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 »

Mattel Re-Energizes 72-Year-Old Thomas & Friends Brand for New Generation of Kids

Mattel Re-Energizes 72-Year-Old Thomas & Friends Brand for New Generation of Kids
Everyone is familiar with the smiling engines of Thomas & Friends, chuffing along the island of Sodor and learning valuable life lessons that the characters share with rapt toddler audiences. Iconic Wooden Railway toys can be found in playrooms, preschools, libraries and children’s museums across the world—anywhere young children usually gather. Previous Thomas & Friends... Read more »

What You Need to Know About Gen Z Right Now

What You Need to Know About Gen Z Right Now
Fresh from my panel at the Marketing to Gen Z Conference in New York, I reached out to several business contacts that I thought would be eager to hear about this up-and-coming generation. Instead, I was met by assumptions and a lack of curiosity about these consumers born between 1996-2010. My main takeaway for my... Read more »
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Think the B2B World is Going Mobile? Not Exactly.

Think the B2B World is Going Mobile? Not Exactly.
Cutting Edge B2B Developers Explain Why Mobile Isn’t Their Focus I recently went on a hike with developers from several tech start up firms based in Silicon Beach (Southern California). These start-up founders mentioned that mobile may get all the buzz, but desktops are still the tool of choice for their B2B customers. One augmented... 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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Not the Same Old B2B Playbook! Are You Overlooking a Proven Tool to Make Your Companywide Meetings and Trade Shows Powerful?

Not the Same Old B2B Playbook! Are You Overlooking a Proven Tool to Make Your Companywide Meetings and Trade Shows Powerful?
I’ve enjoyed talking with Sixieme Son USA’s Colleen Fahey since 2015 about the work she’s been leading in audio branding for B2B clients like the city of Atlanta and B2C clients like Huggies. But it wasn’t until reading the just-released book she co-authored that I really grasped the clear implications for B2B applications. The book... Read more »

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 »
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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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