Beyond the kale: American foodies seek exotic, elaborate, and upscale packaged salads

Beyond the kale: American foodies seek exotic, elaborate, and upscale packaged salads

Packaged salad’s a commodity? Foodies may not think so. And that’s a lot of us. More than one-third of consumers explicitly identify themselves as foodies, according to Packaged Facts’ January/February 2014 consumer survey. In addition 60% enjoy trying new foods and beverages, a hallmark of foodie-ism.

King Kale - Who’d a thunk it? “Consumers are being more adventurous in produce choices,” says Melissa Hehmann, a Registered Dietitian with Meijer, the Michigan-based grocery chain, where sales o...


Pet industry gets bigger by getting smaller

Pet industry gets bigger by getting smaller

Small seems to be the way to go in the pet industry. It’s happening in a number of ways.



Big box pet specialty retailers Petco and PetSmart have been focusing their recent expansion efforts on opening smaller format stores. Unleashed by Petco stores, which are about 5,000 square feet, the company’s smaller format retail locations now exceed 100 stores. The concept was launched in just 2009. Similarly, PetSmart plans to open 18 to 24 stores in the 6,000 foot range this year.



Pet owners ar...