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Posted on February 22, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

Food industry M&A hit a record total in 2017, reaching its highest point in over 15 years, according to data tracked by The Food Institute. Total deals for the year climbed to 591, moving well past 2016's high of 505 deals, but still remaining ... Read More

Posted on February 13, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average of $143.56 on Valentine's Day, an increase from 2017's $136.57, according to the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Those aged 25-34 will be the biggest spenders at an a ... Read More

Posted in Chocolate   Retail   Holiday   Valentine's Day  
Posted on February 06, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

Changing consumer tastes and preferences for higher-end, premium coffees have slowly been changing the global coffee industry. This makes it more important than ever to keep apprised of updates to the coffee market, such as price fluctuations, cro ... Read More

Posted in Coffee   Markets   Retail  
Posted on February 01, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

Most people eat at hotel restaurants out of convenience rather than desire, but that may be changing. As the foodie culture evolves, travelers are looking for top-notch food in every aspect of their vacation, even at their hotel.

Overall c ... Read More

Posted in Technomic   Hilton   Hyatt   Foodservice  
Posted on January 30, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

With football's biggest game of the year coming up in just a few days, many retailers and restaurants are getting ready to serve a boost of customers for this food-focused event. While most people host or attend parties to cheer on the game or wat ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Food Manufacturing   Grocery  
Posted on January 25, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

Blockchain is a relatively new concept in the technology industry, but it is already being picked up by food companies as a way to improve business. When most people think of blockchain they think of cryptocurrencies, but that is just one aspect o ... Read More

Posted on January 23, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

The online restaurant delivery market is moving into an era of consolidation, as businesses discover that we may have hit a saturation point with the amount of third-party delivery companies in operation. Two trends are beginning to emerge in an e ... Read More

Posted in Deliveroo   Ando   Uber Eats   Delivery   Foodservice   GrubHub  
Posted on January 18, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

Many trends have been predicted for 2018, and a good amount of them have something to do with sustainability. Analysts have predicted everything from reducing food waste to increasing sustainable fishing to plant-based foods as the top trends in t ... Read More

Posted in Evian   Coca-COla   Sustainability  
Posted on January 16, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

Following Target's news that it would acquire delivery startup Shipt for $550 million back in December, the industry was abuzz with speculation of how this would affect rivals. Analysts were particularly interested in seeing how the merger would i ... Read More

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

The food and beverage industry is facing an unprecedented number of threats from class action cases alleging misleading labeling and advertising. Approximately two new lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and retailers were filed each week ... Read More

Posted in OFW Law   Washington  
Posted on January 09, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

In-home delivery is not a new concept for 2018, but it may become a more common reality this year.

Late last year, Walmart and Amazon both began teasing programs tha ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Walmart   Delivery   Supply Chain   Deliv  
Posted on January 04, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

As we move into 2018, analysts and investors have begun to predict what mergers will occur in the new year. Many companies are rumored to be interested in sales and acquisitions, while others are facing pressure from investors to make a change. ... Read More

Posted in Loup Venture   Target   Amazon  
Posted on December 21, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Walmart has been making moves for some time now to compete with Amazon in the technology space. Both companies have introduced similar online grocery programs, which both boast in-ho ... Read More

Posted in Walmart   Amazon   Retail   Technology  
Posted on December 19, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Meal kits are projected to become a major market for the food industry in the coming years. That being said, the future may not be in standalone meal kit subscription companies, but rather retailers with meal kit offerings. Meal kit businesses lik ... Read More

Posted in Kroger  
Posted on December 14, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

While most brick-and-mortar food retailers are trying to figure out how to compete with e-commerce companies by boosting their online ordering and delivery capabilities, (I'm looking at you  ... Read More

Posted in Boxed  
Posted on December 12, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Tesla generates a lot of press for its groundbreaking technology and stylish electric cars. However, it hasn't been much of a trending topic in the food industry... until now.

