Why functional ingredients are among key food trends for 2015

Why functional ingredients are among key food trends for 2015

Today’s consumers want and expect more than great taste and belly-filling from the foods and beverages they consume. Ninety percent of Americans believe that certain foods offer health benefits beyond basic nutrition, according to research published in Packaged Facts’ Functional Foods: Key Trends & Developments in Ingredients. Baby Boomers and Millennials are looking for products offering positive nutrition to help them optimize health and avoid chronic and, potentially, life-threatening illness...


Millennial adults increasingly seek alternatives to traditional banking

Millennial adults increasingly seek alternatives to traditional banking

While consumers historically underserved by mainstream financial services industry are often referred to as unbanked or underbanked, young adults are quickly joining their ranks. In Unbanked and Underbanked Consumers in the U.S., 3rd Edition , Packaged Facts found that the percentage of 18-24s who self-identify as unbanked has grown by almost 25% during 2005-2013. This jump has likely been influenced by recession-driven unemployment and wage trends that have disproportionately affected younger e...


Kids food and beverage: It’s a juggling act

Kids food and beverage: It’s a juggling act

The dynamics of the kids’ food business have changed dramatically in recent years. In a nutshell, typical macaroni and cheese isn’t going to cut it when a kid can have noodles shaped like their favorite cartoon character. Or, what fun is using a spoon to eat yogurt or applesauce when you can squeeze it? Taste is no longer the only qualification needed to be a kid-friendly food. In fact, it’s become quite a juggling act for any company or brand that tries to break into this growing market.

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