Cold Brew Coffee on the Rise

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Michelle Fox Senior Manager, Brand Growth Solutions In Chicago, the outdoor farmers markets are winding down, the leaves have begun to change and fall is in full swing.  With autumn’s crispness in the air, it’s a great time to reflect on the sweltering, muggy and seemingly-all-too-short summer. It’s hard to pinpoint whether it was the … Read moreCold Brew Coffee on the Rise

How do Meal Replacements Stand Out?

Successful meal replacements go beyond maintaining healthy body composition by addressing the need for personalized nutrition. How do they stand out to cater to a growing variety of consumer health concerns? SPINS’ natural and specialty product expert Kim Kawa discusses the ingredient profiles, health focus and label claims that are helping to differentiate these products in the market.

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SPINS and HowGood Announce New Partnership

HowGood rates and marks products as Good, Great, and Best with retail shelf tags. Current partner stores are seeing an increase in the average consumer spend per basket!   CHICAGO, IL – November 12, 2015 – SPINS, the leading information and service provider for the Natural and Specialty Products Industry, has announced a new partnership … Read moreSPINS and HowGood Announce New Partnership

SPINS Celebrates Grand Opening of New HQ with Mayor Rahm Emanuel

The Mayor, World Business Chicago, FamilyFarmed, and members of the press officially welcome SPINS to Chicago’s River North neighborhood, a move giving the company greater access to top talent to continue its impressive growth. CHICAGO, IL – On Friday, November 6th, the office was a buzz as Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined SPINS’ Owner & CEO, … Read moreSPINS Celebrates Grand Opening of New HQ with Mayor Rahm Emanuel

SPINS Inspire Vibrancy: Building Connections Through Philanthropy

Winston Churchill was quoted as saying, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  This quote resounds with me, as advocacy has been ingrained in my core philosophy since before the second grade. As a Montessori child harkening from a legacy of philanthropists and host to … Read moreSPINS Inspire Vibrancy: Building Connections Through Philanthropy

SPINS and Natural Grocers Announce Newly Expanded Partnership

CHICAGO, IL – October 21, 2015 — SPINS, the leading information and service provider for the natural & specialty products industry, and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc., a rapidly expanding specialty retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements, today announced an expanded long-term partnership to continue to collaboratively support the success of … Read moreSPINS and Natural Grocers Announce Newly Expanded Partnership

Legacy Proteins: Redefining Standards in a Changing Market

SPINS’ natural and specialty product expert Veronica Eckl explores the legacy proteins such as soy, rice, whey and meat that have previously shouldered the weight of criticism, yet are making a comeback as higher-quality, allergy-friendly options through enhanced manufacturing and production efforts. Their comeback puts a new spin on not only the variety of products on the shelf that are available for supplementation, but it also brings questions about the treatment of protein manufacturing to the table when discussing quality.

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Expo East 2015 Recap

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Expo East was evidence that the pulse of the natural industry continues to stay true to its innate core. SPINS’ Product Library Director Susanna Ghaemi explores the new category introductions, spillover trends, and ingredient spotlights on this year’s showfloor. (As always, our recap has lots of content – we appreciate your patience as it loads!) … Read moreExpo East 2015 Recap

Method Factory and Lagunitas Brewery Tours

Part II of the Product Library Team’s industry education coupled with internal group collaboration took us on two more Chicago area excursions. Rachel takes us through the greening and community building ethos of Method factory, while Alison provides the recipe for a relaxing craft beer sampling at Lagunitas Brewery Rachel Kirchner – Method factory tour; … Read moreMethod Factory and Lagunitas Brewery Tours