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

Chobani Gears Up for Expansion

Market leader Chobani has grown from nothing to a billion-dollar yogurt brand in just a handful of years. With a huge new cash infusion, they have their sights lined up on more.

April 24, 2014

The Most Popular Cereals in America (2013)

Honey Nut Cheerios is still the best-selling cereal in America. The full Top 10 of 2013 are presented here.

April 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

GMO-Free Can’t Slow Cheerios’ Decline

Eliminating GMO ingredients in Cheerios has not been enough to stem the brand’s declining sales, which are falling along with the entire cereal category.

April 23, 2014

Diet Sodas Losing Their Appeal

Diet sodas, once thought to be an industry savior, are declining in popularity even faster than traditional sodas as consumers grow increasingly wary of artificial sweeteners.

April 23, 2014

SNAP: A Food Stamps Primer

45 million Americans receive “food stamp” (SNAP) benefits, yet the program — and the food-purchasing behavior of low-income consumers is not well understood. The data is revealing.

April 22, 2014

Next Step for Organic: Priced for the Masses

Sales growth in organic and “natural” food has far out-paced conventional food, but high prices are still a barrier to some consumers. Wal-Mart wants to change that.

April 22, 2014

“Quirky” Trader Joe’s Riding High

Trader Joe’s small-footprint stores filled with inexpensive, high-quality products are driving strong financial growth and consumer loyalty.

April 22, 2014

Is 0.3% Pomegranate Juice Still “Pomegranate Juice”?

The makers of Pom are suing Coca-Cola over a “Pomegranate Blueberry” juice that contains only trace amounts of each fruit.

April 22, 2014

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