Articles by Tom Vierhile, Datamonitor, Contributing Editor
2013 New Products Annual: Baked
Ancient grains proved a big story in the modern bakery aisle.
March 26, 2013
When the highlight of the year is the bankruptcy of a major player, as was the case of Hostess Brands in 2012, it is going to be a rough year.Read More
2013 New Products Annual: Cereals & Breakfast Bars
Fueled by growth in gluten- and other allergen-free items, breakfast cereals and bars saw a resurgence in 2012.
March 22, 2013
Ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal makers channeled their inner Mark Twain in 2012, as in “the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” with the category celebrating a comeback year on the new products front.Read More
2013 New Products Annual: Soups & Side Dishes
An examination of soups and sides introduced in 2012 finds a market expanding to include Millennials and a wider, more diverse palate.
March 22, 2013
When historians look back at 2012 for the soup category, they may come to the conclusion that this was the year soup makers “turned the page” on Baby Boomers and went into a full embrace of Millennial consumers.Read More
June 14, 2012
“Drink your way to health” is a concept that has blossomed over the past few years, as successive waves of “better-for-you” beverages have achieved success. From pomegranate juices and green teas to probiotic drinks and almond milks, consumers have a dizzying array of drink options for improved health and better living.Read More
March 18, 2012
Just as sports teams sometimes experience a “transitional year” from time to time, 2011 proved to be just such a year for makers of convenience meals and processed meats. The perception of these markets as relative “safe havens” for economically stressed consumers ebbed a bit as the economy improved.Read More
March 15, 2012
Sometimes a lack of big news during a year is actually good news. Bakery companies that remember the Atkins Diet and its characterization of carbohydrates as the devil incarnate can breathe a sigh of relief that 2011 did not bring about any such black swans. Still, 2011 will go down as a slightly off year for baked goods, with declines in some categories outweighing gains in other categories.Read More
June 1, 2010
Foods and ingredients to counter aging grow in interest. Certain vitamins and minerals, amino acids and an array of antioxidants, from Superfruits to green tea and carotenoids, are being used in such products.Read More