South American foods help innovators tap ancient, global flavors for beverage success

In recent years, the beverages industry has been transformed by the innovation of once routine thirst-appeasing liquids into exciting, energizing, sometimes better-for-you products. Consumers are looking for beverages that satisfy a number of needs in their daily lives beyond satiating thirst, and these include energy, weight loss, illness mitigation, nutrient replacement, sugar and caffeine cravings and protein intake. Beverages are taking cues from exotic flavors, fruits and even ancient foods to deliver products that are both functional and exciting.

Fruit that has typically been popular in Latin America and indigenous there, like pineapple, is making its way into the beverages we see and experience daily, like tea, juice and adult beverages.

Bringing cereal back to the breakfast table

March 28 - A perfect storm of cultural, culinary and demographic trends has led to a stubborn weakness in the breakfast cereal market.  As all-day snacking replaces sit-down meals for on-the-go Americans, an increasing number of consumers treat breakfast as an on-the-run, away-from-home eating occasion rather than an at-home, sit-down meal.  Many Americans are increasingly turning away from breakfast cereal and embracing alternatives such as cereal bars, bagels and yogurt.

Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle to be a featured panelist at World Tea Expo

March 18 - David Sprinkle, Packaged Facts’ research director, will be one of three panelists discussing current trends and the future outlook for tea at the World Tea Expo in Long Beach, CA on May 29, 2014.

Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle to present at pet industry’s Top2Top Conference

March 14 - The pet industry’s Top2Top Conference, to be held April 24, 2014 in Amelia Island, FL, will feature a presentation by Packaged Facts research director David Sprinkle.

Combining Packaged Facts’ extensive monitoring of the pet products market with new proprietary Pet Owner Survey data for 2014, the presentation evaluates current trends and future directions for pet product marketing and retailing, along with consumer patterns across the full spectrum of the market, including pet food and nonfood pet supplies.

Food avoidance heaven

March 6 - I’m holding in my hands a package of chips that carries the following information on it: “Certified Organic, Certified Gluten-Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, Non-GMO, No Synthetic Pesticides or Chemical Fertilizers, No Trans Fats or High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Artificial Flavors, Colors or Preservatives.”

More than mere supermarkets, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are health food meccas

March 3 - Unlike conventional supermarkets, Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s are destinations: places consumers seek out and travel to over long distances.  The two chains’ retail strengths echo similar market strategies as they seek to capitalize on growing consumer interest in natural and organic products.  In many ways, they also have very similar—and actually often the same—customers.  Yet, the striking differences between the two chains are what keep the same consumers shopping at both.  At Whole Foods, the focus is premium quality and huge selection.  At Trader Joe’s, the focus is a sharply edited assortment of great products at great prices.

Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle to present at Petfood Forum 2014

Feb. 25 - Petfood Forum 2014 in Schaumburg, Illinois will feature a presentation by David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts, on April 1. Mr. Sprinkle will share data and insights on retail pet food spending in the U.S., along with historical information, trends and projections for specific U.S. product categories. The presentation will include highlights from the report Pet Food in the U.S., 10th edition, as well as other Packaged Facts research and reports.

Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle to present on dog and cat market trends at Global Pet Expo

Feb. 19 - The 2014 Global Pet Expo, to be held March 12-14 in Orlando, FL, will feature a presentation entitled Dog and Cat Market Trends: Contexts and Implications by Packaged Facts’ research director David Sprinkle. 

Now fleas and ticks do a little 'dance of death'

The U.S. pet medications market is experiencing considerable activity involving companies such as Frontline and the patent expiration for fipronil .

Feb. 17 - Ever since Merial’s flea and tick blockbuster Frontline went off patent four years ago, the flea and tick category has been in a state of intense competition.  Several other fipronil-based products have made a splash, gnawing away at Frontline’s market share.  While Merial has managed to force the withdrawal of some formulations, citing infringement on patents the company still holds, others have made inroads, including products from Sergeant’s (FiproGuard and Pronyl), Novartis (Parastar and EasySpot), Virbac (Effipro and Effitix), FidoPharm (PetArmor) and Hartz (First Defense).

Breakfast on-the-go is big business for quick-serve eateries and food retailers

Starbucks has found portability and speed of service as drivers of success in breakfast

Feb. 10, 2014 - According to a Business Journal article, there were fewer than 500 Wendy’s restaurants that serve breakfast as of last January. Aside from this not-so-inspiring story, many restaurants and retailers have found success in the breakfast daypart. Fifty-nine percent of consumers surveyed by Packaged Facts have visited a limited-service-restaurant or food retailer for breakfast.

In our Foodservice Breakfast Trends report, we estimate breakfast sales growing 5% in 2013 to over $47B, so there are continued opportunities for...

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