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...


South American foods help innovators tap ancient, global flavors for beverage success

South American foods help innovators tap ancient, global flavors for beverage success

In recent years, the beverages industry has been transformed by the innovation of once routine thirst-appeasing liquids into exciting, energizing, sometimes better-for-you products. Consumers are looking for beverages that satisfy a number of needs in their daily lives beyond satiating thirst, and these include energy, weight loss, illness mitigation, nutrient replacement, sugar and caffeine cravings and protein intake. Beverages are taking cues from exotic flavors, fruits and even ancient foods...


Bringing cereal back to the breakfast table

Bringing cereal back to the breakfast table

A perfect storm of cultural, culinary and demographic trends has led to a stubborn weakness in the breakfast cereal market. As all-day snacking replaces sit-down meals for on-the-go Americans, an increasing number of consumers treat breakfast as an on-the-run, away-from-home eating occasion rather than an at-home, sit-down meal. Many Americans are increasingly turning away from breakfast cereal and embracing alternatives such as cereal bars, bagels and yogurt.

In an effort to get their beleagu...


Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle to be a featured panelist at World Tea Expo

Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle to be a featured panelist at World Tea Expo

David Sprinkle, Packaged Facts’ research director, will be one of three panelists discussing current trends and the future outlook for tea at the World Tea Expo in Long Beach, CA on May 29, 2014. The goal of the panel is to help attendees:

Better understand the global and regional tea marketplace and industry. Gain specific insight to help capitalize on existing and emerging market opportunities. Highlight market data; including key top-line numbers, and insightful analysis. Comprehend the div...


Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle to present at pet industry’s Top2Top Conference

Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle to present at pet industry’s Top2Top Conference

The pet industry’s Top2Top Conference, to be held April 24, 2014 in Amelia Island, FL, will feature a presentation by Packaged Facts research director David Sprinkle.

Combining Packaged Facts’ extensive monitoring of the pet products market with new proprietary Pet Owner Survey data for 2014, the presentation evaluates 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...


Food avoidance heaven

Food avoidance heaven

I’m holding in my hands a package of chips that carries the following information on it: “Certified Organic, Certified Gluten-Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, Non-GMO, No Synthetic Pesticides or Chemical Fertilizers, No Trans Fats or High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Artificial Flavors, Colors or Preservatives.”

I’m in food avoidance heaven.

The product is from the gourmet snack foods section of my supermarket. I’m guessing your supermarket has a similar section. Of course, if you don’t s...


More than mere supermarkets, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are health food meccas

More than mere supermarkets, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are health food meccas

Unlike conventional supermarkets, Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s are destinations: places consumers seek out and travel to over long distances. The two chains’ retail strengths echo similar market strategies as they seek to capitalize on growing consumer interest in natural and organic products. In many ways, they also have very similar-and actually often the same-customers. Yet, the striking differences between the two chains are what keep the same consumers shopping at both. At Whole Food...