Food gift innovation and women: Color me pink? Or not?

Food gift innovation and women: Color me pink? Or not?

Food gifts for women can encompass a wide range of occasions; however, marketers continue to leverage the color pink to underscore feminine orientation. But the flipside is that, while pink has historically symbolized the female gender, many women may actually prefer a different color.


Taco time: Mexican mainstay second only to salsa in U.S. popularity

Taco time: Mexican mainstay second only to salsa in U.S. popularity

The boom in Hispanic influence extends beyond population growth and rising affluence to also include noticeable gains in the popularity of Hispanic cuisine. Today, National Taco Day, corresponds with the recent release of a new Packaged Facts report packed with essential insights and trends related to Hispanic foods and beverages--including tacos!


David Sprinkle at IFT16: A new paradigm for healthy fats and oils

David Sprinkle at IFT16: A new paradigm for healthy fats and oils

July 11 - Have your healthy fats and learn about them too. A new paradigm is emerging for the use of fats and oils in healthier foods and diets. Packaged Facts research director David Sprinkle will present at this year’s annual Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) convention as part of a session delving into how oils contribute to healthier foods and snack products by looking at the latest data on consumer insights, nutrition, policy-making, and functional solutions.

IFT16 will be held in Chi...


What we’re watching - Slideshow: Grain innovations in snacks, bowls and burgers

What we’re watching - Slideshow: Grain innovations in snacks, bowls and burgers

Grains are great and so is this latest Packaged Facts webinar. View Innovation with Grains Webinar by clicking here. June 5 - Grains are appearing in cheeseburgers, salad bowls and snacks, said Kara Nielsen, a culinary “trendologist” in a June 28 webinar titled “Innovations with Grains” from Rockville-based Packaged Facts. While interest in gluten-free grains continues to present new product opportunities, sprouted grains are starting to enter mainstream markets, and people are showing an intere...


Packaging innovations help sell foods and beverages

Packaging innovations help sell foods and beverages

Save 10% on Food and Beverage Packaging Innovation in the U.S.: Consumer Perspectives with discount code PFFBPICP through July 1.

June 1 - Dramatic changes in demographics, lifestyles, and eating patterns are helping to drive packaging innovations. Among the mega-trends feeding into package development are changing population distribution, fewer married couples, more people living alone, smaller household size, and multi-generational households. These demographic shifts are leading to changes ...


Ancient grains - Not all about quinoa

Ancient grains - Not all about quinoa

Don’t miss out on this exclusive discount. Purchase Food Formulation Trends: Ancient Grains and Sprouted Ingredients before January 15, 2016 and save 5% using promo code PFGRAINS15.

Two ingredients no trendy restaurant would dare leave off the menu these days are kale and quinoa. Although some recent media reports suggest that quinoa fatigue has started to set in and another ancient grain is about to steal the show, quinoa fans need not despair. The sustained appeal of quinoa, and ancient grai...


Consumers finding more reasons to trade frozen pizza for restaurant pizza

Consumers finding more reasons to trade frozen pizza for restaurant pizza

October is National Pizza Month, and Packaged Facts is offering 20% off Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, 2nd Edition until November 1. Use promo code PFNPM2015 at checkout.

Americans love pizza as evidenced by its position as the second most popular cuisine at quick-service restaurants-regardless of whether the location is simply a mainstream chain or one that specializes in pizza-and and its top position at full-service pizza restaurants, according to research in the report P...


Restaurant loyalty programs catch on among frequent users but apps alone not the key

Restaurant loyalty programs catch on among frequent users but apps alone not the key

This blog is based on the Packaged Facts report Future of Foodservice: Food and Beverage Menu Trends & Opportunities. Purchase the report by December 1 and receive 5% off with promo code PF081715.

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...


Millennials are not the only foodies who matter

Millennials are not the only foodies who matter

Don’t miss out on this exclusive offer! Receive 5% off Foodies in the U.S.: Opportunities for Restaurants and Retail, 2nd Edition through December 1 using promo code PF081015.

Many food retailers and foodservice companies persist in focusing their marketing efforts on foodies under the age of 35, or those who are members of the Millennial generation. Packaged Facts report Foodies in the U.S.: Opportunities for Restaurants and Retail, 2nd Edition confirms that foodies have an above-average like...


On National Junk Food Day and beyond, the popularity of salty snacks licks the competition 24/7/365

On National Junk Food Day and beyond, the popularity of salty snacks licks the competition 24/7/365

There are 50 million consumers who often snack between meals and agree that “salted snacks are my favorite snack.” Packaged Facts reveals who they are and how to market to them in our report Salty Snacks in the U.S.

It’s National Junk Food Day, and with Americans nationwide indulging in junk foods ranging from the traditional to the weird and wacky, it’s a perfect time to pay homage to the granddaddy of all junk foods-the salty snack.

Whether it be the crunchy potato chip, the versatile corn...