Halloween preppers thrill to early candy offerings

This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday, which usually engenders a comfy feeling for the confectionery industry. Saturday is clearly the best day for partying, tot-style and otherwise, and sales of candy and other fun stuff reflect higher participation. However, with efforts to contain [...]

COVID-19 boosts Japan’s food retail sales

Supermarkets in Japan saw YOY sales increase by 20 to 30 percent in March and April. Demand has been especially strong for wheat flour and wheat cooking mixes, vanilla extracts, pastas and sauces, and sweet syrups, per Toyo Economic. A recent USDA GAIN report [...]

Sweetener consumers (or lack thereof) broken into segments

Findings from a recent ADM study suggest that the processed food industry is focusing less on engineering products to meet labels claims and more on the ingredients list of existing products. ADM’s Amy Williams highlighted that packaging claims such as “reduced sugar” or “diet” [...]

Lower meat supply boosts sales of plant-based alternatives

Retail meat supplies are limited as both hog and cattle slaughter are down roughly 40 percent YOY, and consumers are buying excess meat to freeze for a later date, per Supermarket News. Various grocery store chains, including Costco and Kroger’s, have begun to limit [...]

New life for unusual metric? The Waffle House Index

Waffle House restaurants have a reputation as a hardy breed: The average Waffle House is unfazed by bad weather that shutters other restaurants. Even after all but the worst disasters, Waffle Houses are usually open right after with little effect other than perhaps taking [...]

Here is what we learned at the American CBD Expo

The American CBD Expo in San Jose, CA gave businesses and consumers the opportunity to learn about an industry in which daily growth is the expectation. The expo featured over two dozen vendors, including business insurers, CBD testing labs, hemp nurseries, and edible and [...]

Sweethearts, back in time for our Valentines! (Sort of)

Valentine’s Day 2019 was a little less sweet without the widely familiar NECCO sweetheart candies. Now owned by Spangler, Sweethearts are back for Valentine’s Day 2020, but they may not be the exact same as they were before NECCO closed its doors in 2018. [...]

Organic produce maintained its momentum in 2019

Organic produce sales in the U.S. rose 5 percent YOY in 2019 and represented almost 10 percent of overall produce sales, per the Organic Produce Network (OPN). OPN’s 2019 Organic Produce Performance report divided U.S. states into four regions, listing highest to lowest in [...]

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