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

August 15, 2018

An Interview with SPINS’ Senior Vice President of Brand Growth Solutions, Andrew Henkel SPINS’ Andrew Henkel has been attending Natural … Read moreHow to Make the Most of Your Time at Expo East 2018

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Seven Favorites from the Summer Fancy Food Show

July 31, 2018

By Jill Failla The Specialty Food Association’s biannual Fancy Food Show is the largest event in North America dedicated exclusively … Read moreSeven Favorites from the Summer Fancy Food Show

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

July 28, 2018

By Susan Battaglia On a sunny Saturday, a team of 28 SPINS volunteers joined thousands of other Chicagoans during the … Read moreSPINS Lives Vibrantly at the Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon

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

July 10, 2018

By Jill Failla On June 19, an inspiring group of natural and organic industry leaders, brands, and investors gathered together … Read morePlant-Based Brands Center Stage at Good Food Financing & Innovation Expo 2018

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Takeaways from the Protein Trends & Tech Conference

June 25, 2018

By Scott Dicker According to consumer insights firm NMI, there has been a 51% increase over the past 11 years … Read moreTakeaways from the Protein Trends & Tech Conference

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In Time for Summer, Sports Drinks Clean Up

June 1, 2018

By Jill Failla   May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, when the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & … Read moreIn Time for Summer, Sports Drinks Clean Up

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Consumer Buying Trends: Sweets & Snacks Edition

May 21, 2018

By Jill Failla With the 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago this week, we’re examining SPINS Consumer Insights to … Read moreConsumer Buying Trends: Sweets & Snacks Edition

Recapping Expo West 2018

Webinar: Expo West 2018 Review

April 30, 2018

Did you catch everything at Expo West? Director of Natural Insights Brent Coons, Product Library Solutions Manager Jake Knepper, and … Read moreWebinar: Expo West 2018 Review

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

April 30, 2018

By Peter V.S. Bond In January, Kroger reported that its Simple Truth private brand of natural and organic products, launched … Read moreKroger “Opts Up” with New Mobile Health & Wellness Platform

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SPINS Product Picks at the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo

April 23, 2018

By Kimberly Kawa The Schaumburg Convention Center was a bustling place to be for the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo … Read moreSPINS Product Picks at the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo

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Green Cleaning for Spring

April 19, 2018

By Jill Failla   While the weather may not feel like spring in much of the U.S. right now, this … Read moreGreen Cleaning for Spring

Recapping Expo West 2018

Webinar: SPINS’ 2018 Expo West Recap

April 9, 2018

Senior Director of Natural Insights Brent Coons, Product Library Solutions Manager Jake Knepper, and Content Strategist Jessica Hochman combed the … Read moreWebinar: SPINS’ 2018 Expo West Recap

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Behold the Peanut Renaissance

April 2, 2018

By Jill Failla Just in time for National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, SPINS is here to deliver the news: … Read moreBehold the Peanut Renaissance

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

March 29, 2018

By Jill Failla In our 2018 trend predictions, SPINS called out collagen as a driving force behind new categories and … Read moreCollagen Trends: Are Plant-Based Boosts the Next Wave?

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Go Further with Food: Trends in Food-Waste Reduction

March 19, 2018

March is National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.1 This … Read moreGo Further with Food: Trends in Food-Waste Reduction

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East Meets West: A SPINS Trendspotter’s Guide to NEXTY Finalists, Winners, and Other Hot Products

March 8, 2018

By Jessica Hochman   Going into Natural Products Expo West 2018, New Hope announced 72 finalists in 22 categories for … Read moreEast Meets West: A SPINS Trendspotter’s Guide to NEXTY Finalists, Winners, and Other Hot Products

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Probiotic & Prebiotic Trends to Look for at Expo West

March 7, 2018

By Kimberly Kawa Everyone’s talking about pre- and probiotics. Are probiotics the next protein? Are prebiotics the next probiotics? What … Read moreProbiotic & Prebiotic Trends to Look for at Expo West

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A Day in the Life of SPINS’ Pet Consultant

February 26, 2018

Four Questions for Amy Kerr What is your current role in the company? I am working hand in hand with … Read moreA Day in the Life of SPINS’ Pet Consultant

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Heart-Smart Living

February 22, 2018

February is American Heart Month – a time to spread love to others and to ourselves by understanding our heart-disease … Read moreHeart-Smart Living

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Meet Moringa: The Superfood of 2018

February 19, 2018

By Jill Failla In SPINS’ recent 2018 trend predictions webinar, we called out moringa as a superfood to watch this year. … Read moreMeet Moringa: The Superfood of 2018

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Popping New Life into an Ancient Snack

January 19, 2018

By Jill Failla Humans have consumed corn for thousands of years. Long before other preparations were possible, Aztec civilizations were … Read morePopping New Life into an Ancient Snack

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Glassware Gives Rise to New Yogurts

January 12, 2018

By Jill Failla SPINS recently expanded its Packaging attribute in the Product Library to the REFRIGERATED YOGURT & KEFIR category, … Read moreGlassware Gives Rise to New Yogurts

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Fresh-Baked Trends in Alternative Flours

December 1, 2017

By Jill Failla Spurred by changing consumer lifestyles, including gluten-free, Paleo, Ketogenic, low-FODMAP, and raw diets, as well as a … Read moreFresh-Baked Trends in Alternative Flours

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Policy Insights: An Examination of the Soda Tax

November 28, 2017

In 2014, Berkeley, CA, became the first city in the United States to implement a public health-based soda tax. There … Read morePolicy Insights: An Examination of the Soda Tax

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Key Category Insights for National Diabetes Awareness Month

November 21, 2017

By Jamie Phillips, MS, RDN November is Diabetes Awareness Month, an opportunity for education and raising awareness around this metabolic … Read moreKey Category Insights for National Diabetes Awareness Month

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

November 9, 2017

By Jessica Hochman There are countless reasons why SPINS is perfectly at home in Chicago, and the city’s vibrant urban … Read moreOut of the Data and Into the Dirt: SPINS’ Adventures in Urban Agriculture

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

November 9, 2017

By Jamie Phillips, MS, RDN Each year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics hosts the Food and Nutrition Conference and … Read moreSeven Favorite Finds from the Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition (FNCE)

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A Quick Take on Today’s Herbivores

October 24, 2017

By Jamie Phillips, MS, RDN Beyond Meatless Mondays, vegetarian diets are gaining traction. These diets are as varied as the … Read moreA Quick Take on Today’s Herbivores

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Who’s Really Buying Natural and Organic Products: Unlocking the Market with Consumer Segmentation from SPINS and IRI

October 20, 2017

by Jill Failla Which shoppers make up the core natural and organic segments? SPINS’ and IRI’s NaturaLink™ consumer segmentations show … Read moreWho’s Really Buying Natural and Organic Products: Unlocking the Market with Consumer Segmentation from SPINS and IRI

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The Challenges and Triumphs of Sustainable Seafood

September 15, 2017

By Judy Seybold, MS, RD The sustainable seafood movement is coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Sustainable Fisheries Act this … Read moreThe Challenges and Triumphs of Sustainable Seafood