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Keto? Vegan? Avoiding Corn? There’s an App for That

August 15, 2018

Personalized nutrition has been noted as “the next big opportunity” and a massive challenge for packaged food companies. The makers of Pinto partnered with Kroger, Campbell Soup and Whole Foods to chronicle anything from added sugars to allergens or whether a product aligns with a number of niche diets or lifestyles. Full story

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Subliminal serenades: How grocery store playlists affect purchases

August 15, 2018

A recent University of South Florida study found loud music in a restaurant or supermarket can lead consumers to make unhealthy food choices, while quieter music may foster better food buys, Retail Wire reports. The genre of music does not appear to affect purchasing decisions. Full story

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Natural color use in foods on the rise

August 8, 2018

As consumers look for healthier food options, suppliers are turning to natural coloring to provide options that are free from artificial ingredients, with natural color use in ice cream increasing from 16% in 2012 to 22% in 2017, according to Innova Market Insights. Naturex, a company that offers a line of Vegebrite natural food coloring,… Read more »

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Decoding Performance to Uncover Growth

August 8, 2018

In this issue of Hartbeat Exec, we will explore in more detail: a) how portfolios are performing b) key considerations on the path to sustainable growth c) different growth strategies your organization should employ based on your position today In any case, today’s successful food and beverage companies need to become brand builders again, not… Read more »

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Organic Gives Boost to Store Brands’ Allure at Retail

August 1, 2018

Almost a decade ago, Brandweek (which ceased print publication in 2011) proclaimed 2009 as the Year of Private Label. In the intervening years since, sales of store brands have indeed challenged heritage brands’ dominant position, and industry analysts forecast continued growth for the private label food and beverage market well into 2021. Full story  

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Survey: Executives weigh in on future store models

August 1, 2018

More than 200 executives representing food and retail companies across the US have weighed in on what they imagine the store of the future to look like in a new survey from Phononic. Predictions include supermarkets evolving as community gathering sites with bars and restaurants, becoming checkout-free and introducing pop-up shops in both urban and… Read more »

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