Several food businesses began making headlines when they starte ... Read More

Posted on December 07, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Fast food chains have experimented with a lot of different variations of the dollar menu. A few years ago, most chains had some version of the value menu, either with items that were all $1 or less, or items that all hovered around that price. The ... Read More

Posted in McDonald's   Taco Bell   Fast Food   Foodservice  
Posted on December 05, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Technology has become a major common thread here at the Food Institute Blog, as the tech industry and the food industry are becoming increasingly intertwined. We have noted how the advent of services like Instacart and AmazonFresh have changed the ... Read More

Posted on November 30, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Amazon is not only becoming a major player in the grocery industry, but it is having a surprisingly big impact on the restaurant industry as well. Aside from its growing Amazon Restaurants business, which offers restaurant delivery in various area ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   TGI Fridays   Foodservice  
Posted on November 28, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

The yogurt market in the U.S. is a lucrative one. Per capita consumption of the dairy product has increased substantially in the past 15 years, jumping from 6.5 pounds per person in 2000 to a whopping 14.9 pounds in 2014, according to  ... Read More

Posted in Chobani   USDA   Statista   Yogurt  
Posted on November 21, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Rapid expansion and acquisition of new customers may seem like a good thing for most businesses, but in the grocery delivery industry, it can spell disaster. Most food e-commerce companies find that when they expand into new markets too fast, they ... Read More

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

With Thanksgiving only a week away, most Americans are beginning to prep their meals for the holiday. This year, many shoppers may be a bit happier with what they find at the checkout register, as many Turkey Day staples are seeing lower prices th ... Read More

Posted on November 14, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

As the restaurant industry becomes more crowded and consumers are looking for more value as grocery prices have dropped, foodservice operators have been looking for ways to boost their profits and visits. One idea that is slowly emerging is "virtu ... Read More

Posted on November 09, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

The food industry landscape is changing faster than ever, and we at the Food Institute know how important, but difficult, it can be to stay on top of the most recent industry news. If you didn't have a chance to catch the biggest developments from ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Manufacturing  
Posted on November 07, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

For anyone who goes out to eat somewhat regularly, it's pretty obvious that full-service restaurants are becoming a thing of the past, while fast casual, counter-service locations are becoming the norm. Restaurant customers are  ... Read More

Posted on October 31, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Discount grocers like Aldi and Lidl have been successful overseas for years with their low prices and no-frills attitudes. In the 12 weeks ending Oct. 8, 2017, Lidl continued to be Britain’s fastest growing supermarket, up by 16%, while Aldi ... Read More

Posted in Aldi   Lidl   Discount   Grocery  
Posted on October 27, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

If you regularly read the Food Institute Blog, or are following the retail industry in any capacity, you know that e-commerce is posing a real threat for brick-and-mortar stores. However, up until now, most of the statistics have be projections, w ... Read More

Posted in shopping  
Posted on October 19, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

This past week has been a busy one for M&A in the food industry. The Food Institute tallied a whopping 17 deals in the U.S. alone, with four more occurring internationally. Below is a preview of some of the most notable deals.

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Posted in Mergers   Acquisitions  
Posted on October 17, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

The third wave coffee movement is described by the industry as an effort to promote high-quality, artisan coffees and increase the general public's coffee knowledge from a standard cup of coffee to the world of cascara and French press. An increas ... Read More

Posted in Coffee   Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on October 12, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

All supermarkets have had to become smarter and more responsive in this new era of food retailing as options become wider for consumers, and mergers such as the Amazon/Whole Foods Market deal make it harder to compete. However, some chains are tak ... Read More

Posted in Kroger   Retail  
Posted on October 10, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Since its inception, Walmart has always been a behemoth in the brick-and-mortar retail industry. It quickly became one of the top retailers for a whole host of products, including grocery items. However, with the advent of e-commerce and the emerg ... Read More

Posted in Walmart   Delivery   Grocery   Retail  
Posted on October 03, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Every year, the Food Institute staff spends three months scouring the top food industry developments from the past year to compile into one, comprehensive year-in-review. This flagship publication, which turned 31 this year, has established itself ... Read More

Posted in Food Industry Review  
Posted on September 26, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Insects as the next major source of protein may seem like an off the wall idea, but the food industry is actually closer to that reality than you might think.

