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Posted on February 22, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

Food industry M&A hit a record total in 2017, reaching its highest point in over 15 years, according to data tracked by The Food Institute. Total deals for the year climbed to 591, moving well past 2016's high of 505 deals, but still remaining ... Read More

Posted on February 15, 2018 by Chris Campbell

"Honey, can you answer the door? I think the SNAPBox just got dropped off."

In what is likely a familiar scenario for many families across the country, the hypothetical talking point above mimics real life: whether it be Blue Apr ... Read More

Posted in SNAP   USDA   Trump   Blue Apron   Retail  
Posted on February 13, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average of $143.56 on Valentine's Day, an increase from 2017's $136.57, according to the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Those aged 25-34 will be the biggest spenders at an a ... Read More

Posted in Chocolate   Retail   Holiday   Valentine's Day  
Posted on February 12, 2018 by Chris Campbell

In my time as the Food Institute's fresh produce analyst, one trend never seems to slow down. That trend would be the rising consumer demand for organic products in general, but especially in the fresh produce sector. And in 2017, consumers pushed ... Read More

Posted on February 06, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

Changing consumer tastes and preferences for higher-end, premium coffees have slowly been changing the global coffee industry. This makes it more important than ever to keep apprised of updates to the coffee market, such as price fluctuations, cro ... Read More

Posted in Coffee   Markets   Retail  
Posted on February 05, 2018 by Chris Campbell

If you go through the archives of the Food Institute Blog, you'll see we cover a lot of ground, but even we have our old standbys. Amazon, mergers, food trends and the like tend to garner a lot of coverage in this medium, and today I will return t ... Read More

Posted in Avocados  
Posted on February 01, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

Most people eat at hotel restaurants out of convenience rather than desire, but that may be changing. As the foodie culture evolves, travelers are looking for top-notch food in every aspect of their vacation, even at their hotel.

Overall c ... Read More

Posted in Technomic   Hilton   Hyatt   Foodservice  
Posted on January 31, 2018 by Chris Campbell

Making food can be a tricky proposition in the modern era. First, you need to balance the taste of a product with its nutrition. Then, you need to successfully market the product to retailers and consumers. And throughout, you need to worry about ... Read More

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

With football's biggest game of the year coming up in just a few days, many retailers and restaurants are getting ready to serve a boost of customers for this food-focused event. While most people host or attend parties to cheer on the game or wat ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Food Manufacturing   Grocery  
Posted on January 25, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

Blockchain is a relatively new concept in the technology industry, but it is already being picked up by food companies as a way to improve business. When most people think of blockchain they think of cryptocurrencies, but that is just one aspect o ... Read More

Posted on January 23, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

The online restaurant delivery market is moving into an era of consolidation, as businesses discover that we may have hit a saturation point with the amount of third-party delivery companies in operation. Two trends are beginning to emerge in an e ... Read More

Posted in Deliveroo   Ando   Uber Eats   Delivery   Foodservice   GrubHub  
Posted on January 22, 2018 by Chris Campbell

Amazon is no stranger to the Food Institute Blog. They serve as a benchmark for e-commerce in many ways, and over the weekend, the company made two moves that will likely impact the retail world in the coming months.

To start, the company ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Retail   Ecommerce  
Posted on January 18, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

Many trends have been predicted for 2018, and a good amount of them have something to do with sustainability. Analysts have predicted everything from reducing food waste to increasing sustainable fishing to plant-based foods as the top trends in t ... Read More

Posted in Evian   Coca-COla   Sustainability  
Posted on January 16, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

Following Target's news that it would acquire delivery startup Shipt for $550 million back in December, the industry was abuzz with speculation of how this would affect rivals. Analysts were particularly interested in seeing how the merger would i ... Read More

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Chris Campbell

The new tax bill is expected to affect the majority of American workers starting in February, but already, some companies are planning ahead and enjoying the public relations boon of offering bonuses up front to their employees. Walmart was one su ... Read More

Posted in Walmart   Sam's Club   BJ's   Retail  
Posted on January 11, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

The food and beverage industry is facing an unprecedented number of threats from class action cases alleging misleading labeling and advertising. Approximately two new lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and retailers were filed each week ... Read More

Posted in OFW Law   Washington  
Posted on January 10, 2018 by Chris Campbell

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the most notable events of the year for the technology industry. New gadgets, keynote speeches and emerging technology platforms are displayed for the public, and hot takes abound on what will become p ... Read More

Posted in Toyota   Ford   Postmates   Domino's   Pizza Hut   Amazon   Uber   Did   CES   Didi  
Posted on January 09, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

In-home delivery is not a new concept for 2018, but it may become a more common reality this year.

