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What’s Hot in the Food Business

Exciting trends that are in the news or have aggressive consumer and/trade marketing programs.

Trader Joes is Consumers Favorite Grocery Store for Second Year

Are Restaurant Brands Looking More Like Yesterday than Tomorrow?
Artisan and specialty food entrepreneurs product development should focus on the eating in trend to take advantage of declining restaurant sales.

Food Retailers See a “Seismic Shift” to Online Shopping.
Millenial Shoppers More Likely To Use Prepared Food For Meal Solutions

Amazon Fresh A New Private Label Brand
Why will Amazon Private Label Foods be a serious contender in retail grocery? They know how manage the last mile.

ZipList State of the Kitchen Report
Emerging food trends are revealed with big data… from digital recipe sites like ZipList. How? By monitoring what recipes consumers download and the recipe ingredients they link to their digital shopping list.

Zip List State of the Kitchen Report Shows Digital Influence on Grocery Shopping
One in three grocery shoppers use a mobile device in store to look up recipe ideas, coupons, nutritional information or competitor pricing. 30% of shoppers buy a product because it is in a recipe they want to try.

Peapod Pilots Virtual Grocery Stores to Shop Anywhere, Anytime
Digital Shoppers at Supermarkets are proliferating… mobile apps are bringing the grocery store to the shopper and NOT the shopper to the grocery store. That is the concept of shopping walls or virtual grocery stores.

Food & Beverage Things to Watch in 2013
Trends are only useful if you can translate into a market… meaning there are customers interested in products resulting from the trend.

Food Trends for 2013 from Food Channel Chef Claire Robinson
Small Artisan and Specialty Food companies – look to the Food Channel and Food Network host and author of "5 ingredient Fix," Claire Robinson for insights culinary trends for 2013?

Food Trends for 2013 Farm to Table and Country Chic
Small Artisan and Specialty Food companies must use social media and crowdsourcing for insights culinary trends for 2013.

Food Trends for 2013
Artisan and Specialty Food companies can use a wealth of free information for new product development. McCormicks uses Visual and Content Marketing, Social Media and Blogger Influencers in finding trends and getting the word out.

New Food Product Ideas Increasingly Come from the Crowd
New product ideas and food marketing should start with crowdsourcing. Why? The visual aspect of Pinterest gives you a tool to know what consumers are eating and sharing with their friends.

How to Use Digital Technology on Food Packaging
Learn How To Use QR Codes On Food Packaging to engage the digital consumer in the supermarket. Smartphones are replacing paper shopping lists.

Consumers Want Quick and Easy Meals for Dinner
Consumers Want Quick and Easy Meals for Dinner and prepared foods with portability are driving retail food success. QSR's are nipping away at supermarket share of stomach... are you ready as a retailer?

Restaurants feeling the heat from retail competition
Competition for share of stomach becomes particularly intense late in the day, when busy families must decide what's for dinner. 80% of consumers don't know what to cook at 4pm.

Restaurants feeling the heat from retail competition
Competition for share of stomach becomes particularly intense late in the day, when busy families must decide what's for dinner. 80% of consumers don't know what to cook at 4pm.

Channel Migration Blurs the Lines of Grocery and Restaurant
Restaurant trends and retail food rends point to blurring lines. We went from channels to channel blurring to omnichannel and now migration marketing. Consumers find fresh prepared ready-2-eat food options at a wide and growing array of outlets across almost every channel: convenience stores, chain drug stores, restaurants, grocery stores, club...

Red Mango Social Media New Product Launch
Social Word of Mouth is fast becoming the choice of foodpreneurs (food entrepreneur) as well as the larger brands. Red Mango frozen yogurt is moving to social product launch with Honey Badger flavors

The Digital Shopper at Supermarkets
The Digital Shopper is Changing Shopper Behavior In Store. 35% of consumers download coupons from brand and/or retailer web sites.Savvy Penny is an in-store digital coupon system, designed for supermarkets that uses Bluetooth™ technology to offer value and savings to consumers

GoBites Capitalizes on Growing Snack Trends
Brinner (breakfast for dinner), Linner, lunch merging with dinner. Perpetual Snacking (and small bites), we are fast becoming a nation of perpetual snackers… only 5 percent of consumers eat three square meals a day. As a matter of fact the idea of a normal day being breakfast, lunch and dinner is a myth according to Technomic.

