Trends: Food and Beverage

Articles on food and beverage trends.

  1. Channel: Home Improvement
The other day we took note of an Associated Press report that “a coalition of consumer groups is asking grocery chains to rethink their digital-only coupons, saying the deals discriminate against people who don’t have smartphones or reliable internet access.” The argument, as advanced by Edgar Dworsky, a consumer advocate and former assistant attorney general […]
  1. Department: Food
•  From the New York Times: “Beyond Meat has lost some of its sizzle. “Its stock has slumped nearly 83 percent in the past year. Sales, which the company had expected to rise as much as 33 percent this year, are now likely to show only minor growth. McDonald’s concluded a pilot of the McPlant […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
To navigate 2023’s trends, Yelp went to its team of data scientists, its larger community and trend expert Tara Lewis to see what food, home and beauty terms are rising in searches. The review platform looked at millions of searches to find the words, phrases and businesses that saw significant interest between 2021 and 2022 […]
  1. Department & Category
  Are you have a vegan over this holiday season? Do you have friends or family visiting over the holiday season that are all vegans?  Well, we have some help for you this year.  The help comes via Native Foods according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. In case you […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
CHICAGO — The exhibit floor of PLMA’s sold-out 2022 Private Label Trade Show opened here yesterday with more than 1,400 exhibitors and 2,300 booths. Attendees filled the aisles to discover the hottest new foods, beverages, nonfoods, personal care, household goods and much more. Themed “Consumers Are Back in Charge,” the show kicked off Nov. 13 with educational […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
CHICAGO — Walmart’s Sam’s Choice oatmilk chocolate bar; Albertsons’Signature Reserve ravioli with porcini mushrooms and truffle; and biodegradable household cleaner from Sprouts Farmers Market are among PLMA’s 2022 Salute to Excellence award winners for store brand innovation. They join nearly 100 other Salute to Excellence winners announced today at PLMA’s 2022 Private Label Trade Show […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
FMI-The Food Industry Association is out with its Power of Foodservice at Retail 2022 report, suggesting that the stars are aligned for food retailers to “compete for consumers’ food dollars by maximizing value, nutrition and convenience, while clearly communicating these benefits to consumers” Key insights from the report: •  “As inflation continues to affect Americans’ […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food had been driving customer adoption and migration in every sector of retail food sales for the past 9+ years.  Combine that with forced home confinement during the pandemic and now inflation is there are you asking your self What Next? If your year over year customer […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Trends to watch in VMS, beverages, and yogurt Probiotics and prebiotics are longtime staples of the health and wellness market, and they have gradually gained new audiences as gut health became a popular topic for mainstream shoppers. The result has been an interesting shift in what is driving growth for probiotics and prebiotics. Amazon Leads […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Got this note from MNB reader Patrick Smith: “The Pacific Northwest is home to the origins of Albertsons/Safeway and regional Kroger Chains, QFC and Fred Meyer. They dominate the traditional supermarket business in the region. As reported, if allowed to go through, store closures and loss of jobs will be casualties of the merger, plus […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumers are walking the aisle of the grocery store looking for a meal that is less expensive than eating out.  Delivery charges, price increases, slow service, inconsistent quality are but some of the comments gather in Foodservice Solutions®latest round of grocerant scorecards, according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Struggling […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Plant-based cheese maker Armored Fresh announced the US launch of itsmis products will begin in New York City. Three types of the brand’s cubed cheese – cheddar, plain and blueberry – are being distributed to retailers in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the products will be made available to consumers throughout the US online via the Armored […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
As plant-based meat company Beyond Meat unveiled its new Beyond Steak this week, there are reports that the entire segment is “softening.” According to Beyond Meat, its new faux steak is “designed to deliver the juicy, tender and delicious bite of seared steak tips with the added nutritional and environmental benefits of plant-based meat …  […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Can you believe that McDonald’s is expanding another Co-Branded product?  That’s right after testing McPlant with Beyond Meat they are now testing selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  The morning daypart once owned by McDonald’s has become the envy of most every other food retailer from Convenience Stores, Fast Food Taco Chains, Burger Outlets, even Wendy’s […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
