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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.

Small Businesses Investing More in Social Media Small Businesses Investing More in Social Media

Small businesses are relying more on social media promotion than traditional advertising venues, according to research firm BIA/Kelsey's annual Local Commerce Monitor report.

Wine Production May Be in Scotland's Future Wine Production May Be in Scotland's Future

As Scotland prepares to vote on its independence, Modern Farmer takes a look at the country’s agricultural capabilities, noting that "a country that can supply its own food is a country with a major leg up on surviving on its own."

Craft Beer Variety Packs Surge in Popularity Craft Beer Variety Packs Surge in Popularity

As craft beer options continues to expand, variety, mixed and sample packs are increasing in popularity.

Farm-to-Table Dining Emerges in San Joaquin Valley Farm-to-Table Dining Emerges in San Joaquin Valley

The concept of farm-to-table dining is catching on in California's San Joaquin Valley.

Nut-Free Kids' Products Surge as Allergies Force Restrictions Nut-Free Kids' Products Surge as Allergies Force Restrictions

With more schools and even some airlines banning nut products to accommodate allergic individuals, the market for nut-free products is bigger than ever.

Beverages Influence Consumers' Restaurant Habits Beverages Influence Consumers' Restaurant Habits

Consumers are increasingly influenced by beverages when choosing a restaurant to visit, according to Technomic's Beverage Consumer Trend Report.

Los Angeles Cafe Introduces Edible Coffee Cup Los Angeles Cafe Introduces Edible Coffee Cup

Los Angeles' Alfred Coffee & Kitchen launched an edible coffee cup made from a waffle cone dipped in chocolate.

Coffee Exports Expected to Rise in Africa's Largest Exporter Coffee Exports Expected to Rise in Africa's Largest Exporter

Uganda's coffee output may see a boost of up to 3 percent, thanks to a beneficial season of rainy weather.

Hawaiian Kombucha Industry Thriving Hawaiian Kombucha Industry Thriving

Kombucha is growing in popularity on the Big Island and beyond as consumers look for drinks that are functional as well as flavorful.

Craft Beer Boom Continues in the Carolinas Craft Beer Boom Continues in the Carolinas

North Carolina is continuing to see explosive growth among the 100 breweries and brewpubs in its craft beer sector, as are South Carolina's 20 locations.

How to Get the Most out of Specialty Foods How to Get the Most out of Specialty Foods

The industry is booming, but some retailers may not be harnessing the full potential of specialty foods.

Independent Grocers Face New Economic Challenges Independent Grocers Face New Economic Challenges

Forced to adapt to a changing environment, many small businesses are struggling to turn a profit.

Americans Still Prefer Red Wine over White Americans Still Prefer Red Wine over White

Americans continue to prefer red wines over whites.

Convenience Store Sales Are Up in 2014 Convenience Store Sales Are Up in 2014

The convenience trend is going beyond consumer packaged goods.

Italian-Style Varieties Lead Increase in NY Cheese Production Italian-Style Varieties Lead Increase in NY Cheese Production

New York cheese production is on the rise.

CO Hop Farms Expecting Record Crop CO Hop Farms Expecting Record Crop

Colorado hop growers are expecting a record crop as harvest enters its final days.

Comfort Foods Have Little Influence on Consumers' Moods Comfort Foods Have Little Influence on Consumers' Moods

Comfort foods are no more comforting than other foods, according to a new study.

Organic Product Sales at Kroger to Reach $1B in 2014 Organic Product Sales at Kroger to Reach $1B in 2014

Organic product sales are about to reach $1 billion a year at national supermarket Kroger.

EU Feels Pressure from Russian Food Ban EU Feels Pressure from Russian Food Ban

Europe's fruit and vegetable producers are feeling the pinch from Russia's ban of food products.

Creative Marketing Tactics Can Boost More Than Sales Creative Marketing Tactics Can Boost More Than Sales

New products that feature surprising ingredients may provide only an initial sales boom at launch, but the online chatter that comes with it can be a boon for business.

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