By now we all know about the craft beer movement that has swept across the country and my last post was on craft whiskey, but you probably are not familiar with a similar heirloom (craft) popcorn revival in this country. As with craft beer, people are searching out artisanal and more flavorful (as well as healthy) snack options, Continue reading
That isn’t a typo — it’s the name of a new customer of ours located in Malmo, Sweden (FYI: “matmarknad” translates to “food market” in English). They were looking for high-end American made fixtures for their produce department, came across our webite and from there, a simple website lead turned into a new customer in Sweden. Continue reading
Kids Zone for Healthy Snacks
Snacks get a bad rap, especially when related to our kids. But not all snacks are bad. In fact, children need extra calories during the day to help with their growth and energy level. The key is to offer kids (and their parents) smart choices.
Nutritionists have always recommended snacking on fresh and dried fruits, but how do you get kids to embrace this themselves? The good news is that the answer is not complicated. Studies show that kids Continue reading
Attract Customers: Dining and Beverage Experiences
To combat inroads made by the online shopping world, department stores have been looking at new ways to provide on-site experiences that will compel shoppers to want to visit their stores. Two concepts getting a lot of play have been in-store, upscale restaurants and bar/lounge spaces that offer attractive spots for customers to relax and have a cocktail or a coffee. Continue reading
Proposed Food Label Revisions
This past month the FDA proposed several significant changes to the standard food nutrition label which appears on roughly 700,000 packaged foods.
One of the more noticeable changes would be an emphasis on calorie counts, with bigger/bolder calorie numbers. Related to this, serving sizes will be altered to represent what most people actually eat. As an example, Continue reading
Gluten-Free Here to Stay
By now, we probably all know someone who has some form of gluten sensitivity or perhaps even has celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder caused when gluten is ingested. But who would have guessed a few short years ago how far-reaching the trend of gluten-free foods would go.
According to Nielsen, the portion of households reporting purchases of gluten-free food products hit 11 percent last year, rising from Continue reading
US Organic Food Market Growth
Growth in the US organic food market is expected to continue through 2018 with a new report predicting a compound annual growth rate of 14%. Equally important is the forecast that organic food sales will continue to increase at a much higher level than the non-organic food market. Continue reading
Specialty Teas are Healthy for Grocers
Tea and coffee segments continue to deliver outsized sales results for grocers and mass merchandisers. That’s a key lead-in stat to a new article on Progressive Grocers’ website.
Coffee and teas accounts for 15 percent of total overall new beverage dollar sales and the pace of new tea introductions is accelerating. Specialty tea has evolved into a constant innovation cycle Continue reading
Snacks for ‘Permissible Indulgence’
Hoping to raise the health profile for snack foods, more companies are offering snacks made from ingredients with better nutritional credentials, such as black beans, brown rice, seaweed and parsnips.
The proportion of consumers reporting that they eat 3-4 snacks a day rose to 31% in 2013, up from 19% in 2010, according to Chicago market research firm IRI. To help people feel better about snacking Continue reading