Today, Whole Foods Market’s Trends Council unveiled their top 10 anticipated food trends for 2023 in the retailer’s eighth-annual Trends predictions. Yaupon-infused beverages, produce packed pastas, repurposed pulp and climate-conscious callouts are among the food trends expected to rise in popularity in the next year.
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
NEW YORK  — PLMA’s sold-out 2022 Private Label Trade Show, Nov. 13-15 in Chicago, will have a strong exhibitor presence of nonfood suppliers of everyday essentials, such as OTC medicine, baby care, personal care, health and wellness, pet care and household goods, among others. More than 500 booths devoted to nonfoods will be on display at […]
  1. Department: Food
I recently went down a mushroom rabbit-hole. And not the kind you may be imagining. It all started with RangeMe’s Q2 Retail Roundup Report, in which I learned that the keyword “mushroom” was trending on RangeMe among food, beverage, health and beauty care retail buyers in the United States. After digging deeper into the data, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
UK’s craving for meat is not affected by campaigns for plant-based alternatives, according to new research by the University of Surrey. The study looked at UK supermarket sales during the ‘Veganuary’ period and found that while the average weekly sales of plant-based foods increased significantly by 57%, there was no reciprocal reduction in meat sales. […]
  1. Department: Food
Beyond Meat, the plant protein, traditional meat alternative brand, has a value equation problem. A value equation is the internal mind-set that customers have when assessing the worth of a brand. A value equation is a mental perception that assesses value prior to a purchase. A customer-perceived value equation is what you get for what […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Success does leave clues and if you want too garner the attention of Gen Z consumers you had better start thinking like a QSR according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated “David Portalatin and his team at NPD left plenty of success clues on how to garner […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
by Michael Sansolo Content Guy’s Note:  Michael Sansolo’s “Sansolo Speaks” column now will appear every other Wednesday, alternating with “The Innovation Conversation.” Go figure.  The secret to staying relevant may come from knowing whether you’ve got “Moves Like Jagger” … or at least can mimic them really well. We’re all forced to constantly update our […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
From Bloomberg: “Just a few years ago, with a blockbuster initial public offering from Beyond Meat Inc. and the unveiling of an Impossible Whopper at Burger King locations nationwide, plant-based meats were ascendant. “Now, after once enjoying double-digit growth, sales in the plant-based meat category are not just flat but declining, according to data from Information Resources Inc.” There […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
When Macklemore’s 2012 single Thrift Shop became a hit, it pushed secondhand shopping into the spotlight; but this wasn’t enough to change people’s general views on it. As a 2013 Time article put it, “apparently, flannel zebra jammies only look good in music videos”.  eBay was turning some heads back then, yet many would still […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Healthier snacks brand Eat Real has launched a new flavour, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar. Following the growing movement around healthier yet delicious plant-based snacking options, the brand aims to accelerate its growth in the industry whilst keeping its pioneering roots at the forefront, through its big bold flavours and ‘better for you’ credentials. As with […]

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By John Spiropoulos Media is filled with evolutionary step-change transitions which permanently alter the marketplace. Each evolutionary event, seen in terms of advertiser outlays – the media mix – is driven by incremental change during economic uncertainty. This is particularly true – and trackable – in modern times. Some of these events were covered in […]
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SMI Core data captures the actual spend data from the SMI Pool partners of major holding companies and large independent agencies, representing up to 95% of all US national brand ad spending, to provide a complete monthly view of the SMI Pool market size, investment share and category performance. Core Data delivers detailed ad intelligence across all media […]
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  2. Channel: Grocery
  3. Department: HBC
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CINCINNATI — The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care, a joint project of Kroger Health and the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Center employs pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experiences for students […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]