Late last year, Walmart and Amazon both began teasing programs tha ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Walmart   Delivery   Supply Chain   Deliv  
Posted on January 08, 2018 by Chris Campbell

When ordering tacos from a foodservice outlet, the last thing you might expect would be this phrase: "Would you like fries with that?"

Yet, on Jan. 25, across the nation, diners at Taco Bell will be presented with that question when the ch ... Read More

Posted on January 04, 2018 by Jennette Rowan

As we move into 2018, analysts and investors have begun to predict what mergers will occur in the new year. Many companies are rumored to be interested in sales and acquisitions, while others are facing pressure from investors to make a change. ... Read More

Posted in Loup Venture   Target   Amazon  
Posted on December 21, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Walmart has been making moves for some time now to compete with Amazon in the technology space. Both companies have introduced similar online grocery programs, which both boast in-ho ... Read More

Posted in Walmart   Amazon   Retail   Technology  
Posted on December 20, 2017 by Chris Campbell

I remember when I first began my career with the Food Institute, I was a bit flustered by the enormity of it all. At times, the food industry can seem like a mammoth. Regulatory issues, food safety procedures, marketing, supply chains and more all ... Read More

Posted in USDA   Farm  
Posted on December 19, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Meal kits are projected to become a major market for the food industry in the coming years. That being said, the future may not be in standalone meal kit subscription companies, but rather retailers with meal kit offerings. Meal kit businesses lik ... Read More

Posted in Kroger  
Posted on December 18, 2017 by Chris Campbell

In the U.S., the spotlight is on Amazon, and for good reason. The company's recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market, it's potential foray into the pharmaceuticals business and its omnipresent share of e-commerce sales during the holiday season ar ... Read More

Posted in Amazon  
Posted on December 14, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

While most brick-and-mortar food retailers are trying to figure out how to compete with e-commerce companies by boosting their online ordering and delivery capabilities, (I'm looking at you  ... Read More

Posted in Boxed  
Posted on December 13, 2017 by Chris Campbell

It was but a few moments after I clicked "SEND" on Today in Food that the buzz around the office started: Target was buying Shipt for $550 million. So let's dive on in to this news.

The ... Read More

Posted in Target   Shipt   Amazon   Whole Foods   Instacart  
Posted on December 12, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Tesla generates a lot of press for its groundbreaking technology and stylish electric cars. However, it hasn't been much of a trending topic in the food industry... until now.

Several food businesses began making headlines when they starte ... Read More

Posted on December 07, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Fast food chains have experimented with a lot of different variations of the dollar menu. A few years ago, most chains had some version of the value menu, either with items that were all $1 or less, or items that all hovered around that price. The ... Read More

Posted in McDonald's   Taco Bell   Fast Food   Foodservice  
Posted on December 06, 2017 by Chris Campbell

What do you do when you announce you are about to close nearly 400 stores, but then find out through the legal system you are obligated to keep more than 75 of them open? Starbucks Corp. is developing the answer to this question in real-time in re ... Read More

Posted in Starbucks   Teavana   Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on December 05, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Technology has become a major common thread here at the Food Institute Blog, as the tech industry and the food industry are becoming increasingly intertwined. We have noted how the advent of services like Instacart and AmazonFresh have changed the ... Read More

Posted on December 04, 2017 by Chris Campbell

The trials and tribulations of Chipotle Mexican Grill is not a new topic for The Food Institute Blog. Both Jennette and I have opined in the past regarding the slew of food safety scares and other issues the former fast-casual darling has faced. W ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle  
Posted on November 30, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Amazon is not only becoming a major player in the grocery industry, but it is having a surprisingly big impact on the restaurant industry as well. Aside from its growing Amazon Restaurants business, which offers restaurant delivery in various area ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   TGI Fridays   Foodservice  
Posted on November 29, 2017 by Chris Campbell

On a recent visit at a friend's house, I had a moment of clarity to see how technology is becoming such a major facet of everyday life. Clearly, we cover technological advancements pretty regularly here at the Food Institute, but for whatever reas ... Read More

