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Find news items and extensive articles detailing up-and-coming trends, from top-selling flavor combinations to food movements gaining traction. Find recurring Specialty Food Magazine columns such as Buyers’ Picks and Research Spotlight.

Larger Companies Quietly Begin Shift to Non-GMO Ingredients Larger Companies Quietly Begin Shift to Non-GMO Ingredients

While the stigma against GMOs is strong in specialty foods, mainstream producers are starting, quietly, to test the waters by shifting ingredients.

Restaurant Franchises Have High Hopes with Unique Offerings Restaurant Franchises Have High Hopes with Unique Offerings

The mantra "think different" has entered the lexicon of the fast-casual restaurant, with a number of franchises aiming big with unique offerings.

Maple Syrup Consumption at Record High as Production Drops Maple Syrup Consumption at Record High as Production Drops

While a 10 percent drop in maple syrup production is expected to negatively impact U.S. consumption this year, U.S. households used a record-high 7.6 ounces of maple syrup in 2013, up 33 percent from 2012 and 29 percent more than the average usage of 5.9 ...

American Craft Beers Find Fans in Europe American Craft Beers Find Fans in Europe

The American craft beer movement is booming domestically and beginning to gain traction internationally.

Delmarva Coast Becomes Craft Beer Destination Delmarva Coast Becomes Craft Beer Destination

Since Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Rehoboth Beach, Del., started making beer 20 years ago, the coast of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, known regionally as "Delmarva," has been transformed from a summer escape into a year-round tourist destination.

Savory Meets Sweet in New Generation of Jams Savory Meets Sweet in New Generation of Jams

Savory ingredients like garlic, onions, carrots, and saffron are invading the jam category.

Beef May Be Worst Protein for Environment Beef May Be Worst Protein for Environment

A new study shows raising beef causes more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs, or dairy.

Specialty Brands Drive Ice Cream's Comeback Specialty Brands Drive Ice Cream's Comeback

Sweet and salty dessert trends are growing all over the U.S., especially in ice cream.

Coffee, Tea Sales Climbing as New Manufacturers Flood Market Coffee, Tea Sales Climbing as New Manufacturers Flood Market

The number of coffee and tea manufacturers in the U.S. increased 23 percent between 2012 and 2007 to 414, operating 24 percent more facilities, according to Food Institute analysis of just released data from the 2012 Economic Census from the the Census Department.

Wine Producers Adapt Globally to Climate Change Wine Producers Adapt Globally to Climate Change

Changing temperatures are forcing wine regions around the world to adapt, either planting different grapes or changing locations entirely.

Winter Damage Causes MN Wine Grape Shortage Winter Damage Causes MN Wine Grape Shortage

After a harsh winter, vineyards in Minnesota are feeling the effects.

Chefs Aim to Make Caviar Commonplace Chefs Aim to Make Caviar Commonplace

Caviar is gaining in popularity, despite its often steep prices.

Halal, Kosher Products Break Out into New Markets Halal, Kosher Products Break Out into New Markets

Mainstream shoppers are ending up in the kosher and halal section at the supermarket as they seek safer and more ethical foods.

CA Drought Could Reach $2.2 Billion in Losses CA Drought Could Reach $2.2 Billion in Losses

California's drought will cost $2.2 billion in losses and added expenses this year for the state, according to a report by the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis.

Roasted Nut, Peanut Butter Sales Surge Roasted Nut, Peanut Butter Sales Surge

Roasted nuts and peanut butter are growing in value.

Top 5 Trends from the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show Top 5 Trends from the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show

New takes on nut butters, meaty snacks, and smoky infusions are among the top trends spotted at the largest Fancy Food Show ever, which took place June 29–July 1 at Javits Center in New York City.

Millennials Show Commitment to Green Products Millennials Show Commitment to Green Products

While environmental conscientiousness is driving many Americans' purchasing decisions, millennials are leading the charge.

Kroger Shows Confidence as Walmart Market Share Wanes Kroger Shows Confidence as Walmart Market Share Wanes

Kroger is showing an increased confidence in future growth, according to a report (PDF) from BMO Capital Markets.

Cereal's Future as Snack Food Cereal's Future as Snack Food

Moving cereal away from the breakfast table may give producers a boost.

S'mores Inspire New Offerings at Retail, Restaurants S'mores Inspire New Offerings at Retail, Restaurants

S'mores are taking over New York City, from sweet and salty french fries to decadent desserts.

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