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Top 3 Culinary Trends from Research Chefs Association Conference

Health-focused platforms and the demand for fresh ingredients are influencing product and menu innovations, according to product innovators at the recent Research(...)

In Booming Snack Industry, Competition Grows for Specialty Retailers

Consumers are spending more than $1.2 trillion on eating and drinking, and snacks are playing a growing role in their daily eating habits. According to recent(...)
Sparkling Tea Takes Off on Menus as Warm Weather Arrives

Sparkling Tea Takes Off on Menus as Warm Weather Arrives

Iced tea is undergoing a reinvention as cafes play with new takes on the refreshing warm-weather beverage. Carbonated offerings are cropping up on menus, from(...)
Finding New Channels to Market to Experience-Minded Millennials

Finding New Channels to Market to Experience-Minded Millennials

Specialty food professionals may find new opportunities in the booming food and drink festival circuit. Millennials, the 80 million young adults between the(...)
Members in the News: Turmeric in Spotlight

Members in the News: Turmeric in Spotlight

Food & Wine calls turmeric the super ingredient of the moment in an online story reported at the Winter Fancy Food Show. The story features numerous products(...)
Small Businesses Regain Positive Outlook on Economy, Future Sales Growth

Small Businesses Regain Positive Outlook on Economy, Future Sales Growth

Small businesses have a positive outlook on their future as the economy improves. In a survey of small-business owners, cloud-based technology provider ShopKeep(...)
On-Premise Wine Consumption Growing Faster than Beer, Spirits

On-Premise Wine Consumption Growing Faster than Beer, Spirits

A slow climb is in store for wine sales in bars and restaurants this year, with a projection of 3.1 percent dollar growth, but improved selection and pricing(...)
Spring Trend Watch from sofi Awards, Natural Products Expo West

Spring Trend Watch from sofi Awards, Natural Products Expo West

Beans are emerging as part of the protein trend. Recent industry trade shows and the judging of the annual Specialty Food Association sofi Awards competition(...)
Men Surpass Women in Online Shopping Frequency

Men Surpass Women in Online Shopping Frequency

Men are getting into online shopping. So say the results of new consumer survey from Bronto Software that found these consumers suddenly surpassing women in(...)
Boutique Hotels Ditch Standard Fare for Specialty Foods

Boutique Hotels Ditch Standard Fare for Specialty Foods

A number of small, luxury hotels that foster local character and a design-centric spirit are emerging as champions of artisanal and local food products as they(...)
3 Emerging Ice Cream Trends Could Revive Sluggish Market

3 Emerging Ice Cream Trends Could Revive Sluggish Market

Ice cream may have peaked in the U.S. While growing its global consumer base, the category is struggling in developed markets, with domestic product innovation(...)
Specialty Spirits with International Origins Grow Presence in US Bars, Restaurants

Specialty Spirits with International Origins Grow Presence in US Bars, Restaurants

Niche spirits are taking hold of American drinkers. Consumers are gravitating to lesser-known spirits tied to global regions and cultures, like Brazil's cachaca(...)
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