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Study Finds Millennials Spend Less on Food at Home, Take Fewer Trips to Grocery Store

In Research, Trends by Hilary Smith0 Comments

Millennials have the most buying power of any generation, so their food purchasing behavior has far-reaching implications for the future of the food industry. A recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveals just how much Millennials spend on food, what they buy, and how their shopping habits compare to those of older generations. The findings reveal staggering generational …

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Peel-Off Labels, Recognizable Logos, and Bright Colors: What Consumers Look for in Labels

In Research, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

Somewhere around 20,000 new food and beverage products are introduced each year. Not all of them make it (remember purple ketchup?), but this number illustrates the highly competitive environment in which food and beverage companies operate. What can you do to make sure your products stand out on the shelves? According to a new survey by labeling solutions provider Luminer, …

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Everybody Snacks! Nielsen Reports Growth in Individual Snacking Category, Especially Among Healthy Options

In Research, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

Almost every household in America (98%) purchases single-serve grab-and-go snacking products, pushing the individual snacking category to a value of $33 billion, according to a new report from Nielsen. Annual spending on these products increased 1.1% over last year, driven by large and busy households looking for convenience. While dairy snacks continue to take the lion’s share (22%) of the …

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Study: Changing Food Prices Could Improve Health Outcomes

In News, Research by Krista Garver1 Comment

The idea of a national soda tax has been floating around lately, and a few jurisdictions are already giving it a try. But would higher prices on unhealthy foods, and lower prices on healthy ones, be enough to change people’s eating habits in a meaningful way? According to a new study out of Tufts University, the answer might be “yes.” …

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What If We All Adopted a Plant-Based Diet? Study Explores Nutritional and Environmental Impact

In Research, Sustainability by Krista Garver0 Comments

Interest in plant-based diets has been growing steadily. According to the Plant Based Foods Industry, this sector now represents a more than $5 billion market in the United States alone. And a market research report earlier this year found that 6% of U.S. consumers now claim to be vegan. That’s up from 1% in 2014. (Other estimates are more conservative.) …

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Survey: Workers in the Food Industry are Satisfied Overall

In Research, Trends by Hilary Smith0 Comments

Food industry employees are satisfied with their jobs, according to Food Processing’s 11th annual Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey. This year’s results reveal that companies are offering more flexibility, bonuses, and other perks to keep their workforce happy. Below is a picture of the state of the industry revealed by the survey responses. Job satisfaction According to survey respondents, job …

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Could Adding Spice Be the Secret to Reducing Sodium?

In Research, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

Food manufacturers have been scrambling to meet consumers’ demands for healthier processed foods. They’ve reformulated their products to reduce or eliminate added sugars, preservatives, and certain fats. But there’s been one stubborn holdout: sodium. A study published last year showed that the food industry has made significant progress on the sodium front, reducing the sales-weighted mean sodium density by 6.8% …

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Transparency, Healthy Choices Critical for Long-Term Success in Shifting Marketplace

In Research, Trends by Hilary Smith0 Comments

Food retailers and manufacturers should focus on transparency and healthy choices for consumers to ensure long-term success, according to the 2017 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report. The report examines the shifting marketplace, including consumer shopping trends, retailer success strategies, and the demand for transparency across the entire supply chain. A changing marketplace The “who” and the “where” of grocery shopping …

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Food & Beverage Companies Predict Profit Gains, Reveal Growth Strategies

In Research, Trends by Hilary Smith0 Comments

2017 is projected to be a profitable year for the food and beverage industry, according to data in the Mazars USA 2017 Food & Beverage Industry Study released last month. Despite the positive outlook, new government regulations, consumer expectations, food safety, and other industry complications pose significant challenges. The annual study provides valuable insight into the trends, challenges, and opportunities …