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Trends and Statistics

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.

Specialty Food Industry Sales Hit $127 Billion in 2016

The specialty food industry continues its strong growth with dollar sales hitting $127 billion, a 15 percent jump in total sales between 2014 and 2016, according(...)

Plant Proteins May Overtake Animal Proteins

Not only are vegetable proteins growing in popularity among health-conscious consumers, but they’re closing the gap on animal proteins in terms of market share.(...)

Takeout Orders Grow as Online Ordering Catches On

Over 30 percent of consumers overall are now purchasing more takeout food than three years ago, according to Technomic's 2016 Takeout & Off-Premise Dining Consumer(...)

Filipino Food May Be Next Big Cuisine in US

Filipino food is poised to be a big trend in 2017. Google searches for “filipino food” have doubled since 2012, while queries for “lumpia near me” (Filipino-style(...)
Millennials Drive Better-for-You Snacking Trend

Millennials Drive Better-for-You Snacking Trend

Millennials are the driving force behind the better-for-you snack category, according to a study by Amplify Snack Brands and the Center for Generational Kinetics.(...)
Easter Chocolate Inspires Robust Seasonal Launches in 2016

Easter Chocolate Inspires Robust Seasonal Launches in 2016

Seasonal chocolate accounted for 25 percent of global chocolate new product launches in 2016, according to Mintel. Out of that number, 28 percent of seasonal(...)
Turkey Consumption Shows Growth

Turkey Consumption Shows Growth

Chicken is still consumers’ go-to protein of choice, while turkey is showing room for growth, according to Technomic’s recently released 2017 Center of the(...)
Cuisine Embraces Romantic Sensibility

Cuisine Embraces Romantic Sensibility

A new aesthetic is gracing plates that Eater writer Bill Addison has dubbed both "the layered look" and New Romanticism. Innovative chefs such as Ignacio Mattos(...)
Beer, Craft Beer Sales Slow in 2016

Beer, Craft Beer Sales Slow in 2016

Growth of beer sales has slowed in the U.S., posting a 2.1 percent increase in the year ended Jan. 28, down from 3.6 percent growth in the year ending Jan. 2016,(...)
Gluten- and Dairy-Free Product Sales Soar

Gluten- and Dairy-Free Product Sales Soar

Gluten-free and dairy-free products have continued to gain popularity, with younger consumers leading the trend. According to Kantar Worldpanel, more than half(...)
Green Almonds Find Niche Specialty Market

Green Almonds Find Niche Specialty Market

The almond is having a bit of a renaissance as more companies look to use it to create healthier products. However, green almonds are finding a niche market(...)
One in Four Americans Purchased Meal Kits in 2016

One in Four Americans Purchased Meal Kits in 2016

In 2016, U.S. consumers proved that meal kits are hot. According to a recent Harris Poll, one in four adults purchased a meal kit in 2016, with 70 percent of(...)
Frozen Pickle Juice Vying for Trend Status

Frozen Pickle Juice Vying for Trend Status

Could frozen pickle juice be the next big food trend? David Millar, co-founder of Texas-based Bob's Pickle Pops, is betting yes. He argues that frozen pickle(...)
Survey: Healthy Snacking Perceptions Differ from Reality

Survey: Healthy Snacking Perceptions Differ from Reality

Consumers may aspire to eat healthier than they actually do, according to a survey from Dataessential. The research firm asked more than 3,500 consumers to(...)
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