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Who uses meal kit subscription services?

While many meal-kit delivery services seem to be targeting foodies and people that love to cook but don’t always have time to prepare meals from scratch during the week, new...

FOOD VISION USA: Is the food industry working for or against the consumer?

Making a profit and promoting health are not mutually exclusive, and healthy food brands now generate some serious profits. But no business will willingly engage in initiatives that could damage...

When it comes to grocery shopping, children have a lot of clout

What differences in shopping habits do childless households have compared to ones with children? A lot, a new study by Packaged Facts reveals. We chat with founders of two smaller...

The future of tea: From hangover cures to tea jellies, Tetley’s top five predictions

From teas enriched with medicines to programmable tea taps, the humble brew could see a dramatic evolution over the coming years, says Tetley. Even the concept of tea consumed as...

Food gifting market will approach $18 billion in 2016, says Packaged Facts

According to a new report by Packaged Facts, more Americans are choosing food items as gifts, and the occasions range from a holidays to special occasions to “just because.”

As sugary beverage sales decline, more consumers drink water to stave off hunger pangs

Consumers are opting to drink water or no calorie beverages when hungry instead of eating food, a recent analysis by Packaged Facts’ says.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: What does it take to drive up seafood consumption in the US?

Seafood checks many of today’s on-trend boxes, including being high in lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids, sustainable, natural and minimally processed – yet consumption of it in the US...

Grainful’s frozen oatmeal entrees go down Amazon e-commerce route

Oats not for breakfast is a novelty that has its pros and cons, Grainful co-founders Jan Pajerski and Jeannine Sacco said. But they also said Americans seem to be catching on....

Danone, WhiteWave deal ‘raises serious questions about the future of the organic milk supply market’ Cornucopia Institute tells FTC

Danone’s proposed acquisition of WhiteWave Foods will “have a serious anti-competitive effect on the organic yogurt and organic fluid milk markets in the US,” the Cornucopia Institute has told the...

Natural colors will see 'upsurge' in sales and market share in 2016, Future Marketing Insights predicts

Lingering consumer health concerns about artificial dyes combined with a more general demand for “clean labels” is contributing to an “upsurge” in the natural colors market that has ingredient suppliers...

Grocers explore options to defend against growing meal kit category

While the financial threat to traditional grocery stores posed by the burgeoning meal kit delivery category may be manageable for now, it is growing as more players enter the space...

10 things you need to know about the changing US grocery shopping landscape

The primary shopper – and the primary store – are becoming less relevant when it comes to grocery shopping, says the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) in its 2016 US Grocery...

Vox Pop: Consumers had this to say about GMO labeling...

On the heels of President Barack Obama signing into law a federal bill requiring the disclosure of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on packaged food and beverage products, we at Beverage...

Shanti Protein & Energy Bars make superfoods accessible to the masses, focus on consumer education

For all their hype, superfoods often are restricted to trend-setting consumers with higher incomes who shop the natural channel, but the makers of Shanti Protein and Energy Bars want to...

Ready Pac Foods combines power of organic with convenience to expand popular salad kit category

Eager to expand its footprint in the exponentially growing packaged salad space and meet consumer demand for healthy, fresh and convenient produce, Ready Pac Food launches four new Organic Chopped...

'America is becoming a nation of par-cookers, snackers and meal assemblers'

Hartman Group to supermarkets: Embrace fresh or die (slowly)

As supermarkets continue to lose market share to high- and low-end rivals, they must fully embrace consumer demand for fresh, stock more premium products and behave more like specialty retailers...

More is better when it comes to adding fruit & veggies to shelf-stable products

For years a super fruit could give a finished product near superstar status, but as acai, pomegranate, cranberry and other nutritional powerhouses have gone mainstream, manufacturers looking for the same...

Sonoma Brands seeks to build a new confectionery category with SMASHMALLOW snacking marshmallows

SMASHMALLOW – the latest innovation from food & beverage brand incubator Sonoma Brands – could herald the launch of a new confectionery category: gourmet snackable marshmallows, says founder Jon Sebastiani.

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Lidl announces $100m regional HQ and distribution center in Maryland

Tucked neatly between the major metropolitan centers of Phildalphia and Baltimore, German grocery giant Lidl’s new planned facility location reflects the company’s strategy to start strong in the US East...

Nielsen forecasts trends in personalized, packaged produce from the grocery store

Analysts at Nielsen noticed a trend in grocery stores that may prove a great opportunity for retailers, suppliers, and brands alike: Consumers are counting on the perishable aisles for a...

Global health & wellness investment activity ahead of 2015

The food and nutrition space is vibrant and in rude health according to latest merger, acquisition and investment figures globally.

Younger, wealthier consumers & parents more likely to value multicultural cuisine, Harris Poll finds

A recent Harris Poll finding that the vast majority of Americans agree they love trying products and experiences outside their own culture likely explains why many of the emerging and...

Could 2017 be the breakout year for home-grown ancient grain sorghum?

It might not have attracted as much media attention as quinoa or chia, but sorghum – a home-grown gluten-free grain that is every bit as attractive in the nutritional and...

Hoboken Farms’ premium marinara builds buzz and brand awareness by being sold out

For most manufacturers, an inability to keep product on the shelf consistently would be considered bad for business, but for Hoboken Farms, the maker of three marinara sauces with a...

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Gluten-free products are evolving to be more nutritious, flavorful, Firebird Artisan Mills says

The gluten free market in the US remains hot, but as the category becomes more crowded, manufacturers must offer products with added appeal to stay competitive – such as a...

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