NOW Foods Factory Tour

Local to our SPINS headquarters, the Product Library team recently tapped into our natural and organic senses and embarked on Chicago tours not found in your typical guidebooks – well, except for that exceptional craft brewery! This two-part serial features debut contributions from a few of the newest Natural Products Research Associates detailing our team’s … Read moreNOW Foods Factory Tour

As Consumer Interest Grows, Brewers Explore Non-GMO Certifications

The Non-GMO Project has seen “tremendous growth” in its verification in the beer, wine and spirits category. Quoted from his growing arsenal of SPINS blog pieces, SPINS analyst and in-house brew expert Gerald Oksanen reiterates the point and makes light of the growth of Non GMO beers in conjunction with the increasing importance of the certification across the industry.

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A New Kind of Health Fair in Pleasanton

organic products on a table

The saying goes that, “it takes a village to raise a child,” and in today’s connected world we know that a multi-faceted approach to health is necessary for holistic community wellness. For that reason, it was a joy to have recently worked at the intersections of education, food, medicine and local government collaborating to raise … Read moreA New Kind of Health Fair in Pleasanton

Trendwatch: Grain Free

SPINS trend watch grain free

It’s been nearly a decade since the gluten free trend hit its stride and a growing number of consumers began turning their backs on wheat, barley, rye and easily cross-contaminated oats, setting the stage for broader grain scrutiny. While grains continue to be a staple for many cultures and cuisines throughout the world, some consumers … Read moreTrendwatch: Grain Free

Getting Cultured on the Kombucha Craze

Kombucha Bottles

Michelle Fox Senior Manager, Brand Growth Solutions “What IS that?!” Exclaim the majority of people who enter my kitchen. It’s a near guarantee as soon as their eyes glance over to the glass jar with the floating discs and hanging strands. As they lean in to get a closer look, I prepare to launch into … Read moreGetting Cultured on the Kombucha Craze

Specialty Gourmet Supermarket Revenue tops $18B

CHICAGO, IL June 30, 2015 – Led by high profile retailers such as The Fresh Market and Mariano’s, Specialty Gourmet supermarkets are making headway, now representing over $18B in sales.  New data from SPINS, the only information provider to deliver and report insights into the burgeoning channel, indicates that with over a thousand stores and nearly … Read moreSpecialty Gourmet Supermarket Revenue tops $18B

Organic Trade Association Capitol Hill Visit

US capital building

Last month, as Manger of Policy at SPINS, with Product Library Director, Susanna Ghaemi, I had the opportunity to participate in a day of Capitol Hill visits on behalf of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). What an experience! What probably should not have been surprising, but was, is that anyone can enter into a House … Read moreOrganic Trade Association Capitol Hill Visit