Serve-a-thon 2016: Inspiring Vibrancy with Chicago Cares

SPINS employees at serve-a-thon 2016

SPINS recently took a hands-on approach to affect positive change in our community. We rallied a team from SPINS along with our loved ones to volunteer in the 2016 Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon. We joined over 5,000 volunteers to spend the day building, painting, and planting to restore and revitalize community spaces throughout Chicago. SPINS’ dedicated … Read more Serve-a-thon 2016: Inspiring Vibrancy with Chicago Cares

Policy Insights: GMOS

SPINS policy insights - GMOs

The role of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the American food supply is widely debated among consumers, health professionals, environmentalists, manufacturers, and producers. SPINS examines GMOs: what they are, why they’re debated, what’s happening with labeling laws today, and what we know about consumer trends in SPINS data. Fill out the form below to access … Read more Policy Insights: GMOS

Pea-lieve It or Not: The Rise of Pea Protein

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Michelle Fox Senior Manager, Brand Growth Solutions There’s been plenty of news about protein over the past few years. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the average American male consumes 102 grams of protein per day, while the average female consumes about 70 grams. Protein consumption is reflected in retail data; in … Read more Pea-lieve It or Not: The Rise of Pea Protein

No Small Feat: How a Local Food Conference Drives Big Change

SPINS finds inspiration all over the country in artisanal makers, culinary champions, and food activists, but it’s a special treat to find this experience near our headquarters in Chicago. Last month, our neighbors and partners at Family Farmed exhibited the 12th annual Good Food Festival and Conference, a three day affair showcasing and promoting the … Read more No Small Feat: How a Local Food Conference Drives Big Change

KeHE Becomes First B-Corp Certified Distributor in US

Ask an average person, “when is the right time to do a good deed?” and “all the time” tends to be the answer. But in the case of corporate citizenship, the bar is generally set much lower. Deeds and policies that promote the common good without regard to commercial success are uncommon among for-profit companies. … Read more KeHE Becomes First B-Corp Certified Distributor in US

Betting Big on HPP

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Michelle Fox Senior Manager, Brand Growth Solutions As consumers seek ingredient transparency, manufacturers have begun to respond by sharing more details on where ingredients come from, how they are processed and ultimately packaged to reach the end products that we see on store shelves. Typically during the manufacturing process, refrigerated packaged products are heated to … Read more Betting Big on HPP

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 more Cold Brew Coffee on the Rise

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 more SPINS Inspire Vibrancy: Building Connections Through Philanthropy

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 more Method Factory and Lagunitas Brewery Tours