Posted in Instacart   Albertsons   Amazon   Whole Foods   Loblaw   Kroger   Lidl   Aldi   H-E-B   Publix   Ahold  
Posted on November 28, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

The yogurt market in the U.S. is a lucrative one. Per capita consumption of the dairy product has increased substantially in the past 15 years, jumping from 6.5 pounds per person in 2000 to a whopping 14.9 pounds in 2014, according to  ... Read More

Posted in Chobani   USDA   Statista   Yogurt  
Posted on November 27, 2017 by Chris Campbell

After four days out of the office, we are back doing what we do best at the Food Institute offices: keeping an eye on the food industry. Although today is Cyber Monday, we are starting to get a look at that other Thanksgiving holiday: Black Friday ... Read More

Posted in ICSC   Holidays   Black Friday   Cyber Monday  
Posted on November 21, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Rapid expansion and acquisition of new customers may seem like a good thing for most businesses, but in the grocery delivery industry, it can spell disaster. Most food e-commerce companies find that when they expand into new markets too fast, they ... Read More

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

With Thanksgiving only a week away, most Americans are beginning to prep their meals for the holiday. This year, many shoppers may be a bit happier with what they find at the checkout register, as many Turkey Day staples are seeing lower prices th ... Read More

Posted on November 15, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Hurricane Irma was not kind to Florida's citrus industry, which was already besieged by dwindling production and citrus greening disease. In an effort to defend Florida's iconic agricultural industry, both federal and state government programs are ... Read More

Posted in orange   Florida   Citrus   Produce   Fruit   Washington  
Posted on November 14, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

As the restaurant industry becomes more crowded and consumers are looking for more value as grocery prices have dropped, foodservice operators have been looking for ways to boost their profits and visits. One idea that is slowly emerging is "virtu ... Read More

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Chris Campbell

In just over a week, families across the U.S. will be sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal that features turkey, mashed potatoes and a variety of other American staples. I know my family will be enjoying an apple pie made by my father, so I felt i ... Read More

Posted on November 09, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

The food industry landscape is changing faster than ever, and we at the Food Institute know how important, but difficult, it can be to stay on top of the most recent industry news. If you didn't have a chance to catch the biggest developments from ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Manufacturing  
Posted on November 07, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

For anyone who goes out to eat somewhat regularly, it's pretty obvious that full-service restaurants are becoming a thing of the past, while fast casual, counter-service locations are becoming the norm. Restaurant customers are  ... Read More

Posted on November 06, 2017 by Chris Campbell

There are about two months remaining in 2017, and retailers are preparing for the Thanksgiving and winter holiday seasons. However, savvy industry members are also looking to what will be hot in 2018, and Whole Foods Market is supplying some food ... Read More

Posted on November 01, 2017 by Chris Campbell

At a recent meal out, I took a look at the table-top tablet in front of me and took stock of changes affecting the restaurant industry. Customers are beginning to expect personalization in ways never before expected, whether it be in-store enterta ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice  
Posted on October 31, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Discount grocers like Aldi and Lidl have been successful overseas for years with their low prices and no-frills attitudes. In the 12 weeks ending Oct. 8, 2017, Lidl continued to be Britain’s fastest growing supermarket, up by 16%, while Aldi ... Read More

Posted in Aldi   Lidl   Discount   Grocery  
Posted on October 27, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

If you regularly read the Food Institute Blog, or are following the retail industry in any capacity, you know that e-commerce is posing a real threat for brick-and-mortar stores. However, up until now, most of the statistics have be projections, w ... Read More

Posted in shopping  
Posted on October 25, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Voice-ordering devices. Smart thermostats. Mobile-connected cameras. Even Internet of Things-enabled fridges that allow for re-ordering: It seems brands and retailers want to get into consumers' homes, but the level is accelerating.

About ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Delivery  
Posted on November 03, 2017 by Bruce Silverglade

Food labeling regulation, once a stalwart of FDA policy, has entered a state of flux. Food companies now need to negotiate a minefield of changing rules and evolving enforcement policies. Manufacturers also face an increasing number of new threats ... Read More

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Pesticides and herbicides are a controversial subject of discussion in the food world. Some would argue they are absolutely vital to a thriving food system by ensuring pests and invasive weeds do not decimate crops, while others would argue that t ... Read More

Posted in Dicamba   BASF   Monsanto   DuPont   Pesticides   EPA  
Posted on October 19, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

This past week has been a busy one for M&A in the food industry. The Food Institute tallied a whopping 17 deals in the U.S. alone, with four more occurring internationally. Below is a preview of some of the most notable deals.

