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David Youngerman: 'Always keep a shortlist of superstars you might need to reach out to at some point in future.'

Millennials have a general distrust of big companies and a different set of priorities than baby boomers

Recruitment focus: ‘The consumer products industry is facing a serious talent shortage’

By Elaine Watson

While working at sexy new food & beverage companies such as Hampton Creek or Suja Juice sounds like a pretty exciting way to earn a living, the most talented people coming out of business school today are still more likely to pick technology or investment...

Seurat Group on the top 10 challenger brands in US food retail

What are the top 10 challenger brands in US food retail?

By Elaine Watson

It’s no secret that smaller, emerging brands are winning the battle for consumers’ hearts, minds and wallets from larger, established players in the US food and beverage industry, but which ‘challenger’ brands really stand out in the crowd? And what are...

Hartman Group on the top food & beverage legacy brands

What are the top-performing legacy brands in US grocery?

By Elaine Watson

There are plenty of billion-dollar brands in the CPG market, but just 8% of 213 ‘legacy’ US food and beverage brands analyzed by market researcher Hartman Group are outpacing inflation and category growth rates.

Is ALDI the ‘most underestimated grocery retailer in the US?'

By Elaine Watson

While Trader Joe’s gets plenty of plaudits, its German parent company ALDI – which operates nearly 1,400 stores in 32 US states - is probably “the most underestimated grocery retailer” in the nation, according to a new report from market researcher Hartman...

Mark Singleton: 'Snack taxes are punitive; to punish one sector of the food economy for obesity defies all logic'

60-second interview: Mark Singleton, outgoing chairman of the Snack Food Association; vice president of sales & marketing, Rudolph Foods

SFA outgoing chairman: The lines between meals & snacks are blurring; we’ve seen remarkable changes in consumption patterns

By Elaine Watson

According to the March 2015 report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, most Americans now consume two or three snacks a day - news that came as no surprise to the outgoing chairman of the Snack Food Association, Mark Singleton. Elaine Watson...

Kraft's net revenues fell 0.1% to $18.2bn in 2014, which CEO John Cahill described as a “difficult and disappointing” year

Big CPG firms are not nimble enough to innovate and align with changing consumer tastes, says TABS Group founder

Heinz-Kraft merger comes from weakness, not strength, says CPG expert: ‘It’s almost as if the large tier one guys have surrendered’

By Elaine Watson

The impending marriage of Heinz and Kraft Foods Group will create a $29bn consumer packaged goods powerhouse. But is bigger always better, or are megadeals like this more about making money for lawyers and shareholders than delighting consumers and driving...

Is personalised nutrition about to go public in a big way?

Looking into the food future at Food Vision 2015

Is personalised nutrition about to go public in a big way?

By Shane STARLING

Nutrigenomics – the idea of optimising nutrition via individualised and/or pooled genetic data – is one that has long promised to revolutionise how we eat – not to mention keeping us healthy and out of hospitals. Are converging technologies about to deliver...

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