food to end up in the trash. A ... Read More

Posted in Labeling  
Posted on February 15, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Following and reporting on the news isn't always the easiest job. Even the most trustworthy sources can make mistakes, and after a story is published, it sometimes takes a life of its own. Like we saw yesterday with ... Read More

Posted in Walmart   Berkshire Hathaway  
Posted on February 14, 2017 by Chris Campbell

The last 24 hours have been fairly interesting for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, as reports circulated that Restaurant Brands International Inc. was in talks with the company for a potential acquisition. And during that timeframe, it was reported tha ... Read More

Posted on February 13, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Technology and food used to be two very separate sectors, with very little overlap. Now, most food startups are also considered tech startups, and the food tech sector has grown into its own market of the industry. Meal delivery companies, alterna ... Read More

Posted in Food tech   Google   Meal delivery  
Posted on February 09, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

With the increased popularity of natural and organic foods, the lines between various food retailing categories have become blurred. The biggest sellers of organic foods are no longer specialty stores, but traditional supermarkets like Kroger and ... Read More

Posted on February 08, 2017 by Chris Campbell

It should be no surprise to regular readers of the Food Institute Blog and our other publications that younger shoppers are eschewing traditional food products for natural and organic ones. It seems that every week, a new study comes out confirmin ... Read More

Posted in consumer insights   natural   organic  
Posted on February 07, 2017 by Chris Campbell

When the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company first unveiled its bankruptcy plans in 2015, we here at the Food Institute took particular notice. One of its Pathmark stores was just a stone's throw away from our office, and the company's headqu ... Read More

Posted in Acme   Grocery   Retail  
Posted on February 06, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Convenience stores have been experiencing a bit of an identity crisis. They used to be a place where people could stop on a road trip to fill up their gas tank, grab an inexpensive coffee and maybe a bag of chips or a doughnut. Now, c-stores have ... Read More

Posted in foodservice   cstores  
Posted on February 02, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away, but even if you haven't planned a romantic evening or bought that special someone a present yet, there is one item that is bound to be part of your celebrations: candy.

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Posted in Valentine's Day  
Posted on February 01, 2017 by Chris Campbell

In 2017, I'm not sure anything is more important for retailers, and grocers, than an online presence. Whether a company is an online startup or an established brick-and-mortar retailer, consumers are increasingly expecting digital offerings to enh ... Read More

Posted in Online   Omnichannel   Grocers   Retailers