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Will Plant-Based Chicken be the Next Big Menu Item?

Editor’s note: The Food Institute has a new Plant-Based Insider newsletter, coming in February! To sign up, click here.  Plant-based chicken is taking center stage in 2022. KFC is the latest chain to introduce a …

What is the Net Value of Restaurant Subscription Services?

More quick service restaurants (QSRs) are rolling out subscription services in the new year to leverage the pandemic pivot towards mobile ordering and remain top of mind with consumers. Throughout the month of January, Sweetgreen …

DASH Diet Picks Up Speed with Consumers

Get ready to hear about the DASH diet this year. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension eating plan, better known as DASH, was ranked the No. 2 best diet for 2022 by U.S. News and …

How Much Are People Willing to Pay for Cereal? 

A new report sheds light on just how much consumers are willing to pay for their favorite cereals in the current inflationary environment. Veylinx, a consumer insights platform that uses behavioral research to predict purchasing …

Driver Shortage Pushes Autonomous Trucking Closer to Reality

Unmanned trucks are hitting the streets. Autonomous trucking startup TuSimple completed its first run on open public roads without a human in the vehicle, reported TechCrunch (Dec. 29). The autonomous driving system navigated 100% of …

Veganuary 2022 Coincides with Growing Flexitarian Trend

Editor’s note: The Food Institute has a new Plant-Based Insider newsletter, coming in February! To sign up, click here.  The excesses of the holiday season behind them, many Americans resolve to eat healthier. Why not …

Inclusion Movement Increasingly Apparent in Food Packaging

Inclusion is one of those buzzwords that has gained prominence in recent years, but in practical terms, those with disabilities often have been left out. Now food manufacturers are taking another look, including braille labels …

Convenience Store Growth Poised to Continue Amid Pandemic

Convenience stores have been reaping the benefits of pandemic-induced shifts in consumer behavior and many chains across the U.S. are targeting expansion, according to a Retail Tenant Expansion Report by real estate firm Stan Johnson …

The Big 9 Food Allergens

The U.S. has made progress in food safety issues by adding sesame to its former “Big 8” list of food allergens and, most notably, by broadening and supporting allergen prevention, treatment, and cures, food industry …

Consumers Expecting 2022 Grocery Price Surge

With grocery prices at a 10-year high, a recent survey by KPMG finds consumers expect prices to rise even more in 2022, with everything from mac-and-cheese to mustard and produce logging hefty increases. The KPMG …

Breakfast, Brunch Making Big Comebacks

Here’s an eye-opener: even as the pandemic continues, breakfast visits to restaurants have increased significantly. In the three months ending in November, online and physical visits to restaurants for breakfast increased 11% year over year, …

Plant-Based Alternatives Push Further into Fast-Food

Plant-based offerings continue to expand across restaurant menus, as major players like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat broaden their partnerships with fast-food chains. McDonald’s recently announced plans for a major U.S. expansion of its plant-based …

Experts Weigh In on 2022 Inflation Outlook

With food more expensive than it has been in decades and inflation surging, business owners and consumers alike are worried about what the future holds. How high can prices go? When will inflation starts to …

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Analysis: Forecasting the Future of Industry Events

It’s been a year of reckoning for trade shows and the companies that rely on them. The food industry has illustrated that. Make no mistake: the pandemic has left an indelible mark on industry events. …

Supply is Top Concern of CEOs for 2022

Seventy-two percent of CEOs are worried about losing their jobs in 2022 due to business disruptions, such as supply chain issues, according to a new survey by management consulting firm AlixPartners. Notably, that figure spiked …

Consumers Continue to Spend Despite Drop in Economic Optimism

Consumers are making purchases at a record clip, but economic sentiment continues to wane. Spending across Bank of America’s network of debit and credit cards has surged — mainly in entertainment, travel, and restaurants — …

Ag Update: Cargill Plans to Eliminate Trans Fats by 2023

Cargill announced it will eliminate trans fats in its products by the end of 2023 to help improve consumer diets, the first manufacturer to agree to new World Health Organization standards. “Cargill became the first …

Is the Fast-Food Industry Ripe for Unionization?

Multiple Starbucks locations have examined unionizing of late, which begs the question: Is this a harbinger of things to come in the fast-food industry? Fast-food workers have pushed for a $15 minimum wage, and the …

Busy Urban Consumers Pushing Processed Meat Market to New Heights

This article is written and sponsored by Transparency Market Research. An increase in the adoption of ready-to-eat food products due to modern consumers’ busy lifestyles has created significant business opportunities for companies operating in the global …

How Is Lyft’s Food-Delivery Strategy Different?

Ride-hailing service Lyft is entering the food-delivery space in a partnership with online-ordering platform Olo. Though it may sound like Lyft is trying to become the next Uber Eats, it’s setting itself apart with a …

IRI: Snacking at Home Trend Destined to Continue

Snacking behavior continues to evolve as more consumers return to work and resume activities outside the home. In the months ahead, companies should anticipate demand for on-the-go items —including snack bars and single-serve packaging — …

Plant-based Milk Market Poised for Continued Growth

This article is written and sponsored by Transparency Market Research. Growing concerns about the overall health profile of traditional dairy products and rising consumer adoption of plant-based diets are generating considerable opportunities for companies in the …

Analysis: Four Top Consumer Delivery Trends from 2021

Since the outset of the pandemic, foodservice delivery companies have become a staple of many American consumers’ habits. While they offered a lifeline to hungry consumers earlier in the pandemic during forced closures, many of …