Sipping on Soup Snacks

by Jill Failla As more consumers demand portable, healthful snack options, snacking innovation is permeating multiple retail categories—including soup. As another recent enhancement to SPINS’ Product Library, we have expanded our Grab N Go attribute to include ready-to-eat and ready-to-drink soups into additional subcategories to better...

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Three Key Insights on the Free-From Trend

By Abbey Fuster I am the youngest team member here at SPINS, but don’t let my 21 years of life experience fool you: I know a thing or two about the grocery store aisles. I probably can’t singlehandledly represent the whole of my generation – Gen...

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Five Takeaways from Sports Nutrition Marketplace 2017

By Scott Dicker With more and more consumers trying to live an active and healthy lifestyle, the traditional sports nutrition market has expanded to a much more diverse crowd. The recent Sports Nutrition Marketplace show I attended, which is sponsored by the International Society of Sports...

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Rising From the Ashes: Charcoal Grows in Body Care

by Jill Failla Commonly used in hospital emergency rooms to prevent the absorption of certain toxins in the gastrointestinal tract, charcoal is now growing quickly in a variety of retail product lines, marketed with the ability to bind to unwanted substances so they may be eliminated...

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Three Tips for Translating Data to Insights

Michelle Fox Senior Manager, Brand Growth Solutions Over the past five years, I've analyzed data on a wide range of products from lip balm to dog food, from potato chips to kefir. And while categories of interest have changed, my general best practices for analyzing the data...

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Highlights from the Midwest Face and Body Show

By Kim Kawa and Paige Leyden Delighted to attend the Midwest Face & Body Show for the first time, we found ourselves privy to a variety of noteworthy ingredients and massage techniques geared primarily toward spa professionals. As researchers, we were eager to learn the recommendations...

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VegFest 2016

An annual celebration of plant-based and vegan living, this year’s Portland VegFest drew over 6,000 people for an outstanding program of prominent speakers and, of course, a wide variety of vegan wares. Nonprofit Northwest VEG has served the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area with...

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