Trends to Watch in Product Launch
Olive Garden launched a line of salad dressings at SAM’s club, IHOP launched a new line of syrup in supermarkets. The new trend of Migration Marketing from some of the major foodservice restaurant brands.

Krispy Kreme’s Digital Strategy
Brand authenticity… what is that? Krispy Kremes digital marketing strategy is grounded on finding the answer to this simple question: “do they really care”. Social Media should be all about make it easier for customers to use the brand in a way that is natural NOT getting people to use the brand differently.

Technomic Pizza Consumer Trend Report
Close to 50% of consumers eat pizza at least once a week. Upscale QSR operators capitalizing on food trends such as Take-n-bake products and Artisan style flat bread pizzas.

Technomic Pizza Consumer Trend Report -Market Drivers
Fast Casual and Upscale QSR Pizza providing market leadership in innovative new offerings. Although pizza is consumed by approximately 50% of the public weekly, pizza operators are looking to expand their menus AND increase the average ticket with desserts and sandwiches.

What's Cooking? Trends in Food 2012 and Beyond
Technology is a part of the Food recipe. WE are shopping smarter with iPhones, gamifying the business model for brands and launching the new screened dining and front of the house restaurant management.

Food Trends for 2012 - White Takes Digital and Social Seriously
Food Trends for 2012 White Castle moving to Upscale QSR no-burger concepts such as Laughing Noodle and Deckers, Social Word of Mouth, Communities vs Targets, Food is the new Social Network.

Food Trends for 2012 -Implications for New Product Launch
Saint Josephs University Food Industry Summit highlights, Food Trends 2012, the Polarized Consumer, Small Format Retail lead by Walmart Express and Neighborhood Market, Food is the new Social Network and hybrid channel blurring concepts, Grocerants, alive and well with Culinaria, Wegmans Pub and others.

Tasty Trends in Food
The snack food industry knows consumers are snacking beyond Salty Snacks and Candy. The Rethinking your Snack Survey from Pretzel Crisps along with IRI’s State of the Snack Industry 2011 illustrates how snacks are now becoming Cross Category products.

The McCormick’s 2012 Flavor Forecast
Asian Pear & Garlic, Eggplant with Honey & Harissa. These are just a few Food Trends for 2012 that McCormick predicts will show up in new product launches and restaurant menus.

McCormick’s 2012 Flavor Forecast
McCormick’s Flavor Forecast - top trends driving global culinary innovation in the coming years. From the McCormick chefs, sensory scientists, trend trackers, marketing experts and food technologists from around the globe.

Artisan Food Trends – Product Positioning of Local and Hand-made
The successful new product launch of Dominos Artisan Pizza is positioned as artisan food without the Artisan price. Their chefs are pictured as “foodies” creating wonderful handmade food products.

New Artisan Food Trends – Product Positioning of local and hand-made.
Pepperidge Farm Stone Baked Artisan Rolls new product launch. Product positioning wrapped around picture of the artisan, passionate foodies, shopping local AND the consumer backlash to the flood of Chinese Imports and Big is Bad (Walmart).

Artisan Food Trends - Tostitos Artisan Recipe Chips
Artisan Food Trends – Tostitos Artisan Recipe chips new product launch. Product positioning of the artisan, passionate foodies, shopping local AND the consumer backlash to the flood of Chinese Imports and Big is Bad (Walmart).

Artisanal Food Products are Reflective of a Consumers Backlash
Artisan food trends for 2012 are hot. But brands have to answer the questions of: Do you clearly have a point of difference? Have you determined if there is a real customer need for a new Artisanal product in the category you seek to compete within?

Food & Beverage Brands Responding to the New Normal
CPG food brands are dealing with the new normal consumer behavior with with entry points can be stripped down services, smaller sizes and affordable indulgences.

How do the Food Trend Experts Uncover The Future
Top Food Trends for 2012 are small bites, portionable foods, virtual dining at the Connected table and more.

