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 moreThree 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 moreServe-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 moreFive Takeaways from Sports Nutrition Marketplace 2017

Rising From the Ashes: Charcoal Grows in Body Care

Charcoal body wash

by Jill Failla Commonly used in hospital emergency rooms to prevent the absorption of certain toxins in the gastrointestinal tract, charcoal is now growing quickly in a variety of retail product lines, marketed with the ability to bind to unwanted substances so they may be eliminated from the body. SPINS’ Product Library has had an … Read moreRising From the Ashes: Charcoal Grows in Body Care

SPINS Policy Insights: Non Dairy “Milk”

SPINS policy insights - the debate about non-dairy "milk"

In this edition of SPINS Policy Insights, we examine the debate surrounding use of the word milk for plant-based beverages. Read on to learn what’s happening today in regulatory updates, plus take a peek at the top five hottest Product Types in the plant-based milk segment! Fill out the form below to access and download … Read moreSPINS Policy Insights: Non Dairy “Milk”

Highlights from the Midwest Face and Body Show

face mask

By Kim Kawa and Paige Leyden Delighted to attend the Midwest Face & Body Show for the first time, we found ourselves privy to a variety of noteworthy ingredients and massage techniques geared primarily toward spa professionals. As researchers, we were eager to learn the recommendations of spa professionals and how they might inform shopper … Read moreHighlights from the Midwest Face and Body Show

SPINS’ Commitment to Live Vibrantly in Service of Our Community

On a not so cold late November evening, a group of 11 committed SPINiZens made our way to the Chicago Food Depository to embark on an adventure in food repacking. While we didn’t know exactly what would await us there, we knew that our service would contribute to the effort to provide meals on the … Read moreSPINS’ Commitment to Live Vibrantly in Service of Our Community

VegFest 2016

Portland veg fest sign

An annual celebration of plant-based and vegan living, this year’s Portland VegFest drew over 6,000 people for an outstanding program of prominent speakers and, of course, a wide variety of vegan wares. Nonprofit Northwest VEG has served the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area with information and resources connected to its mission for a “healthy, … Read moreVegFest 2016

Policy Insights: Clean Water

SPINS policy insights- clean water

Despite decades-long environmental campaigns yielding federal response in the 1970’s,clean water regulations have been met with broad political and farmer resistance, stifling progress. However, where federal progress suffers backlash, some states and companies are taking remedies into their own hands by settling pollution reduction targets and bring agricultural acreage under standards and practices that mitigate … Read morePolicy Insights: Clean Water