Current good manufacturing practice and hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for food for animals

Current good manufacturing practice and hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for food for animals

To help prevent food-borne illness in pets and the owners who handle pet foods, the FDA is proposing new regulation of the production of animal food. The Proposed Rule comes in the wake of the melamine-related pet food recalls of 2007 and, since that date, of a growing number of illnesses and pet deaths that may be associated with jerky pet treats, mostly involving imports from China. The Proposed Rule, which has a comment period that ends February 26, 2014, follows upon the Food Safety and Mode...


Label fatigue

Label fatigue

U.S. consumers are increasingly seeking out foods that simply read as fresh and “real,” in addition to inherently healthier foods with positive nutritional qualities. From this perspective, extensive technical nutritional content information on packaged food and beverage products, whether in the mandatory Nutritional Facts Panel or in the currently contested front-of-package labeling schemes, is somewhat beside the point. Consumer interest in knowing as much as possible about the ingredients in ...


More Mediterranean on the menu

More Mediterranean on the menu

Food from Italy, Spain, Morocco, Greece, Turkey and other countries that border the Mediterranean Sea have long been popular in the U.S., but today’s curious eaters are digging deeper to find new dishes and turning to new outlets for fresh and healthful meals.

At the National Restaurant Association Show in 2013, the popularity of this fare was on display in everything from tapas-centric heat-n-serve foods, flatbreads and wraps, to Mediterranean-inspired stuffed meat and cheese items.

Newly p...


The minnows may outswim the whales in the healthy-ingredient snacks market

The minnows may outswim the whales in the healthy-ingredient snacks market

American consumers have permanently changed their eating habits. The era of three square meals a day has gone the way of the typewriter and vacuum tube. More and more Americans eat smaller portions of food more frequently throughout the day, and there is universal agreement in the food industry that this megatrend is here to stay. Another cultural shift fueling the healthy-ingredient snacks market is the high priority placed by many consumers on making sure that the food they-and their kids-eat ...


E-shopping and lawn and garden equipment

E-shopping and lawn and garden equipment

Nearly a third (31%) of U.S. adult have gardened in the last 12 months. Gardening has fallen off slightly since 2005, with participation rates dropping by a couple of percentage points. Despite this longer-term slight decline, the percentage of people gardening held firm during the recession--as way to reduce stress, grow food, gain more sense of control over one’s life, or simply because consumers were at home more or more practical-minded in their leisure spending.

Gardeners tend to be 35 an...


The K-cups avalanche in the coffee aisle

The K-cups avalanche in the coffee aisle

After getting its foothold in the office segment of the market, single-serve beverage brewing has experienced tremendous growth with widespread and continued adoption in the retail market. Research conducted by the National Coffee Association (NCA) in 2012 found that 36% of respondents who had a single-serve brewing system obtained it within the last six months, indicating just how fast this segment of the beverage market has been growing.

As a result, the packaged coffee category at retail is...


Seafood sustainability consciousness and the price of a can of tuna

Seafood sustainability consciousness and the price of a can of tuna

Why are many retail groceries stressing that the fresh fish on display in their seafood departments is from sustainable sources? After all, according to Packaged Facts’ June 2013 National Consumer Survey, less than 20% of consumers make a seafood purchasing decision factoring in the sustainability of the catch.

Partly it goes to show the power of the interplay between leading edge shoppers, seafood suppliers, and retailers. The issue is already reaching critical mass in consumer consciousness,...


Dogs, do-gooding, and social media

Dogs,  do-gooding, and social media

Facebook has become a promotional venue for many pet industry marketers, letting them keep connected with current customers as well as recruit new customers. In the pet food market, Facebook can really help put a “face” on animal welfare efforts, letting companies post images and videos of the animals helped by their causes. The ability to personalize content to suit specific needs, and almost instantly reach thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, of consumers, makes social media perfect fo...