Restaurant Formats - Starting a restaurant? Here are the basics
Restaurant Formats - Starting a restaurant? Here are the basics of QSR, Casual Dining and Fast Casual

Consumers Don't Cook From Scratch... they go to Grocerants.
Grocerants are retail channel blurring… blurring of the line between restaurants and grocery stores. The target the time-starved consumers with ready eat or ready to heat food components that can be bundled into a meal.

Food Trends 2012 - Fast Food Industry Moving Upscale
Food Trends 2012 point to Upscale Fast Food, albeit slowly, to upscale ambiance and menu options.

Food Trends 2012 - Fast Food Industry Moving Upscale
Food Trends 2012... it is Upscale Fast Food. The Quick Service Restaurant segment no longer can survive on supersized, unhealthy menu items and me-too concepts.

Is Pret A Manger Upscale Fast Food or Fast Casual?
Pret A Manger sandwich shops are hybrid fast food and fast casual restaurant. I say they are upscale fast food and UK sandwich chain is carving out the upscale fast food niche for themselves and coming to a suburban shopping center near you.

Kraft Foods iPhone Assistant Appeals to Time Starved Consumers
Digital Branding and Digital Advertising are all the buzz. How about Artificial Intelligence Apps that track consumer behavior and possibly modify consumer shopper behavior?

Diet Pepsi Skinny Can
Diet Pepsi Launches Skinny Can In Hopes Of Launching Brand To Move Out Of 3rd Place.

It's 4 PM: Do you know what your customers want to make for dinner?
81% of American consumers don't know what’s for dinner at 4pm! The opportunity for food entrepreneurs is for the asking. Consumers are looking for high quality ready to eat foods and ready to heat meals and the Grocerant will deliver customer delight to time starved consumers in an affordable manner.

Pepperidge Farm New Product Launch – Goldfish Grows Up to be Sandwich Bread
The Pepperidge Farm New Product Launch – Goldfish Sandwich Bread gives mom an edge in the battle of lunch box meal preparation.

McCormick Grilling Flavor Forecast 2013
Getting in the grocery retailers shelf requires having innovative products… products that the buyer just does not have. If you are one in a line of salsas, I don’t care how good it is… they buyer doesn’t need another salsa. Here how McCormicks can give you some new food product inspiration.

Cupcake Wars
This article has tasty "tidbits” of information on the cupcake wars and important trend data for food entrepreneurs.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… for Predictions
Reviewing a wide rage of consumer food trends for 2011

Not Your Same Old Restaurant
Food Trucks: Latest Food Trend Mobilizes Food To Go. Thinking of starting a food business? Technomic, the leading foodservice research and consulting firm has released a report on emerging trends in the restaurant business. Their bottom line is the restaurant landscape is changing in three key areas. Read on for more details.

Fast Food blurs the line between a meal and a snack
Changing eating habits, the focus on obesity and the new “Affordability” issues driven by the economy are making snacks viable and tasty consumer option.

Hot Innovative Producs
Innovative Products are the Lifeblood of the Retail Grocery Sector

Friendship Dairies Hits the Road with their First Food Truck
Don't you want your brand to be a “can’t wait to have it” food brand? I interviewed one of Friendships brand managers to learn more about this effort to reposition cottage cheese from a commodity to a “can’t wait to have it” product.

Fast Casual Restaurants - Watch out for Retail Meal Solutions
up Technomics data that says “nearly one-third (32 percent) of consumers who said in November that they’re buying prepared meals from traditional supermarkets more often than they were in 2011 … and reported doing so at the expense of fast-casual restaurant visits.

New Food Trends - Mini Desserts
The mini desserts trend is built on this… providing the consumer just the right amount of indulgence

Artisan Food Trends – Product Positioning of local and hand-made
Artisan Food Trends. Pepperidge Farm Stone Baked Artisan Rolls new product launch. Product positioning wrapped around picture of the artisan, passionate foodies, shopping local AND the consumer backlash to the flood of Chinese Imports and Big is Bad (Walmart).

Winning Stores of the Future
Retail food landscape is changing, with Grocerants and to go foods. Millenials will need to be attracted by foods that appeal to their global palate. Big box retailers are in fight for share of stomach with innovative multi-destination convenience superstores.

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