Tag: consumer trends

Functional Beverage Market Continues to Gain Momentum

These days, an increasing share of consumers are looking for drinks that not only taste good, but also serve a beneficial function. These functional beverages contain ingredients that, theoretically, can help build and maintain health, …

Trends Impacting the Dairy Industry

Jennifer Pricco Braasch is a managing director with City National Bank’s Food & Beverage Group. Based in Milwaukee, she supports industry executives with creative financing solutions and industry intelligence. The Food Institute recently asked her …

FI Small Bites: Coffee Industry Latest

Despite the recent downward trend in coffee exports, the latest reports show some light in the darkened tunnel. What’s making things look brighter in the world of java? The Food Institute has the latest. Produced …

A Closer Look at Alcoholic Beverage Trends

Steve Ramirez is a Vice President and Relationship Manager with City National Bank’s food and beverage group. Based in Los Angeles, he provides cash flow, asset-based lending, real estate and equipment financing expertise to family …

Why Food Brands Should be Targeting Gamers

Gamers are proving to be an influential demographic in the food industry. In fact, research from Wunderman Thompson Commerce’s Future Shopper Report 2021 shows that globally, 84% of online shoppers are gamers. With this in …

FI Small Bites: The Rise of Aquafaba

What consumers once thought of as trash might be the newest treasure in the food world. It’s called Aquafaba, and it’s a legume-based ingredient with the potential to become a global phenomenon.

Deli Department Slices Way Toward Growth in 2022

The deli department was a grocery hotspot in 2021 and retailers are anticipating continued popularity in the year ahead. According to IRI data, deli department sales totaled $40.8 billion in the 52-week period ending December …

FI Small Bites: Top Drink Trends of 2022

With a new year comes new insights into consumers’ habits, and that’s especially true for the beverage industry. Check out the Food Institute’s latest Small Bites video, where we go over the top anticipated drink …

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 …

Report: Upcycling Ingredients Gains Traction on ESG Benefits

The adoption of upcycling continues to spread across the food industry as companies large and small explore innovative ways to repurpose ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. While the process remains a niche concept …

Author Naessens Sees Keto Diet as ‘a Journey’

When asked why she feels the keto diet has become so popular, noted author Pascale Naessens smiled, then said: “Because it’s going viral. And, it works.” Naessens, co-author of The Keto Cure, acknowledges that the …

Survey: Consumers Seeking Value This Holiday Season

Based on her company’s work studying consumer trends, Sarah O’Grady sees consumers on the hunt for deals this holiday season. “Last year, lockdowns made in-person shopping challenging,” said O’Grady, vice president of brand marketing at …

Seafood Sales Riding Wave of ‘Blue Food’ Movement

Seafood sales continue to trend upward at the grocery store as health and environmental benefits sway more consumers towards so-called “blue foods” and restaurant accessibility remains in flux. Overall sales for the category totaled $16.8 …

Something to Nibble on: the Rise of Snacking

The snack market experienced an uptick during the pandemic, as many consumers found comfort from items like popcorn during lockdowns. The global snack food market was valued at approximately $427 billion in 2020 and, according …

Low Carb Bread Innovations Continue to Rise

Consumer demand for low carb products has remained strong in 2021, due in part to the ongoing popularity of the ketogenic diet, which involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. According to …

Personalized Nutrition Turning Consumer Diets Inside Out

As consumers become increasingly health conscious and the risk for chronic diseases such as obesity keeps rising, a new wave of nutrition-minded biotech companies have been analyzing DNA/biological compounds to reimagine our relationship with food. These services …

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