What we’re reading: Academy of Science finds GMOs not harmful to human health, reports USA Today

Packaged Facts covers the GMO market in our 2015 report Non-GMO Foods: U.S. and Global Market Perspective, 2nd Edition. For a limited time save 10% on the report with discount code GMOFACTSUSA.

May 18 - Genetically engineered crops are safe for humans and animals to eat and have not caused increases in cancer, obesity, gastrointestinal illnesses, kidney disease, autism or allergies, an exhaustive report from the National Academies of Science released Tuesday found.

Work on the 388-page report began two years ago and was conducted by a committee of more than 50 scientists, researchers and agricultural and industry experts convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It reviewed more than 900 studies and data covering the 20 years since genetically modified crops were first introduced.

Read more from USA Today at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/05/17/gmos-safe-academies-of-science-report-genetically-modified-food/84458872/.

Download slides: “Consumer Market Opportunities in Protein” from the 2016 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar

Packaged Facts offers two reports focused on protein: Meat and Poultry: U.S. Retail Market Trends and Opportunities and Food Formulation and Ingredient Trends: Plant Proteins.  

May 16 - Why are consumers turning to high-protein foods? A new free presentation from Packaged Facts presents answers through an assortment of data- and analysis-rich slides.

The slides were originally included in a speech given by Packaged Facts’ research director David Sprinkle at the 2016 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar. 

Click here to visit the download page.

Chew on this: New flea & tick medications give pets something to sink teeth into

Stay in the know this flea and tick season. Purchase Pet Medications in the U.S., 4th Edition and save 10% through June 3 with promo code PFSAPD2016.

May 10 – Flea and tick products have undergone an upheaval of sorts in recent years. The latest trend has been prescription chewables, now becoming a favorite among veterinarians and pet owners alike, as they are considered easier to administer than topicals. Merial introduced Nexgard in late 2013, and it has since driven Merial’s growth, becoming the company’s third largest product in 2015. Nexgard is picking up the slack from the Frontline family of topical flea & tick products, which went off patent and has been trying to defend its market share against an onslaught of generics.

Also new in the chewable flea and tick world is Merck’s Bravecto. Merck said Bravecto was accounting for the majority of growth in its animal health division (along with swine products). Now in on the action is a new chewable from Zoetis – Simparica – which received FDA approval last month. Next on the U.S. horizon could chewables that combine flea/tick and heartworm control. Merial launched one – Nexgard Spectra – in Europe in 2015. Zoetis is also said to be working on such a solution, but it’s still a couple of years away.

What we’re reading: Record attendance set at Petfood Forum 2016

May 6 – The 2016 Petfood Forum was a rousing success as attendance swelled to record numbers.

Popular opinion attributes the increase to the successful strategic relocation of the forum to Kansas City, which placed attendees and exhibitors directly in the center of the animal health corridor. Naturally, we at Packaged Facts like to believe that the irresistible draw of a presentation by our very own David Sprinkle was the real X-factor. 

Mr. Sprinkle presented on high-protein trends in the pet food segment, with research and data cultivated from Packaged Facts’ recently released report, Pet Food in the U.S., 12th Edition.

To read the full article recapping Petfood Forum 2016 click here.

From poultry to plants, Packaged Facts’ May 4 presentation covers U.S. protein market

For more information on the Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar, or to register, click here.

May 2 — Protein is one of the most prominent and prevalent food industry buzzwords driving sales across both the retail and foodservice landscape. From meat and poultry classics to new and “better-for-you” meat alternatives, consumers are seeking out protein in all its forms.

Just as important, protein’s high profile image over the last few years has resulted in more consumers associating this macronutrient with providing a source of energy, helping with weight management, promoting satiety or a feeling of fullness and building muscle mass and strength.  As Packaged Facts’ research director David Sprinkle points out, “America undoubtedly has a love affair with proteins, and it makes sense. Generally speaking, protein benefits from being associated with positive health benefits and as a result has remained at the forefront of consumer consciousness when grocery shopping, meal planning, or ordering out.”

