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5 trends changing how consumers grocery shop & tips for retailers to adapt

After changing little in the past 80 years, supermarkets need to lean into megatrends that are reshaping how consumers buy groceries or else risk losing shoppers to other emerging channels,...

Who’s raising the bar? Top 10 snack bar brand performance in first half of 2016

IRI data reveals how the 10 biggest brands in key US snack bar categories have performed in dollar and unit terms in the first six months of 2016.

Kraft Heinz could be ‘on the prowl again' before the year-end, says analyst

Kraft Heinz may be “on the prowl again,” according to Susquehanna analyst Pablo Zuanic, who predicted the CPG giant could be back on the acquisition trail before the year-end in...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast:The rise & future potential of grass fed claims

Grass-fed claims on products are a beacon for consumers who are health-conscious, want minimally processed food and care about animal welfare, and as such manufacturers increasingly are using them on...

Harris Poll reveals what groceries Americans buy online and why

When it comes to online shopping, consumers may say that they want products with a long shelf-life, but a recent Harris Poll found that they are just as likely to...

Top 10 US salty snack brands: Who have been the star performers so far in 2016?

IRI data reveals how the 10 biggest brands in key US salty snacks categories have performed in dollar and unit terms in the first six months of 2016.

Hip Chick Farms overcomes terrible odds to secure $2M to fund fast-paced growth

After pitching potential investors for “two years solid,” all the hard work of the co-founders of Hip Chick Farms finally paid off – literally – to the tune of $2...

Berkeley ‘soda tax’ linked to 21% drop in sugary beverage consumption, study finds

Within months of enacting Berkeley’s controversial “soda tax” and the corresponding public awareness campaign on the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages, consumption of the drinks in the California city dropped...

Guidelines not sugar-coated: Limits for children announced

Children between the ages of two and 18 should consume fewer than six teaspoons of added sugars daily, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends.

Parents are more likely to make a grocery list, but less likely to check it twice when kids are in tow

Time-crunched parents are more likely than those without children to make grocery lists, but sticking to them can be more of a challenge if their kids tag along to the...

Label Insight: Your SmartLabel landing pages could become more important than your website or facebook pages

While the SmartLabel initiative has been dismissed by some as an elaborate conspiracy by big food companies to avoid mandatory on-pack GMO labeling statements, it will ultimately have far broader significance...

Annual viral outbreaks & fluctuations in vitamin D could explain seasonal association of celiac disease

Epidemics of seasonal viral infections, such as the flu, or seasonal fluctuations in mothers’ vitamin D levels, could explain why celiac disease is strongly associated with children’s season of birth...

Top 10 US cereal brands: Winners and losers in first half of 2016

General Mills – which made some bullish comments  about its breakfast cereals business earlier this year – has outperformed major rivals in the first half of 2016.

With a new federal marketing order, can pecans become the next ‘it’ nut?

The USDA approved a federal marketing order (FMO) for the pecan industry earlier this year, enabling the industry to collect mandatory dues that will go towards marketing and research efforts...

General Mills announces ingredient removal from cereals via … a rabbit video competition?

In an effort to engage consumers, General Mills called for submissions of rabbit videos doing athletic tricks to build awareness around the removal of artificial colors and flavors in some...

Grocery sales in Target's LA25 test stores are 2-3% higher, reveals CEO

Target has seen meaningful uplifts in grocery sales in ‘LA25’ stores where it is testing new merchandising concepts, but has had a challenging quarter owing to deflationary pressures, chairman and CEO...

Beyond snacks: 'Plant-based' trend takes almonds in new directions

While they are pretty small fry right now in volume terms, emerging application areas for almonds from cultured nut artisanal yogurts, cheeses and desserts, and center-plate savory products to nut-butter-filled bars...

Dairy in sales decline as Danone tops global dairy rankings again

New research from Euromonitor shows continued economic and political instability in the world’s biggest economies is dramatically affecting the global performance of dairy, with what initially appears to be a...

How are America's biggest bakery businesses performing in 2016?

IRI data reveals how the biggest businesses in key parts of the US bakery market performed in the first half of 2016

The top 25 soft drinks brands by value are…

Brand business valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance announced its list of the 25 most valuable soft drinks brands. Even top contender Coca-Cola, on the throne for many years, couldn’t...

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.”

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