Chasing cocoa’s rarer—or at least redder—colors

Since its highly publicized 2017 launch, Barry Callebaut’s ruby chocolate has made its appearance in a handful of products, with some high-profile products making their debuts for Valentine’s Day this year, including on Trader Joe’s shelves. Callebaut touts pink chocolate’s fruity notes, “natural” cred, [...]

Updates on beverage & sugar taxes in Latin America & the Caribbean

Sweetened beverage sales in Jamaica, one study suggested, fell by more than 4 percent as a result of a 10 percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, with at least one researcher suggesting that the tax rate should be doubled. Citing rising obesity rates, the Jamaican [...]

Updates on sugar & beverage taxes in North America

In the U.S., Connecticut’s governor is backing a proposed sweetener beverage tax of 1.5 cents per ounce—part of a series of taxes on e-cigarettes and related supplies, some bottled alcoholic beverages, and even plastic bags. The governor’s office estimates revenue for the sweetened beverage [...]

Food prices in most categories down year on year in January

Per FAO, the Food Price Index for January was down 2.2 percent year on year (YOY), marking the eighth consecutive month of YOY declines. January’s Oils Price Index saw a double-digit drop, down 19.6 percent YOY, while the Sugar Price Index was down 9.0 [...]

Come join us for our Spring Market Seminar on April 24, 2019!

Consumer Trends: How changes in consumer behavior impact the ingredients you buy Across the news, lifestyle magazines, and social media, every window we have into the wider world highlights a shift in our taste for what we eat and drink. We could well [...]

Valentine’s Day a little less sweet?

After the close of its owner and factory, it was reported that Sweethearts, the message-bearing, heart-shaped, multicolored candies, would not be available for this year’s Valentine’s Day. Once the self-proclaimed oldest candy company in the U.S., NECCO, manufacturer of Sweethearts, Wafers, Clark Bar, Sky [...]

Food prices fell further in late 2018

FAO reports that its calendar 2018 food price index fell 3.5 percent from 2017. While the cereals index did rise 9.0 percent, it was the only component to make gains. Meat fell 2.2 percent; dairy, 2.6 percent; oils, 14.7 percent; and sugar, 21.9 percent. [...]

Consumers are more concerned about health

Nielsen has released its Total Consumer Report for Q3 2018, highlighting some nice tidbits about food trends. U.S. consumer confidence for the third quarter was reported at its highest level in years, good news for the retail sector, including grocery stores. And perhaps of [...]