Takeaways from the Protein Trends & Tech Conference

Empact energy bars

By Scott Dicker According to consumer insights firm NMI, there has been a 51% increase over the past 11 years in the percent of the population seeking out foods high in protein, with evidence that they are using protein as a tool for weight management and to promote a healthy lifestyle. The voracious demand for … Read moreTakeaways from the Protein Trends & Tech Conference

In Time for Summer, Sports Drinks Clean Up

Nooma organic electrolyte drinks

By Jill Failla   May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, when the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition encourages everyone to get outside and “Move in May.” And when it comes to exercising in the hot summer sun, in May and beyond, hydration is key. Knowing that many consumers turn to sports … Read moreIn Time for Summer, Sports Drinks Clean Up

Consumer Buying Trends: Sweets & Snacks Edition

peanut butter cups

By Jill Failla With the 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago this week, we’re examining SPINS Consumer Insights to understand how consumers have changed their snacking habits in 2017. Natural snacks and sweets are growing due to an increase in household penetration, while conventional snacks and sweets purchases declined or stagnated in 2017. SPINS’ … Read moreConsumer Buying Trends: Sweets & Snacks Edition

Kroger “Opts Up” with New Mobile Health & Wellness Platform

Woman scanning product with smart phone

By Peter V.S. Bond In January, Kroger reported that its Simple Truth private brand of natural and organic products, launched a short five years ago, had exceeded $2 billion in retail sales with more than 1,400 items in the portfolio. This is a clear indication that health-focused eating is well beyond fad status. It should … Read moreKroger “Opts Up” with New Mobile Health & Wellness Platform

SPINS Product Picks at the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo

Kitchfix waffles

By Kimberly Kawa The Schaumburg Convention Center was a bustling place to be for the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo (GFAF Expo) on Saturday, April 7. Many pioneer brands and retailers in the food-allergen-conscious space, from Enjoy Life to Fruitful Yield, sponsored the event. The products on display with allergy-conscious vendors sported the ingredient exclusion … Read moreSPINS Product Picks at the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo

Green Cleaning for Spring

Aunt Fannies cleaning vinegar

By Jill Failla   While the weather may not feel like spring in much of the U.S. right now, this is the time of year when many consumers are sprucing up their homes in anticipation of warmer weather by clearing out the clutter and deep-cleaning what remains. In honor of Earth Day right around the … Read moreGreen Cleaning for Spring

Webinar: SPINS’ 2018 Expo West Recap

Recapping Expo West 2018

Senior Director of Natural Insights Brent Coons, Product Library Solutions Manager Jake Knepper, and Content Strategist Jessica Hochman combed the show floor to bring back the hot products and macro trends that are shaping the industry today. Register for SPINS’ webinar, covering the brands, products, and trends that excited our team this year! Wed, Apr … Read moreWebinar: SPINS’ 2018 Expo West Recap

Collagen Trends: Are Plant-Based Boosts the Next Wave?

green bamboo wall

By Jill Failla In our 2018 trend predictions, SPINS called out collagen as a driving force behind new categories and products. Long associated with benefits for hair, skin, muscles, and joints, animal-derived collagen is a protein that’s experienced mainstream recognition by way of bone broth in the last few years, and it’s been popping up … Read moreCollagen Trends: Are Plant-Based Boosts the Next Wave?