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Social Media Shows American Tastes Taking a Spicy Turn

Cajun food is trending, according to a study of social media postings involving food. Following closely behind are Mexican and Asian foods, indicating consumers(...)

Groceries Top Other Retail Categories in Mobile Purchases

Online shopping is a growing force in food retail, but mobile shopping is where the grocery sector really shines. New data from PriceWaterhouseCoopers shows(...)
Charred Foods Make a Comeback as Restaurants Deliver on Smoke-Flavor Craze

Charred Foods Make a Comeback as Restaurants Deliver on Smoke-Flavor Craze

As consumers develop a taste for smoky flavors, restaurants are embracing charred foods. Independent restaurants are now charring everything from duck hearts(...)
Mainstream Brands Test Disguises to Appeal to Millennials

Mainstream Brands Test Disguises to Appeal to Millennials

Food giants are failing to capture younger generations' loyalty, and losing consumers who are taking a greater interest in health and sustainability. Instead(...)
Fair Trade Industry Thrives in US as Sales Flop in UK

Fair Trade Industry Thrives in US as Sales Flop in UK

For the first time in its 20-year history, the fair trade movement in the United Kingdom is on the decline. Thanks to a growing consumer interest in responsible(...)
Supermarkets' Wine Investment Pays Off with Bigger Basket Sales

Supermarkets' Wine Investment Pays Off with Bigger Basket Sales

Grocery stores are ramping up their wine offerings and boosting sales beyond expectations. Sales of wine in supermarkets and superstores increased 4 percent(...)
US Wine Exports Fall Short of 2013 Record

US Wine Exports Fall Short of 2013 Record

U.S. exports of wine reached $1.49 billion in revenue in 2014 as emerging Asian markets grew, California wines made up about 90 percent of exports. The E.U.(...)
Cities, West Coast Drive Organic Food Interest

Cities, West Coast Drive Organic Food Interest

Organic eating is often perceived as a prototypical California "hippie" diet, but the trend towards eating organic is expanding throughout major cities across(...)
Alternative Formats Take on Traditional Retail Stores

Alternative Formats Take on Traditional Retail Stores

Non-traditional food retailers are looking to take a bigger share of the market this year, increasing competition for traditional grocery stores. According(...)
Sriracha Opens Doors for Other Asian Condiments, Spices

Sriracha Opens Doors for Other Asian Condiments, Spices

Sriracha first reached American markets in 1980 when Huy Fong Foods began distributing the condiment from its Los Angeles headquarters, and it quickly began(...)
Cultural Norms Not So Normal Among Younger Food Shoppers

Cultural Norms Not So Normal Among Younger Food Shoppers

Consumers are more multicultural than ever, and misconceptions about cultural norms may be losing food retailers potential profits. Marketers may be holding(...)
Gluten-Free Health Halo Spurs Concerns

Gluten-Free Health Halo Spurs Concerns

Gluten-free foods have a health halo, and suppliers are rushing to cash in. A new Consumer Reports study found 63 percent of consumers believe a gluten-free(...)
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