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Traditional breakfast foods challenged by demand for portable, healthy, and gluten-free foods

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Aug. 24 – If you love your breakfast food saturated in sweet sticky syrup, you are not alone. Despite food industry trends favoring healthy, gluten free, and portable products, it’s clear that Americas haven’t entirely given their favorite battered breakfast foods the boot. 

Meal kit delivery services are cooking

Learn more about this burgeoning industry in Packaged Facts’ report, Meal Kit Delivery Service in the U.S.

Aug. 22 - Meal kit delivery services have exploded since their introduction in 2012, bridging the space between home-cooked meals and takeout. Meant to solve the perennial problem of “what’s for dinner?,” the services offer people a convenient way to cook at home without having to do the meal planning and grocery shopping.

What’s in your (digital) wallet?

This blog is based on the report Mobile Payments in the U.S. View the abstract and table of contents here.

Aug. 10 - Take a peek at your wallet or purse and what do you see? A little cash? A driver’s license? Employee ID and insurance cards? Some lint? And, of course, a nice mix of payment cards?

For a card issuer, it all comes down to where their card stands in your wallet: is it your primary card, the one that sits at the top of your wallet—the one you grab the most when paying? For many issuers, that’s the catbird seat. You don’t have to be first to be a winner though, especially if you are a private label card issuer with hopes of driving sales to a specific merchant, where third place isn’t just a ribbon to toss in a drawer; or even a cobrand card issuer, where second can feel downright wonderful.

Growth in meat snack sales is not for all products

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Aug. 2 - Meat snacks (jerky and other snacks such as meat sticks) have become a darling of the snacking world in the last couple of years. Between paleo dieters and CrossFitters espousing the benefits of a high protein diet, the gluten- and wheat-free tribes avoiding anything to do with breads, and the continued negative press that carbs have been receiving, meat has come galloping to the rescue for many different types of snackers.

However, this has also caused a shift in the style of meat snacks gaining popularity, which is away from traditional simple varieties of beef jerky and towards more complex meat snacks that make use of alternative proteins (i.e., bison, kangaroo, salmon) and unique flavors, marketing artisanal meat snacks that are worlds away from your grandfather’s jerky, notes Packaged Facts in the report Healthy-Ingredient Snacks in the U.S., 2nd Edition.

What we’re reading - A healthier way to feed your cat: Hide its meals, says The New York Times

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July 26 – Much like people, cats need portion control. They need regular exercise. And some experts even say they really should be in charge of their own feeding schedule.

Taken together, these factors boil down to the notion that cats should not be eating from bowls. Plopping a scoop of food into a bowl is not enough!

In their natural environment, cats eat about 12 times a day, feasting on small prey like mice and birds that are appropriate for their stomachs, which are about the size of a table tennis ball. They also toss their prey around in a form of play that is essential to their well-being.

Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/business/a-healthier-way-to-feed-your-cat-hide-its-meals.html?_r=0

Expanding the reach of Asian noodles

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July 18 - Generally speaking, consumers express interest in new culinary experiences; however, some trepidation remains when it comes to actually trying different foods from other cultures. Through innovation, Asian noodle marketers can help bridge the gap between interest and trial, according to Packaged Facts in the report Asian Noodles: U.S. Market Trends and Opportunities.

David Sprinkle at IFT16: A new paradigm for healthy fats and oils

July 11 - Have your healthy fats and learn about them too. A new paradigm is emerging for the use of fats and oils in healthier foods and diets. Packaged Facts research director David Sprinkle will present at this year’s annual Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) convention as part of a session delving into how oils contribute to healthier foods and snack products by looking at the latest data on consumer insights, nutrition, policy-making, and functional solutions.

IFT16 will be held in Chicago from July 16-July 19. Mr. Sprinkle will present Sunday, July 17 at 2:05 p.m. The presentation title is Consumer Insights: The Demand for Healthier Ingredients.

Find out more here

What we’re watching - Slideshow: Grain innovations in snacks, bowls and burgers

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June 5 - Grains are appearing in cheeseburgers, salad bowls and snacks, said Kara Nielsen, a culinary “trendologist” in a June 28 webinar titled “Innovations with Grains” from Rockville-based Packaged Facts. While interest in gluten-free grains continues to present new product opportunities, sprouted grains are starting to enter mainstream markets, and people are showing an interest in local, niche grains, too, she said.

Ms. Nielsen said companies should make use of health claims centered on grains, especially whole grains. Consumers, who understand and are familiar with grains, may trust the claims.

“It’s a really exciting grain world,” she said. “Even though it can be a totally mainstream item, we’re still seeing a lot of news.”

What we’re reading - BREAKING: Mondelez bids to take over Hershey

Packaged Facts covers the American chocolate market in Chocolate Candy in the U.S., 10th Edition..

June 30 - Mondelez recently approached Hershey about the proposed takeover via letter, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

The same concerns surrounding the rumored Nestle takeover apply here: Mondelez will need to secure approval for the takeover from the charitable Hershey Trust foundation, which controls 81% of the company's voting power. The trust can block any unwanted buyer and has opposed past attempts to sell the company.

It's unclear whether Mondelez is a more appealing buyer to Hershey than Nestle. Earning the Trust's approval could turn into a hurdle Mondelez will need to overcome by incrementally sweetening its deal, as was seen in other recent takeover bids, such as Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, or even failed takeover attempts, like McCormick and the UK's Premier Foods.

Read more at: http://www.fooddive.com/news/breaking-mondelez-bids-to-take-over-hershey/421889/

Millennials: Unbanked but bankable?

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June 27 - Survey analysis performed for Packaged Facts’ Underbanked and Unbanked Consumers report suggests a clear general trend away from having checking and savings accounts at traditional banking institutions even while consumers eschewing these accounts use banks for other products and services. This trend challenges the long-standing banking model that frames checking and savings accounts as the foundation for broader, deeper customer relationships.

Our research suggests that these “unbanked” consumers (those we define as having neither a checking nor a savings account) include those who have been underserved or shut out of traditional banking channels for financial reasons. 

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