Aramark& ... Read More

Posted in Mergers   Acquisitions  
Posted on October 18, 2017 by Chris Campbell

If you've been following the Food Institute in any capacity over the course of the past year, you know we've been keeping our eyes on sugary beverage taxes, or "soda taxes." We've reported on some benefits and some of the negatives, but this is a ... Read More

Posted in Cook County   Soda   Sugar   Beverage   Taxes   Washington  
Posted on October 17, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

The third wave coffee movement is described by the industry as an effort to promote high-quality, artisan coffees and increase the general public's coffee knowledge from a standard cup of coffee to the world of cascara and French press. An increas ... Read More

Posted in Coffee   Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on October 16, 2017 by Chris Campbell

One thing is clear: Florida's all orange forecast will be down in the 2017-2018 season. The real question is, "by how much?"

... Read More

Posted in USDA   Florida   Oranges   Produce   Fruit  
Posted on October 12, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

All supermarkets have had to become smarter and more responsive in this new era of food retailing as options become wider for consumers, and mergers such as the Amazon/Whole Foods Market deal make it harder to compete. However, some chains are tak ... Read More

Posted in Kroger   Retail  
Posted on October 10, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Since its inception, Walmart has always been a behemoth in the brick-and-mortar retail industry. It quickly became one of the top retailers for a whole host of products, including grocery items. However, with the advent of e-commerce and the emerg ... Read More

Posted in Walmart   Delivery   Grocery   Retail  
Posted on October 05, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Led Zeppelin released Led Zeppelin II on Halloween of 1969, and the following year, "Whole Lotta Love" was released as the lead single for the record. Although an interpretation of the song's lyrics might not be appropriate for the Fo ... Read More

Posted on October 04, 2017 by Erica Kuhlmann

There’s a lot to be optimistic about in the food and beverage industry. Manufacturers have continued their solid run over the past year, and the near-term outlook looks bright as well. But in an industry as broad and dynamic as this one, cha ... Read More

Posted on October 03, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Every year, the Food Institute staff spends three months scouring the top food industry developments from the past year to compile into one, comprehensive year-in-review. This flagship publication, which turned 31 this year, has established itself ... Read More

Posted in Food Industry Review  
Posted on October 02, 2017 by Chris Campbell

When you go to the supermarket and grab an item, what is the first thing you check? The nutrition label might be a logical answer, but for many Americans, this might not be the case. Regardless, such labels provide a snapshot of the nutrition of a ... Read More

Posted in FDA   Retail   Manufacturing   Grocery   Nutrition Labels  
Posted on September 27, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Autumn is officially upon us, but it doesn't feel like it at the Food Institute headquarters where we are still contending with ninety degree days. However, in the spirit of the season, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) published its annu ... Read More

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Insects as the next major source of protein may seem like an off the wall idea, but the food industry is actually closer to that reality than you might think.

Insects have slowly been gaining traction as a viable food ingredient, and some ... Read More

Posted in Insects   Food Security   Flying SpArK   Essento  
Posted on September 25, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Here at the Food Institute Blog, we regularly write about how retailers and food producers are trying to get a foothold in customers' doors. From grocery delivery programs to Internet of Things-connected fridges to digital assistants, mos ... Read More

Posted in Walmart   Retail   Delivery   Technology  
Posted on September 21, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

If you haven't heard of meal kits yet you must be living under a rock, because they have been the darling of the food industry for over a year now. These pre-portioned, step-by-step meals were seen as the future of the food industry, introducing a ... Read More

Posted in Meal Kit   Supermarket   Retail  
Posted on September 19, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

The food industry landscape is changing faster than ever, and we at the Food Institute know how important, but difficult, it can be to stay on top of the most recent industry news. If you didn't have a chance to catch the biggest developments from ... Read More

Posted in Mergers   Retail   Trends  
Posted on September 14, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

The growing foodie movement in the U.S. has impacted many parts of the industry, but one, possibly unexpected, sector that is seeing a chain reaction is convenience stores. C-stores are not usually gourmet establishments, but rather a place to gra ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Grocery   Technology  
Posted on September 12, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made history this season, marking the first time in 166 years of weather records that two Atlantic Category 4 hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S. during the same year. Hurricane Irma's landfall in the Florida Keys ... Read More