Insects have slowly been gaining traction as a viable food ingredient, and some ... Read More

Posted in Insects   Food Security   Flying SpArK   Essento  
Posted on September 21, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

If you haven't heard of meal kits yet you must be living under a rock, because they have been the darling of the food industry for over a year now. These pre-portioned, step-by-step meals were seen as the future of the food industry, introducing a ... Read More

Posted in Meal Kit   Supermarket   Retail  
Posted on September 19, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

The food industry landscape is changing faster than ever, and we at the Food Institute know how important, but difficult, it can be to stay on top of the most recent industry news. If you didn't have a chance to catch the biggest developments from ... Read More

Posted in Mergers   Retail   Trends  
Posted on September 14, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

The growing foodie movement in the U.S. has impacted many parts of the industry, but one, possibly unexpected, sector that is seeing a chain reaction is convenience stores. C-stores are not usually gourmet establishments, but rather a place to gra ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Grocery   Technology  
Posted on September 12, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made history this season, marking the first time in 166 years of weather records that two Atlantic Category 4 hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S. during the same year. Hurricane Irma's landfall in the Florida Keys ... Read More

Posted on September 07, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

It's a good time to be a specialty food company. Organic, natural and artisanal food brands are one of the most popular commodities in the M&A world today, as consumers have shifted their tastes from large, national names to new, small, trendy ... Read More

Posted in Specialty   CPG   Mergers  
Posted on September 05, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Technology can be a great thing. It makes certain tasks easier and more efficient, it provides people access to services and products they may not be able to get elsewhere, and it can discover solutions to problems that seemed impossible otherwise ... Read More

Posted in Juicero  
Posted on August 31, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Most of the news surrounding the Amazon/Whole Foods merger has been on their recent price reductions, along with other initial plans like integrating Amazon Prime members as Whole Foods loyalty members and selling Whole Foods' 365 brand products o ... Read More

Posted on August 29, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Self-driving cars seem like a hyper-futuristic technology that many of us never expected to see in our lifetimes. It is technology reserved for The Jetsons and science fiction movies. However, the reality is that most people wil ... Read More

Posted in Delivery   Domino's   Ford   DoorDash   Marble   Foodservice  
Posted on August 24, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Food businesses have been busy with acquisitions the past few years, with some of the most high-profile deals coming out in just the past few months. Aside from the notorious Whole Foods/Amazon deal, there have been many other multi-billion dollar ... Read More

Posted on August 22, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Foodborne illnesses are a major problem in the food industry, as they can be difficult to track and catch in a timely manner. The most recent available  ... Read More

Posted in Food Safety   Technology   Blockchain  
Posted on August 17, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

A lot of time and marketing dollars are spent on appealing to the Millennial generation. We even spend a good deal of time on the  ... Read More

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Grocery chains are facing a changing consumer landscape, and that means that the food retail industry must make some changes as well.

The number of regional grocers with at least $2 million in sales fell 6 percent to 25,380 in 2016, accord ... Read More

Posted on August 08, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Plant-based foods have been a hot topic of conversation in the past year, as more companies are beginning to offer alternatives that more closely resemble animal meat. Just last week, I covered some of the up-and-coming companies in the sector rig ... Read More

Posted on August 03, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Amazon is a force to be reckoned with in the retail industry, and it has rapidly become a major player in the grocery sector. The e-commerce company's total grocery sales so far in 2017 are at $420 million, a 50% year-over-year increase, according ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Ecommerce  
Posted on August 01, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

For a myriad of reasons, consumers are starting to look for ways to reduce their meat consumption. Some look for meat alternatives to improve their health, while others are concerned about the environmental impact of traditional meat production. R ... Read More

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

There has been much debate about instituting sugary drink taxes, specifically in Philadelphia where one was put into place in six months ago. Some argue that it will improve consumer health and boost revenue for much needed initiatives, while othe ... Read More

Posted in Tax   Washington   Beverages   Retail  
Posted on July 25, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Health claims on food have become a tricky business lately, as consumers are now more aware of what they are eating and require more transparency from manufacturers. Lawsuits and complaints about misleading labeling on food packaging has become so ... Read More

Posted in FDA   Claims  
Posted on July 20, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Chipotle just cannot catch a break. After reports this week that diners were falling ill from eating at a Chipotle location in Sterling, VA, the chain was forced to shut down the location and investigate into the cause of the outbreak.

The ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle  
Posted on July 18, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Amazon.com filed a trademark for a meal kit service with the tagline “We do the prep. You be the chef.” The filing describes the service as "Prepared food kits composed of meat, poultry, fish, seafood, fruit and/or and vegetables and a ... Read More

Posted on July 13, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Several years ago, a supermarket that took the major step of implementing an e-commerce program was seen as a technologically advanced company, staying so far ahead of the competition that it was sure to be at the head of the industry. Now, simply ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Jet.com   Walmart   Target   Ocado  
Posted on July 10, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

While most people are still reeling from last month's bombshell merger announcement from Amazon and Whole Foods Market, there have been plenty of other M&A deals signed since then. One of the more notable ones is Campbell Soup Co.'s  ... Read More

Posted on July 06, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

A lot of research goes into figuring out how to market to Millennials because, let's face it, no one really understands them. As a Millennial myself, I can't even tell you what we want, mainly because I'm not sure who even qualifies as a Millennia ... Read More

Posted on June 29, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Sales of yogurt in America have been steadily climbing for the past few years, thanks to the introduction of new varieties such as Greek yogurt and consumers' increasing interest in healthy snack and meal alternatives. Yogurt sales in the U.S. amo ... Read More

Posted in General Mills   Chobani   Yogurt   Retail   Grocery  
Posted on June 26, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Target will no longer sell Hampton Creek products at its stores after allegations of food safety issues and mislabeling. The retailer, Hampton Creek's largest client, is not aware of anyone falling sick from the products, but alerted the Food and ... Read More

Posted in Hampton Creek   Target   Retail  
Posted on June 22, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Food halls are one of the biggest trends in the industry right now; a mix of high-end food court and specialty food market. It seems every city is getting their own version, with many of the biggest chefs signing up for the opportunity to develop ... Read More

Posted in Food Halls   Foodservice  
Posted on June 20, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

With the growing popularity of fast casual chains like Chipotle and Panera Bread, full-service restaurants have begun to fall by the wayside. Casual, family sit-down restaurants such as Chili's or Applebee's have fallen victim to higher operationa ... Read More

Posted on June 15, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Despite efforts to stop the soda tax from being implemented in Philadelphia, it seems the levy will prevail.

It was the second time the administration of Philadelphia was being sued over a soda tax, and for a second time, the court sided w ... Read More

Posted in Soda Tax   Philadelphia   Washington  
Posted on June 13, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Technology has been a part of the food industry for quite some time, in all areas from manufacturing to retail to foodservice. But it is now taking over more of operations, moving from just helping cashiers scan grocery items and taking restaurant ... Read More

Posted on June 08, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

With consumers' growing interest in food culture comes a building enthusiasm of investors for food companies. While some industries are still trying to  ... Read More

Posted on June 06, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Consumers now have more choices than ever when it comes to buying groceries, whether it be through an online delivery company, a meal kit service or a traditional brick-and-mortar supermarket. However, that doesn't mean that they are turning away ... Read More

Posted on June 01, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Despite the uncertainty that Brexit has created, the British food industry has been seeing some positive results over the past year. While some manufacturers are still concerned about what Brexit will mean for their businesses, both food exports a ... Read More

Posted in Britain   Brexit   Supermarkets   Grocery   Retail   Sales  
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 April 27, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Dillon, MT-based Great Harvest Bread Co. filed an objection with FTC over JAB Holding's acquisition of St. Louis, MO-based Panera Bread Co. Great Harvest claims the deal will give Panera an unfair advantage because the chain would have a monopoly ... Read More

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Albertsons is reportedly exploring a takeover of Whole Foods. According to sources familiar with the matter, private equity funds that own Albertsons, including Cerberus Capital Management, have held talks with bankers regarding the transaction. C ... Read More

