Highlights from the Midwest Face and Body Show

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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

Policy Insights: Added Sugars

SPINS policy insights - added sugars

Added sugars have flooded the American diet and have become this decade’s most warned-against nutrient. As U.S. obesity rates sky-rocketed from 12% of the population in 1990 to well over a third of adult Americans in 2012, health care professionals look to policymakers, regulators and educators to help set the bar. One such step can … Read morePolicy Insights: Added Sugars

Vibrancy at Work: Staying Hydrated with SPINS’ Wellness Director


Chicago’s heat has peaked in the 90s several times this summer. A vibrant lifestyle requires proper hydration whether biking around town, strolling the river walk, or keeping optimal attention at work. So what do we know about health, hydration, and shopper preferences from SPINS data? We’ll take a look at these topics and offer a … Read moreVibrancy at Work: Staying Hydrated with SPINS’ Wellness Director

Clean Label Concepts at IFT2016

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The Institute for Food Technology’s annual symposium convenes a diverse group of academic, industrial, and regulatory experts from the food science field. This year, I had the pleasure of attending the IFT conference in Chicago and looked forward to a session on Trends and Ingredient Solutions for Clean Label/Non-GM Sweeteners. One of the session’s speakers … Read moreClean Label Concepts at IFT2016

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 moreServe-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 morePolicy 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 morePea-lieve It or Not: The Rise of Pea Protein