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Trends and Statistics

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.

Tech Innovations Experiment with Ice Cream Tech Innovations Experiment with Ice Cream

Ice cream is trending in the tech world.

Price Hikes on Fresh Meat Change Shopper Habits Price Hikes on Fresh Meat Change Shopper Habits

Beef and pork are two to three times more sensitive to price increases than in 2011, but chicken remains relatively stable, according to Nielsen.

Lunchers Want Healthy Fare, Small Portions at Restaurants Lunchers Want Healthy Fare, Small Portions at Restaurants

Diners are calling for healthier options and more variety when buying lunch.

Rising Grocery Costs Impact Even Upper-Income Earners Rising Grocery Costs Impact Even Upper-Income Earners

High food prices are causing a stir even among wealthier American households.

Bridging the Gap Between Consumers’ Healthy Aspirations and Actual Behavior Bridging the Gap Between Consumers’ Healthy Aspirations and Actual Behavior

Plus, five tips for connecting with consumers that need the extra push toward healthier options.

Global Coffee Deficit Expected through 2016 Global Coffee Deficit Expected through 2016

Brazil's declining coffee production will continue to impact supply for at least another two years.

Humane Cattle Treatment Boosts Quality, Profits Humane Cattle Treatment Boosts Quality, Profits

Humane practices are contributing to higher-quality beef—and record profits.

Brazil Drought Forces Small Coffee Producers to Upgrade Operations Brazil Drought Forces Small Coffee Producers to Upgrade Operations

Brazil's worst drought in decades is forcing farmers to switch from traditional methods to modern technology.

Healthy Snacks Grow Sales as Consumers Merge Snacks, Meals Healthy Snacks Grow Sales as Consumers Merge Snacks, Meals

Better-for-you snack foods are positioned for growth thanks to a growing trend.

Insect Farming Brings Steady Income to Thailand Insect Farming Brings Steady Income to Thailand

As the Western world struggles to grapple with the idea of new products containing cricket flour and other bugs both as gimmick and a sustainable solution, insect farming has become a successful business for some of Thailand's poorest farming communities.

Bacon Sales Thrive Despite Climbing Prices Bacon Sales Thrive Despite Climbing Prices

Bacon prices have increased more than three times the rate of inflation since 2008, the most of any meat.

Young Farmers Flourish in New England Young Farmers Flourish in New England

More young people are getting into the farming profession as the local movement gains attention and acclaim as consumers grow increasingly curious about where their food comes from.

US Growers Have High Hopes for Canadian Superfruit US Growers Have High Hopes for Canadian Superfruit

The juneberry, or the saskatoon berry as it is known in Canada, may be the next super-fruit.

CA No Longer Top Honey Producer CA No Longer Top Honey Producer

The California drought is reducing the state's honey production, raising prices for producers and consumers.

WA Wine Grape Crop to Break 2013 Record WA Wine Grape Crop to Break 2013 Record

Washington is expecting another record grape crop in 2014.

Specialty Food, Agriculture Startups on the Rise in Greece Specialty Food, Agriculture Startups on the Rise in Greece

Some positive movements are emerging in Greece in the wake of its economic crisis.

Ice Demand Creates Big Costs for Bars, Restaurants Ice Demand Creates Big Costs for Bars, Restaurants

Consumers have developed an appreciation for cold dishes and icy cocktails with newfangled shapes and sizes of ice that offer the practicality of a slower melt and stunning appearance.

Truffle Oil Usage Slows as Imposters Flood Market Truffle Oil Usage Slows as Imposters Flood Market

The trend of using truffle oil appears to be on a decline, according to new research from Technomic.

Incubators Offer Benefits Beyond Kitchen Space Incubators Offer Benefits Beyond Kitchen Space

The startup incubator model has boomed in the past several years, growing from just a few instances to more than 200 culinary incubators in the U.S.

Canned Tuna Falls Out of Favor Canned Tuna Falls Out of Favor

America's love affair with canned tuna is apparently waning.

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