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Editor's Letter, Winter 2017: What’s New, What’s Next

Editor's Letter, Winter 2017: What’s New, What’s Next

A new year often has us looking forward and in the food industry, the future is a front-burner topic. Food tech innovations hit the news daily and at press(...)
Publisher's Letter: The Omnichannel Era

Publisher's Letter: The Omnichannel Era

Digital disruption is a fact of life, and no industry is immune. Ask a cab driver. Or a newspaper publisher. Or a travel agent. Or a bookseller. Food retailing(...)
What Your Core Consumers Need from Their Shopping Experience

What Your Core Consumers Need from Their Shopping Experience

The core specialty food consumer is young, curious, and values-oriented, according to our 
annual research, “Today’s Specialty Food Consumer Report.” These(...)
Supporting an Environment of Invention

Supporting an Environment of Invention

“What’s new?” is the mantra of the specialty food industry. Whether unique flavors and ingredients, international products entering the U.S. market for the(...)
Starting a Food Business: The First Step is to Ask

Starting a Food Business: The First Step is to Ask

Twenty years ago, if you had a decent product and a little bit of chutzpah, you had a pretty good shot at bootstrapping a startup food business. You didn’t(...)
The New Restaurant Experience

The New Restaurant Experience

If ever there was a game-changer for how consumers experience meals, the rise of the food hall is it. In cities where the dining-out buzz was once around the(...)
Happening in the Solution Center: The PATH Act: A New Path to Profitability

Happening in the Solution Center: The PATH Act: A New Path to Profitability

In December 2015, the PATH (People Against Tax Hikes) Act was signed into law. While it covers a huge range of topics, Section 113 deals with extension and(...)
Opportunities for the Supply Chain

Opportunities for the Supply Chain

Each year in our annual State of the Specialty Food Industry report, in addition to publishing product category dollar and unit sales figures, we survey the(...)
Why Food Safety and Product Integrity Are Worth the Worry

Why Food Safety and Product Integrity Are Worth the Worry

Thriving, despite economic downturns and generational pivots, the specialty food trade has proven its resilience over time. As we crest the current wave of(...)
Mobilizing Your Business

Mobilizing Your Business

“In the world of technology, do you feel like your company is standing still while the rest of the world is going mobile? Before you put the pedal to the metal(...)
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