Posts tagged "Food Marketing Trends"

Surprise! Century-Old McCormick & Company Wins Amazon’s ‘Grocery Vendor of the Year’ Award

Surprise! Century-Old McCormick & Company Wins Amazon’s ‘Grocery Vendor of the Year’ Award
McCormick & Company Spices Up eCommerce with a Fast-Track Market Strategy One might expect Amazon’s Grocery Vendor of the Year to be a manufacturer of highly consumable items, like P&G. But the actual recent winner was unexpected: established herbs and spices brand McCormick & Company. The company’s fast-track ecommerce strategy launched just five years ago,... Read more »

Kodiak Cakes Disrupts the Sleepy Flapjacks Category with Delicious, Healthy Innovation

Kodiak Cakes Disrupts the Sleepy Flapjacks Category with Delicious, Healthy Innovation
Twenty years ago in Utah, the Clark family started selling “Kodiak Cakes Frontier Flapjack and Waffle Mix” to ski town gift shops. While that doesn’t sound particularly disruptive, it signaled the beginning of the wakeup call Kodiak Cakes was about to give to the sleepy flapjacks category, dominated by big, slow-moving brands. Today, Kodiak Cakes... Read more »

The Internet Knows: How We Googled Our Way to Global B2B Market Analysis

The Internet Knows: How We Googled Our Way to Global B2B Market Analysis
My firm, Insight to Action, was challenged by a B2B food ingredient client to create a category analysis of the global reduced sodium market that includes both overt and stealth initiatives.  This category analysis was then translated to prioritized customer targets and marketing approaches. First, we selected the most promising countries and markets for sodium... Read more »
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How Smuckers and Similac Navigate Non-GMO vs. Organic Brand Strategies

How Smuckers and Similac Navigate Non-GMO vs. Organic Brand Strategies
Shifting Demand Means Choosing Between Non-GMO and Organic Market Strategies Won’t Come Naturally Organic has been a food trend for many years, and most food brands have a market strategy perspective on the issue, ranging from actively dismissing organic to embracing it wholeheartedly. Just as the “natural” market starts to settle down, a new popular... Read more »

At the Grill and in the Kitchen, Men Are Cooking it Up Cross-Generationally

At the Grill and in the Kitchen, Men Are Cooking it Up Cross-Generationally
Men Stepping Up for Thanksgiving and Other Holidays With Thanksgiving just around the corner, my thoughts are turning more frequently to cooking and meal preparation.  In 2013, I had the pleasure of sharing consumer insights trends with the Butterball team, who had just welcomed the first men as official brand spokespersons. The Butterball brand recognized... Read more »

Millennial Drinkers Enjoy ‘Farm Fresh Authenticity’ from Emerging $500M Hard Cider Market

Millennial Drinkers Enjoy ‘Farm Fresh Authenticity’ from Emerging $500M Hard Cider Market
On the strength of Millennials seeking local fare, authentic experiences and connections to the farms that grow their food, hard cider has catapulted from obscurity into a $500 million market. From 2012-3, cider volume sales increased over 60%. In 2014, sales grew another 49%. This year, growth is projected to continue at a +39% pace.... Read more »
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Bespoke Beverages: How How F’real and Coca-Cola Freestyle Satisfy Millennial Cravings

Bespoke Beverages: How How F’real and Coca-Cola Freestyle Satisfy Millennial Cravings
Millennials are renowned for their love of personalized options, and they also desire real-life experiences outside their digital lives. Here’s how two beverage brands have crafted market strategies to appeal to these Millennial preferences. Coca-Cola Freestyle: Two Billion Beverages Served In 2010, the world’s largest beverage company, with 20 brands that produce over $1 billion... Read more »

good2grow’s ‘Healthy Fun’ Market Strategy Wins with Millennial Moms

good2grow’s ‘Healthy Fun’ Market Strategy Wins with Millennial Moms
For Mom, serving juice to her child has become a bit of a sticky subject. Pediatricians recommend no more than 6-12 ounces of 100% fruit juice each day, and they suggest offering whole fruit instead. Meanwhile, kids love juice. Kids’ brand good2grow has made Mom’s decision easier by bringing these competing interests together with its... Read more »

From Egg McMuffin to Eastman Egg: America’s Insatiable Appetite for Breakfast Sandwiches Keeps Growing

From Egg McMuffin to Eastman Egg: America’s Insatiable Appetite for Breakfast Sandwiches Keeps Growing
For on-the-go consumers who can’t eat breakfast at home, breakfast sandwiches are a popular choice. In 2013, NPD noted that breakfast sandwiches made the Top 10 list for both at home and away from home morning foods. There are many reasons for breakfast sandwich popularity, including taste, portability, ease of eating, a satisfying and filling... Read more »
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B2B Strategy Trend: ‘Right Now’ Trumps Long-Term Planning

B2B Strategy Trend: ‘Right Now’ Trumps Long-Term Planning
Recently, through work with my firm Insight to Action, I’ve noticed a troubling B2B pattern: management’s desire to focus on immediate commercial results (e.g., within the next six months) and to avoid long-term market strategy and strategic planning. While top executives require a one to three-year horizon in market strategy and strategic plans, middle management... Read more »
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