Posted on September 11, 2017 by Chris Campbell

For many children throughout the country, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a staple. And if we are being honest, it remains a frequent aspect of my adult diet, as well. However, with the rising prevalence of peanut allergy cases in the U.S. ... Read More

Posted in Peanuts   FDA   Allergies   Washington  
Posted on September 07, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

It's a good time to be a specialty food company. Organic, natural and artisanal food brands are one of the most popular commodities in the M&A world today, as consumers have shifted their tastes from large, national names to new, small, trendy ... Read More

Posted in Specialty   CPG   Mergers  
Posted on September 05, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Technology can be a great thing. It makes certain tasks easier and more efficient, it provides people access to services and products they may not be able to get elsewhere, and it can discover solutions to problems that seemed impossible otherwise ... Read More

Posted in Juicero  
Posted on August 31, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Most of the news surrounding the Amazon/Whole Foods merger has been on their recent price reductions, along with other initial plans like integrating Amazon Prime members as Whole Foods loyalty members and selling Whole Foods' 365 brand products o ... Read More

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Chris Campbell

If you've been reading The Food Institute Blog, you know that sugar-sweetened beverage taxes have been one of the hottest topics in the food industry over the past two years. Proponents note the potential health benefits of such taxes, wh ... Read More

Posted in Washington   Tax   Beverages  
Posted on August 29, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Self-driving cars seem like a hyper-futuristic technology that many of us never expected to see in our lifetimes. It is technology reserved for The Jetsons and science fiction movies. However, the reality is that most people wil ... Read More

Posted in Delivery   Domino's   Ford   DoorDash   Marble   Foodservice  
Posted on August 28, 2017 by Chris Campbell

The U.S. Apple Association held its annual Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 in Chicago, IL, and the meeting gave a peek into what is coming for regional U.S. apple growers.

Members of the association project ... Read More

Posted in Apples   Fruits   Produce   Markets  
Posted on August 24, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Food businesses have been busy with acquisitions the past few years, with some of the most high-profile deals coming out in just the past few months. Aside from the notorious Whole Foods/Amazon deal, there have been many other multi-billion dollar ... Read More

Posted on August 23, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Production of both cattle and calves and hogs and pigs in the U.S. and Canada are on the rise, according to a pair of joint reports issued by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Statistics Canada.

... Read More

Posted in Cattle   Calves   Pigs   Hogs   US   Canada   Agriculture  
Posted on August 22, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Foodborne illnesses are a major problem in the food industry, as they can be difficult to track and catch in a timely manner. The most recent available  ... Read More

Posted in Food Safety   Technology   Blockchain  
Posted on August 21, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Ah, the internet. As a Millennial, I can admit my life pretty much revolves around the use of it. At work, I scour the web for stories for Today in Food, The Food Institute Report and The Food Institute Blog. When I get ... Read More

Posted in Technology   Agriculture   Farmers   USDA  
Posted on August 18, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Cook County, IL, first approved a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, in hopes of raising $200 million a year, in November 2016. It was the seventh local government in the U.S. to pass such a levy, and was by far the largest area. The tax was or ... Read More

Posted in Illinois   Washington   Tax   Sugary Beverages   Retail  
Posted on August 17, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

A lot of time and marketing dollars are spent on appealing to the Millennial generation. We even spend a good deal of time on the  ... Read More

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Chris Campbell

It seems that Target doesn't want to sit on its laurels.

Yesterday, Jennette wrote about two moves from Target. Specifically, she noted that the company hired executives that had previously worked at Walmart and General Mills to bolster it ... Read More

Posted in Target   Retail   Grocery  
Posted on August 15, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Grocery chains are facing a changing consumer landscape, and that means that the food retail industry must make some changes as well.

The number of regional grocers with at least $2 million in sales fell 6 percent to 25,380 in 2016, accord ... Read More

Posted on August 09, 2017 by Chris Campbell

News can come at you fast in the food industry, so today, I'm going to provide a few quick updates on two stories I've been following recently in our blog.

Story 1: ... Read More

Posted in Eggs   Retail   Tax   Washington   Cook County   Illinois   Beverage Tax  
Posted on August 08, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Plant-based foods have been a hot topic of conversation in the past year, as more companies are beginning to offer alternatives that more closely resemble animal meat. Just last week, I covered some of the up-and-coming companies in the sector rig ... Read More

Posted on August 07, 2017 by Chris Campbell

For an industry still reeling from the effects of avian influenza, the European egg market may see some dramatic changes in the coming weeks after a pesticide scare was reported in connection to certain Dutch eggs.

