Posts in category "Food and Nutrition Strategy"

Avocado Sales are Growing Everywhere!

Avocado Sales are Growing Everywhere!
Growing in Supermarkets… Avocados were the fastest growing fresh produce in 2016, according to Nielsen’s “Who’s Buying Your Produce” report, growing at +10%. It’s interesting to note that unlike the value-added, fresh-cut vegetables category, avocados aren’t particularly convenient to choose, eat or store. Still, over the longer-term horizon, avocados have been a success story in... Read more »

An Apple a Day: Craft and Local Hard Ciders Growing and Commanding Price Premium

An Apple a Day: Craft and Local Hard Ciders Growing and Commanding Price Premium
Craft Hard Cider 101 Did you know cider judges undergo sensory training to prepare them for the task of rating ciders? As a judge for the California Cider Competition, I just completed my initiation. Many of the other judges brought a wealth of wine and beer judging and tasting experience, and I was privileged to... Read more »

Hard Soda Brands Built Business by Understanding Millennial Drinkers

Hard Soda Brands Built Business by Understanding Millennial Drinkers
The 2016 IRI Top Ten Pacesetters highlight food and beverage brands that create novel or unexpected experiences. Earning spots #3 and #10 are competitive alcoholic beverages Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Henry’s Hard Soda. These brands started strong and celebrated strong success, although more recently other beverages have stolen market share. While they both have experienced sales... Read more »
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Farmers Markets Provide Innovative Food for Thought

Farmers Markets Provide Innovative Food for Thought
Since moving to California in 2015, I’ve been able to enjoy one of my favorite experiences more often: shopping for fresh produce and other local products at the farmers market. Both Santa Monica and El Segundo (where I’ve lived) have year-round farmers markets.   While I still miss the Mirai corn as a highlight of Chicago... Read more »

What Brands Will Help Supermarkets Meet Consumer Demand for Fresh Prepared Food?

What Brands Will Help Supermarkets Meet Consumer Demand for Fresh Prepared Food?
This $29 Billion Market is Growing at an Impressive 9 to 11% The Prepared Foods or Deli area, classified as Supermarket Foodservice, is the overall fastest growing area in the foodservice channel, according to Technomic data from 2011 to 2015. Specifically, Supermarket Foodservice grew at a 4-year average of 11%, which is nearly double the... Read more »

Cobblestone Bread Soars to Success with its $60 ‘Million Dollar White’ Bread

Cobblestone Bread Soars to Success with its $60 ‘Million Dollar White’ Bread
Each year, research firm IRI releases its “New Product Pacesetters” report describing successful CPG product launches. In the Top 10 Pacesetters for Food and Beverage are product launches from well-known brands like McCafe, Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh BOLD and Cheerios Protein. But among these brands is nestled a surprise winner at #9: Cobblestone Bread Co.,... Read more »
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Protein is the Breakfast Trend Cheerios and Quaker are Banking On

Protein is the Breakfast Trend Cheerios and Quaker are Banking On
Thanks in part to cultural influencers like the Paleo Diet, CrossFit and gluten-free diets, protein and breakfast are enjoying their time in the nutritional limelight. For instance, CrossFit promotes fitness through specific nutritional guidelines that are becoming popular in the mainstream: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.... Read more »

How Hilton’s Tru and Other Offerings Aim to Capture Millennial Traveler Demand

How Hilton’s Tru and Other Offerings Aim to Capture Millennial Traveler Demand
Both Airbnb and Hotels Like Tru Offer a Place to Sleep, But What about Conveniently Eating and Drinking, Exercising, Working or Just Hanging Out? In 2016, Hilton announced their new concept, Tru, which is designed to offer affordable and stylish places to stay, work and eat while traveling. Tru will serve the midscale segment (approximately... Read more »

Stanford and Texas Tech Tempt College Student Taste Buds and Stay Abreast of Top Trends

Stanford and Texas Tech Tempt College Student Taste Buds and Stay Abreast of Top Trends
Over the next three to five years, Insight to Action sees eight macro foodservice trends that are driving demand in the foodservice industry. Colleges and Universities like Stanford and Texas Tech provide good examples of how to meet that demand, so we spoke to leaders in foodservice at these universities. Meeting the demands of today’s... Read more »
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Is Ultra-Filtered Milk the Next Greek Yogurt? Coca-Cola and fairlife Hope So.

Is Ultra-Filtered Milk the Next Greek Yogurt? Coca-Cola and fairlife Hope So.
In the dairy category, cow’s milk isn’t usually considered the prime area for product innovation or market share growth. We’re all familiar with the concept of grocery stores placing milk at the back of the store and following a loss-leader approach to encourage shopping for other items. Contrast with the yogurt category, specifically Greek yogurt,... Read more »
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