Anything can be a snack as we become a nation of snack grazers

How often do you snack? Do you find yourself snacking more than you used to? If so, you’re in good company. Technomic’s 2016 Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report, shows that though snack consumption has been on the rise since 2012, the last two years have marked a particularly notable growth; 83% of consumers in 2016 […]

Vodka Still Drives Spirits Market

A beverage trade writer recently interviewed me, asking about the big trends in the spirits market. Timely topic, as I was in the midst of putting the finishing touches on our SpiritsTAB report. My response juxtaposed the recent momentum in American whiskey with the fact that vodka’s growth had slowed to a crawl after several […]

The Future of ‘Local’

Locally sourced foods have been trending for years. But as more consumers look for an emotional connection with brands that offer these foods, suppliers are taking note and investing in supply practices that support demand for the movement. Technomic MenuMonitor data shows that “local” callouts on menus rose 367% in the past five years for […]

Do Consumers Care About Calories in Alcohol?

Come December, consumers may get a shock when perusing restaurant drink menus for their holiday toast. The Food and Drug Administration regulations requiring calorie information to be presented on adult beverage menus in foodservice concepts operating in 20 or more locations go into effect December 1. Will this information cause patrons to rethink that drink […]

Alcohol Menu Calorie Counts: Get the Facts

Many of the specifics of the Food and Drug Administration regulations requiring the inclusion of calorie information for alcohol beverages on menus have yet to be clarified, but the December 1 deadline is prompting foodservice professionals to assess the implications for their operations. The first step toward compliance is understanding the basics of the regulations. […]

Partnering on Calorie Counts

With just 238 days until calorie counts must appear on drink menus in chain restaurant and other multiunit on-premise locations, many operators are scrambling to assemble the necessary calorie and nutrition information. They’re also striving to gain clarity about the requirements to have compliant menus in place by the December 1 deadline. The issue shines […]

State of the Alcohol Beverage Industry 2015: Small Is Big

The early results from 2014 tell a very clear story about the dynamics at play in the alcohol industry: The small are getting bigger, and the big, for the most part, aren’t. Beer held its majority share of total alcohol volume, but another year of overall decline resulted in beer again ceding some share to […]

How Adult Beverage Brands Are Prioritizing Sustainability

Two weeks ago, BuzzFeed ran an article with the attention-grabbing headline “How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It.” (Additional point to BuzzFeed for the accompanying “Apocalypse Noir” visual.) The piece discusses how warming temperatures around the globe already are seen subtly affecting harvest schedules and how climate change likely will have a […]

Food Talks for Chicago Ideas Week

The fourth annual Chicago Ideas Week conference on food, held at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on October 15, was called Food: Path to Your Plate. As the name suggests, the conference focused on the story of menu ingredients. Some of the key takeaways included the importance of farmer-chef relationships; biodiversity; GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling; […]

The Digital Disruption of the Foodservice Supply Chain

The North American foodservice supply chain remains surprisingly entrenched in a bygone era; one in which the absence of published prices, uniform product codes, and scanner data puts independent operators at a marked disadvantage to their wholesale-distributor suppliers. While operators can combat the system’s complexity by joining a group purchasing organization (GPO) or shopping at […]