• by Owen Stuart
  • October 15 2018
  • food


Canned Food Companies Reevaluate Strategies as Sales Stagnate

Canned Food Companies Reevaluate Strategies as Sales Stagnate

The canned food industry seems to have opened a can of worms. Long a staple of consumer diets, canned food has fallen out of favor with consumers, with more consumers valuing fresh, healthy food made without packaging. For example, several major canned food companies saw revenues decline in the first half of 2018. Furthermore, Campbell canned its CEO due to a precipitous drop in sales. So what happened? How did canned food get left off of consumers’ plates? And what are companies doing to respond?


Mapping the Way to Better Bread

Mapping the Way to Better Bread

Gluten has been in the news frequently in the past few years, and people increasingly avoid it due to allergies and various dietary trends that seek to limit gluten intake. A new breakthrough has been made in cracking the wheat genome – a code over five times more complex than the human genome. Can the development help fulfill consumer desires for better-tasting, better-for-you wheat products, including gluten-free options?

  • by Leon Mengri
  • September 17 2018
  • food


The Rise of Tortillas

The Rise of Tortillas

The versatile tortilla is on a roll, breaking out of the Tex-Mex stereotype and finding its way into all sorts of meals and snacks. That said, the increasing popularity of Mexican cuisine hasn’t hurt either.


Millennials Might Save the Frozen Food Aisle

Millennials Might Save the Frozen Food Aisle

Millennials have built up quite a list of industries and businesses for which they are responsible for “killing” over the past few years – from restaurant chains and mass-produced beer to starter homes and napkins. Finally, it seems millennials have redeemed themselves in what is arguably the last place one might expect: the frozen food aisle.


Branding Makes Pistachios Trendy

Branding Makes Pistachios Trendy

Investments in branding, marketing, and distribution help to explain the growing popularity of pistachios.


Squeezing More Value Out of Soybean Products

Squeezing More Value Out of Soybean Products

Demand for soybean products is projected to reach 45.9 million tons in 2022. Amid a sea of regulations impacting the use of soybean products in applications ranging from food to fuel, suppliers have begun to develop crops with specific traits in order to produce soybeans and soybean products with more desirable attributes suitable for specific roles.


How Are Millennials Disrupting the Restaurant Industry?

How Are Millennials Disrupting the Restaurant Industry?

US restaurant and foodservice revenues are forecast to total $990 billion in 2021. Advances will be driven by increases in population and disposable personal income, as consumers dine out more often and purchase higher-priced offerings. Over the 2006-2016 period, revenues increased briskly, with 2009 representing the only year of decline as the recession prompted consumers to curb discretionary purchases.


Falling Acreage of Planted Crops Weighing on Fertilizer Demand

Falling Acreage of Planted Crops Weighing on Fertilizer Demand

US demand for fertilizers is forecast to fall to 28.1 million metric tons in 2021. As structural changes in agricultural markets lead to declining acreage of planted crops, less fertilizer will be needed to sustain plant growth. Additionally, fertilizers are improving such that higher crop yields can be obtained with smaller volumes of fertilizer, inhibiting demand.


Kraft Heinz’s Bid for Unilever Shows Processed Food Industry’s Appetite for Change

Kraft Heinz’s Bid for Unilever Shows Processed Food Industry’s Appetite for Change

Unilever declined a takeover offer of over $140 billion from Kraft Heinz, stating that the offer “fundamentally undervalues” the company. The rebuff prompted Kraft Heinz to withdraw the offer, but speculation continues that the company may be hungry for another merger...