Who’s buying organic foods?

The year 2017 marked continued strength in the organic food market. According to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), U.S. sales surpassed $45 billion over the course of the year, more than doubling in size from a decade ago. OTA notes that the 2017 figures represent a 6.4% increase from the previous year — significant, considering […]

A rose by any other name: What to label alternative ‘dairy’ and ‘meat’ products?

The dairy and meat industries have been abuzz in recent years about the matter of names. Can alternative “dairy” products truly be called dairy? After all, we’ve always called the liquid inside of coconuts “milk,” even though coconuts assuredly don’t lactate. Similarly, can plant-based or lab-grown “meat” products use “meat” in their names?

It’s a […]

Consumer trends: 61% of Americans pay attention to food labels

Food labels are more than just marketing words on a package — they reveal important health information for consumers and allow them to make more informed buying decisions as they stroll down the grocery aisles.

Michigan State University recently released the results of its Food Literacy and Engagement Poll, a survey of over 2,000 Americans […]

Study: Does eating organic reduce risk of cancer?

In recent years, more and more consumers have incorporated organic foods into their diets as a lifestyle choice for several reasons, such as perceived health benefits, supporting local producers and promoting sustainable growing practices. Now, a new study suggests that organic food might help reduce cancer risks as well.

The publicly funded study, coming out […]

Frozen food myths debunked

As we near the end of September and Food Safety Education Month, we’d like to set the record straight about some common frozen food myths. Some of these misconceptions come from a UK consumer survey recently conducted by frozen food producer Birds Eye.

Myth #1: Fresh produce is more nutritious than frozen.

One in five […]

What does the future hold for specialty pet foods?

With over 13,000 industry members attending each year, the annual Petfood Forum has been a trusted source of pet food industry market and consumer information for over 80 years.

At this year’s event, data expert Natasha Davis unveiled future trends and key drivers in the pet specialty food industry in her presentation “My pets eat […]