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 [...]

Meal delivery: The future of prepared food

Delicious, personalized, chef-created meals in the comfort of your own home: That’s always been the driving factor behind American demand for to-go restaurant food. Convenient apps have led to a huge rise in consumer demand for delivered restaurant meals: According to a September Forbes [...]

Sugarcane bioplastics continue commercial rollout

Plastic production began less than 100 years ago but grew rapidly due to its malleability and other convenient properties. The concerning environmental impact from petroleum-derived plastics has prompted a shift away from that traditional feedstock. Toy companies, for example, are reducing their environmental footprint [...]

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