Zurich romances Kansas City

Zurich romances Kansas City

In the chocolate market, as in life, you never know what you are going to get-as evidenced by the announcement of Zurich-based Lindt & Sprűngli that it will acquire Russell Stover. The acquisition will firmly establish Lindt as the number # 3 chocolate candy manufacturer in the U.S. market-still well behind Hershey and Mars, but now firmly ahead of Swiss rival and global food leader Nestlé. This development has far-reaching implications for premium chocolate in the U.S. market, particularly in...


Coffee companies go green to make green with eco-friendly maneuverings

Coffee companies go green to make green with eco-friendly maneuverings

An increasing number of U.S. businesses are concerned with managing their ecological footprint, and in recent years this dedication to going green has trickled down to the U.S. coffee market. In particular, to have a competitive foodservice coffee platform, being environmentally and socially responsible is increasingly important, according to Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee in the U.S.: Retail and Foodservice, 8th Edition , a recent report by Packaged Facts.

To illustrate this point, consider...


Restaurants tap innovation in culinary development and marketing to drive protein on menus

Restaurants tap innovation in culinary development and marketing to drive protein on menus

Consumers are looking for foods that provide health and wellness benefits and contain ingredients that address illness mitigation. Packaged Facts data from a January-February 2014 survey notes that 57% of consumers are looking for foods with nutrients that address health concerns. Among the nutrients consumers are keying in on is protein. Protein provides many benefits, including its support of weight management and proper growth, immune, heart and respiratory function.

According to Packaged F...


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...


Bottled water goes DIY

Bottled water goes DIY

The market for bottled water has a promising future. As consumers continue to reject carbonated soft drinks and embrace bottled water, many beverage industry analysts and marketers are convinced that the category will soon become the dominant non-alcoholic beverage. Health and wellness concerns, the fitness fad and the perennial struggle of many consumers with overweight and obesity have combined to make bottled water the zero-calorie/ultra-low calorie beverage of choice for growing millions of ...


Innovation reinvigorating and reinventing our daily cup of joe

Innovation reinvigorating and reinventing our daily cup of joe

Our hat is off to coffee innovation, which continues to help a very mature market grow new usage occasions and higher price points. Threading this needle translates to continuing to push the variety envelope while leveraging hot coffee’s dominant position. In the end, it’s largely about raising the price of coffee-or at least getting more money per ounce.

Across restaurant menus, flavors that have universal appeal, such as mocha, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel, have the strongest penetration....


For commercial payment cards, globalization is good business-but competition is increasing

For commercial payment cards, globalization is good business-but competition is increasing

Globalization is occurring at a rapid pace, requiring increased simplification and control over employer payments and expenses across multiple countries. Among payment providers (networks and card issuers alike), this has undoubtedly caused growing pains, as they struggle to craft solutions sophisticated and robust enough to meet global challenges of many stripes-regulatory and operational hurdles among them.

But in plain English, it also means payments expansion-following the arc of global gr...


In limited-service, foodservice operators take winning strategies to up their breakfast game

In limited-service, foodservice operators take winning strategies to up their breakfast game

Old news: Breakfast is a big opportunity for foodservice

The real scoop: Breakfast consumer decisions are fluid and the space is highly competitive, so act now

The quick-service breakfast game is getting a lot of conversation in the media currently. There is renewed interest in capturing business during a very rushed part of the day.

Breakfast as a business has untapped opportunities. While 10% of consumers were reported by research firm NPD to skip breakfast back in 2011, today 63% of Ame...


U.S. pet market drivers to be discussed by Packaged Facts David Sprinkle at PIJAC Top2Top conference in April

U.S. pet market drivers to be discussed by Packaged Facts David Sprinkle at PIJAC Top2Top conference in April

April 21 - Combining Packaged Facts’ extensive monitoring of the pet products market with new proprietary Pet Owner Survey data for 2014, Packaged Facts research director David Sprinkle will present on current trends and future directions for pet product marketing and retailing, along with consumer patterns across the full spectrum of the market, including pet food and nonfood pet supplies.

Mr. Sprinkle’s presentation will be part of the PIJAC (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) Top2Top conf...