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‘The U.S. Consumer has changed’

Such traditional factors as price, taste and convenience hold less sway over consumer purchasing decisions, according to a report published by the consultancy Deloitte in a study conducted with the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. New purchasing influences, such as health and wellness, safety, social impact, experience and transparency, are motivating consumers and forcing food and beverage manufacturers and marketers to adapt. Read more –>

2016 Food Trends on Google: The Rise of Emotional Foods

How do millennials feed their growing interest in health and wellness? They search. In our new Food Trends Report we analyzed Google Search data to find five major trends. Here we share more insight on one, the rise of “functional foods,” and why there’s a big opportunity for brands. Read more –>

2016 Food Trends on Google: The Rise of Functional Foods

How do millennials feed their growing interest in health and wellness? They search. In our new Food Trends Report we analyzed Google Search data to find five major trends. Here we share more insight on one, the rise of “functional foods,” and why there’s a big opportunity for brands. Read more –>

Think with Google: Food Trends 2016

With every query typed into a search bar, we are given a glimpse into user considerations or intentions. By compiling top searches, we are able to render a strong representation of the United States’ population and gain insight into this population’s behavior. Read more –>

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths each year, and treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86% of our nation’s health care costs. Find out how CDC’s chronic disease prevention system brings together data, health care systems, and communities to support healthy choices and reduce risk behaviors for all Americans. Read more –>

Why Good Nutrition is Important

Unhealthy diet contributes to approximately 678,000 deaths each year in the U.S., due to nutrition- and obesity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. In the last 30 years, obesity rates have doubled in adults, tripled in children, and quadrupled in adolescents. Read more –>

Consumers Want Healthy Foods — And Will Pay More For Them

Consumers’ health is front and center for those who churn out the food products that will line supermarket shelves in the next year. At Campbell’s, organic and all natural are the buzzwords as the company prepares to launch a variety of soups using USDA-certified organic ingredients and shelf-stable fruit and vegetable juices with no added sugar or artificial ingredients. Read more –>

Capitalizing on the Shifting Consumer Food Value Equation

The Food and Beverage industry continues to struggle with stagnant overall growth. From 2012 to 2014, US food and beverage retail spending annual growth of 2.6% has roughly mirrored the annual inflation plus population growth of 2.3%. Though the overall spend has been flat, there has been a shift in where consumers are spending. Read more –>

SPINS TRENDWATCH: “Every dollar you spend or don’t spend, is a vote cast for the world you want.”


Dr. Pepper Snapple Agrees to Buy Bai Brands for $1.7 Billion

Dr Pepper Snapple Group agreed to acquire Bai Brands for $1.7 billion, snapping up a maker of fruit-flavored, antioxidant-infused beverages in a bid to attract health-focused consumers. The acquisition, expected to close in the first quarter of next year, will decrease earnings per share by 3 cents in 2017 and add to profit in 2018, Dr Pepper Snapple said Tuesday in a statement. Read more –>

Why This Is the Best City to Start a Business in Food

I came to Chicago to attend University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Before I knew it, I was launching a startup, raising money, hiring employees and establishing an office. A year in, it dawned on me that I hadn’t made the decision to base the business (or my life!) in Chicago. My heart sank. It’s a decision that you should be very intentional about as an entrepreneur. Read more –>

Menus of Change | The Business of Healthy, Sustainable, Delicious Food Choices

This past year, environmental and nutrition science and public policy converged right at the center of our plates. The scientific advisory committee for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) released its final report on the state of the American diet and what we should be eating, the basis for official dietary guidelines that are revised every five years.  Read more –>


What’s really in the Blackhawks Gatorade bottles?

The green bottles that players grab during Blackhawks games have the Gatorade logo on the outside, but there’s a good chance something else is inside. The logo is there for a reason: Gatorade (through parent company PepsiCo) is the official sports drink of the National Hockey League, which means every bottle, towel and water jug on the bench must tout the brand. Read more –>

Coconut water developed for Blackhawks goes mainstream

Coco5, a brand of coconut water developed for the Chicago Blackhawks. Read more –> 

Whole Foods experiment in Chicago aims to foster local businesses

Jordan Buckner grew up on the South Side of Chicago and is creator of Tea Squares, puffed millet-filled bites with raw almonds or pumpkin seeds infused with organic tea powder. “For me it was important that we actually eat a lot healthier than eating the normal chips and candy that we often eat to kind of get through our day,” Buckner said. Read more –>

Chatham Entrepreneur Just Got ‘Tea Squares’ In 6th Whole Foods

Local entrepreneur Jordan Buckner is doing more than selling his health snack: He’s also making a difference in the community. The 27-year-old wants to offer jobs to teens and young adults in Englewood. He lives in Chatham, but most of his Chicago family is still in Englewood, which is where his mother is originally from. Read more –>

Englewood Business creates healthy snacks (video)

Chatham resident, Jordan Buckner, recently co-created a brand new healthy snack line called “TeaSquares.” The tea-infused energy bite sized snack is made and manufactured in Englewood. Buckner, along with his three Chicago co-founders, Adi Malik, Alex Stomp and Isaac Lozano, came up with the idea while in college. Read more –>