Your favorite Prepared Foods' editors dish out their expert opinions on recent trends in Our Viewpoints. David Feder, Bob Garrison and Nick Roskelly each have their own unique insights to help you keep up with the ever changing food and beverage industry.
Like so many competing food and beverage companies displayed on shelf, you have national athletic teams on display at the opening “parade of nations” and in team competitions such as ice hockey. Then think about how your company has individual experts skilled in marketing, consumer insights, culinary arts, food science and package design and engineering. So too, the US Olympic team has specialists in ice skating, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, luge, snowboarding and, everyone’s favorite: curling.
Some game-changing things are about to happen. Sugar labeling is likely imminent, and who knows what other label laws or regulatory changes might land on processors’ heads.
January 5, 2018
Welcome to 2018. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to this shiny new year. We closed 2017 with a whole-issue peek into our crystal ball, hopefully helping processors get a jump on the food, beverage, and ingredient trends for the next 365 days and beyond.
For a futurist this is always a giddy time of year as everyone, everywhere is issuing their predictions for the year (and sometimes bravely, the decade) ahead. But does it matter? Given some will come more true than others—we’re still waiting for flying cars, jet packs and meals in pills—how can we use predictions to guide our work?
It’s here I’m reminded that “it’s not what you know—but who you know.” Personally, I embrace this saying because I live it every day. You see, I’m not particularly skilled in anything from mathematics to masonry and I’ve learned to make friends who have those skills. Of course, I tell my new friends that I can write clever poems or songs for them. When a friend moves, I’m also helpful at carrying light to moderately heavy boxes.
Nearly all presenters at the 2017 New Products Conference referred to innovation as fundamental to success, whether that be in research and development, marketing, sales or any other stage of bringing products to market.
I coined the term “social ingredient” to encompass all those factors that are not physical ingredients but important components of a product nonetheless. I predicted that such social ingredients would soon be the most important food ingredients in the industry.
Uncovering trends and market forces in foodservice
August 22, 2017
I’ve got to say it: foodservice is fun, flavorful and fantastic. C’mon, where else can you touch a mystical creature or walk into a restaurant and ask for something naked? Of course, I’m referring to a few of the year’s most interesting limited-time offers: Starbucks’ Rainbow Unicorn (Frappuccino blended crème) and Taco Bell’s Naked Chicken Chalupa.
The Sweets & Snacks Expo fosters a positive context for pondering the forces at play in the snack and confections segments, if in no other way than providing attendees the opportunity to snack at will.