As COVID-19 spikes again, americans rethink holiday plans, creating new opportunities for manufacturers and retailers that act quickly
November 4, 2020
IRI projects turkey sales for Thanksgiving to be strong, with an emphasis on smaller whole birds or cuts. Turkey and roasting meats have enjoyed a sales boom during the pandemic, with the most robust growth among younger and lower-income shoppers.
CEOs from a dozen cousins, Beanfields and Mason Dixie Foods band together to advocate for diversity through community, events and mentorship
September 22, 2020
Looking to promote positive, long-lasting change, Ibraheem Basir, Founder and CEO of A Dozen Cousins, started Project Potluck as a first-of-its-kind organization to help BIPOC thrive in the CPG industry by tackling the inherent bias in hiring, networking gaps, lack of access to capital for diverse founders and more.
Top 10 growing trends based on brand exhibitors at Natural Products Expo's Spark Change
August 26, 2020
If 2020 had gone to plan, Natural Products Expo East 2020 would have been just around the corner and the NEXT team would have been presenting on the top growing and emerging trends that were unfolding on the trade show floor. Instead, we're looking to Natural Products Expo's Spark Change, which kicked off Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Speaking at New Products Conference: Galit Feinreich, Little Wave Company
August 12, 2020
Innovation master Galit Feinreich shares best practices gleaned throughout her decades-long career leading white space innovation and launching new products and platforms as former Chief Marketing Officer for Readypac Foods; and as a consultant to CPG clients including Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company.
Understandably, it hasn’t been the best time for CPG food and beverage processors to unveil new products to retail customers or their consumers. Yet it doesn’t have to bring an end to strategic innovation—involving insights, ideation or product development.
Annual BCG/IRI study highlights role of acquisition, innovation, surgical pricing, ecommerce, and consumer-trend fulfillment
May 6, 2020
The US consumer packaged goods industry increased by 2.2% in 2019, outpacing 2018 growth of 2.0%, according to the eighth annual Boston Consulting Group (BCG)/IRI CPG study released at the end of March. The growth was driven exclusively by pricing adjustments in the face of declining average volumes across measured channels. Despite the volume drop, top growth leaders saw their volumes increase over 2018.
Uncertain times require warp-speed decision making from company leaders
April 21, 2020
The CPG industry has never been under more pressure as it faces a global pandemic, an impending recession, soaring unemployment, ubiquitous social distancing and unparalleled consumer fear across the US.
Former Tesco CEO John Burry will assume the role of president
February 11, 2020
Combining deep operational experience in traditional retail with exposure to new technologies and entrepreneurial culture, Burry brings a unique perspective on the future of retail and consumer brands.
A leader on trends in the food industry, Liz Moskow has teamed up with Spoonshot, an emerging food intelligence platform to identify the leading-edge culinary trends that will impact menus, product development, and consumer behavior into 2022.
In early October, Prepared Foods held its 37th annual New Products Conference, where themes of sustainability underpinned many of the speaker presentations. New Products Conference sessions surrounding upcycled foods, food waste and plant based foods each contained overt and tangential messages about corporate responsibility and sustainable food production.