What we’re reading: Nut- and seed-based products gain traction in 2017

What we’re reading: Nut- and seed-based products gain traction in 2017

Consumers’ growing familiarity with the health benefits of nuts and seeds paired with their versatility is inspiring manufacturers to seek new varieties, uses and packaging for the ingredient – propelling it into a starring role in the American diet in 2017, according to Packaged Facts research.


10% discount on “Salty Snacks” report for National Popcorn Day

10% discount on “Salty Snacks” report for National Popcorn Day

Popcorn—especially ready-to-eat varieties—is an important food retail segment to watch in 2017. Use promo code PopTen17 at checkout to save 10% on “Salty Snacks in the U.S., 4th Edition” before the end of February.


Mars Inc.'s Acquisition of VCA: More Fidos, Fewer Sugars

Mars Inc.'s Acquisition of VCA: More Fidos, Fewer Sugars

The VCA deal gives Mars further latitude for growth beyond the mass-market product arena. That’s especially important because it’s not just kibble sales that have flattened in the mass market; the same is true for candy. Even in the case of Mars, with its globally iconic portfolio of chocolate and non-chocolate (sugar) candy brands, confectionery manufacturers face considerable challenges to growth.


Hispanic pet owners chart a different course

Hispanic pet owners chart a different course

The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in the number of Hispanic pet owners in the United States. Between 2007 and 2016 the number of Latinos with pets in their homes skyrocketed from 11.4 million to 20.4 million as the pet ownership rate among Hispanics grew from 40% to 55%.