News highlights, market trends, and original data analysis related to the U.S. retail food & beverage industry … by Jay Nargundkar

Ice Cream Recalls: Listeria Contamination at Blue Bell, Jeni’s Splendid

In the past four months, three popular “indie” ice cream manufacturers, most notably Texas-based giant Blue Bell Creameries, have issued full product recalls due to listeria contamination.

April 23, 2015

Claims Land KIND Afoul of the FDA

This week saw the public release of a reprimand sent to KIND Healthy Snacks by the Food & Drug Administration alleging improper health claims and product labeling.

April 16, 2015

Emerging Brands: Where Did Halos Come From?

Halos mandarins became a $400 million brand in just two years — but the company behind the popular snackable citrus fruits didn’t exactly start from scratch.

April 16, 2015

Five Products We Loved at Expo West 2015

Presented here are brief profiles of five products we loved at Expo West: chickpea pasta, cold-brewed coffee blends, environment-championing chocolate bars, organic meat bars, and savory yogurt spreads.

March 23, 2015

Trendspotting at Natural Products Expo West 2015

Several emerging trends and interesting new food and beverage products were on display at the latest natural products mega-conference.

March 15, 2015

The Most Popular Cereals in America (2014)

In another down year for cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios remains America’s top-seller. The full Top 10 of 2014, and additional trends and insights, are presented here.

March 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Hershey Buys Krave Jerky. Now What?

Hershey acquires artisanal jerky maker Krave, and there’s more to the deal than your chocolate-covered meat snack fantasies.

February 2, 2015

“Mini” Soda Sales Growing, Still Tiny

Sales of Coke and Pepsi’s smaller-sized cans are growing much faster than traditional soda sizes, but remain a blip in their overall portfolios.

February 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Nation’s First Soda Tax Passes in Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, passed the nation’s first tax on sugary drinks this week. Nervous beverage manufacturers fear it could inspire similar actions elsewhere.

November 6, 2014

Emerging Brands: Good2Grow

Atlanta’s In Zone Brands merged existing brands under new “Good2Grow” label, added a snazzy bottle re-design — and has a hit new kids’ beverage.

November 4, 2014

Jell-O: It’s (Barely) Alive

Sales of the iconic Jell-O brand are sharply lower in recent years, as consumers abandon refrigerated gelatin and puddings in favor of healthier yogurt options.

October 7, 2014

Trendspotting at Natural Products Expo East 2014

Several emerging trends and interesting new food and beverage products were on display at the nation’s largest natural products exhibition.

October 5, 2014

How Big Soda Will Meet Its Calorie-Cutting Pledge

Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper have pledged to change their marketing, distribution, and packaging to help fight obesity — here’s how they’ll do it.

September 24, 2014

Emerging Brands: JOIA Thinks Soda Should Be More Interesting

A quick profile on JOIA Natural Sodas, which uses unique fruit flavors and herbs to make a complex, interesting beverage.

September 21, 2014

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