NVWA, the Dutch food and ... Read More

Posted in Eggs   EU   Food Safety   International  
Posted on August 04, 2017 by Chris Campbell

When it comes to sugary beverage taxes, nothing is ever quite simple.

In the past, The Food Institute Blog has looked at the tax in Philadelphia ... Read More

Posted in Beverage Tax   Cook County   IL   Washington  
Posted on August 03, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Amazon is a force to be reckoned with in the retail industry, and it has rapidly become a major player in the grocery sector. The e-commerce company's total grocery sales so far in 2017 are at $420 million, a 50% year-over-year increase, according ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Ecommerce  
Posted on August 01, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

For a myriad of reasons, consumers are starting to look for ways to reduce their meat consumption. Some look for meat alternatives to improve their health, while others are concerned about the environmental impact of traditional meat production. R ... Read More

Posted on July 31, 2017 by Chris Campbell

For the first time in nearly a decade and a half, Japan will increase emergency tariffs on imported frozen beef due to soaring shipments.

Japan plans to raise tariffs on imported beef from the current 38.5% to 50% until March 2017, represe ... Read More

Posted in Beef   Japan   U.S.   Washington   Imports   Exports  
Posted on July 27, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

There has been much debate about instituting sugary drink taxes, specifically in Philadelphia where one was put into place in six months ago. Some argue that it will improve consumer health and boost revenue for much needed initiatives, while othe ... Read More

Posted in Tax   Washington   Beverages   Retail  
Posted on July 26, 2017 by Chris Campbell

"We're fascinated with robots because they are reflections of ourselves."

The quote above is attributed to Kenneth Y. Goldberg, an American artist, writer, inventor and researcher in the field of robotics and automation. Addition ... Read More

Posted in Technology   Retail  
Posted on July 25, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Health claims on food have become a tricky business lately, as consumers are now more aware of what they are eating and require more transparency from manufacturers. Lawsuits and complaints about misleading labeling on food packaging has become so ... Read More

Posted in FDA   Claims  
Posted on July 24, 2017 by Chris Campbell

In what is becoming a common refrain in the Food Institute offices, it appears Chipotle Mexican Grill just can't catch a break.

As Jennette expertly opined on ... Read More

Posted on July 20, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Chipotle just cannot catch a break. After reports this week that diners were falling ill from eating at a Chipotle location in Sterling, VA, the chain was forced to shut down the location and investigate into the cause of the outbreak.

The ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle  
Posted on July 18, 2017 by Jennette Rowan filed a trademark for a meal kit service with the tagline “We do the prep. You be the chef.” The filing describes the service as "Prepared food kits composed of meat, poultry, fish, seafood, fruit and/or and vegetables and a ... Read More

Posted on July 17, 2017 by Chris Campbell

By now, if you haven't heard about the Amazon deal to purchase Whole Foods Market, you've clearly been living under a rock. In the wake of the news, much of the press has focused on how Amazon can disrupt the grocery industry, how the logistical s ... Read More

Posted on July 13, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Several years ago, a supermarket that took the major step of implementing an e-commerce program was seen as a technologically advanced company, staying so far ahead of the competition that it was sure to be at the head of the industry. Now, simply ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Walmart   Target   Ocado  
Posted on July 12, 2017 by Chris Campbell

In February, a tremor was felt across the food world as news broke that the Kraft Heinz Co. was looking to acquire Unilever PLC. Although the deal was rejected and withdrawn, analysts now believe that a follow-up effort will be presented by Kraft ... Read More

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Over the next few months, Syngenta will need to weather numerous class action lawsuits alleging the company sold GMO corn seeds that were not approved in foreign markets. The lawsuits argue that because the seeds were legal in the U.S. but not yet ... Read More

Posted in Syngenta   Washington   Lawsuits  
Posted on July 10, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

While most people are still reeling from last month's bombshell merger announcement from Amazon and Whole Foods Market, there have been plenty of other M&A deals signed since then. One of the more notable ones is Campbell Soup Co.'s  ... Read More

Posted on July 06, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

A lot of research goes into figuring out how to market to Millennials because, let's face it, no one really understands them. As a Millennial myself, I can't even tell you what we want, mainly because I'm not sure who even qualifies as a Millennia ... Read More

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