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

There's no question that soda sales are on the decline, as consumers are looking for ways to cut down on sugar consumption and improve their health. There are also many cities beginning to  ... Read More

Posted in Soda   Grocery   Retail  
Posted on April 17, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Even though the retail food sector seems more tumultuous and uncertain as the years go by, grocers are more optimistic than they've been in recent years, according to Progressive Grocer's  ... Read More

Posted in Grocery   Retail  
Posted on April 13, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Just two days ago, Jana Partners increased its stake in Whole Foods Market to 8.3%, up from approximately 7.2%. This news caused a flurry in the the industry as as analysts, experts and competitors all began to predict what this might mean for the ... Read More

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Good Eggs tried to set itself apart by offering online ordering of products from organic, locally grown or produced farms. However, the company’s founders said it grew too quickly before figuring out the logistics of that growth. As a r ... Read More

Posted in Good Eggs   Grocery   Delivery  
Posted on April 06, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

As food industry mergers and acquisitions hit a 15-year high in 2016 to reach 505 deals, it looks as if businesses have no plans to slow down in 2017. Moving into the second quarter of the year, we are seeing a large jump in activity, with many hi ... Read More

Posted on April 04, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Online shopping can be an extremely convenient and useful tool for shoppers looking to buy everything from groceries to household items to clothing. However, if you don't have a credit or debit card, it can make online shopping more inconvenient t ... Read More

Posted in Amazon  
Posted on March 16, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Over 180,000 products were reformulated in 2016 to support healthier diets and lifestyles and address public health priorities, an increase of 100,000 compared to 2015, according to the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). The  ... Read More

Posted on March 14, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Certain food producers rely a lot on impulse purchases to boost sales, as many consumers tend to decide to purchase an item only once they see it on the shelf. Snack items, candy, and even soups and sauces are popular impulse purchases, and with e ... Read More

Posted in Ecommerce   Impulse Buys  
Posted on March 09, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Food industry M&A hit a record total in 2016, reaching its highest point in over 15 years at 505 deals, according to The Food Institute's annual report Food Business Mergers &a ... Read More

Posted on March 07, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

If you are a vegan or a vegetarian, you have probably noticed that is becoming a lot easier to find plant-based meat and dairy alternatives than it was in the past. Even if you don't eat an exclusively vegetarian diet, chances are you have discove ... Read More

Posted in vegetarian   vegan   plant-based  
Posted on March 02, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Faced with increasing competition in the supermarket sector, retailers really have to step up their game. It's no longer enough to just have a wide selection or be close to people's homes. With so many more options, customers aren't sticking with ... Read More

Posted in Kroger   Meijer   Publix   Grocery   Retail  
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 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 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 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 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.

... Read More

Posted in Valentine's Day  
Posted on January 31, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Chicago's plastic bag fee is scheduled to go into effect Feb. 1, charging customers who don't bring their own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store seven cents per bag. The city hopes the fee will cut down the use of disposable bags, which t ... Read More

Posted on January 26, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

While most sports fans wouldn't say food is the main reason they gather to watch their favorite teams, it does play a major role in the experience. Stadiums have been  ... Read More

Posted in Big Game   Consumer Insights  
Posted on January 24, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal was released almost exactly one year ago, and it was well on its way to becoming ratified. However, with a new president in the U.S., it looks as if the deal may never come to fruition.

... Read More

Posted in TPP   NAFTA   Washington  
Posted on January 19, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Specialty, natural and organic markets used to be the new trend, as chains like Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market and the Fresh Market became extremely popular. However, now that natural and organic food has become more mainstream and mor ... Read More

Posted in Ethnic Foods   Retail  
Posted on January 17, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

As a Millennial, I'm no stranger to the world of generational studies. Millennials have been pegged as everything from selfish and financially inept to creative and hardworking, and it seems a new study comes out almost every day to try to figure ... Read More

Posted in Consumer Insights  
Posted on January 12, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Small, specialty food manufacturers and innovative, artisanal restaurants are more popular than ever, and food industry investors have definitely taken notice. It can be extremely difficult for a new company to get started, especially in the food ... Read More