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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.

Peruvian Cuisine Takes Off at Retail, Restaurants in 2014 Peruvian Cuisine Takes Off at Retail, Restaurants in 2014

A growing interest in unique, exotic offerings has brought plenty of attention to Amazonian superfoods and a variety of South American cuisines.

Seafood Consumption Still Low Despite Growing Meat Consumption Seafood Consumption Still Low Despite Growing Meat Consumption

The seafood industry has been unable to organize major marketing campaigns to promote fish consumption, efforts that paid off for the beef and pork industries.

Mead Sales Outgrew Beer, Wine, Spirits in 2013 Mead Sales Outgrew Beer, Wine, Spirits in 2013

Mead sales jumped 130 percent from 2012 to 2013, exceeding growth rates for beer, wine, distilled spirits and hard cider, according to a survey by the American Mead Makers Association.

Online Shoppers Shape Future of Retail, Specialty Sales Online Shoppers Shape Future of Retail, Specialty Sales

Online shoppers are a steadily growing and evolving demographic. A recent survey of global online shoppers from PricewaterhouseCoopers found that customer expectations are higher than ever and retailers would be wise to update or change their business strategies to keep up with new technologies.

Standalone Cupcake Shops Dwindle, Moving Brands into Supermarkets Standalone Cupcake Shops Dwindle, Moving Brands into Supermarkets

Crumbs Bake Shop is entering BJ's Wholesale Clubs with its latest product, the Crumbnut.

Beef Prices Reach Nearly Three-Decade High Beef Prices Reach Nearly Three-Decade High

Beef prices are the highest in almost three decades.

Quality Concerns Rise in Craft Beer Industry Quality Concerns Rise in Craft Beer Industry

Paul Gatza, president of the Brewers Association, says beer quality is at all an all-time high, especially at the top end of the industry.

Competition Grows between Specialty, Conventional Grocers Competition Grows between Specialty, Conventional Grocers

The specialty food niche is growing, but conventional supermarkets are catching on.

Bacon Prices Soar as Pork Production Declines from Deadly Virus Bacon Prices Soar as Pork Production Declines from Deadly Virus

The average price for a pound of bacon in February was $5.46, 13 percent more than a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Vertical Farming Gets Greener with Food Scraps as Fuel Vertical Farming Gets Greener with Food Scraps as Fuel

A Chicago entrepreneur is working to prove vertical farming can be even greener than once thought.

Top Trends from 2014 sofi Awards Judging Pt. 1 Top Trends from 2014 sofi Awards Judging Pt. 1

Last week, the sofi Awards took over the Specialty Food Association offices with the start of its 2014 judging process. With scents of baked goods, crackling meats, and fragrant seasonings wafting through the halls, some 20 judges scrutinized and sampled more than 2,000 products across ...

Craft Beer Exports Rise, but Domestic Demand Limits Growth Craft Beer Exports Rise, but Domestic Demand Limits Growth

U.S. craft breweries are exporting their products to the countries that inspired the segment three decades ago.

Chefs Seek Out Unique Local Foods Chefs Seek Out Unique Local Foods

Restaurant chefs and food purchasing managers who bought local foods in the past are more likely to continue adding them to menus and store shelves.

Specialty Food Products Gain Popularity in Washington State Specialty Food Products Gain Popularity in Washington State

Artisan and specialty food businesses have grown in popularity in Yakima, Wash. due to rising consumer interest in high-quality, locally produced foods.

Food Trucks Provide Insight on Collaborative Entrepreneurship Food Trucks Provide Insight on Collaborative Entrepreneurship

It takes much more than culinary craft and social media savvy to succeed in the food truck industry.

Politics Invade the Restaurant Scene Politics Invade the Restaurant Scene

Spurred by the passage of certain gun-carrying laws that restaurants have the option to opt out of, more restaurateurs and chefs are finding themselves at the center of heated political battles.

Meat Alternative Breakthroughs Boost Demand Meat Alternative Breakthroughs Boost Demand

The demand for meat alternatives is growing, even as the market remains small.

Grilled Cheese Popular Among Adults Grilled Cheese Popular Among Adults

Eighty-six percent of U.S. adults ate at least one grilled cheese sandwich in the past year, according to a survey by Harris Poll on behalf of Cheeseboy.

K-Cup Market Skyrockets with Single-Serve Coffee Trend K-Cup Market Skyrockets with Single-Serve Coffee Trend

Single-serve (K-cup) coffee sales accounted for 9 percent of all coffee sales in 2013, but for 30 percent of dollar volume according to a Morgan Stanley Research report on The J.M. Smucker Co.

Vegan Cafes Increase in South Carolina Vegan Cafes Increase in South Carolina

Vegan cafes are growing in South Carolina.

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