Mr. Sprinkle’s expertise on the subject of proteins will be on full display during the 2016 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar, which is being held at the DoubleTree-Hilton in Oak Brook, Illinois beginning May 3.  Mr. Sprinkle will present from 8:15 am-9:00 am CDT on May 4.  

The end of a salty snack commercial era

A sweet discount on Packaged Facts’ Salty Snacks in the U.S., 4th Edition: 5% off with code PFSNACKS2016.

April 21 - Snacks and Super Bowl go together like … well … actually it’s pretty much impossible to make a better pairing then that. According to IRI, Americans spent an extra $1.5 billion in snacks and $767 million on candy in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. Of course, salty snacks like chips, pretzels, and popcorn are a key component of those snacks. In the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, $437.7 million was spent on snacks, up 14% from the previous week. The only thing that could make the snack/game combination better is to add commercials about snacks during the Super Bowl. Now you are also watching about eating what you are eating while watching the game.

Skittles, Snickers, Butterfingers… there are all kinds of commercials for the sweeter side of snacks during the game. But for the last decade, if you have been talking salty snack commercials, then you have been talking about the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest. First developed for Super Bowl XLI in 2007, the contest was the first one to use a crowd-sourced commercial during the game, which managed to grab the #4 spot on the USA Today Ad Meter poll. Fast forward nearly a decade and PepsiCo/Frito-Lay once again ran its famous contest for Super Bowl 50 in 2016, resulting in two different Doritos commercials airing in the first and third quarters of the game.

Register for free webinar from Packaged Facts and ECRM

Packaged Facts' related report on the U.S. pet market can be purchased here. Don’t forget our 10% discount through the end of April with code PFNPD2016.

April 19 - ECRM and Packaged Facts are hosting a free webcast on The U.S. Pet Market Outlook that will explore trends and growth opportunities in the Pet category. The webinar will be held May 17. 

For more information, and to register, visit: https://lnkd.in/bQ5MVYA.

High-protein pet food a high-profile trend finds Packaged Facts report, upcoming presentation

April 13, 2016 Just how much does the pet food segment mean to the overall U.S. market for pet products and services? According to the Packaged Facts Pet Food in the U.S., 12th Edition, the pet food sector is worth $30 billion with expected annual increases of 3%-5% through 2020. Among the hottest topics involved in this projected pet food market growth is protein—which will be covered by our research director David Sprinkle in an upcoming presentation at the Petfood Innovation Workshop: Meat & Novel Proteins on April 18.

In a previous report focused on functional foods, Packaged Facts revealed that “protein is currently the hottest functional food ingredient trend in the United States.” Of course, the statement was made in reference to human food. But the trend has crossed over to the pet aisle as well. Just as pet owners seek proteins for themselves, they also seek them out for their pets. According to Packaged Facts' National Pet Owner Survey, 65% of dog owners and 62% of cat owners say their pet needs a high-quality protein diet. 

For more information on Petfood Innovation Workshop: Meat & Novel Proteins visit: https://www.petfoodforumevents.com/ehome/95861/225989/

Savings all month long on Packaged Facts pet reports

April 12 - It’s National Pet Day every day in April for Packaged Facts customers. Save 10% on any pet report with code PFNPD2016.

For a look at our full catalog of reports covering pet food, medications, supplements, retail trends, products, services, and more click here

Loyalty programs and the future of foodservice

The future of foodservice is now. This blog and its corresponding Packaged Facts report offer essential insights to help restaurants and businesses continually adapt to evolving consumer trends. For information on the report click here.

April 6 - Retailer emphasis on loyalty programs is influenced by the growing realization that coupons and discount deals often cause only a short-term traffic spike but generally fail to build long-term guest loyalty. This is part of the reason why, compared to other food and non-food retailers (especially the grocery channel), usage of restaurant/coffee shop rewards programs is not as widespread. Indeed, only 8% have used such a program at a restaurant or coffeehouse in the past four weeks, according to Packaged Facts in the report Future of Foodservice: Food and Beverage Menu Trends & Opportunities.

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