Key Category Insights for National Diabetes Awareness Month

Fruits and Veggies in a heart shaped bowl

By Jamie Phillips, MS, RDN November is Diabetes Awareness Month, an opportunity for education and raising awareness around this metabolic disorder that affects over 30 million Americans.1 Here we’ll examine what diabetes is, how it affects the diets of its sufferers, and how relevant retail segments are performing at large. What is Diabetes? When we … Read moreKey Category Insights for National Diabetes Awareness Month

Out of the Data and Into the Dirt: SPINS’ Adventures in Urban Agriculture

SPINS employees helping out at an urban farm

By Jessica Hochman There are countless reasons why SPINS is perfectly at home in Chicago, and the city’s vibrant urban agriculture community is certainly one. After SPINS’ Inspire Vibrancy group organized a volunteer day at The Talking Farm in nearby Skokie, several SPINS team members joined our Hubbard Street neighbors from Family Farmed on their … Read moreOut of the Data and Into the Dirt: SPINS’ Adventures in Urban Agriculture

Seven Favorite Finds from the Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition (FNCE)

Rachel Pauls Happy Bars

By Jamie Phillips, MS, RDN Each year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics hosts the Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition. This year marked the Academy’s 100th birthday, so the celebration in our home town of Chicago was extra special. I was thrilled to be there with a record-breaking 13,000 Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) peers … Read moreSeven Favorite Finds from the Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition (FNCE)

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 moreA 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 moreWho’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 moreThe 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 moreSPINS’ 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 morePlant 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 moreHot 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 moreSipping on Soup Snacks