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Posted on May 31, 2017 by Chris Campbell

If you love olive oil, now might be the time to stock up. Production across the globe is dropping due to a number of issues, while global demand is ticking up.

In a recent piece for ... Read More

Posted in Olives   Olive Oil  
Posted on May 30, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Food industry mergers have been increasing year-after-year, and that has also increased the amount of M&A rumors that have been floating around. It seems every week there is a ... Read More

Posted on May 26, 2017 by Chris Campbell

When I think of unique food combinations, I usually think of fast-food outlets. Taco Bell introduced the Doritos Taco. Burger King recently reintroduced its Cheetos Mac and Cheese Bites product. Sonic previously offered a Nerds rope-flavored iced ... Read More

Posted in Stunt Foods   Retail   Grocery  
Posted on May 25, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

The U.S. organic sector gained new market share in 2016 and shattered previous records, according to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) 2017 Organic Industry Sur ... Read More

Posted in Organic   USDA   OTA  
Posted on May 24, 2017 by Chris Campbell

If you are a regular reader of Today In Food, you'll know that just about every day, a new food or beverage product hits store shelves. While we do our best to track all new emerging products, it is a daunting task: according to new data ... Read More

Posted in USDA   Retail   Snacks   Beverages  
Posted on May 23, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Fast casual restaurants have been the darling of the food industry for the past few years, as chains like Chipotle, Blaze Pizza and Panera are redefining what fast food should look like. However, as more and more fast casual chains start to emerge ... Read More

Posted on May 19, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Traditional grocery's share of the grocery market slipped to 44% in 2016, as reported by Inmar Willard Bishop in the Food Institute's Future of Food Retailing webinar May 17. This was four percenta ... Read More

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Chris Campbell

After a few weeks of relatively cool weather and rain, it appears New Jersey will skip spring entirely to jump to summer: it's 90 degrees today outside the Food Institute offices in Upper Saddle River, NJ. And with summer comes one of my favorite ... Read More

Posted in Peaches  
Posted on May 16, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Consumers today are increasingly concerned with improving their health and eating foods that are nutritious. However, that doesn't meant they don't still want the occasional indulgence, and they are more receptive than ever to products that help t ... Read More

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Demand for organic foods in on the rise, but are all the emerging organic products actually certified as such? This might not be the case, according to a report in The Washington Post.

The ... Read More

Posted in Organic   USDA  
Posted on May 11, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Consumers are increasingly strapped for time, and when it comes to shopping for and preparing food, every extra minute makes a difference. In an age when shoppers are more conscious about the healthiness of their food and how it is prepared, simpl ... Read More

Posted in Meal Kits  
Posted on May 10, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Bumble Bee Foods LLC agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of shelf-stable tuna fish May 8, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). According to the agency, Bumble Bee and its co-conspirators agreed to fi ... Read More

Posted in Bumble Bee   DOJ  
Posted on May 09, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

E-commerce in the food retail industry has moved from being an extra perk that tech savvy businesses can offer customers to a necessary service that retailers must have in order to stay competitive. Even chains that already offer online grocery sh ... Read More

Posted in Target   E-commerce   Jewel-Osco   Amazon   Walmart  
Posted on May 08, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Pinnacle Foods Inc. issued a press release May 8 noting that it would exit certain "low-margin and non-strategic" Aunt Jemima frozen breakfast products. The cuts would include items in both the foodservice and retail sectors. Pinnacle Foods Chief ... Read More

Posted in Pinnacle Foods   Aunt Jemima  
Posted on May 04, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

While unicorn frappucinos and avocado toast get most of the attention on social media, there are other foods coming on to the scene that may deserve more notice. Pickles seem to be having a renaissance of their own, with new creations such as pick ... Read More

Posted in Pickles   Feral Hogs   Consumer Trends  
Posted on May 03, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Argentine lemon growers can finally release a sigh of relief: USDA will not again extend the stay of an interim rule regarding the importation of such products into the U.S., allowing the rule to ... Read More

Posted in Lemons   USDA   Fruits   Produce  
Posted on May 02, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Insect-based foods such as cricket flour cookies and protein bars are beginning to enter the food scene as a way to offer a more sustainable protein source. According to Essento, an insect food company, mealworms produce little greenhouse gas comp ... Read More

Posted in Grocery   Consumer Insights   Insects  
Posted on May 01, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Demographics of Consumer Food Spending, 2017 Edition

For the past three years at the Food Institute, I've been tasked with compiling the data for our annual Demographics of Consumer Food Spending book. Using the m ... Read More

Posted in Demographics