How to Make the Most of Your Time at Expo East 2018

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An Interview with SPINS’ Senior Vice President of Brand Growth Solutions, Andrew Henkel SPINS’ Andrew Henkel has been attending Natural Products Expo for almost 10 years. In this time span, the trade show has changed a lot, but the best practices for exhibiting and attending brands remain the same. If anything, these best practices have … Read moreHow to Make the Most of Your Time at Expo East 2018

Seven Favorites from the Summer Fancy Food Show

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By Jill Failla The Specialty Food Association’s biannual Fancy Food Show is the largest event in North America dedicated exclusively to specialty food and beverage producers and buyers. This past Summer Fancy Food Show, held in New York City, was attended by over 2,600 exhibitors from 54 different countries, and I had the pleasure of … Read moreSeven Favorites from the Summer Fancy Food Show

SPINS Lives Vibrantly at the Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon

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By Susan Battaglia On a sunny Saturday, a team of 28 SPINS volunteers joined thousands of other Chicagoans during the 25th annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon. Chicago Cares mobilizes volunteers to build a stronger, more unified Chicago. This event is the city’s largest single day of community service, and this year, 17 schools benefitted from the … Read moreSPINS Lives Vibrantly at the Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon

Plant-Based Brands Center Stage at Good Food Financing & Innovation Expo 2018

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By Jill Failla On June 19, an inspiring group of natural and organic industry leaders, brands, and investors gathered together for FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference in Chicago. SPINS is proud to partner with FamilyFarmed to help bring natural-focused local companies and brands together for events like these. At the show, a group … Read morePlant-Based Brands Center Stage at Good Food Financing & Innovation Expo 2018

Takeaways from the Protein Trends & Tech Conference

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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