A Quick Take on Today’s Herbivores

Pile of colorful fruits and vegetables

By Jamie Phillips, MS, RDN Beyond Meatless Mondays, vegetarian diets are gaining traction. These diets are as varied as the people who enjoy them, but there are certain commonalities, such as the inclusion of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and legumes. The difference lies in what animal-based products are included or excluded. In honor of National … Read more A Quick Take on Today’s Herbivores

Who’s Really Buying Natural and Organic Products: Unlocking the Market with Consumer Segmentation from SPINS and IRI

Woman and child shopping at store

by Jill Failla Which shoppers make up the core natural and organic segments? SPINS’ and IRI’s NaturaLink™ consumer segmentations show it’s the True Believers and the Enlightened Environmentalists, who represent about 20% of the total population but contribute 38% of total natural and organic dollar sales. Focusing on these two groups is a high (and … Read more Who’s Really Buying Natural and Organic Products: Unlocking the Market with Consumer Segmentation from SPINS and IRI

The Challenges and Triumphs of Sustainable Seafood

Seafood arranged on a blue table

By Judy Seybold, MS, RD The sustainable seafood movement is coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Sustainable Fisheries Act this year, and this marker has spurred many reflections on how far the industry has evolved. Past generations have taken our food supply – especially seafood – for granted. Finally, we’re beginning to see a new … Read more The Challenges and Triumphs of Sustainable Seafood

SPINS’ Five Favorite Finds from the Summer Fancy Food Show

Watermelon Fruit Jerky

By Jill Failla SPINS’ health & wellness experts attended the Summer Fancy Food Show (SFFS) in New York City earlier this season and rounded up their five favorite products from this specialty food event. “Speaking to the power of the current plant-based movement, all of the products featured in our roundup are made from plants … Read more SPINS’ Five Favorite Finds from the Summer Fancy Food Show

Plant Waters Make Waves This Summer

a variety of Drink Melon waters

by Jill Failla Water’s top status among consumers looking for healthful hydration has catapulted this category’s sales in recent years. This is especially true as water establishes itself as a more healthful and, now, equally flavorful alternative to caloric beverages that contain sugar – an ingredient that’s higher on consumers’ list of concerns lately. Flavored … Read more Plant Waters Make Waves This Summer

Hot Trends in Frozen Desserts This Summer and Beyond

small ice cream filled cups

by Jill Failla Can frozen desserts provide indulgent treats to please discerning health & wellness shoppers? Certainly! Natural frozen desserts that satisfy special diet needs – and even those claiming functional health benefits – are stealing share of the freezer shelf this summer. In the FZ ICE CREAM subcategory, items in SPINS’ Natural Positioning Group … Read more Hot Trends in Frozen Desserts This Summer and Beyond

Sipping on Soup Snacks

Beefsteak vegetable soup

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 track the ways shoppers sip, slurp, and snack. Sales … Read more Sipping on Soup Snacks

Three Key Insights on the Free-From Trend

SPINS a new look at the evolving 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 Z – but I am confident in saying that … Read more Three Key Insights on the Free-From Trend

Serve-a-Thon 2017: Inspiring Vibrancy with Chicago Cares

SPINS employees outside a local school for serve-a-Thon 2017

On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, SPINS rallied together a team of 30 volunteers to help restore and inspire our community. At this year’s Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon, we joined 5,000 others to build, create, organize, engage, and more at 28 locations across Chicago. Our SPINS’ team spent the day at Perkins Bass Elementary, a Chicago … Read more Serve-a-Thon 2017: Inspiring Vibrancy with Chicago Cares

Five Takeaways from Sports Nutrition Marketplace 2017

man adding protein powder to water

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 Nutrition (ISSN), featured high-profile speaker presentations as well as … Read more Five Takeaways from Sports Nutrition Marketplace 2017