Snack On This

On September 29, 2014, in Uncategorized, by admin

Snacking has become part of US consumers’ daily regimen. According to the “Snacking in America” report from The NPD Group, 53 percent of Americans snack two to three times each day. Sales of more than $64 billion dollars highlight the expanse of snacking products in the market. To be successful, snacks must fit into consumers’ […]

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Gourmet Trends at the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show

On August 2, 2014, in Uncategorized, by admin

The 60th annual Specialty Food Association’s (SFA) Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center in New York City was bursting with decadent offerings. More than 2,700 exhibitors displayed over 180,000 products in an effort to grab a piece of this growing market. Gourmet food industry sales were up 18.4% to $88.3 billion between 2011 […]

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Read The Label Campaign for Healthy Food Choices

On June 19, 2014, in Uncategorized, by admin

Healthy food choices just became a step closer for tweens. In June 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an enhanced campaign to educate young people (aged 9 to 13) to use Nutrition Facts labels when making food selections. The “Read the Label” campaign is FDA’s next generation to its “Spot the Block” […]


Trends at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show

On January 24, 2014, in Uncategorized, by admin

San Francisco hosted the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show. The exhibit hall was bursting with 80,000 specialty food and beverage products, 1,350 exhibitors and 18,000 attendees. A panel* of food writers and journalists selected the top five food trends seen at the Show:   Sriracha Sensation Sriracha (chili paste) – a “hot” flavor trend was […]


Undeclared Allergens Top Reason for Recalls

On November 21, 2013, in Uncategorized, by admin

Identification of allergens in food products is serious business. Undeclared allergens were the single largest cause of food recalls in the third quarter of 2013 and at the top of both USDA and FDA recalls for the past eight quarters, as reported by Stericycle ExpertRECALL™.  In addition to undeclared allergens, allergen recalls also resulted from […]


FDA Finalizes Gluten-Free Labeling Rule

On September 3, 2013, in Uncategorized, by admin

Finally, the FDA has set how gluten-free foods should be labeled. In the works since 2007, this final regulation takes into account both public and industry feedback. The final rule, issued August 2013, identifies: Acceptable gluten levels Manufacturer compliance requirements FDA enforcement criteria Highlights of FDA’s Gluten-Free Rule: “Gluten-free” labeling is purely voluntary. The cut-off […]

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Food Packaging Trends are Clear

On July 30, 2013, in Uncategorized, by admin

Food packaging is an important part of product branding. Packaging trends heading into 2014 are literally visible to both industry professionals and consumers alike. See the Product Clear packaging and windows on packaging allow consumers to see what they are purchasing, signals “farmer’s market like” product, shows off product’s wholesomeness Buzz Words Harvest…Raw…Real…Hand Stirred…Hand Cut…Hand […]

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You know you’re at the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show when….

On July 18, 2013, in Uncategorized, by admin

The 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show held at the Javits Center in New York hosted approximately 24,000 attendees and more than 180,000 food and beverage products from around the world. Popular trends that emerged: Granola gluten-free, organic, sweet potato, flax, bites, chocolate… Tea fair trade, functional (antioxidants), pyramid tea bags, loose leaf, flowering tea balls… […]